Going back to school in my 30’s was the turning point in my life–my personal renaissance–and writing about it was a long and arduous process, because it was so important for me to get it right. I sent out my completed essay, “Re-Entry,” earlier this year, and it was published just this week in Jenny, an online journal from Youngstown State University.

Jenny is the nickname for Jennifer that my daughter disowned when she was five, but this Jenny is the Jeannette Blast Furnace in Youngstown Ohio, mentioned by Bruce Springsteen in his 1995 song “Youngstown.”

It will come as no surprise that Virginia Woolf enters into this account as she does most of my stories.