Personal Blog


Hi, I’m Janelle. I do a lot of writing and have multiple websites. This blog is where I put personal projects that don’t fit anywhere else.

Sermon on Resilience

Resilience is the ability to bounce back in the face of challenges. How do we build the individual, community, and societal factors that build resilience in us all?

Sermon: Embodiment of Motherhood

On Mother’s Day, I did the sermon at my church, Northlake Unitarian Universalist in Kirkland, WA. The theme of the month was Embodiment – a tangible or visible expression of an idea, quality, or feeling. There is no more literal embodiment than pregnancy and the birth of a baby. I spoke about all the joys, […]

My Mother’s Life

My mother, Alice, passed away in April 2018, at the age of 85. Her memorial service was a lovely end to a life well lived in a community of family and friends. My sister Jamie delivered the eulogy. I’ll share her text below. I also made a video, compiling photos from throughout my mother’s life, which appears below. […]

Why Amputees Should Skip Universal Orlando Resort

Note: I wrote this post in February of 2018. As of November 2018, Universal Orlando is just as bad as described below. However, Universal Studio Hollywood has changed their policies, and according to the newest guides (linked below), a single AK amputee like me is now able to ride all the rides there EXCEPT Harry […]


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