Looking for Joy

Looking for Joy

When my oldest was 4 years old, we had a bit of a problem. He was a typical 4-year-old boy: pushing boundaries, being curious, annoying his siblings. And I was a stressed-out mother of 3 young children, who was working full-time and trying to keep everything together....
Two Words for the Highly Competent

Two Words for the Highly Competent

I am an extremely competent person. No, I really am. I can navigate around foreign countries by myself. I can change a tire. I can figure out which smoke detector is beeping at 3am, and change the batteries. Heck, I can even put together any IKEA piece, all by myself....
Choosing Well

Choosing Well

After seeing my postings on recent travels, a friend said to me “You have a fun life, Janet”. It was a brief statement, but one that has stuck with me…because is it true. And it is true because I CHOOSE to make it so. Trust me, I have my share of life’s ups and...
How To Meet Anyone

How To Meet Anyone

It starts with the eyes. Meet their eyes. This is then followed by a nod, or a smile, or a hello. If they look away, they’ve told you a lot. It’s generally not worth pursuing at that point. But let’s say they’ve met your gaze in a positive, if not just neutral,...

Lost in Translation

When my son went to China and started a relationship with his (now) wife, he said the most difficult part of communication was not the language, it was sarcasm. It just didn’t translate well. This could have been a major problem, as our family is just a tad sarcastic...