As a young professor, I would walk into the classroom, settle in, greet students as they walked into class and begin by saying, “Hi. My name is JoAnne,” and then continue to introduce the course.

In the years after receiving my Ed.D. degree, I was hesitant to use the title…

Rosie with me in airlline check-in line July 5, 2021

I was reaching into the loose carrots, one hand wrapped in a plastic bag, the other holding Rosie’s leash. I heard only, “It’s illegal.” Her voice was angry, the woman in the organic banana section of our local grocery store. I knew the comment was aimed at me. …

Here are some facts:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

2.8 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury every year;

More than 56,000 people die every year as a result of TBI;

Causes of TBI include motor vehicle crashes, falls, sport and recreation related injuries, and assaults;

5.3 million Americans have…

I sat stunned, numb, and disbelieving, watching rioters take over the Capitol building, ransack congressional offices, deface the beautiful Capitol building and chat with police, while sitting on the Capitol steps, as if they were on a Covid 19 outside gathering.

I saw a woman on a gurney, blood all…

JoAnne Silver Jones

Author of Headstrong: Surviving a traumatic brain injury, Professor Emeritus, Springfield College, Massachusetts, love family, friends, the ocean and my dog

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