Posts By: Janice Behrens

Janice Behrens

The Good Life – The Voice of the Inner Critic

Silencing our inner critic. It is one of the biggest challenges most of us face as we go through life. We all know the harsh, abrasive voice of this critic. The critic is the one who tells us that this latest obstacle is insurmountable, that we are not good enough to overcome this latest challenge,… Read more »

The Good Life – A Few Words About Balsamic

It involves the reduction and careful aging of Italian grapes. It is treasured by chefs and lovers of gourmet foods for its ability to add complexity and subtle character to foods. The very best varieties are aged between 25 and 50 years, and can cost from $100 to $500 dollars US per bottle, making each… Read more »

The Good Life – Our Destiny Is Our Own

It is an easy and perhaps natural human reflex to speak of what happens to us as being somehow out of our own control. “If only I had had the same opportunities as so-and-so,” we might say, “then my life would have been so much different.” Or, conversely, we may attribute our good fortune to… Read more »

The Good Life – Trying New Things

I’m feeling a little bit discombobulated these days. My head is filled with a strange new terminology from an alien realm of knowledge. I’m talking about words and concepts such as sapwood, carcase construction, tung oil, ripping, and a bewildering variety of joining techniques (dado, biscuit, butt, rabbet, mortise-and-tenon, etc.) none of which I had… Read more »

The Good Life – Outdoor Eating

As much as I like the idea of a romantic dinner for two at a wonderful French bistro (you know, the type with the crisp white table cloths, glowing tea lights, crushed velvet draperies, and perfect foie gras and creme brulee), the very best meals I’ve enjoyed in my life did not come accompanied by… Read more »

The Good Life – Not Perfect

I remember when I was in grade twelve, one of my mother’s friends telling me that one of the keys to having a long and happy life was to learn to lower one’s expectations. I remember this woman as someone positive and vibrant, and with a perpetual mischievous twinkle in her eye. My recall may… Read more »

The Good Life – Honour Your Gifts

When I was in elementary and high school, I was a relatively well-rounded but mediocre student in many areas. I got good marks in math, but fairly middle-of-the-road results in English and social studies. Chemistry I enjoyed because of my zany teacher, who had everyone convinced he was always just one test tube away from… Read more »

The Good Life – Food and Companionship

A few years ago, I found myself going through a phase of being particularly concerned about my diet. I had just taken a health studies course through a local community college relating to nutrition and lifestyle. One of the course projects was to compile a journal of foods consumed on a daily basis. Although I… Read more »