Have you ever noticed the intense action on peony buds? My budding peonies are covered with workaholic ants. To be honest, I don’t know how many hours a single ant puts in – yes, they all look alike – but ants certainly are busy at dawn and keep working until dusk. Do some ants work… Continue reading Peony Pearls
Author: Janis Johnston
Janis Clark Johnston, Ed.D., has a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston University. She has worked with children, families, and groups (ages 3-83) with presenting issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, and relationship concerns. She initially worked as a school psychologist in public schools and was awarded School Psychology Practitioner of the Year for Region 1 in Illinois for her innovative work. She was a supervising psychologist at a mental health center, an employee-assistance therapist and a trainer for agencies prior to having a family therapy private practice. Recipient of the 2011 Founder’s Award for her dedication to the parenting education of Parenthesis Family Center (now called New Moms), and the 2002 Community Spirit Award from Sarah’s Inn, a domestic violence shelter and education center, Johnston is an active participant in numerous volunteer activities supporting children and families in her community. A frequent presenter at national psychology and educational conferences, Johnston has published journal articles, book chapters, and two books -- It Takes a Child to Raise a Parent: Stories of Evolving Child and Parent Development (2013, hardback; 2019, paperback) and Midlife Maze: A Map to Recovery and Rediscovery after Loss (2017, hardback; 2019, paperback). In addition to augmenting and supporting personal growth in families, Johnston is a Master Gardener and loves nurturing growth in the plants in her yard.
The Armor of Wisdom
As May’s Mental Health Awareness Month comes to a close, can we say that the U.S. is more “aware” of the precious bodymind health of all citizens? It has been another challenging month with an average of about one mass killing weekly and little movement in the halls of government to address meaningful gun control… Continue reading The Armor of Wisdom
Nature’s Balancing Act
If you ever doubted the interdependent web of all existence, the orange daylight sun in Chicago — after wildfires went on a rampage in Canada — was an eerie reminder that what affects one part of the planet affects us all. This interdependence is apparent everywhere. In giving garden tours recently in Lurie Garden in… Continue reading Nature’s Balancing Act
Mothers: An Endangered Species?
Every day is Mother’s Day. All of us owe thanks to mothers for bringing us through 9 months of magical transformation, labor and delivery. All of us are children of mothers and fathers, whether we know our biological parents or not. Some give birth while still kids. Some want to give birth and for one… Continue reading Mothers: An Endangered Species?
Recognize Your Own Ageism Do you want to live in a place of your choosing? Nearly everyone, regardless of their age or disability, has reported in surveys that they prefer living in a community rather than an institution. The Administration for Community Living (ACL) was established to maximize the independence and well-being of people with… Continue reading Ageism Pearl
Pearls and Perils of Writing (and Life)
What are the parallels of writing and everyday life? Here are a few nuggets. I was invited to illuminate book publishing and blogging for the Illinois Women’s Press Association this past weekend. Synchronicity smiled upon me as hot-off-the-press copies of my new book, Transforming Retirement: Rewire and Grow Your Legacy, reached my doorstep 24 hours… Continue reading Pearls and Perils of Writing (and Life)
Pandemic Pearls II
What, if anything, came into fruition for you during pandemic times? My third book, Transforming Retirement: Rewire and Grow Your Legacy is my fruit of many years’ growth, both before and during the pandemic. When I lost the publisher of my first two books (my editor was furloughed in the pandemic), I had to search… Continue reading Pandemic Pearls II
Cell biologist Bruce Lipton suggests that Charles Darwin may have been wrong about evolutionary gradualism. In a 1972 controversial paper, paleontologists Niles Eldredge and Steven Jay Gould proposed that evolution occurs in spurts (“sudden jumps”) and introduced their Punctuated Equilibrium theory. Eldredge/Gould argued that species have relative equilibrium until their development is “punctuated” by rapid… Continue reading Biodiversity Pearls
SuperAgers are social butterflies according to research; they flutter between family members and/or friends, often flitting off to join volunteer possibilities in their communities where they make new acquaintances. Does this sound like you? Perhaps you are more introverted and such fluttering around drives you a bit crazy. As Carl Jung wrote in Modern Man… Continue reading SuperAging Pearls
Bodymind Pearls for Aging
Have you ever attended a conference that gave you hope for our collective future? I attended one last week — the American Society on Aging (ASA) in Atlanta. I was pleased with my presentation, “What Part of Your Bodymind is Retired? What Part of Your Bodymind Says, ‘Never?’” I was thrilled to meet many people… Continue reading Bodymind Pearls for Aging