This very special man was my father. I lost him December 4, 2015 to stage four colon cancer. When I moved in with him at age 16, I had no idea he had a hilarious repetorie of character voices, which would later inspire me to pursue voice acting. He taught me to find the funny in everyday life, and not to be discouraged by failure. I was blessed because he believed in me more than I believed in myself, and encouraged me to try anything I could imagine. "Someday you'll get your doctorate" he would say. By age 28, I did. His work ethic, drive, spirituality, and tough exterior was nothing compared to the size of his heart.
A special thank you to the NY Times for publishing the story I wrote about my father.
Janeane Bernstein is a journalist, mental health advocate, radio host/producer with KUCI 88.9fm, and creator of the mental health podcast and event series, OUTSIDE THE BOX. She is a 2021 Age Boom Academy Fellow with the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center in partnership with Columbia Journalism.
In 2019, her first book, GET THE FUNK OUT, %^&* Happens, What to Do Next! was published by Posthill Press and distributed by Simon & Schuster. She shares how you can foster resilience and strength through life’s curveballs, and includes insights from twenty four guests from her radio show, Get the Funk Out! She currently speaks to students and adults about finding resilience in challenging times, making mental, physical, and emotional health a priority, and the power of creativity.
Bernstein graduated from Syracuse University with a focus on communications and education and earned a doctorate from Boston University in Curriculum & Teaching from the Educational Media and Technology program.
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