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I’m not THAT Jennifer Mally!
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Posted by: Jen @ 1:21 pm

I’m 20 years older, much more attractive (at least in my own mind) and have never done anything quite so awful as the Jennifer Mally in Paradise Valley, Arizona.  They say that any publicity is good publicity, though I’m not quite so sure.  My life’s work is about creating happy and whimsical art — and in a small way trying to promote a little goodness in the world with my greeting card line Have A Heart Creations.  And then someone with my name comes along and does something no adult, woman or man, should ever do.  It makes me sad.

I’ve gotten all sorts or traffic at my website, and under any other circumstances, that would be quite exciting.  Except that all these people Googling “Jennifer Mally” and finding my website aren’t looking for me — they’re looking for dirt.  How ironic, to spend a decade working at trying to get publicity for your company and website, along with your efforts at promoting positive and good and happy human connections (not to mention, sell a card or two) – with slow, slow progress — and then another Jennifer Mally does something bad and it takes off like wild fire.

What kind of twisted sort of people are we?  We seek out the distasteful and sad stories about people who are hurt, adults who are damaged, children who are taken advantage of, and worse.  Is that news?  Is that entertainment?  What does that say about us?

I guess what this Jennifer Mally, in Des Moines, Iowa, does is really pretty boring.  But someone’s got to do it, because we need exposure to the “good stuff” in the world too.  Even if it means I only make one person feel better for one short moment, then I’ve done something to help make this a more positive world to live in.  What have you done lately?

The back of every card I make says it all…

“What I make and sell and give are moments.  Moments that conveniently and snuggly fit inside an envelope.  These aren’t moments of any earth-shaking proportions.  They are quiet and simple.  You may smile.  You may sigh.  You may not.  But in these moments, something, I think, quite profound happens — our lives touch.  And if you choose to share that moment with someone else, then another life comes into the fold.  I put every good thing I know into every card I make so that every person, every life, that I touch feels better — if only for just a moment.”

I challenge you to do something good with this moment — to extend a hand and help someone else, to find a way to make something right out of a wrong, to give a reason for someone to smile, to make this world a better place — one moment, one person at a time.

You may not make the 6:00 news, but you may just make a positive difference in someone’s life for one single, solitary moment.  And that’s enough…for now.

5 Responses to “I’m not THAT Jennifer Mally!”

  1. Arizona News Searcher Says:
    You are very good looking - I agree. I’m glad you posted this note because you website was coming up in the search and you also own the domain name of your name - very smart! Great website and wish you the best!
  2. Deb in AZ Says:
    Hi Jennifer, I would probably not have found your web had it not been the “other” Jen’s notoriety here in the Phoenix area. I really like your designs and was wondering if you do any dog designs? We are an Akita dog rescue group and thought your style would be something refreshing that we could use for Thank Yous to donors, and placement anniversaries for our adopters. Thank you, Deb
  3. KaitBlack Says:
    Its funny really, Jennifer Mally (from paradise valley) was my english teacher in my freshman year of highschool, and yes all they want is dirt. It tickles my that there are so many Mallys!! Btw your art is so magical and adorable, keep up the amazing work. -Kait
  4. Anonymous Says:
    Hello Jennifer, I am sorry you had to go through what you did because of the Jennifer Mally in Phoenix. I doubt that you know this, but you are probably related to our family. You’ll be happy to know that my son has now divorced Jennifer and thank god it is over. We are not happy that she spread our family name across the country and dirtied it. We are proud of our family and my husband would like to know who your parents are. Would you mind getting back to me? Jennifer has some definite mental hang ups and obviously this is one of them. My husband was born and raised in the Elkhart, Iowa area. Please get back to me. Thanks for your time, Karen
  5. Jen Says:
    Karen - I’m unable to access your e-mail to send a message back to you, so I hope you get this. I am married to Mike Mally. His parents were Dot & Cap (Dorotha & Marion). He grew up in Berwick, Iowa. Jen

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