A fort of one's own

Janel Rogers Schermerhorn. Photo courtesy of Janel Rogers Schermerhorn

Building a pillow fort in the basement with her daughter for a school assignment inspired Janel Rogers Schermerhorn to do something she’s always wanted to do: Podcast. “Mom’s Secret Fort” was the result – An often humorous exploration of her family life during the pandemic.

We caught up with the past president of the American Women’s Club of Berlin to discuss her reflection on life in lockdown. 

“We spent some time building a fort down in the basement with blankets and pillows…I thought: ‘man, I could use that right now, just a little space where I could crawl into and have a few minutes to myself,’” says Schermerhorn