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About Janis Lasky Couvreux

A journalist, Franco-American, lover of languages, travel and adventure addict, and blogger at Huffington Post, Janis has spent 20 years as a newspaper reporter, freelance journalist, and page layout editor for several Sonoma County, California, and San Francisco Bay Area publications, covering local politics, business, and varied feature articles. She also freelanced for the Florida Today newspaper in Central Florida, and worked in public relations communications for Bordeaux wines. She is currently working on her memoir of living and sailing on a sailboat for 10 years with her husband and two young children, from Bordeaux, France, to San Francisco.

Let Children Go

By | September 21st, 2017|Categories: Culture & Life, Family, Featured Author, Popular, Top Stories, Women and Life|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Our children didn't follow a traditional straight line, and they still don't. In their current lives as fathers, they eschew much of cultural dogma, and stand their ground with definite ideas and principles. We didn't trace a straight line for them, so we couldn't expect them to follow one. Yes, it is hard to leave them be when they face the adult world threshold after high school. One has to let go, take a leap of faith, trust that you have done your best, and hope they figure it out successfully their own.

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Down to Earth Lessons Learned from a Life at Sea

By | May 1st, 2017|Categories: Culture & Life, Family, Featured, Featured Author, Popular, Top Stories Headline, Women and Life|Tags: , , , , , , |

In my ten years of living on a sailboat, a typical bad day was a dragging anchor, a ripped sail, and our toddler throwing a vital tool overboard. At sea as on land, it always happened in three's. That chapter in my life impressed certain truths upon me, and although many of them were elicited from a sea or boat-related experience, the underlying moral of the story applies equally well to my life on land today. I now find these truths to be self-evident.

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Two Languages, One Family: Portrait of a Bilingual Marriage

By | January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Culture & Life, Featured Author, Popular, Top Stories, Travel, Women and Culture, Women and Life|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Language is a bedrock of who we are. We identify with a culture through it, and we expose our personalities through it. It's how we learn and communicate. While most of us don't have the chance to start out in life with two languages, we don't have a choice of the one we are born into. We can choose to learn another one, or several. It opens windows to the world, bringing awareness of other worlds.

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