My name is Jennifer Schmitt and I’m a freelance writer and professional calligrapher in Arizona. I write about a lot of things—the family I’ve made for myself, the family who made me, moments that stop me in my tracks, and the long drives that reset my compass. My two great kids – a boy, 13 and a girl, 11—keep me company (and doing laundry) and I count on them to make me laugh or make me crazy, sometimes at once.

I have a soft spot for long drives, meteor showers, Rilke, dive bars, good music, Lyle Lovett, wild violets, wild places, whole days where I never get out of my pajamas, fireflies, historic preservation, my Frye harness boots, Steve Earle, and free speech.

You can find my writing other places, too, by clicking here or on the Other Words, Other Pages tab at the the top of any page, or visit my newer blog site, A Road with a View

My other sites:

A quotations blog helps me organize my addiction: The Quotationist

My calligraphy sites: Perfect Thank-You and Bella Grafia

If you’re new here, a good place to start is Best of Thursday Drive.


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suburbancorrespondent January 26, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Beautiful country! You’re lucky!

Manic Mommy February 19, 2008 at 9:44 pm

What a good idea. I relish time alone in the car, just me and my CDs.

You look so much like my friend, Meredith, that I liked you on sight.

Samuel February 25, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Hey visit us. You will be surprised at our affordability. http://www.HistoricNearWestside.com Have a good day.

Mrs. Chili March 1, 2008 at 7:37 am

I just found you (because YOU found ME!) and I’m very much looking forward to coming back.



Jules~ March 20, 2008 at 10:26 am

Shhh…Here is a secret. I find myself completely attracted to Ed Harris too!

Jen April 1, 2008 at 9:50 pm

I too have a strange attraction to Tony Soprano. 🙂

Carebearx2m May 1, 2008 at 12:26 pm

Hey there just reading your blog! And it is awesome! This is Carrie from Ballet/old Church! =) You are an amazing women!!!

Talk to you soon!

Troy Mullens May 4, 2008 at 6:35 am

Hey, traveling and the road is our thing. Hence the name Texas Travelers.
Nice Blog,

Jerry Moores June 27, 2008 at 2:30 pm

NEVER give up your Thursdays! It may be your lifeline to sanity!
Love your blog – glad I found you and I will be back!


Jerry in Tampa

sari October 30, 2008 at 10:40 pm

hi there,

I found you through Madge. It’s nice to meet someone else in Arizona!

Best wishes, and I’ll be back to read more again soon.

saris last blog post..

LarryG October 31, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Were you at Target in Huntsville AL yesterday pm?
You sure look familiar, but then you also mention AZ –
Have a Happy Halloween and Wonderful Weekend.

Jennifer Harvey October 31, 2008 at 1:15 pm

Wasn’t me – you’re right, we do live in Arizona.

Thanks for stopping by here!

Ed Browning November 22, 2008 at 4:42 pm

Jennifer, I like your style. Your prose is striking, and by that I mean clear and bold: you don’t hide your meaning behind flowery words. And yet looking at your selection of quotes, the poems you posted as favorites, and the phrases you weave into your narratives, it’s obvious that you care not only about expressing your ideas clearly but about expressing them attractively. That mixture of caring, clarity, and competence in expression is the gift of a talented writer.
As a reader that is (contrary to your Prologue assumption) on the perimeter of your life, I would like to ask about the “Fears and Events and Prayers” saga: which part is fact, which part fiction?
Also, why have I never heard your sister referred to as “Ducky”? Knowing that would have made high school ever so much more fun… 🙂

Ed Browning November 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Oh, and one more thing: in-between the moonrise and the moonset is, well, the moonshine, right? Isn’t that where the real kick is?

Ducky November 22, 2008 at 8:13 pm

FEP is all true, every word of it. It’s her book that has the fiction.

Lucky for me, I hadn’t a nephew in high school. The nickname is only about seven years old, and comes from not being able to say my name (it was the last of several attempts, and we made it stick).