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.


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MAY 22, 2014 9:47PM

‘Cause I’m (reasonably) Happy

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My consulting travels recently took me to Indianapolis. I posted up in an office that had been vacated just days earlier. Somebody had been 86’ed, shit canned, pink-slipped, workforce reduced.  Book shelves and desk drawers were empty. (I know because I checked) There w… Read full post »

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So, I was talking to my shrink yesterday. We determined that I had not seen him since 2009, as he was in his former location, not as fancy… Read full post »

MAY 6, 2014 11:11PM

Random Acts of Elevator Kindness

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On the G train heading home to my son’s place in Brooklyn Saturday night, I committed a cardinal sin. I spoke to a stranger. Well really, he started it. I was reading the playbill from the show we’d just seen, curious over why Toni Collette was the only actor to have… Read full post »

APRIL 25, 2014 1:26AM

Shop Worn

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This whole thing thing started with a rotten pair of panty hose. I mean this in the most literal sense. It progressed to a broken shoe, revisiting a broken heart and spun out of control at 30,000 feet into full-fledged melancholy about turning 59. Yep, I said it, secret’… Read full post »

APRIL 19, 2014 12:48PM

Listen, Seriously, Just Listen

The husband and wife at the restaurant didn’t notice me staring, how could they? They were absorbed in their texting. Who were they texting? Their kids were already sitting at the table playing Angry Birds.

I couldn’t help but think that this broke the hearts of the birds… Read full post »

APRIL 18, 2014 6:19PM

Listen, Seriously, Just Listen

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The husband and wife at the restaurant didn’t notice me staring, how could they? They were absorbed in their texting. Who were they texting? Their kids were already sitting at the table playing Angry Birds.

I couldn’t help but think that this broke the hearts of the bi… Read full post »

APRIL 11, 2014 7:19PM

The Reassurance We Crave

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This is a story about bravery, bumper cars and baseball. Well, kind of.

Even though he’s a diehard Dodgers fan, what with living in L.A. and growing up watching the Albuquerque Dukes groom players for the big show, my son Nate was wearing the St. Louis Cardinals hat I go… Read full post »

APRIL 1, 2014 12:46AM

Ride the Rails

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I first met Michael in a dog park in Philadelphia while on my Off the Leash journey in July of 2011. It was early on. Libby and I were still getting our sea legs under us, a bit tentative. The vibe in each city, each park, every situation felt different.… Read full post »

APRIL 1, 2014 12:27AM

Three Little Words

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He had no idea the maelstrom of emotion that would blow in behind one short, declarative sentence. 

On a day when I was supposed to get a make over at the Clinique counter, with a particular interest in the “Dark Circle Corrector†and a new, natural look, which for me… Read full post »

MARCH 5, 2014 1:27AM

Own Your Calling

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The man who braved my ice-covered driveway was so quiet the dogs didn’t bark. Shoveling it had become an exercise in futility in the punishing cycle of snow, sub-zero cold, followed by more snow, which has characterized our St. Louis winter. Perhaps the snow muffled the… Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2014 9:44AM

This One Moment

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It was happening with so much frequency, I finally had to Google it. When all else fails, when our hamster brains stumble at the starting block of deciphering some meteoric message from the universe, as we wander through the fog which has created an impenetrable shield lik… Read full post »

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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