Author Archives: Jan Vanek

The Slippery Slope of Passivity and Prejudice

Memorial Day. A day we honor our fallen soldiers for their bravery and sacrifice. I tend to be a relatively passive person. I could attribute this to a philosophy of “Live and let live,” or “To each his own,” a belief that … Continue reading

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Celebrate National Poetry Month

Originally posted on Life: Haiku by Haiku:
April is National Poetry Month! Poets.org lists “30 Ways to Celebrate.” My favorite on the list is: Put a poem in a letter. But, I modified it a bit. During the month of…

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Baby Steps

Originally posted on JM Vanek:
Today, a new author is born–J.M. Vanek. That’s me! Actually, I’ve been around for awhile, but as Jan Morrill, author of The Red Kimono and a few other books. But I’m preparing to start a…

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Tami’s Serendipitous Second Half

My youngest sister, Tami, is full of surprises. A former Miss Oklahoma, she has had a long career in broadcast journalism. Polished, professional and talented in a variety of ways, I must admit, I had some concerns about whether or … Continue reading

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The End

My “professional” bio says I am currently working on the sequel to The Red Kimono, and that’s true–partly. But in the last year, I’ve been drawn to finish a book I started almost three years ago, called Mo’s Shadow. The … Continue reading

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