While Kathleen and Jemima know it will be impossible to duplicate the dynamic work and community building done by Josilyn and Tasha, they are so excited to have the opportunity to work with our team of extraordinary and brave BVTMB writers, local moms, and families throughout the state.
Kathleen and Jemima share a passion for social justice, women’s empowerment, gourmet cooking, and discovering every hidden gem our gorgeous state holds. They love pick-your-own, farm stands, burger nights, local musicians and artists, and maple breakfasts. Both ladies are committed to Vermont moms and are thrilled to see where this new journey takes them.
Jemima and Kathleen met in the hardened back alleys of the Essex Junction Park and Recs Department baby playgroup. Their girls, barely toddlers at the time, promptly ignored each other in what can loosely be called “parallel play.” The moms, starved for adult conversation, talked so fast and vigorously at each other that laws of physics may have been breached. Dolphins rejoiced at their sonic melody and a deep friendship took root.
Years later, Kathleen’s son was born. Suddenly, Kathleen and Jemima felt the need to hit the road and go on lots and lots of local road trips. Exploring Vermont, gourmet cooking, swim lessons, and a shared love for playdates where children entertain themselves drew the two women together.
One fateful night, Jemima and Kathleen volunteered to judge The Moth Grandslam at the Flynn. Both women, passionate and opinionated, found themselves locked in respectful yet heated battles over decimal point disagreement in scores. If their friendship could handle the pressure of judging, plus plenty of road trip map errors, and years of pre and post-baby hormone fluctuations, the women realized that they had something special: an enduring friendship and a shared vision that could take them places, perhaps by way of a circuitous route. They are both fully committed to exploring and enjoying every detour this circuitous route takes them.
It is essential to note that Kathleen and Jemima are profoundly grateful for the mentoring and training that Tasha and Josilyn have provided them. Jemima and Kathleen are also so appreciative of their team of writers, both old and new, who make the blog as real and engaging as it is. Finally, they are both grateful for the local sponsors and businesses who understand that moms really do make 90% of household decisions and are a demographic that needs the easiest, the best, and the most cost-effective services.