Laura  Jean  Baker

August 24, 2018

Honored for my essay on gender equality and marriage to be featured on Longreads.  Please find an excerpt below along with a link to the full essay!

"Four years ago, in the nook of our L-shaped kitchen on Hazel Street, my husband Ryan — equal partner in marriage —...

May 29, 2018

“Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing.” – Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!  

Hey, everybody: we’re finally graduating from daycare!

After thirteen years spent plugging the preschool meter, we’r...

May 19, 2018

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week and in support of better funding for public education nation-wide, I wrote this piece for

"Today as Leo trudges off to school, I can’t help but wonder if Act 10 — and all the attacks on public education — are partly to b...

May 8, 2018

My essay for last week:

"I could plainly see that Fortnite fosters collaboration. Leo’s squad member slipped him Slurp Juice, saving him from total demise. Together they resourcefully collected supplies to build bridges, ramps, walls, and forts that serve...

April 27, 2018

I published an essay on The Washington Post online this week.  The link can be found below:

When a 'natural' mother considers plastic surgery.

"As it turned out, the label I gave myself didn’t fit so well. Do any, really? I naturally birthed my babies, but I also enterta...

April 3, 2018

I published a short piece at  It can be found below.  Enjoy.

Red Flags in Writing Class: Surviving their violent fantasies and targeted rage

March 27, 2018

A lawyer and a writer walk into a bar. Sounds like the set-up for a joke, but it’s actually the way my criminal defense attorney husband and I do business.

At one of two watering holes on Main Street – Gardina’s Wine Bar & Café or Ruby Owl Tap Room – we meet to begin cr...

March 22, 2018

The Chamber of Commerce probably keeps a blacklist with my name on it. It’s not that I don’t love Oshkosh, Wisconsin, but the city is to me what Gloversville, New York, is to Richard Russo – raw material that can’t be manufactured into art without emitting little puffs...

March 13, 2018

I could never land a job in retail, marketing, or sales. I’d make a sorry huckster; a failed auctioneer. I couldn’t sell dogma to my own cult. As a creative writing exercise, I once drafted a resume of my shortcomings to replace the one in which I try to sell myself; t...

March 7, 2018

Birthdays are a numbers game, and everybody plays according to their own algorithms.

For example, my grandmothers Jean and Alta lived to 96 and (one month shy of) 101, respectively, such that I optimistically calculate 98.5 as my finish line. At 40 years old now, I’m no...

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