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Janet believes in the transformational power of storytelling and has built her career around harnessing this power -- for herself, for communities, for companies. Everyone has a story to tell. What's yours?

CURRENT ONGOING PROJECTS: Media Strategist @ Norfolk Chamber Music Festival | Write On! Workshop Creator/Teacher @ Mental Health Connecticut and idontmind | Consulting Editor @ 55+ Life magazine | Senior Editor @ Different Leaf magazine | Founder/Editor @ All Souls Witchy Women Podcast and Blog | Memoir "Finding Our Way: A Mother and Son's Journey Through Schizophrenia."

Here is a sampling of Janet's recent published work.

Meet John Tuite, the voice of UConn sports

John Tuite started doing University of Connecticut basketball game play-by-play calls when he was a kid in Storrs. He recorded the UConn band performing the national anthem on his new tape recorder — “to make it more realistic” — and then started calling mock games as he tossed a basketball into a baby carriage. Today, Tuite has spent decades recreating that childhood fantasy as the play-by-play announcer for the UConn men’s soccer team on the university’s radio station, WHUS, since 1982. He’s

What’s Great About Aging?

A look at the upside of getting older Let’s just get the body thing out of the way. Yes, exercise and healthy eating habits can help make your aging body last longer and stay in better working condition. But the reality is that at some point our bodies start to break down as we get older. My point is that this inevitable part of aging is NOT what’s great about getting older. You can come up with all the mental games and positive affirmations you want about this change, but it won’t prevent the

New discoveries are changing what we know of the first people and their world

Catherine Labadia, an archaeologist at the State Historic Preservation Office, was on vacation when the first text came in from fellow archaeologist David Leslie. The picture on her phone was of a channel flake, a stone remnant associated with the creation of spear points used by Paleoindians, the first humans known to enter the region more than 10,000 years ago. “I responded, ‘Is this what I think it is?’ ” “It most definitely is,” texted back Leslie, who was on site at the Avon excavation with

Will cannabis drive business in the Adirondacks?

While towns consider whether to opt out, some say the park is perfect for marijuana tourism Cannabis advocates may have done a happy dance March 31 when New York State became the 16th state to legalize adult recreational cannabis use, but so far Adirondack Park town officials are taking a wait-and-see approach. The governor’s office is projecting that the adult-use cannabis market could reach $4 billion statewide upon maturity and generate up to $350 million annually in tax revenue. The Mariju

Connecticut is the witch hazel capital of the world—and it’s harvest time

It’s likely that if you use just about any skin care item, you’re using something that had its beginnings in a Connecticut forest. That’s because nearly all of the world’s witch hazel comes from American Distilling in East Hampton, which in turn gets most of its witch hazel from Connecticut’s state forests. “If you look at the ingredients label and if it says witch hazel, chances are it came from here,” says Bryan Jackowitz, vice president of American Distilling and president of Dickinson’s Bran

Looking back over pandemic summer, some Adirondacks businesses saw 'best year ever'

Not all of the economic news is as grim as the virus Even as COVID-19 has ravaged the American economy, the pandemic has proven an economic boon for some in the Adirondack Park. Yes, many restaurants, some hotels and motels, and most arts and entertainment venues continue to struggle. But for others who could more easily pivot to different operating models or who make their living outdoors, nature seekers have delivered cash and consolation. In some ways the Adirondack Park was perfectly posi

A Summer to Survive

Predicting the 2020 Adirondack Park tourism season’s crucial cash infusion is like trying to read a crystal ball. It’s a murky crystal ball, at that. The variables include the success of a state-mandated, four-phase reopening of the economy. If that goes well, there’s still the question of whether visitors will actually travel and stay in the park. The numbers in the tourism hub of Essex County—home to Lake Placid—show why many are worried. Based on occupancy taxcollections, 70% of business in

Cellist Laura Cetilia on Positive Space

When she’s not playing in symphonies, cellist Laura Cetilia leaves melody behind to explore improvised, experimental sound. Ask many of today’€s classically trained musicians to improvise, and you’€™re likely to be met with fear and anxiety. Not so for Providence, Rhode Island, cellist Laura Cetilia. She revels in living in the musical in-between. Cetilia still loves her Mahler and Britten—she plays in the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra—€”but

How to Provide for Your Disabled Adult Child’s Future

All parents worry about what will happen to their children after they die. Parents of adult children with a chronic disability have an additional concern: whether the child will have financial security. The good news is that an option does exist to help provide some security for your adult disabled child, and you don’t have to cut into your own retirement savings to take advantage of it. You also don’t have to risk alienating your other children by naming this child a favored beneficiary in you

Sarah C. Butler: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Maine photographer Sarah C. Butler photographs her mother’s dilapidated home and rediscovers their relationship amid the chaos. When photographer Sarah C. Butler first visited her mother after getting a call from her mother’s husband that he was concerned about her health, she agreed to the trip with trepidation. She and her mother had had a tumultuous relationship, and she had not visited her mother in eight years, a time during which her mother had purchased her “dream” home not far from the

Joanne Francis: Here's to Libeeration!

Joanne Francis of Portsmouth Brewery in New Hampshire creates a new beer for women who don’t give a fuck. At first glance it sounds like a joke. A craft beer aimed at menopausal women? With herbs and spices designed to possibly help symptoms? Cue the laugh track. But Joanne Francis, co-owner of Portsmouth Brewery, is serious in the way that only a woman of a certain age can be serious, as in she’s been around enough to know what she’s doing — and if you don’t get it, well then, your loss. (See

Sarah C. Butler: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Maine photographer Sarah C. Butler photographs her mother’s dilapidated home and rediscovers their relationship amid the chaos. When photographer Sarah C. Butler first visited her mother after getting a call from her mother’s husband that he was concerned about her health, she agreed to the trip with trepidation. She and her mother had had a tumultuous relationship, and she had not visited her mother in eight years, a time during which her mother had purchased her “dream” home not far f
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