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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 | Associate editor @ Outlander Cast Blog | 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.

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

Write On! Encouraging Young Adults To Share Stories, Confront Mental Health Stigma

I created a workshop through Mental Health Connecticut for young adults with mental illness to learn how writing could help them in their recovery and in the hopes that in sharing their stories they could help end the stigma around mental illness. I've taught the workshop, called Write On!, three times. At the end of this last session, WNPR interviewed me and two of the students, who also shared their stories. This link is that interview and gives a sense of what this writing program, which I plan to do in other places, can do to change lives.

Rick Reyes' Love Songs to Puerto Rico

Rick Reyes of Bridgeport, Connecticut, shares love of his native music via his Puerto Rican songbook project. Musician Rick Reyes may have been born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, but his heart and his music lie in Puerto Rico. Which is one reason he’s created the Puerto Rican songbook project: It’s his way of sharing a piece of Puerto Rico with the world. Reyes, who refers to his Connecticut hometown as “Bridgeportorico,” moved back to Puerto Rico when he was a young child. He lived there until

Chef Bun Lai - Invasive Species-to-Table

At Miya’s Sushi in New Haven, the usual is unusual. On the menu? Killer bees, poisonous vipers, and stingrays. When I interview chef Bun Lai of Miya’s Sushi in New Haven, Connecticut, he has just wrapped filming a TV series in which he travels the world creating new dishes from exotic invasive species. Think a hot, Asian Andrew-Zimmern-of-Bizarre Foods-goes-green kind of thing. On the menu? Killer bees, poisonous vipers, and stingrays. “It’s really about having us open our minds to other ways

Outlander and Lady Porn

Jamie and Claire epitomize this in spades. We watch them fall in love gradually. They are the perfect couple once they do fall in love. Not because they don’t fight or have issues, but because they work them out. Claire is a strong, savvy woman who knows — and says — what she wants and thinks! Jamie is an evolved man! He says he’s wrong. He makes changes. For God’s sake, he tosses away centuries of men owning women and telling them what to do and holds a dagger to his chest saying he won’t ever
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