Hats off to my friend, Gerry Blanchard, an accomplished playwrite and director, who has recently published his book, The Man Who Traded His Wife For Woodworking Tools And Other True Stories Of 19th Century Jackson, Michigan. He describes it this way: "What kind of community has citizens who trade wives for joiner's tools? You'll have to read the book to find out, but if you do, you'll also read about a prominent, highly respected citizen who shouted unprintable epithets while drenching a young woman and her kids with a garden hose on Main Street, a dog who trained his master to steal sheep, a 12 foot vampire mummy, several "shady ladies" who conned unwary men out of their money, not to mention tales of gory murder, anarchy, prison escapes, and uncontrolled lust, greed, and gluttony. Jackson, Michigan; just your typical 19th Century, Midwestern village." That village happens to be my home-town, as well. Kudos to Gerry.
Causes Jess Wells Supports
Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International, Friends of the Urban Forest, The Heifer Project, Forests Forever, NRDC