Posts By: Janice Behrens

Janice Behrens

The Good Life – Becoming a Doer

Most people I know, including myself of course, have a problem with procrastination. This is something that can affect and damage a great many aspects of our lives, from completing university essays and assignments to paying bills on time and discussing important relationship matters with our partners. Sometimes we feel so overwhelmed by the complexity… Read more »

The Good Life – Good News About Chocolate

Finally, some really welcome news about food from the scientific community. Something that doesn’t involve the splicing of fish genes into fruit. Timely, too, considering that Easter is close upon us, and it’s time to once again consider the mysterious connection between Christianity, rabbits, eggs and chocolate. I am talking about the latest health research… Read more »

The Good Life – Lent – A Time of Renewal

One of my best friends is a big NHL fan. She has had season’s tickets to the Canucks for several years, runs her office hockey pool, and rarely misses Hockey Night in Canada. Like a great many other hockey fans across the country, she was saddened and angered by the dispute between the players and… Read more »

The Good Life – The Joy of Sports

The gender of their three children had very little effect on my parents’ approach to raising us. As far as they were concerned, we were three different and diverse personalities, each with an individual temperament and approach to the world. My older sister, for instance, was the family dreamer and artist. Her greatest joy in… Read more »

The Good Life – Without a Car

When our family decided a couple of years ago to go without a car, we made the decision for a number of reasons, including finances and physical and psychological health. Between maintenance, loan payments, gas and parking, driving in Vancouver can be an expensive proposition. Also, the numerous incidents of road rage and just generally… Read more »

The Good Life – Soup Time

With both my husband and myself pursuing careers and trying to keep up with our higher education courses, as well as making time in our lives for our family and our selves, we sometimes feel that we’re victims of a time crunch. Usually we do a pretty good job of trying not to bite off… Read more »

The Good Life – The Pleasure of Games

This year, as per usual, my husband and I bought a family Christmas present instead of exchanging individual gifts. It’s an approach that we’ve taken for quite a few years now, and it seems to remove some of the gift-buying stress. The rule is that the family present must involve some sort of an activity,… Read more »

The Good Life – Funeral for a Friend

A few days into the new year, my daughter’s pet hamster, Cheerio, took ill and died. On average, hamsters live two or three years. Ours was less than eight months old. One moment, the animal had been hale and hearty, monkeybar-ing her way from one side of the cage to the other. A few hours… Read more »

The Good Life – Magic in the Streets

For the first time since I was five years old, I went Christmas caroling this year. A friend of mine has a birthday on December 18th, and this was the way she wanted to celebrate it. To be honest, I was a bit daunted by the prospect. It’s not that I wasn’t in the Christmas… Read more »

Never Too Late to DIY

Janice Behrens is now a regular Voice contributor through her weekly lifestyles column, The Good Life. This article was one of her first contributions to The Voice, and it exemplifies the uplifting style and common sense approach to living well. A thoughtful and intriguing piece, Never Too Late to DIY not only inspires readers to… Read more »