About Jana Greene


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Welcome to my little piece of Real(ity)Estate on the web!

So what you should you know about me?

There are the usual stats and facts:

I am happily married and head-over-heels in love with my husband. He really is – cliche not withstanding – my best friend, and I’m so glad to be doing this crazy life with him. We have been together for ten years, and have blended a family that contains three grown daughters; two mine, one his. I adore those daughters like mad. The blending is harder and sweeter and more challenging  and more rewarding than I could have imagined. We are now empty-nesters, which is both weird and wonderful.

I’ve worked at insurance and real estate agencies, mortgage companies, law offices, and as a day-care teacher. As a single mother I worked several at a time – including a hardware store paint-slinger and as a part-time hotel maid.  All were character building.  But I’ve been a writer – legit or not – since I could hold a crayon.

I am imperfect all the way.  As a writer,  I use the dreaded “three dots”…too often and cannot bear to part with the text-forbidden smiley faces :) and sometimes use run-on sentences because I think they convey stream-of-consciousness better and yes, I know all of these are against the Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style” guidelines.  I have written for a small  local paper,and although I couldn’t make a living at it, it was the best job I ever had.  Also, I have a terrible “wordiness” problem, but I’m working on it.  Sort-of.  I write for the selfish reason that it helps me productively process the pain and pleasure in life when I pour words onto a page.  And for the selfless reason that I cannot help anyone else find the “Bread of Life” if I don’t show them where I found it.

Because, all of these things I tell you about me, are true, but none define me.  I am a Christian and a beggar.  That is my most accurate self-description.

In 2001, I came to the end of myself and all of my delusions of put-together-ness, which is to say – I got sober.  If you know me even casually, you know I am an alcoholic. I haven’t had a drink in that long, but I am still – forever – in recovery, something that keeps me humble and coming back for more of what got me clean in the first place.  Every single day.

I keep it “out there” because there is somebody, somewhere who is hiding bottles and drinking that “two” beers just to stop the shaking and who is so, so, ashamed. I know shame.  Or maybe he/she is addicted to drugs, or porn, or the approval of others –  it’s all the same to your soul – or cannot seem to find a reason to wake up in the morning.  I can’t tell you how to fix it, but I can tell you who can.  I can tell you that I 100% expected to die during that hard time, and sometimes would have considered it a relief. I still have bad days (that “One Day at a Time” thing…) but I have the clarity to enjoy the GOOD ones, of which there are many.  Faith and humor are key.  Oh, and boundaries, on occassion.

One Day at a time, by the Grace of God.
Even if I might have bad days, or whine a little.  You know, just to keep it real!

One beggar showing another beggar where she found food. When I couldn’t love myself enough to lift myself up, I crawled back to Jesus, and He  said “You look hungry… come to the table!”  Redemption is the best feast ever.

– Jana Greene

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22 thoughts on “About Jana Greene

  1. Is this you, Jana? You’re blogging! You figured out widgets and more. Good for you. I sure hope it’s you because if not, someone’s going to be really confused why I’m talking to Jana on their blog. Lol. Keep writing. You’re good at it!

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  2. Hi Jana…. I know we have crossed paths before and I came across your blog again today…. so thought I would stop in and say Hi.

    Our stories bear some similarities and I can relate to much of what you say in this post.

    I too am a believer, but reluctant to use the word Christian at this stage of my life as in my community, it appears to have largely ceased to mean follower of Christ. Wow did that sound judgmental?Hmmmm…. let me try again. I don’t relate much at this time to the perspectives of many who claim loudly to be Jesus’ representatives. There, that was much better.

    I too am sober a number of years and follow a 12 step program. And I do so cautiously as I have found that AA too is often practiced as a religion, even though many claim to be “spiritual, not religious”.

    But whatever. I am sober, sane, and I believe the Bible and that Jesus was who he said he was.

    All the best… and see you on the blogs. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    Ciao.

    Chaz

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  3. Hello, Chaz.
    I won’t judge you for judging yourself as judgemental (lol) but I know what you mean. I have been referring to myself as a Christ-follower more and more. We are Christians, very true, but somehow that word has come to mean something different to the world-at-large, it seems. People generally think they know “all about” Christians already, but I think they need to see more “following” of Christ. You know, less of the “trying to bake” and more of simply showing others where we found the bread.
    God bless you and yours, and I’m grateful for your readership!

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  4. I am so happy to have found this page today. I just read the I have always had a fondness for writing, (my mother was an unpublished writer) … but never thought that what I had to say or the way that I said it would be of any value to anyone. I have been busy my whole life, as you were, with a multitude of jobs to survive. Now I am out of work and looking for more, hence on-line more than usual. I am at a crossroads in my life and today I am here writing on this page. I couldn’t have predicted this for today while frantically searching for a job. What will the universe unearth for me today? What’s around the next corner? I am eager and hopeful. You inspire me.
    Thanks.

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  5. Wow! Thank you, Christine! I say – write and write lots. I’ve never regretted writing, but I’ve often regretted the things I haven’t. So many times, I think, “I’ll write about that later,” and I forget (that happens more and more the older I get.) God bless you on your word journey!

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  6. Jana
    I just your blog about Phillip Seymour Hoffman was forwarded to me by an AA friend. WOW is all I can say. I have been sober for a very long time and know I am still a drink away from a drunk. I don’t dare forget it. Your story went to the core. Hopefully it will help some to become believers.

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  7. God Bless you for what you do and what you contribute to society. You are truly one of the wonderful miracles that God has put in our lives.

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  8. I can relate in so many ways… especially regarding the ellipses (ellipises?) and the run-on sentences. Lol. Thank you for carrying the message and I am glad I found you. 🙂

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  9. I don’t know how I found you, but glad I did. I am 29 years recovery myself, so we are in the same floating boat. Keep it coming, Peggy, Houston, TX

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  10. God has a way of bringing us kindred spirits together, doesn’t He?
    I’m a native Houstonian too. Congrats on your 29 years – That’s amazing!
    Thanks so much for your readership, and God bless you 🙂

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  11. I love your humor! It seems we all take Jesus and life….just way too serious these days!!!Your blog is such a blessing. Dunno how I stumbled across it, but I’m trying to figure out how to mark it. I’m praising God that I have found it! Be blessed!

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