July 27, 2017 0

My Summer of Allowing

Posted by:Janet Neal

It started with Paris. I woke up one day with the thought “I need to go to Paris”. It seemed like a lovely idea, and also a slightly audacious one. I shared it with my daughter, who said “Well then…why not?” I laughed at the idea that I could just pick up and go –…

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June 29, 2017 0

Falling Without Fear

Posted by:Janet Neal

I used to like high places. I loved to climb trees as a child and look down between the branches to the world below. I loved roller coasters – the higher the better – and talked my nervous children into riding them with me. I’d hike up a mountain and stand on the top to…

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June 23, 2017 0

Biased Against Myself

Posted by:Janet Neal

Last week our local newspaper ran the following headline: Montclair Mom To Challenge Frelinghuysen For Congress. Here is my reaction/internal conversation: “Oh, good for her! She must have really said ‘enough is enough’.” Then I read the article. It began…. U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen has a new challenger in New Jersey… a former Navy pilot,…

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November 15, 2015 0

Living in the “Before” Picture

Posted by:Janet Neal

Here we go again. The cookies have all been eaten – mostly wolfed down in the past few days. Bags of “junk” have been sent off with others not in quite the same dire state. Charts have been made, intentions sent. Ready, set….go. Again. Here’s the thing: I wasn’t feeling all that awful. Yes, I…

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February 27, 2015 0

Live Like You Are Dying

Posted by:Janet Neal

Apparently David Bowie knew he was dying. He planned out and executed all that he wanted to achieve before he left, including a new album, which hit on his birthday, only 2 days before his death. He sounds very much like a man who grabbed for all that life had to muster in his final…

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February 23, 2015 0

A Story and a Smile

Posted by:Janet Neal

This morning, after working out, I threw on my warmest coat and hat over my sweats and headed out to drop off my daughter’s car at the repair shop. The temperature was 21 degrees, with a wind chill of 10 degrees. Winter has finally arrived, at least temperature-wise. Before I dropped off the car, I…

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