Heather Jackson

Heather Jackson is a copyeditor who spent eleven years living in Duluth on the shores of Lake Superior before moving back to her home state of New York with her husband and their two young daughters. Now she lives on the shores of Lake Erie (but admits that Lake Superior is called such for a reason). Her favorite pastimes include adding a splash of coffee to her creamer, reading articles about etymology and current grammar trends, and starting big projects but never finishing them. She's an Aries, an INFJ, and Enneagram 4, and enjoys taking personality quizzes on the internet.

Voting: A Family Tradition

I celebrated my 18th birthday in March of the year 2000 (I know, I’m ancient) and the turn of the new century felt like it was a blank page waiting to be written. That...

A Bookshelf Full of Pride: 12 LGBTQ+ Children’s Lit Recommendations

Happy Pride Month! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 Celebrate pride and the beauty of equality all year round by padding your home library with some great LGBTQ+ children's book recommendations to read with your kids. Storytime before bed is...
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For Love of Peace and Chocolate Cake: A Decade of Marriage

I think it’s important to note that, last Friday evening at 9:45 pm, after my girls were in bed and the day was at its conclusion, I messed up the chocolate ganache icing I...

Have a Spooky Halloween Night With These Trick-Or-Treating Alternatives

Remember how naive we all were back in, say, May, when we thought Halloween was so far off and things would totally be back to "normal" by the time the fall holiday rolled around? Yet...

The Day My Optometrist Changed My Life

I stared at the grey hairs sprouting out of the right ear of my aging optometrist as he peered into my left eye with his ophthalmoscope. I could feel my heartbeat speed up a...

Break Free of the Paw Patrol Rut: Top 8 Shows Your Preschooler Can Stream

I bet you think I’m kidding. Or that I’m going to backtrack a little and offer a caveat about 4 year-olds and too much TV time. Nope. Mama, you have to do what you have to...

Birth Story: “I was ready. Or at least I thought I was ready!”

Libby is a mom of two who is married to Max and studying to be a teacher. When she was 26, she gave birth to her first child. Below is her story. If I...

10 Reasons to Love Winter in the Northland

Okay, I get it. You’ve barely finished digging yourself out from this latest round of early December snow and here I am telling you why you should love Duluth’s seemingly relentless winters. It may...

The Solo Trip: Why I Started Traveling Alone

A few weeks ago, I got up at the unholy hour of 4 am to shower and catch a ride share to the airport. I was headed to Boston for three days by myself...

What to Read in the Middle of the Night: Books About Early Motherhood

Sure, I may have recently sent my youngest out the door to preschool, but parenthood hasn’t stolen all of my brain cells yet. I haven’t forgotten those early days of mothering: heavy, milk-engorged breasts...