Janet and I met at Roosevelt Coffeehouse, January 31, 2018. It was her first visit to this not-for-profit operated house of bright light and joe, and she learned of it’s social justice mission to alleviate hunger, human trafficking and unclean water.
We have a common mentor in Clay Lowe, who taught Janet at OSU when she earned her degree in photography. And we have another commonality, i.e., our fondness for movies. During the salad days of my collegiate experience at OSU I went to screenings frequently, some weeks as often as 3-4 movies, all within walking distance on and from campus. As this interview reveals, Janet was often the projectionist when I watched films at the Ohio Union and Drake Union cinemas, hoisting spools of 16mm and 35mm film onto the projectors.
She been working ever since, for Battelle, for Columbus Business First, and now as a very busy free lance professional, as well as raising alpacas (she currently has two, but had 21 at one time).
Let’s hear Janet’s CORE VALUES: “Honesty, respect, and re-use, recycle, zero waste.” She serves on the board of Keep Reynoldsburg Beautiful and the Zero Waste Initiative.
Her current mission to EFFECT CHANGE: Through her photo imagery, “eco-photography.”
Janet’s EARLIEST MEMORY: Vividly remembering an experience at some point during the 1950s, awakening from a nap to watch television, the opening scene of the “Loretta Young Show” with the star opening the door, making her signature entrance, whirling in a glamourous gown, then shutting the door behind her.
Her description of the EMOTIONAL TEXTURE of CONNECTEDNESS to OTHERS: “Intrigue and comfortableness, no barriers.”
On the SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE scale: Janet claims abundance in the form of her professional freedom and gratification, of her family, and with friends going as far back as elementary school.
Her proverbial “BOX,” that many have been encouraged to THINK OUTSIDE OF: “I’m always stepping outside the box, out of my comfort zone to learn new forms of art and expression.”
Janet’s MUSE, the source for her IDEAS: “Experience, observing life.”
On UNCERTAINTY: “It’s scary,” as a free lance artist, the uncertainty of her ability to pay bills, of her future health. To maintain perspective, Janet will change her environment to stimulate her senses.
5-YEARS hence, 2023: She’s confident Columbus will emerge as one of the top fives cities in United States. And at the same time, she worries about the prospect of war. But she’s hopeful in light of the #MeToo movement and the opportunity to elect more women leaders.
ANCESTRY: Janet’s mother’s roots were German, her father’s Slovak. She knows her great-great-grandfather was in the Austrian army.
Finally, Janet…WHATCHA READIN’? The suspense novels of Mary Higgins Clark.
Much THANKS to you, Janet.
And THANKS, too, toward all readers of “CAFFEINE COMMUNION.”
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