Jean Ellen Whatley

A Woman With a Past Is Off the Leash

Jean Ellen Whatley

Jean Ellen Whatley
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
April 24
Subscribing to the notion that we're all more alike than different, Jean Ellen Whatley feels privileged in her self-appointed role of cockeyed purveyor of our human condition. She's both perceptive and profuse, sometimes profound, rarely punctual and given to alliteration. An Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, Jean has provided countless hours of live reports on everything from murder to mayhem, and prize winning pickles at state fairs from North Carolina to New Mexico. Whatley never skipped on any restaurant tabs. She has attracted a growing following on her blog, A Woman With a Past: The Post Apocalyptic Approach to Men which will soon be available on Operators are standing by. Her current project, Off the Leash: Road Stories With My Dog is the next installment of her memoir, only this one REALLY moves, literally and figuratively. Jean earned critical acclaim for her screenplay, THE LOVE YOU NEED, in the Cinema St. Louis screenplay competition, but no movie deal. She was recently a finalist in a nationwide writing competition sponsored by, SheWrites, a Web-based women's writing forum with more than 15,000 members. She’s been published in, has been a guest columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Winston-Salem Journal and the Albuquerque Journal and a guest host on KMOX (CBS) radio in St. Louis. Jean is the proud parent of four, remarkably well adjusted, mostly grown-up kids and two mutts. In her spare time, she cleans up the poop, the dogs’ that is.


DECEMBER 31, 2013 1:45AM

Make Peace With Your Momma

Discovering the cache of Kodak slides in the basement could have made me feel bad or guilty or filled with regret. Instead, I laughed. I threw back my head and laughed out loud, like l-a-u-g-h-i-n-g out loud, spelled out. Then I said to no one except the cobwebs,… Read full post »

JUNE 20, 2013 11:40PM

The Summer of Being Fully Present

The cricket chorus from the weeds next to the on ramp always gets to me.

In these early summer twilight hours, I hear them, while it’s still cool enough to leave the windows down until I merge into the traffic on the freeway, where I quickly roll up them,   because leaving… Read full post »

JANUARY 1, 2013 1:59AM

Because We Still Can

It was the damn bells. Those annoying, clanging, anxiety inducing bells being rung by well-intentioned bell ringers manning their battle stations at every grocery and drug store in town got on my last nerve during this most recent, most wonderful time of the year. It continues to… Read full post »

AUGUST 17, 2012 6:20PM

Off the Leash Road Stories is Moving!

Off The Leash Road Stories has a new home as of tomorrow, August 18, 2012:

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AUGUST 9, 2012 12:48PM

Deep End of the Pool

Bundle of nerves,  I am just a big old wad of wound up. I just received the Kindle file to review for Off the Leash this morning and I’m excited on the one hand because every day we’re getting a … Continue reading

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AUGUST 2, 2012 12:02AM

Anatomy of a Day

It started out with shadowed splendor, a reflection, of my hands on the rose print fabric of my wing backed chair, which really is a reflection of a writer with too much time on her hands  and furniture that looks … Continue reading

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JULY 29, 2012 6:30PM

Keep Pedaling

I have been struggling with what to say about Michael. Three times in the past two days, I sat down to write his story. Couple of starts, then I’d get distracted, decide to pull a few weeds out of a … Continue reading

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JULY 19, 2012 12:57PM

Thank You Barack Obama

Opening the mail around my house these days is rarely a pleasant experience, given the back drop of daily toil and trouble as a self-employed writer.  Can you spell plague, as in that’s how vigorously I avoid opening the mail. … Continue reading

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JULY 16, 2012 8:18PM

Freedom from Fear

We had scattered like cockroaches when someone flips on a light. Well, okay, that’s a terrible way to describe what happened to all my former news colleagues at the ABC affiliate here in St. Louis when the wrecking ball swung, … Continue reading

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JULY 10, 2012 11:13AM

Too Much Time on My Hands

Suffice it to say a book about an eight week sojourn across the country with nobody but a dog contains a lot of self-reflection. Was thinking about that this morning, when I was noticing how the early morning light creates … Continue reading

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JULY 8, 2012 10:50AM

Chi-Town Chicken Bones

A year ago today, I was in Chicago. Lovely city. With it only being day three of “THE TRIP”  however, we were still in shake down mode. I’m not talking about robbing someone nor being robbed, I’m talking about learning … Continue reading

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JULY 5, 2012 10:52PM

What I Didn’t Know Then

One year ago tonight, at this precise moment of sundown on a mid-western prairie, Libby and I were headed eastbound on U.S. 64 near Springfield, Illinois, where I would pull in to a nondescript Red Roof Inn, ushering in the … Continue reading

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So Louie, the other dog has taken to jumping in through the open window of my car in the cool shade of the carport and sitting there like a cool cat, (even though he’s a dog) waiting for me to … Continue reading

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JUNE 27, 2012 10:47AM

Gary D

My brother Garrett would have been 61 years old today. That blows my mind, sixty-one ? You know what I’m talking about. What is more sobering is that come November 21st it will be ten years since his passing. Ten … Continue reading

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The email from her Blackberry said it all. “At a funeral. Back in the office soon.†It is a telling reflection of the world in which we live when a person feels a compunction to return an email in the … Continue reading

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FEBRUARY 13, 2012 12:30AM

Just One Minute of Real Love

I’m a hypocrite. From shabby motel rooms, made less lonely by my dog on the bed, from Toledo to San Luis Obisbo, last summer I waxed poetic about the wonder, the glory and the healing tide of love.  But I … Continue reading

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FEBRUARY 9, 2012 12:39AM

Be Careful What You Ask For

Wanted to pass along an update I put on my Kickstarter page tonight, which went to all the financial backers from last summer. The moral support that I’ve gotten from those included here is no less significant. Thanks to all … Continue reading

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FEBRUARY 6, 2012 8:06PM

I Will Never Leave You

* This is  a re-post from September. Apologies to long -time readers. I am re-posting for some new visitors to the site. September 2, 2011 I hear the low rumble of trucks on the freeway from my porch, back home … Continue reading

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Have you ever felt like running away? I mean truly running away;  quitting your job, checking out, going off the grid, saying goodbye to your family and friends, leaving town, the grocery store, the gas station, the lady who cuts … Continue reading

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JANUARY 1, 2012 5:07PM

It Gets Settled

If I could reach out to the victims of Jerry Sandusky with a single message, it would be this: someday it just won’t matter anymore. Before somebody throws a molotov cocktail through my front window, please hear … Continue reading Read full post »

DECEMBER 28, 2011 1:51PM

Wild Horses and French Horns

My mother used to have a saying, “Don’t count it a day lost when you learn something new”  and she especially liked, “learn a new word.”  She was big on vocabulary.

I’ve modified this treasured maternal maxim to include any number of lesser, albeit, pr… Read full post »

DECEMBER 4, 2011 2:56PM

The Last Detail

Here’s the thing about going on a road trip across America alone with your dog.  She can vouch for nothing. When I say, “Hey Lib, remember that herd of big horn sheep in Colorado that were really close to the … Continue reading

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So I’ve got all this neglected content from the journey, you know.  And I’m weaving it into the book, seen from the rear view mirror now, and some of this material will make the cut and some of it, well, … Continue reading

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Hi y’all, I’m working fast and furiously on the book, but wanted to share a short OP ED I sent to the New York Times today after reading about Steve Jobs, being born in San Francisco in 1955 under less … Continue reading

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OCTOBER 4, 2011 7:37PM

Scent of a Summer

I was looking for socks. Goddamn socks. Rummaging around in the middle drawer, annoyed that it’s already time to dig out the socks, knowing that colder, darker days are just around the corner, I came upon my traveling pants. The … Continue reading

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