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A blogcast for people who overthink. I'm Jan M. Flynn, a writer who thinks way too much about all kinds of things, so I know what that's like. Sometimes you need a little break from your brain — so here's a chance to get out of your own head for a bit, by getting into mine. Short, weekly episodes give you a glimpse into what's been on my mind: thoughts about life, the universe, and the weird or wonderful things people do. Occasionally I'll share some short fiction or poetry. Think of this as recess for your mind. Join me on my website at www.JanMFlynn.net, where you can leave a comment or suggestion on my blog page, and join my email list and receive a free download of my audio short story, "The Collector". Music courtesy of lesfm at pixabay.

Here's A Thought Jan M Flynn

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

A blogcast for people who overthink. I'm Jan M. Flynn, a writer who thinks way too much about all kinds of things, so I know what that's like. Sometimes you need a little break from your brain — so here's a chance to get out of your own head for a bit, by getting into mine. Short, weekly episodes give you a glimpse into what's been on my mind: thoughts about life, the universe, and the weird or wonderful things people do. Occasionally I'll share some short fiction or poetry. Think of this as recess for your mind. Join me on my website at www.JanMFlynn.net, where you can leave a comment or suggestion on my blog page, and join my email list and receive a free download of my audio short story, "The Collector". Music courtesy of lesfm at pixabay.

    Season 3, Episode 2: A Solution to the Woman Problem

    Season 3, Episode 2: A Solution to the Woman Problem

    Thanks to the recent Alabama Supreme Court decision that says frozen embryos in test tubes equal are human beings, yours truly has been listening to the fallout (for example, what this means for IVF treatments) and overthinking what this means.

    Clearly, the GOP has a real problem with the woman question. Luckily, I have a solution.

    Content advisory: political satire, mention of abortion, oblique references to Christian nationalism.

    Reference links:

    https://abcnews.go.com/US/indiana-reprimands-doctor-ohio-rape-victim-abortion/story?id=99612853

    https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2023/12/11/1218625460/texas-woman-who-sued-state-for-abortion-travels-out-of-state-for-procedure-inste#:~:text=Hourly%20News-,Texas%20abortion%20ban%20leads%20woman%20to%20leave%20state%20for%20emergency,Texas%20to%20get%20an%20abortion.

    https://www.newsweek.com/idaho-republican-representative-apologizes-womens-health-farm-animals-1773507

    https://apnews.com/article/alabama-frozen-embryos-conservative-christian-views-ruling-d9b7f720b5ef865ab35205ad36061f2d

    https://states.guttmacher.org/policies/?gad_source=1&gclid=Cj0KCQiA5-uuBhDzARIsAAa21T-SrxE6nlipaxKbWzVCiEGioglq_FhUfmZ2hELKUqeXanmd2g-CRJ8aAl15EALw_wcB

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Mountain_Mandate

    https://abc7chicago.com/abortion-ban-map-where-banned-restricted-protected/13299140/#:~:text=Idaho%20has%20one%20of%20the,state%20lines%20without%20parental%20consent.

    https://abcnews.go.com/US/idaho-governor-signs-abortion-trafficking-bill-law/story?id=98399580

    https://apnews.com/article/alabama-abortion-justice-department-2fbde5d85a907d266de6fd34542139e2

    https://www.axios.com/2023/11/15/us-abortion-ban-republican-president-2024-trump


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    • 10 min
    We're Back! Season 3, Episode 1: Yes to the Dress . . . And Now?

    We're Back! Season 3, Episode 1: Yes to the Dress . . . And Now?

    For a habitual overthinker like me, the happiest of occasions can cause a spiral. Especially when there's nothing to worry about. IYKYK, and if not, don't tell me to calm down.
    Support the showDo you have comments to share or an idea for an upcoming episode? Need something overthought? I'd love to hear from you!

    Email me at HeresAThought8@gmail.com
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    • 9 min
    Cheers to Episode 100! Now, Let's Get Serious

    Cheers to Episode 100! Now, Let's Get Serious

    In this episode, Here's A Thought reaches a milestone that a lot of podcasts never achieve — and that is entirely thanks to listeners like you. So I'm enormously appreciative.

    I'm also thinking deeply -- which is distinct, I hope, from overthinking — about the interview I did for another podcast I'm involved in, and how it was driven home to me by the recent news about Derek Chauvin — the former Minneapolis cop who was sentenced to 22 1/2 years for killing George Floyd in 2020 — being stabbed in prison.

    Whatever offense a convict has committed, violence, sexual assault, and dehumanizing conditions are not supposed to be part of the punishment.

    And the hard truth is that not everyone who is languishing in prison even belongs there.

    It's a reality that most of us are insulated from confronting — but after my  interview  with Dr. Greg Hampikian, co-founder of the Idaho Innocence Project, for an episode of the Crow's Feet: Life As We Age podcast (release date January 24, 2024), I've lost my insulation.

    I don't think that's a bad thing.

    Here's A Thought will be taking a hiatus after this episode -- so check out any of the previous ones you may have missed and please join me in the meantime at:
    Crow's Feet: Life As We Age -- on all major podcast platforms.

    Links for today's episodes:

    Dr. Greg Hampikian

    Idaho Innocence Project

    Amanda Knox

    Bureau of Justice Statistics, report cited on sexual victimization in prisons

    New York Times, November 27, 2023: "The Stabbing of Derek Chauvin: What We Know

    Jesse Lerner-Kinglake, Just Detention International

    Prison Policy Initiative

    Sharia Law and punishment


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    Support the showDo you have comments to share or an idea for an upcoming episode? Need something overthought? I'd love to hear from you!

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    • 14 min
    Of Turkeys, Real and Symbolic

    Of Turkeys, Real and Symbolic

    In  this 99th episode of Here's A Thought, we think about Thanksgiving, which is happening in the U.S. this week — what it means, what it's supposed to mean, how it started, and what happens when it doesn't live up to expectations: a meditation partly in rhyming verse for your consideration and (hopefully) amusement.

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    • 8 min
    The Box in My Closet That Haunts Me

    The Box in My Closet That Haunts Me

    I keep the journals I've written over the years — but now, as the recipient of the many private journals and diaries that my mother wrote over the course of decades, I'm rethinking whether I should hang onto mine. Or, hers.

    What's the right thing to do with my mother's journals? How do I respect her memories, especially when they're at odds with mine?

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    • 8 min
    What Horses Can Teach Us About Teenagers (and Writing)

    What Horses Can Teach Us About Teenagers (and Writing)

    In this 97th (!) episode of Here's A Thought, I offer the lessons that horses have taught me about adolescent humans (they have a surprising amount in common), and why I write for them — adolescents, that is, not horses.
     
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    Support the showDo you have comments to share or an idea for an upcoming episode? Need something overthought? I'd love to hear from you!

    Email me at HeresAThought8@gmail.com
    Or, contact me on my website at www.JanMFlynn.net
    Or, DM me on Twitter: @JanMFlynnAuthor

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    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

ULSimon ,

Highly enjoyable!

I listened to several episodes of Here’s a Thought on a long drive recently and was thoroughly entertained. They’re inspirational, witty, and thoughtful reflections on overthinking and life in general. The short episodes are perfect for when you’re short on time but also for when you have plenty of time and want to listen to several in a row. The topics are relevant to us all, and the podcaster’s voice is appealing and welcoming.

jeans in the kitchen ,

Jan’s overthinking hits the mark

Just when you thought some legislators couldn’t get any more clueless, Jan does a remarkably apt and hilarious job of helping some of them tell the difference between women and cows. To be fair, she gives credit where it is due (really?) and shows the many sides of the issue.

WarrenDeed ,

One of the best

Jan M Flynn is probably my favorite Medium writer and her "blogcast" features her excellent reading voice. Subscribe today.

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