Jennifer Alderson

Jennifer Alderson
Wichita, Kansas, Sedgwick
December 31
Writer of various things from poet to novelist to the occasional blog about history, I have various interests from literary fiction to bobcats.


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JUNE 14, 2011 9:00PM

My Love of Dickens II

It’s been said that a person’s favorite book is like their first love—or at least Laura Miller said it when she suggested I try to write on this topic.  She said the ‘favorite book’ of childhood often leaves a lasting impression.  In her case this was/Read full post »
JUNE 13, 2011 6:24PM

Coffee and Sugar and Nike Shoes

I have been thinking about a book I read and found insightful, Burying the Chains: How an Empire Freed Its Slaves.  It talked about the history of how the British banded around the popular cause of ending slavery and forced Parliment (with only one anti-slavery member to their name!) to end… Read full post »

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JUNE 2, 2011 6:22PM

My Love of Charles Dickens

My life has so many experiences that are bittersweet, like a first crush gone bad.  My religion as a child is painful to recall as was my relationship with my father.  But my literary imagination from childhood includes one person with whom it seems to be heartbreaking t… Read full post »

MAY 30, 2011 8:05PM

My Father and I

I have for years tried to discover what my position in the world even is.  And my "little hypocrisy" is that while I am basically a Democrat I never was really at home with the ideas of a lot of social liberals.  Well, I am and I'm not.  And it all… Read full post »

MAY 12, 2011 8:02PM

Journalism into History

The bane of studying history is that you find yourself incredulous at the things that people believe.  This has always been true.  Much as I love it, the musical 1776 is rife with inaccuracies down to the fact that the Declaration of Independence was really signed by July 2, and some… Read full post »

MAY 6, 2011 12:16AM


The article made regarding "Catapillar" recalled to me that I took Japanese in high school.  My ability to speak the language never got very good (although I did get an award for 'Most Improved Student' my freshman year).  Because I took the class, I did get good grades, and it… Read full post »

MAY 3, 2011 11:26PM

"So what do you do for a living?"

The most embarrassing moment in my life is when somebody asks me that momentous question, "So what do you do for a living?"

Work.  That thing that defines us.  What do I do for a living?  I've held only one paying job in my life, and it is a semester long stint… Read full post »