I am Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson.

The girl with the ridiculously long name.

I know. It is a mouthful, and no one ever calls me all of that, so you can just call me Renée. Or Nay. Or if you want to get all fancy and French, you can call me Née.

I can tell you are digging me and you’d like to take our cyber friendship to the next level.

I’m so glad you asked!

When my son was a wee thing, I started my own business as a professional organizer. In helping people to organize their external messes, I witnessed the strong (and often irrational) connection people sometimes have to certain physical possessions.

Now in my 40s and muddling through a divorce, I’ve been forced to face my own invisible messes, including my horrifying experience withdrawing from Klonopin, a highly addictive psychiatric medication, which I started taking in 2005.

After 30 months of intense suffering, I’ve been resurrected – a phoenix, come from the ashes, ready to battle doctors and big Pharma, while offering empathic support to those still suffering protracted withdrawal symptoms.

I also write about divorce and, sometimes, I post pictures of my artwork.

A perfectionist by nature, I still like everything in its place.

And yet.

I am learning to find beauty in the chaos.

Because it’s true.

Life doesn’t fit in a file folder.

*Comments opened on 1/15/12, Revised 1/30/16

53 responses to “About

  1. I just read your post on Sluiter Nation. It was absolutely beautiful! I look forward to following your blog. 🙂



    • Hi Marie! Thank you for your kind words and for the follow. I do my best to respond to everyone.

      All the time.

      I’m kind of anal about it.

      I hope I wasn’t a one hit wonder.

      On Fridays I have folks who share their guests posts. This year they are sharing #LessonsLearned. And they are not always lessons learned in school. But sometimes they are. I hope you enjoy. I will check you out on blogspot very soon. 😉


  2. Thank you for all you do.


  3. Love this! Found you through the jean blog, and was curious, as I lived in NOLA for three years myself. Going to have a look around here.


  4. I really like twits, and I especially like twits who recognize their twittiness.


  5. Hi Renee. I look forward to trying to keep up with you. I’m enjoying your blog.


  6. A teacher for 20 years? You can’t possibly be that old, or is the pic not recent… 🙂


  7. Awww….! I’m so much glad to find your creative world of outstanding thoughts and being in touch with a teacher, who is just 1 year elder than me, Renee. Thanks a lot for stopping by my lil world and follow me back. Have a great time ahead. Cheers.\m/ 🙂



  8. Renée,
    TBF brought you to Le Clown, and you did a good job luring Le Clown around here. For that, félicitations ! One day, remind me to share my daughter’s name with you… She will hate us. I’ll be browsing your posts this week. So if I can bother you for a glass of water and some prosciutto, I’ll make myself comfortable. I will even take my shoes off.
    Le Clown


  9. Hi Renee! Your blog is fun and sassy -I love your spunk!
    Your vocab idea is very fun, too!
    Looking forward to browsing now that I ‘know’ you a little better! 😉


  10. I love your tagline … “Life doesn’t always fit in a file folder.” Very cool and very true 🙂


  11. Hi Renée. Nice blog you have going here. I think you are funny, but I’m not one of those people who found you by googling “hot teachers in bad girl costumes”. LOL! Keep up the great writing! I’m looking forward to reading more.


  12. I am so glad I’m not the only one with a very long name.


  13. Likewise. Seeker is easier to say my full legal name. Anyway, I have signed up to read your post. I’ll be seeing you then.


  14. Lovely blog, happily now following


  15. Marcy Bruckstein

    I found your blog through your piece about what to give for a bat mitzvah gift. We just celebrated my daughter’s bat mitzvah on Saturday, and I’m de-stressing now. She did fabulous, the party was fabulous, and every gift was cash or checks, with the exception of 1 i-tunes gift card and some earrings from 2 of her friends. She loved both of those gifts, but she did appreciate the money as well. She knows its for her future. Anyway, I’m enjoying your blog; will keep following.


  16. Where are all the hot teachers in bad girl costumes??? Ugh, foiled by Google again. You seem very Type A and possibly overly anal retentive. I shall enjoy that.


  17. Hi Renée – I too, found your blog when helping a fellow Gentile friend determine what would be an appropriate gift for her husband’s boss’ son’s bar mitzvah. (Yikes – say THAT three times fast!) And as I read a few other posts, I absolutely fell in love with your written voice. So now in my head we’re fast friends. Anyway, I am currently detoxing from Google Reader (where my blog subscriptions numbered over 150) and have moved to Feedly, where I’m trying to clean up my act. I just added your blog and I thought you might like to know the category – “General Greatness”.
    Have a fabulous day!
    Your new BFF,


    • Hi Kimberly! I saw that you wrote this a while back, but I couldn’t figure out where it landed! I don’t know if you are still following along, but thank you for your kind words a few months ago! Sorry that I am so technologically impaired that it took me so long to accidentally find you. Oy! 🙂 I hope I didn’t steer you wrong at your husband’s boss’s son’s BM.


  18. Hello Renee! I’ve decided to read and follow 15 interesting and new blogs a day every day for the first month of 2015, and yours is today’s #3! Feel free to come visit me when you can at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and follow if you like what you read. Happy new year and happy blogging!


  19. Letting you know Renee…thinking of you, hope things are improving, your growing excited about MORE life, lah-de-dah-de-dah and all that stuff!

    Hurry up and return to blogging Beautiful! 🙂


    • Professor Taboo: Thank you for continuing to stand by me in 2015. This year has been AWFUL, but you have helped me to continue to believe in myself. Every day, I’m feeling a little bit stronger. I’m a good person, a good friend, an artist and a writer ~ a seer. I’m going to come thru this thing, I am.

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      • And you will find a deeper appreciation for the little things, the good things, the joyous things, AND be more empathetic with those who also go through it. You are an incredible person and now even more so because of these hard times, truly! ❤ 🙂


  20. You know… I really tried to check where you live, to find out if you ‘really’ were dating the same guy I did. LOL. I guess we should find out privately. *grin*
    I admire your strength!! I truly do!


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