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Sitcoms to Help You Get Over the Loss of Parks and Rec

Sitcoms to Help You Get Over the Loss of Parks and Rec

Recently I was lamenting the loss of one of my favorite sitcoms, Parks and Rec, with one of my readers who knows a lot about television. There are still some great sitcoms on TV–I love New Girl, Broad City, Workaholics, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia–and even the new Better Call Saul has some great […]


My Greatest Fear Guest Post

My Greatest Fear Guest Post

The other day I was talking with my friend Katy, and as she was telling a story, I realized that we had stumbled upon a perfect example of a “greatest fear” like the ones I write about here. I invited her to tell the story in her own words. Thanks Katy! *** My Greatest Fear: […]


The Sorrow of No New Blog Entry

The Sorrow of No New Blog Entry

This guest entry was written by best friend and reader T-Mac when he discovered there was no new blog entry this morning (I’m sorry–I’m a little preoccupied with Euphoria shipping right now!). The early JSB readers roused from our slumbers, sleepily dressed, defrosted our cars, and headed off to work as if it were any […]


The Trendiest Bar in the World

The Trendiest Bar in the World

Today’s guest post is brought to you by my best friend, Trevor, who recently visited the trendiest bar in the world. Last week I had a chance to visit San Diego for the first time. I was there for a conference, but I also got to take in what the city had to offer, particularly […]


Interview with a Stand-Up Comedian

Interview with a Stand-Up Comedian

Today I have something special. A writer friend of mine I met on Twitter a few years ago, Harley May, allowed me to interview her for this post. I should preface this by saying that there was a specific moment when I realized how funny Harley is. It was some random Twitter chat between a […]


Dr. Spielberg or: How I Learned to Stop Snarking and Love Collaboration

Dr. Spielberg or: How I Learned to Stop Snarking and Love Collaboration

Today’s guest post is brought to you by reader and friend Bryce. Like all of you, I have been eagerly watching Jamey’s Viticulture campaign on Kickstarter for the last several weeks.  I am proud to be a backer and I am excited to finally play the game when it arrives next spring (since he REFUSED […]


Katie Accidentally Drank Milk That Had Been Expired for Three Days: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

Katie Accidentally Drank Milk That Had Been Expired for Three Days: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

Reader and long-form commenter Katie recently told me that she had experienced a Survivor’s True Tale of Survival. I urged her to tell her story, and I’m so glad she wrote it. Check out the harrowing tale below. And I promise that I’ll get back to writing my own blog tomorrow. I used to think […]


This Is the Bittersweet

I was going to write a tired blog entry tonight (thanks to Kickstarter, I’m not sleeping much lately…but it’s totally worth it), but then I read one of the most poignant, touching blog entries ever, and I think you’ll benefit more from reading this than anything I could write. I cannot emphasize enough how beautiful […]


A Special Guest-ish Entry

A Special Guest-ish Entry

A few months ago, one of the college students who spent some time at the campus church where I work had corrective back surgery. While Marc was recovering, he wrote to me asking for my opinion about a way that he could share his story. As I do when people ask me for advice about […]


The 5-Year Anniversary: The Georgia Peach

The 5-Year Anniversary: The Georgia Peach

Today marks the 5-year anniversary of this blog. That’s right, I started writing way back on June 5, 2007. I didn’t think I’d write much, but within a few weeks I was writing 5 times a week. That means I’ve written about 1,300 blog entries over the last 5 years. I used LiveJournal back then. […]


Your Greatest Fear #27: Trash-Talking After Butt-Dialing

Your Greatest Fear #27: Trash-Talking After Butt-Dialing

Today’s guest blog is brought to you by blog visitor, beta reader extraordinaire, and Blank Slate Press selection committee member Ansley. She has a very specific fear to share with you today that I’m going to add to my coda of greatest fears. I have some pretty wacky fears. (Insert horse picture here.) (Insert clown […]


The Lost Legends of Childhood

The Lost Legends of Childhood

Today’s guest post is brought to us by frequent commenter Brad. My first year of collecting baseball cards was 1991.  Nothing in my life at that time beat the thrill I got when opening a pack.  Ken Griffey, Jr?  Jose Canseco (don’t laugh), dare I say it…OZZIE!?!?  There was no telling what joy awaited me […]


The Power of Laughter Yoga

The Power of Laughter Yoga

Today’s guest post is brought to you by Emma, a reader and frequent commentor on the blog. She accepted my Two-Month Gauntlet over five weeks ago, and she’s already bringing her dream to reality! In 2008, I went to Florence to visit my sister, who was studying abroad. On our mini trip to Athens, Greece, […]


iTunes Genius: Not So Smart

iTunes Genius: Not So Smart

Today’s guest entry is brought to you by frequent commenter Brad. If you ever have something really important to say and you’d like to say it on my blog, shoot me an email. “Steve Jobs knew what we wanted before we knew we wanted it.”  How many times have you read that in the months […]


The Friends You Don’t Actually Know

The Friends You Don't Actually Know

Today’s rare guest entry is brought to you by long-time reader and oft-honored Comment of the Month recipient Brad. He taps into the world that we all float through every day, the world of people we see day after day–maybe at work, maybe in the park, maybe in your apartment building–and yet never really know […]


Guest Post: Harley Is Numb

Guest Post: Harley Is Numb

Hi everybody. My name is Harley May. I’m a wife, mother, and aspiring writer. This isn’t my first time on Jamey’s blog and he reluctantly let me write a guest post after I bribed him with kitten pictures thankful he let me come back. I asked Jamey if I could do a guest spot because […]


How to Be a Creep on Twitter

Guest blogger Harley May made my work easy tonight with this hilarious post (you don’t need to be on Twitter to get it, but in case you want to join Twitter, read my post about it first). She also wrote a complementary post on her blog today–you’ll find the link at the bottom of this […]


The Great Flying Machine of 1989

The Great Flying Machine of 1989

As a birthday treat, I asked my brother and sister (to be pictured tomorrow with my brother’s post) to roast me on this blog. I knew their words would make me laugh, but I didn’t expect they’d move me the way they did. Thanks, Emily and Andrew. You’re the best. Jamey has always had a […]


The Musician

The Musician

Today’s entry is a special guest post from fellow blogger Harley May. Harley, a mother of three and a wife of one, contributed this delightful entry. I’ve had the pleasure of reading one of Harley’s short stories, and I can assure you that we’re looking at an extremely talented writer of nonfiction and fiction alike. […]


She's Neeraja. She's a Flosser.

Below is Neeraja’s follow-up to my post about flossing. It’s very good. Okay, I’ll admit it. I haven’t always been an adamant flosser. When I was a kid, I had a lot of cavities. You’d think the memory of those painful fillings would keep floss high on the list of dental priorities, but alas, floss […]