Urban Pioneering in Curtis Park
In the 90’s, serving on a Workforce Development Board, Janet was asked to give motivational talks to job-training graduates. To prepare, she reflected on and compared the reasons for her own set-backs, crises and victories. Citing examples from her life, she urged the graduates to always be sure to cultivate, value and celebrate the people in their lives who make a positive difference by their encouragement and inspiration.
She was a boarding-school survivor, 1951 Polio epidemic victim, college dropout, office manager and self-employed bookkeeper. In more incarnations, she was a historic property renovator, urban pioneer, slumlord, partner in water well drilling and other construction companies, financial winner and loser. She has moved over 40 times.
Now retired and a volunteer, she writes occasional opinion and newsletters, reads and relishes politics. Her stories have been published in the annual “Oasis Journal” for writers over age 50. Once, proudly, her 12-column-inch opinion article was published right below the newspaper fold, as a contra piece to one by William Kristol.
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