January 11, 2018 0

Power, Anxiety and the Need for Control

Posted by:Janet Neal

Part of the reason I like to hit the snooze button in the morning is the feeling of power over this “thing”: I’m not starting my day being told what to do. The other reasons are that morning sleep seems so much more satisfying, and my bed is especially cozy then. But mostly it’s that…

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December 28, 2017 0

A Missed Goal Lets the Light Shine

Posted by:Janet Neal

Maybe it was the day after Christmas let down. Maybe I’m just exhausted. Or maybe, I thought, it was something deeper. But for whatever reason, I was crying. I was reading an article on the sports page of the New York Times – and crying. Really? The article was about the Navy football player, Bennett…

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Santa and Me
December 21, 2017 0

Believing is Seeing

Posted by:Janet Neal

I was 12 – well past the age of believing in Santa – and yet here I was, standing in line to go sit on the big man’s knee with my younger sisters, and to plead my case of being a good girl and deserving that for which I was asking.  It was because of…

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to-do lits
December 7, 2017 0

Where Are YOU On Your To-Do List?

Posted by:Janet Neal

I have a to-do list that spans multiple pages. I have yet to decorate my house for the holidays. I have a vague idea what I am getting people for Christmas. My mind will not stop thinking about all. I. Have. To. DO. I’m going to get some reflexology today. And eat well, and meditate…

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November 30, 2017 0

Letting Go and Enjoying the Ride

Posted by:Janet Neal

  I wrote this piece way on letting go back in 2005 and the message is just as true today! How will you know until you try? In Gail Blanke’s Book, Between Trapezes, she uses the analogy of a trapeze artist to illustrate the time of transition in one’s life. In order to move to…

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Changing Perspectives

Posted by:Janet Neal

I’m a green sort of gal. Well, let me be more specific: I am a “green-leaves-on-trees” sort. Perhaps it’s because that is what I grew up with, or maybe it’s a past life thing. Who knows. In any case, when flying cross country, I am in awe of the mountains and deserts and marvel at…

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November 16, 2017 0

Today I Dance

Posted by:Janet Neal

An annoyance led to a gratitude, which led to my dance down a New York City street. And brought me back to being 14 years old and the how important good friends are, both then and now. The #MeAt14 campaign also had me reflecting on that horribly awkward stage in my life. Up until that…

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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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