Jackie grew up at her family's owned and operated resort, Allenberry, in Boiling Springs, PA. Her grandfather, Charles, purchased the private estate in 1944 and converted the limestone buildings, some dating back to the late 1700's, into a summer resort where guests could come to dine, swim, play tennis, see a play, and spend the night. Jackie's nonfiction stories describe what it was like to grow up in this special setting—and what it's like now to visit as an adult with her young son. Although the work is based on a specific place, it examines the universal themes of family, identity, and growing up. Currently, Jackie is working on turning her essays into a memoir.