Janet Lynn Oakley's Writings
In this charming essay, a city street is without water three days before Christmas. All the families think Christmas is lost. Then the city brings in a water tank. Going to get water from the "well" on Christmas Eve becomes a special childhood memory as neighbors young and old fill their buckets and pans and share their joys of the season despite a little...
Centennial Magazine: Bellingham Herald
A family on Bellingham Bay could rightly think the future looked bright. The towns along its shore boomed with industry. The surrounding forest and farmland provided products and produce. There were family-wage jobs to be had: $2.50 a day for a laborer, $2 plus board for a farmhand, $45 a month for a teamster, $45 to $75 a month for a teacher. And...
Cup of Comfort Classics
My essay Drywall in the Time of Grief won the top prize in non-fiction at the Surrey International Writers Conference in Surrey, B.C. in October 2006. The essay is about dealing with grief after the sudden loss of my husband. A friend taught me how to do drywall in my aging, lonely house. It changed my life. The orginal book, Cup of Comfort, was published in...
Janet Oakley is an award winning writer. She has been published in various magazines, anthologies, and other media including the Cup of Comfort series and Historylink.org, a “cyperpedia of Washington State history.” Her historical novel,...
Janet’s Favorite Books
A TOWN LIKE ALICE, any Charles Dickens, SHOGUN, LORD OF THE RINGS