Jan Brehm

Actress | Voice-over | Spokesperson | Print

JAN ARCHIVES

I Groan, Roll My Eyes, Annoyed

They get in our way Repeat themselves and ask us to repeat what we just told them Drive too slow Smell like rancid perfume and musty attics Their skin has stuff growing out of it and is hard to look at They can’t see well Talk to loud, talk too soft They endlessly try our […]

My Mothers World. My Emancipation

My mother, wearing a white collared blue wasted dress with a soft petticoat, nylons and white pumps, waved me out the door to join the other neighbor kids walking to school. She had risen before the rest of the family, prepared a well balanced breakfast for us. Poached eggs in milk over buttered white toast, […]

Make Failure Your Friend

Why is it for many of us, no matter how many achievements and successes we enjoy in our lives, and in spite of all the praise and accolades received, we will sometimes pick up a banner marked with the words FAILURE, drape it across our chest and go about donning the sour smiles of lost […]

The Vet

I couldn’t help but notice him as I’m sitting in the waiting room of the VA while my husband receives radiation treatment for cancer. He’s an older veteran sitting crumpled like an unmade bed in his wheelchair. He stares at the floor and his face is marked with deep creases and a scraggly beard. He […]

A Profile of Depression

As she slid between the newly washed sheets and laid her head on her pillow the joy came. That tingling sensation of being able to actually feel the crispness of the sheets on her skin and breathe in the freshness of their smell. As she languished she could hear the croaking frogs in the neighbors […]