Jessica F. Hinton

I am a writer, wife, a mom to two girls, and the blogger behind the blog, Jessica F. Hinton. I like novels and good sentences and cupcakes. I am here because writing and staying close to those who "get me" is what reminds me of the value of sharing our stories and staying connected to others.

Some Favorite Pins

I was slow to “take” to Pinterest. I was slow because I think I never really understood it’s value beyond its uses as a social media tool for anyone ordinary or super-ordinary person hoping to attract more attention to the things they find interesting. It can be that, I’ve realized, but it is for me (and I’m sure for many others bloggers, professionals, creative people, human beings) a really valuable personal tool ....more

Being happy is more important than being right

Choosing happiness over being right is hard, especially when you know that you are right! But… sometimes being right and focusing on just how right we are blinds us to what exists beyond that. Sometimes, we lose sight of how our preoccupation with our right side makes us under-occupied with the subjectivity of all truths, that everything we know is a product of what we choose to believe of it ....more

Have a Wonderful Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? I had all these plans this week to get a lot of writing done here and elsewhere, but then life happened. Summer, sunshine, blue skies, and children make doing things in an ordered and planned fashion nearly impossible ....more


If you know me in real life, you likely know this truth. I often get lost when I’m driving. I am okay at reading directions, yes ....more

The Day My Daughter Found Out I Have a Dad

For as long as my children have lived, they’ve assumed that I have only one parent: a mom. I didn’t have a dad because I never talked about having a dad. I never talked about having a dad because, in my mind, I don’t have a dad. Or, I did have a dad, but he died in 2008, two years before my oldest was born. So, since he wasn’t living when we conceived my first daughter and he wasn’t living when she was born, he had no meaning, beyond DNA, to their lives. So I didn’t talk about him…ever. ...more

the secret lives of parents

For as long as my children have lived they’ve assumed that I have only one parent, a mom. I didn’t have a dad because I never talked about having a dad. I never talked about having a dad because, in my mind, I don’t have a dad ....more


“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life ....more

10 Things I Wish I Knew In College

My little brother graduated from college yesterday at the same school I graduated from eight years earlier. Feeling rather old and sentimental, as I walked on campus yesterday, for the first time in years, I reflected on who I was then, how I’ve changed, and this list of all the things I wish I knew when I was still...more

Some Things

Some things. I wrote an essay for xoJane. It’s about periods and my daughters, or more specifically how I want to talk to my daughters about the periods which they will one day have ....more

On Flying |Listen to Your Mother DC 2014

I think I’ve waited two days to write anything about Listen to Your Mother DC 2014 because I’ve been waiting for the moment when I had something more substantial to say beyond, “It was amazing.” To be clear, it was amazing. The show was amazing. My fellow cast of amazing women were, well, amazing ....more