The value of friends you don’t see very often

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
This week I’d like to share a bit about the Placer County Youth Commission (PCYC). I have a profound love for this group and there are some great reasons why. First, some background information about PCYC. It is a team of “high-schoolers” and young college students from various cities within Placer County. PCYC is led by Kara Sutter, a wonderful community leader who works to prevent substance abuse among youth across the county. Our goal, as a commission, is to come up with unique ideas to help raise awareness for youth and fight against underage drinking and address current youth issues in a healthy way.

If you want to know what someone is doing, ask them in person

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
I can’t tell you how many times I have had a conversation with someone over text about what I’m doing. And I’ve gotten and seen many more texts saying “I’m so bored” and “I have no friends”. It baffles me.

Relating in the network: What makes a “friend” a friend?

Monday, October 1st, 2012
Social media network contacts are superficial at best - and deceitful and dangerous at worst. The real relationships are not simply connections. Below are some ways in which there can be confusion.

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About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna ( and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.