Joanne Nelson

Writer, Psychotherapist

Joanne Nelson is a psychotherapist, educator and writer living in Hartland, WI with her family. She has published essays and poetry, and recently co-authored the build-a-book fiction project Where Do I Begin? One Woman’s Story.

Essay: Love Lost

Feb 12, 2016
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If you needed reminding, Sunday is Valentine’s Day. And Lake Effect essayist Joanne Nelson uses the occasion to think about her Milwaukee girlhood and loves gone by.

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If we’re very lucky, one of our enduring memories is being read to by one or both of our parents. Lake Effect essayist Joanne Nelson was fortunate enough to have that experience:

At night my mother and I would crawl into her bed with potato chips and a bowl of her homemade dip between us, the family dog at our feet, tail thumping, always hopeful. We ignored his begging and concentrated on our reading material; me with my Little House books, Mom with her Good Housekeeping and McCall’s.

Essay: Hangers

Aug 14, 2015
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A few months ago, we introduced you to a woman who helps people downsize, or eliminate a household.  That can happen when someone dies, or moves into assisted living.  It is, physically, a big job, but as Lake Effect essayist Joanne Nelson can attest, the job’s emotional toll is just as large: