Author Archives: Janice C. Johnson

Wonder, by R. J. Palacio

I may be the only person in America who has still not watched the movie Wonder, even though I really wanted to see it in the theater. But at least I’ve read the book, thanks to the local book club … Continue reading

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Persona

Lately I’ve been thinking about authenticity. See, I have this deep-seated need for approval, which often leads me to put up the appearance of being what I think people expect me to be. Never admit a weakness: Now, I don’t … Continue reading

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Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers

I’ve heard about this book for years, and finally read it for our book club. Then I got detained out of state and missed the meeting, but it’s all good. Anyway. This romance, set in gold-rush-era California, echoes the gnarly … Continue reading

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The Power of Negativity

Recently I studied Proverbs 18:21* and got to thinking… Everyone knows that a positive attitude can bring positive changes, boost your success, and improve your relationships with colleagues, family, and friends. But do you realize that a negative attitude is … Continue reading

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Rainy Day Fun

Ah, spring in Washington State. Majestic mountain views, blossoming trees, and heavily overcast skies putting forth a nearly nonstop drizzle. Oh, sure, sometimes the sun comes out. But by the time you can say, “It’s sunny! Let’s go for a … Continue reading

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Send Me Packing

As I maaaay have mentioned once or twice (or eighty times, but who’s counting?), I recently traveled with a group of friends to Liberia, West Africa. This carefully choreographed undertaking involved months of preparation and a packing list as long … Continue reading

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Liberia Report: From War to Peace

  Benjamin Somah walked into Monrovia’s Peace Cafe, where our freshly arrived team sat with a few local contacts, enjoying some coffee and Internet time. Our friends knew this local craftsman, so we checked out his artwork.   We already … Continue reading

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