Informed Storytelling

"Everyone has a story to tell. Because Janet is genuinely interested in what moves each person to pursue their passion, her subjects respond positively to her. That response is reflected in her stories, which are carefully researched and thorough, yet sensitive—a somewhat rare combination."

Gretchen Piston Ogden Former Managing Editor Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors


I’m honored! The International Regional Magazine Association’s 2015 Gold Award for History Writing went to my feature Rock Rest: Pre-Civil Rights Vacation Destination (Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors-May 2014). Thank you, IRMA and MBH&H!

What began at a fundraising event in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, ended at a 500-year-old stone house in the south of France. For real. Here’s my Boston Globe story: Charity’s Reward in France

Don’t think me crazy. When I look back to last January, winter was as much fun as in childhood–maybe better (despite snow-megeddon). Why? It began with this:
In the Deep Montana Snow These Dogs Go All-Out (Boston Globe)

Yellowstone [is] just as wild in winter (Boston Globe) (Boston Globe)

Will this year find me as adventuresome? That remains to be seen. How about you? Thoughts on snow? Or travel? What do you do to make the best of winter?

I’ve been binge-reading Louise Penney’s great Inspector Gamache mystery series. If you’re a writer or fan of crime, mystery or thriller novels, consider one of these events in 2016: Why these writers and book fans are gathering is no mystery

Maine’s Museums:  Art, Oddities & Artifacts  makes a wonderful gift for friends and family in Maine, travelers throughout New England and those who love museums. Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and through your favorite independent bookstore.