Category Archives: thoughts



4 years ado I wrote a letter to Donald Trump and posted here on Penaugural.

I said I wouldn’t vote for Trump if he didn’t improve America. Trump didn’t.

So I didn’t vote for Trump when I sent in my absentee ballot.

Trump could have done a better job as President.

-Jennie Nawrocki

Think We Need You


If the world was a complete horror more people would be depressed but it is not.

There are so many parts to love about this world. It is worth keeping and our lives on it are worth having days of calm, joy and safety.

Unfortunately we have a pandemic, riots in the streets, unbalanced economy and extreme weather.

This can be prevented.

First we have to stop thinking violence. Explain the bad are those hurting others.

Always de escalate, deflect or redirect, and defend.

The best offense is invisible.

Most importantly don’t think your opponent is unworthy think of them as future member of your team.

Think we need you.

Your team is no good if wounded so the less you wound your future team member the better.

Think we need you.

Believe me strategies change when you realize the other side is more important as an ally.

Think we need you.

Think we need you.

-Jennie Nawrocki

Quarantine Activities


Where have you been

No where I guess

Just my apartment

What have you been doing

Cooking, cleaning, the same as you

Just that

Maybe some exercise and drawing too

Anything else

Along with reading and watching tv

That is mostly it

I think I reorganized my room

A few times too

Oh I wrote and zoomed with some friends

Why what did you do

During quarantine

-Jennie Nawrocki

How Not to Live


I found my way

I found my path

Not the one I dreamed

Not the one my family dreamed

But it is my fate

Based on the spiril

I went down

Living in gaslight

And self doubt

The black swan

Driven itself

To fall


For there is no

Search and rescue

Just me alone

-Jennie Nawrocki

Living My Best


There will always be

A better this

A better that

For I am ok

at everything

but excellent

at nothing

No frets

No frowns

Just living my best

Even if it is

Just ok

Thinking about this some people say it is good to know your place in life because we all can’t be number one and stupid to try to improve on average. Then the flip side is why settle for second best you just don’t put your heart and soul into it basically your lazy and have no drive.

So which is it am I lazy or unqualified to improve.

I have been told both but now it is time for me to find out.

How will you find out if you are living at the best you could ever possibly be?

-Jennie Nawrocki

Penaugural Inc.


There is much to celebrate tonight. Penaugural is now a Corporation specifically Non-profit Corporation. So keep those donation dollars coming and soon we will be able to have a brick and mortar store too.

Thank you to all those that made this possible and keep reading but most of all create art and lots of it. For we need it now more than ever.

-Jennie Nawrocki



Being close to 50 years old and not having any children I still give and have given the knowledge I have to those students I taught and all my nieces and nephews. As always there have been more women in my family then men. Most of my nieces and nephews are out of college and starting their own careers. I could be a meany such as Cronos, Oedipus, King Arthur and Shaka Zulu as well as many other famous stories where their kingdoms were overthrown by their successors and in some ways mine has but in other ways I still can ease the transition or what is left of it.

If I haven’t said I was proud of them for doing better then me now I will and I will also say my last suggestions that they may want listen to even if it is from their crazy Aunt Jennie.

My nephew went to University of Mass at Amherst where I was accepted but had to decline and went to the University of Washington instead.

My niece received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry my worst subject.

My other niece heals the minds of those in need and coming from a family with a history of depression is very good and models healthy habits as a result.

My sister and her daughter work together without bickering as my mom and I never could.

My other nephews are following my brothers path.

And other niece has surpassed her depression early and moved on to leading those around her.

So much to be proud of as a Aunt.

Here is my advice if you so choose to take it to further your ascension into a life better than mine. To be honest you might know this already but that is why I am crazy telling you information you already know.

Find love but most important know what makes you excel inside and out and harvest those talents, skills and behaviors.

Listen. Know the motivation. Process all possibilities. Proceed morally and ethically correct. There is always knowledge to gain.

If you loved camping and drinking straight from those glacier fed waterways. Save our environment. Mother Earth needs your help and support.

Speak to stop injustices or inequalities. Though be effective and respectful in your approach without cruelty. It creates friendship and stronger relationships afterwards.

Exercise, brush your teeth and eat your fruits and vegetables silly.

Last but not least.

Just as I accomplished every Thanksgiving I hosted keep the good traditions and the mood comfortable with lots of laughter they might want to return next year. For I always said the more the merrier and you are always welcome.

I might have more but that is all I can think of at the moment.

So excel you excel in more ways I could ever imagine.

-Jennie Nawrocki

September the True New Year


A new beginning is usually said after the holidays on New Years Day but seriously how much changes from December to January except we put our holiday decorations away which really began in October anyway. Sometimes I really do think we need to rethink our calendars.

I think I once read that they were thinking of making all holidays land on a Friday not only would that helpful for business and schools it helps with planning but it creates routine. Don’t get me wrong I like routine just like everyone else but I also like it when events are out of the ordinary too. Some would say my abnormal is normal. Though I am not here to talk about one routine that I think we have all adjusted to and it’s not don’t wear white after Labor Day well maybe kinda.

I think the true New Year is September specifically Labor Day weekend or Labor Day itself. Think about it what happens or should I say begins the first week in September? So much that is! How many events start in September or that first week.

School for one. What comes into your life but new teachers, books, friends and after school activities. Think about it most of us are either in school or our children attend schools. The back to school activities change our lives our routines so much but in January we return after a few weeks off nothing different than before the holidays except to wait til summer when real change begins again.

What else starts in September but of course tv series and sitcoms. They usually last from September to the beginning of May. I realize some of that has changed but seriously most tv shows new seasons or years premiere in September. Even Ellen and The View are touting how many years they have been on air and each new year for them starts when, September that’s right September.

Even Congress and the Supreme Court begin passing legislation and decisions in September after a summer recess. That is right we still use words like recess for adults getting time off from working so hard. Ironically though the bills they do pass generally don’t take effect until January First so I will give you that but compared to school beginning, having to mandate showing the allergy ingredients warnings on menus like calories in fast food restaurants isn’t a huge change like having to go to football practice everyday with your daughter. So yeah even politicians begin debating again in September.

What else initiates in September well award season that’s what. The MTV Video Music Awards and the Emmys are culmination of the years previous work given out in you guessed it September or is few days before. Yes all those awards begin just as fall shows its colors.

So much changes on or around Labor Day that I think we all need to accept that September isn’t to be disregarded as the month that has its only holiday as a day off from work but as the beginning or New Year just as those who are Jewish have known all along when they celebrate their religious New Year Rosh Hashanah every year in September. So maybe we should all realize it is time to say Happy New Year in September.

-Jennie Nawrocki

The wearing of white after Labor Day is all a personal choice but the Labor Day marker of a new beginning for starting to wear long sleeves and long pants to stay warm isn’t.