Stuff by Jeannie Perry

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Beauty and the bobbleheads

    I wrote this article for the Valley Journal fifteen years ago (reprinted here with a few nips and tucks). While it is from my early years as a columnist, and slightly more judgmental/immature than I would like to remember being, it’s still surprisingly relevant. I find people whoread more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Satank neighbors celebrate redneck heritage

    An invite-only event exclusively for past, present — and sometimes future residents, the Redneck Olympics are usually held in June, and always in Satank.

    In May of 2017, I texted my neighbor, Mark Taylor, to get his water meter reading, as I did every month. Heread more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Ps & Qs: Death is like a piñata

    On Nov. 1, 1955, a young boy was riding his bike home in Denver, Colorado. He blew through a stop sign and crossed the street in front of a bus that was stopped at the bus stop. He was struck by a car passing the bus in theread more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    The Bread War: Carbondale on the frontline

    2021 sure seems to be a year of big change. New habits (and buildings!) are cropping up faster than the tulips, as we all try to figure out how to cope with our new normal. Between learning how to bake bread, entertaining ourselves at home and cutting out the… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Ps & Qs: I should’ve gone to Vassar

    “There’s a time and a place for everything … It’s called college.” -Chef Jerome McElroy

    When I was growing up, the question wasn’t, “Are you going to college?” It was, “Where are you going to college?” I attended a state university right after high school, but in hindsight, that wasn’t… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Ps & Qs: Twenty Years Ago

    Twenty years ago, the Carbondale cops knew me. I lived a couple of miles outside of town and sometimes they would give me a ride if I was walking home late at night (the nice ones would even stop by 7/11 for nachos). My husband worked part-time as a bartender… read more →

  • Locations: Columns Published

    Sign of the Bear

    Next week will be a new year according to the Chinese calendar, “Year of the Ox.” This, the second sign, is grounded, loyal and trustworthy. The story goes that the Jade Emperor was having a party and he decided the order in which his guests arrived would determine… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, News, Opinion Published

    My Hunter S. Thompson story

    Wow– 2021! So much to look forward to: a new year, a new president, a new car … My beloved Volvo traveled over 200,000 miles before it finally kicked the bucket and while I look for a new set of wheels, I’m borrowing my uncle’s car. It’s a beast from… read more →

  • Locations: Columns Published

    Ps&Qs: Ghosts of Christmas past

    All I want this Christmas is joy, prosperity, and a collective sense of harmony.

    But, like the jaded characters in every Hallmark Christmas movie, I mostly just feel anxious and worried as I count down the days… And I have serious doubts about Santa’s ability to… read more →

  • Locations: Columns Published

    Ps&Qs: ‘Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die’

    Now I’ve seen it all. 

    Like Donald Trump’s mother. An immigrant from the slums of Scotland, Mary Anne MacLeod truly went from rags to riches, living the spectrum of wealth firsthand. Unlike her offspring, who have never known poverty. 

    It is typical, their family’sread more →