This very special man is my father. I lost him December 4, 2015. He is responsible for my drive to create ridiculous voices and find the funny in everyday life. 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.
Thanks to the NY Times for publishing the
story I wrote about my father.
Janeane Bernstein is a writer, speaker, radio host/producer at KUCI 88.9fm, and host of the new series, OUTSIDE THE BOX. She earned a doctorate from Boston University in Educational Media & Technology from the Curriculum and Teaching program and graduated from Syracuse University with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education & Communications. She is a 2021 Age Boom Academy Fellow with the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center in partnership with Columbia Journalism.
Last year, her first book, GET THE FUNK OUT, %^&* Happens, What to Do Next! about creating resilience and strength through life’s curveballs was published by Post Hill Press, distributed by Simon & Schuster and Audible.com.
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 mentorship.
In May 2020, she launched a new on-line series called OUTSIDE THE BOX. In response to the millions of people out of work, she features industry experts offering advice on how to find work remotely or pivot to a new venture; this also includes a mentoring series for high school and college students to make meaningful connections, receive guidance on finding opportunities, and to increase positivity and improve mental health. There has never been a better time to think OUTSIDE THE BOX.