It was 112 degrees in Phoenix the July afternoon we began capturing Janet Brook’s story. The heat didn’t bother her. She had been swimming in it every morning for the past 30 years.
Janet was 103 then, two summers ago, when we first began this project. Our son, Parker, and I spent two days in our living room with Janet asking her about the secrets she might share in living a long, healthy and loving life.
Questions for Janet came in from all across America. Finally, here are her answers.
This is a four minute trailer of the 60-minute film we completed in time for Arizona’s centennial celebration. Janet, now 105 and going strong, was recognized by Governor Jan Brewer as one of a handful of centenarians celebrating Arizona’s 100th birthday on February 14, 2012. Janet gladly gave a DVD to Governor Brewer and former chief justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who was also in attendance, thinking these youngsters might learn a thing or two.
I will feature one segment of the film every day for the next 30 days on the “What Would Janet Do?” playlist on YouTube, and then post the piece in its entirety. I hope you find a minute or two every morning to receive some interesting and insightful wisdom from a sharp lady who is pushing 106. She still swims every morning, enjoys a glass of wine with lunch, and listens to her books on tape.
Thank you, Janet, for sharing your owner’s manual with us.
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Park – Loved the video! She is just a gem and full of wisdom. She looks fabulous for 103; what an inspiration.
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Ho my god! She’s awesome! How did you find her?
I wish I had a grandmother like that! And I really hope to look like her when I’ll get older… will start by exercising every mornings 😉
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This is excellent. My grand-mother will be 102 in September, and my great-aunt will be 105 in November, and the stories and lessons they have to share are always priceless. They also both enjoy wine every day – must be the secret!
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Actually, I hope the secret is beer every day. Then I shall live to 110.