About Me

I’m the woman you see at the grocery store: no make-up, hair in a haphazard pony tail, worn jeans and a stained t-shirt. What you don’t see is that I’m complicated and interesting on the inside–just like you! I’m the mother of four incredible children, the wife of Rene, and a friend to many. I’ve been a piano teacher for over thirty years, and when I’m not being paid to nag other people’s children to practice, I’m either tending to my flower garden, or somewhere with my nose in a book. After writing in my head for most of my adult life, I finally finished a novel. LOST IN OAXACA was published by She Writes Press in April, 2020.

6 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Aurora Szostak April 7, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Dear Jessica, I knew Terri Toon from CHLA. In 1976, I was treated for Ewing Sarcoma, bone cancer and at the time was 16 years old. Terri was there when I was being treated, and I drew to her like a magnet, looked up to her as she gave me all kinds of advice. I talked to here 2 days before she died, and her death inspired me not to give up as she never did. I was thinking of her today and googled her name and found you, amazing. Thank you for writing this,
    Aurora Massari Szostak

    • Allegro non tanto April 7, 2014 at 11:16 am #

      It meant so much to me to hear from you and know that you survived your cancer and are here so many years later to inspire others. It’s incredible that it’s been forty years! Cancer is so awful in so many ways, but it is also amazing in the sense that it connects and inspires people so deeply. I never knew Terri other than seeing her in the hallways at school, but I remember her being so bright and full of life. She just had a kind of magnetic presence about her. Thank you for taking the time to write your note to me–I really appreciate it.
      Jessica Winters Mireles

  2. Aurora Szostak April 7, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

    Dear Jessica, thank you for your response. Did your daughter survive her cancer? All my best, please keep in touch. Aurora

    • Allegro non tanto April 7, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

      Yes, she did survive! She’s now nine and cancer free. We have been so blessed.

  3. frenchc1955 October 16, 2015 at 11:54 am #

    Thank you for following my blog!


  1. My Amazing Life: Feeling Like a Hollowed out Tree - September 13, 2014

    […] her wisdom and insights with us here today. Be sure to read more of her writing on her blog: Allegro Non Tanto.¬† Be sure to leave her some comment love below and share her words of wisdom with […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: