The Jess Files

Jess vs. saying goodbye

“If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon or make a better mouse trap than his neighbors, though he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door ..." Today, we say “build a better mouse trap.”

Jess vs. The Oscars

On March 4, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the best films (and filmmakers) of 2017 at the 90th annual Academy Awards.

Jess vs. podcasts

I consider myself to be fairly sharp, fairly with it. I have varied interests, am well read, tech savvy and pay (semiregular) attention to current events. But there are some times—and some topics—when I find myself nodding along with colleagues and friends, absolutely clueless. At the top of that list? Podcasts.

Women aren’t funny*

Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is the funniest show not on TV, and exactly the kind of comedy America needs now.

Jess vs. plastic sacrifice

Ah, the holidays. Or as I like to think of them, that magical time of year when we all exchange Target gift cards. Going down a list and checking it twice is as old as Santa Claus. And giving gifts is a wonderful way to show someone you care and are thinking about them.

Jess vs. the arts

My husband and I recently enjoyed a trip to Japan, returning after 10 years to the spot we honeymooned (what feels like) so many years ago.

Jess vs. craft

Craft brewers—the heart and soul of this Oktoberfest issue—are small, independent and traditional. They’re passionate and driven. They treat every batch like an experiment that comes to a head (pun intended) at the precise intersection of artistic devotion and scientific experiment.

Jess vs. the tip of the iceberg

I’ve been to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I’ve experienced the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival festivities many, many times. I even worked for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce for years, helping with marketing and media relations for the Enshrinement Festival events put on by the Chamber.

Jess vs. the scrumptious seven

Right now, as you read this, we're finishing up our local faves issue (on newsstands August 21). In anticipation of our next issue, here it is, your handpicked, Jess-approved scrumptious seven day menu.

Jess vs. summer television

Fall television is all well and good, but winter is coming this summer and a solid programming lineup awaits. Read on for top picks in new series, returning favorites and bingeworthy streams.