About the Author

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Born in the autumn of 1925 in the mining area of Pennsylvania, Janice Minott was raised from age four in Portland, Maine, in a multigenerational household presided over by grandmother Ida Minott, a woman of steady wisdom. This house held unique mementos from the sea voyages of great-grandfather Jabez Minott, who sailed many times around Cape Horn not only to San Francisco but to Shanghai, Sydney, and Calcutta.

From an early age, Janice fantasized about visiting exotic lands and meeting people of diverse cultures. Her first foreign adventure included spending a summer with a work-study project in Jamaica. Women of her generation were destined for smaller things, but Janice moved out of Maine to New York City and unexpectedly received the funds to finish her college degree.
After graduation from the University of Maine, she worked for several years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the Quakers' American Friends Service Committee, recruiting foreign students for international seminars and work camps. At 28 she married a Jewish refugee in a traditional Quaker ceremony, pledging to go with him to a Third World country to work for peace. Three children later, she found herself in a hardship post in Central Asia an unforgettable experience that forms the basis for Letters from Kabul.

Today she resides in the Catskills in upstate New York in a small spiritual community where in season she putters in her garden watched over by her canine companion Sadie, an amazing hunting dog who adopted her seven years ago.

Her travels now are confined to a yearly visit to Maine to her beloved Peaks Island, where she can watch her granddaughters swinging from the same tree she did next to the hundred-year-old family cottage.

Contact the author at janice@lettersfromkabul.com




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