Monday, September 16, 2019

ELEMENTS OF STYLE, 21 Hints to Improve Your Writing

Elements of Style, Fourth Edition
 By William Strunk, Jr., and E. B. White

This excellent classic has been updated recently and remains one of the best concise guides to fine writing.

In one portion of the book, the writers give 21 hints to improved writing, and explain each in, typically, a few pages of text. Here are the hints:

1. Place yourself in the background.
2. Write in a way that comes naturally.
3. Work from a suitable design.
4. Write with nouns and verbs.
5. Revise and re-write.
6. Do not overwrite.
7. Do not overstate.
8 . Avoid the use of qualifiers.
9. Do not affect a breezy manner.
10. Use orthodox spelling.
11. Do not explain too much.
12. Do not construct awkward adverbs.
13. Make sure the reader knows who is speaking.
14. Avoid fancy words.
15. Do not use dialect and less your ear is good.
16. Be clear.
17. Do not inject opinion.
18. Use figures of speech sparingly.
19. Do not take shortcuts at the cost of clarity.
20. Avoid foreign languages.
21. Prefer the standard to the offbeat.

Their explanations and examples are well worth reading.

                                        The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition

The book is available from at

Sunday, September 15, 2019

GOOD GRIEF, Plan Self-Care Activities

For those of you who struggle with guilt regarding self-care, answer this question: What greater gift can you give to those you love than your own wholeness?
Good Grief: Strategies for Building Resilience and Supporting Transformation

     Self-care is the best way to replenish your mind, body and spirit. Most, if not all, of us are givers in varying capacities. We give our time, our money, our expertise, and our presence generously to others on a daily. Yes, it’s important that we give to others. But, we must also give to ourselves, which includes accepting care from others. Not only is it important, I believe that it is essential to our wellbeing.

     Think of how you sometimes feel at the end of a work day — frazzled, tired, hungry and looking forward to more giving of yourself when you get home. You are in a constant state of stress that can have a negative impact on your being. If you do not de-stress, you will implode.

Have you ever considered telling someone, “I need some me time” or “I need a time out”?

And if you have, did you feel guilty, selfish, and undeserving? Of course, you did, and I used to too. Get rid of these negative thoughts and turn yourself around! You need to care for yourself so you can better care for others. What’s the alternative? You wear out and there is nothing left to give. Your resources are depleted.

     So, the first thing I would like you to do is repeat this sentence every day: “I am worthy of self-care, and I choose to plan a ‘me time’ schedule.”

It is even more powerful if you stand in front of a mirror and say this to yourself, as it gives the words a sense of reality while you talk to yourself in the mirror. You may feel silly doing this, so enjoy the laugh — just do it.

     Choosing self-care may be stressful at first if it’s a new behavior for you, so take small steps and allot 15 - 30 minutes for a self-care activity daily. The next important thing to do is to educate your family on your need for self-care and to set limits. This is also an opportunity to teach your family by example of the importance of self-care.

Plan to do one self-care activity focusing on replenishing your mind, body, and spirit. The choices can range from free to expensive and depend on your desires. If money is an issue, choose something simple like taking a walk in nature or taking a bubble bath or salt bath with candles nearby. Don’t forget to put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the bathroom door.

     Here is one of my self-care examples. My daughter made the appointment for me at a local spa. I spent two hours at this spa: one hour for a total body massage and one hour for a facial. I had never done this before and felt out of place, but I did it. What a wonderful feeling the massage was — caring hands gently gliding over my tired, stressed body. The benefit here was not only the immediate caring feeling, but afterward, the release of trapped stress toxins that were worked out of my tissues. The facial was also wonderful and included a hand and foot massage. Something strange happened during the facial experience, I started crying for no reason when my attendant was out of the room. I did not try to figure it out, I just let it be. I left the spa feeling cared for and renewed, as well as grateful to my daughter for such a wonderful gift.

     Self-care activities can be anything that makes you feel good, feel peaceful, feel cared for, and feel relaxed. Some call them guilty pleasures. I consider them survival skills for living…no room for guilt there. Don’t suffer, choose self-care!

Use the Self-care Activity Worksheet on the next page to create and plan your strategies for caring for yourself. Follow the instructions included here as a guide for success.

     In each box, write a few things that you consider self-care that you can accomplish daily. There are two additional boxes to write items of your choice. Once you have listed your ideas, put an amount of time next to each one that you are willing to commit to the activity. Then make a choice to do one activity…and do it. Once you have written down your choices, you have a better chance of follow-through. Remember that you deserve and need this self-care to be your best for others.

You may start your self-care activities without revealing them to others at first. But remember, you can also include your family and/or friends by educating them to your needs. Do whatever meets your requirements. This will take practice if you are a novice to self-care. You may find a friend who is willing to be your accomplice in self-care! Don’t be bashful, just ask.


·       I honor myself and take care of all my needs.
·       I love every cell of my being.
·       I take time out for myself to restore my mind, body and spirit.


With her permission, I am serializing here nurse Cheryl Barrett's valuable book on transcending grief. I had the pleasure of being her coach and editor through my Write Your Book with Me enterprise. 

Douglas Winslow Cooper, PhD

Perhaps the easiest way to obtain a copy of her book, published by Outskirts Press, is through this Amazon link: 


Understanding Sassie: A Novel of Dog and Human Communication

As Ruth was leaving the Riverview Animal Shelter, she thought of the golden-haired young dog that she had held in her arms.  She knew the dog would be held in the “Staff Only” area until the six-day waiting period had been completed.  However, when she had looked into this beautiful dog’s eyes, she felt a connection of love. 

“I’ve forgotten how good that can feel!” she said out loud.  She continued to explain, “When my Collie died, I thought I could never again feel that special love.”

Ruth thought about this blonde beauty and noticed that she seemed to have a sassy attitude.  Her intelligence brought Ruth laughter and joy.  I’m going to name her Sassie! she decided.  She had made it known to Jane that she wanted to adopt this dog.

The only response she received from her request was Jane’s uncommitted comment, “We’ll see.”

I guess I should not get my hopes up, Ruth said to herself.    Then with determination, she stated, “I’ve already become attached to this dog, and I will fight to make her my dog!” 

With that decision, Ruth arrived at the farm driveway.  She knew that her parents left early that morning to get their examination at the doctor’s office.  That is why she was surprised to see the driveway empty.  They should be home by now; maybe they decided to do some shopping and stop for a snack, she rationalized. 

Ruth let herself into the house, and as she took off her jacket, the phone began to ring.  I bet that is Mom calling to let me know they will be home soon.  She is good about not making me worry.

Ruth picked up the phone on the third ring. “Hello,” she happily answered the phone.  There was no response.  She said again, “Hello,” and this time she was louder and impatient. 

An unfamiliar voice, raspy and throaty, replied, “She never should have done it!” 

Before Ruth could ask the speaker who was talking or what this person was talking about, she heard a click and the sound of the dial tone.  The person had hung up.  She slowly replaced the receiver and began to wonder if this was just a wrong number. 

Hearing a car pull into the driveway, Ruth raced to the door to see if it brought her parents and if they had gone to the store.  She knew they could use the extra help for unloading the car, if grocery shopping was the reason for their late arrival. 

When she saw her parents, she noticed that they looked tired and sad.  As she bounded out the door, she said, “You look like you could use a hug.” They both smiled when they saw Ruth. 

Mom realized that Ruth would be wondering what the doctor had said to them.  She was tired and wanted to sit down; she asked Ruth to fix some tea before they would talk.  When the tea was poured and they had sat down at the kitchen table, Mom began, “The doctor said that I have diabetes.  The blood tests show that it will be necessary for me to watch my sugar intake, restrict my diet and take insulin shots.  Pop also had some blood taken for several tests.  The doctor said nothing about Pop’s blood tests, but he wanted Pop to get some x-rays next week.  They are also scheduling an MRI early next month.  The doctor claimed he just wanted to give Pop the complete routine check-up.”

They decided to have a quick dinner of soup and sandwiches.  Ruth told them about her busy day.  She mentioned the beautiful young dog that had been brought to the shelter late that afternoon.  “I could not believe it!  This dog gave me a hug!  All I did was hand her a treat, and she kissed me and would not stop hugging me.” 

Ruth was so excited about telling her parents about her day that she forgot to mention the earlier mysterious phone call.

When dinner was done, and the table had been cleared, it was evident to all that bedtime would come early tonight.  Everyone was tired, and each person heard the call of Mr. Sandman.   Ruth slowly climbed the stairs to her room.  She was exhausted, but her thoughts were happy. 

She managed to change, get into bed and as she slept, she began to dream of the fun times she had shared with her Collie.  It looked like Sassie was already helping to heal the pain and sad emotions of Ruth’s past. 

The next morning Ruth got up early. She wanted to get to the shelter early and spend a little bit of time with the young dog she had decided to name Sassie.  “I believe that I know how to train Sassie so that she will pass the behavior test.  I just need to get the kind of treats that Sassie will enjoy.”

Then she added the thought, after all, I trained my Collie with the kind of treats my Collie would enjoy.


With her permission, I am serializing a chapter a week, on this blog, the material from this novel by Helen A. Bemis, published by Outskirts Press and available through

As her editor and coach, I aided Helen through my endeavor.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

UNDERSTANDING SASSIE, 14, "Sassie and Mike"

Understanding Sassie: A Novel of Dog and Human Communication

Today, Sassie decided to return to the dirt road.  She was hungry and felt she should look for another hide-away in this black-skin area.  When she got to the area, she saw a strange object near the dirt road.  The smell of food was coming from inside this object.  She carefully approached this strange thing and as she got closer, she saw an opening into the object. 

Hunger urged her forward.  As she entered the opening she heard a loud snap.  Scared by the sound of the snap, she frantically tried to get out of this object.  After an hour of clawing and scratching, she became exhausted. She was unable to escape this structure.  She finally fell into a deep sleep.

The Animal Control Officer had gotten up early that morning. After shaving, he looked in the mirror and said, “Mike, you are one handsome fella!”  As he said this, he smiled.  His plans for the day included checking the traps he had set the day before.  His first stop, however, was to have breakfast and see Millie.   Millie was the pretty waitress at the Village Diner, and Mike never missed a chance to flirt with her. I sure enjoy her smile! he thought as he grabbed his hat.  The diner was a short walk from his home, and he traveled the distance within minutes. 

As he entered the almost empty diner, he heard Milly’s voice, “Mike, why are you up so early this morning?” 

She was already pouring a cup of coffee for Mike as he took a seat at the counter.  

Mike smiled and reached for the menu.  “I’m going to check the traps that I set up yesterday and see if I can round up a few stray dogs.  There is a gold-colored dog that I hope to catch.” 

Millie liked to talk with Mike, and if the truth be known, she had a crush on him.  “I recommend the special.  It is a good-sized breakfast and at a good price.”  Millie said this as she lingered with the pot of coffee. 

“That’s a good idea!  I’ll have the special,” Mike responded.  Millie smiled and topped off Mike’s coffee.  She placed his order and then greeted a couple that had just entered the diner.  

It took Mike no time at all to finish his breakfast.  After paying his bill and leaving a good-sized tip for Millie, he put on his Animal Control Officer cap and left the dinner.

Sassie awoke to the sound of that noisy metal vehicle that she knew was used by man. 

Forgetting that she was trapped, she attempted to bolt.  The movement quickly reminded her of her entrapment.  When the noise came to a stop near her location, she began to tremble in fear. 

Sassie could hear someone approaching.  She decided to try to look small, but the trap restricted much of her movement.  She saw a man and then something was put over the trap and it became as dark as the night.   Sassie felt a lifting movement and heard a clang as she felt the bottom of this metal cage land on something. 

The transportation noise began, now very loud.  Sassie felt the trap vibrate and sometimes it would bounce as the noise continued to surround her.  This strange experience finally stopped.  She was able to smell the air around her, but she did not recognize any of these new smells.  I am no longer near my home in the wooded area, she decided.

When the covering on the trap was removed, Sassie discovered that the opening to her trap had reappeared.  Taking advantage of the opportunity to escape her enclosure, she dashed out.  She came to a halt when she saw Mike sitting nearby.   She looked around and discovered a wired wall surrounded them.  She was free to run around this area, but she realized that she was still trapped.  There was soft music playing and a strange soothing smell in the air.  Mike was sitting near a section of the wall and was watching Sassie.  She lowered her head and began to smell around this strange place.  This sniffing helped to calm her, and she decided it was the best calming signal to use for this situation.  She then became aware of a food smell. 

The scent came from Mike.  Mike started to toss this smelly food out into the area.  Sassie was hungry; she slowly decided to grab the food pieces that were the farthest distance from Mike. She discovered that Mike was only throwing the food and not moving toward her. She also realized that he was no threat to her. 

Sassie slowly kept getting closer to Mike.  Mike began to gently talk to Sassie.  After a time of talking, he began to throw the food closer to himself.  Slowly and patiently Mike was able to get Sassie’s trust.  Before the morning became afternoon, Mike could pet Sassie, and she began to relax.  She eventually crept into his arms. 

Now that Sassie was comfortable in Mike’s arms, Mike felt it would be a good time to take Sassie to the shelter.  His office had a very limited area for holding animals, and the Riverview Animal Shelter was well qualified to take care of the captured animals.

Mike gestured to Donald, his driver, and when he came near, Mike gave quiet directions, “Bring me a small blanket.  I would like to wrap this dog in it.  Then I will have you drive us to the Riverview Animal Shelter.” 

Sassie seemed to be content to listen to Mike’s gentle voice as she lay in his arms. 

The drive to the shelter was unlike the ride she had had in the trap.  Sassie was able to fall asleep in Mike’s arms, and when the vehicle stopped, she got a number of those good treats.

After spending the morning cleaning, Jane looked at her watch and realized that this would be a good time to break for lunch.  Jane was finishing her sandwich when Ruth entered the break room. 

“Hi” they both said almost at the same time.  Jane smiled at Ruth, and Ruth thought, is Jane ever grumpy or angry? 

Ruth got a snack from the vending machine and was ready to sit down when she heard a buzzer.  Jane got up and explained, “That’s the buzzer for the door that announces the incoming of surrendered animals.  Do you want to join me to greet our new visitor?” 

Ruth had to move quickly if she wanted to join Jane.  At the door, Jane was already welcoming Mike, the Animal Control Officer.  In his arms was a young gold-colored dog.

Ruth and Sassie’s eyes met, and Ruth could feel the fear being experienced by this young dog.  Compassion and love filled Ruth. She felt an immediate connection.  She had not felt this way in a long, long time.  Ruth reached out to Sassie, but Jane stopped her.  “She might bite; she is scared and sometimes that will cause a dog to bite.” 

Mike, the Animal Control Officer, shook his head no, as he showed a treat to Sassie, “Yes, she is scared, but she will not bite.  I’ve been giving her these treats and they seem to make her happy.” 

Sassie’s tail was wagging, and she seemed to be looking at the tasty treat.  Mike handed the treat to Ruth and as Sassie’s nose followed it to Ruth, Sassie was also attempting to move into Ruth’s arms. 

Jane nodded a yes, and Ruth cuddled this golden bundle of fur.  Sassie’s tail continued to wag, and as Sassie’s paws wrapped around Ruth’s neck, the gesture seemed to say, “I like you!  I want to hug you!”        

Sassie was in Ruth’s arms when she saw Mike leave the shelter.  Sassie recognized that her life had changed.  Her listening with her eyes would turn into a love language that she would give to the lives of so many others.


With her permission, I am serializing a chapter a week, on this blog, the material from this novel by Helen A. Bemis, published by Outskirts Press and available through

As her editor and coach, I aided Helen through my endeavor.

GOOD GRIEF, "Take Care of Yourself..."

Good Grief: Strategies for Building Resilience and Supporting Transformation
Take Care of Yourself Physically and Mentally

Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.
                                         Eleanor Brownn, Author

     Some people increase physical and/or mental activity during such times to distract them from the reality and pain of this situation. Keeping busy occupies their mind and their time and provides a self-protective mechanism used for coping. Others decrease their activity and become more sedentary and withdrawn and retreat into isolation. Either choice is an extreme with its own negative effects. Balance is the key to survival here.

     Although you may have the tendency to deal with your grief and loss by withdrawing from the world, shutting yourself in darkness and curling up in bed trying desperately to block out everything, life still moves forward and you are still among the living. This, “doing nothing,” is a paralysis of mind, body, and spirit that is unhealthy and of no service to you or the loved ones who care about you. Embracing this numbness and paralysis is emergency self-care at first and acts as a self-protective mechanism of survival. But remember, this is only the beginning and there is much to do and learn on this journey through grief and loss.

     So, what you need to do…what I forced myself to do…was to keep moving and doing the routine tasks of living. These included cleaning the bathroom, doing the laundry, sweeping the floor, reading a book, taking a walk and other activities.

It does not matter what activity you choose — just move! Activity helps you get outside yourself and focus on a task, very helpful to use pent-up emotional energy. Doing this may even help you sleep better, too.

     Others may deal with grief and loss by being constantly busy as their way to block out everything — not allowing time to really think, feel, or process the loss. Here again, life still moves forward.  And although you are actively moving among the living, you are really “not living.” This, too, causes a halt to the processing of life events and is of no service to you or those who care about you. So, what you need to do is to slow down and allow time to think and feel.  Keeping a friend at hand or at least a phone call away for support is extremely helpful.

     I continued working for several months after my husband died. Was it helpful? Yes, at first. The continued routine helped to push some of the grieving to the back of my mind. However, as time moved on, I realized that I was going in circles and getting nowhere.  I was stuck in moments of grief that kept me repeating “woe is me.” I was exhausting myself mentally, physically, and spiritually trying to function in both worlds: my work routine world and my grief and loss world — neither of which was going well. I had to do something before I fell apart.

     Taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others.
                 Bryant Mc Gill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration                                                for Living Your Best Life

     So, I took a deep breath and stepped back to decide how to find a balance between too-busy and too-idle. I did this by making healthy choices in self-care for myself. You can do this too.

     First, I just made simple choices. Making a big plan required too much thought and work. I knew that I needed to include both activity and rest in my physical and mental self-care plan.

I had such tension and pain in my neck and back that these created structural issues. So, I scheduled a visit to the chiropractor before we went to Florida. What a relief I got from my first visit and adjustment! Then I had another adjustment after I returned from our trip to Daytona Beach and ritual spreading of ashes in the ocean.

I asked myself, “Why did I deny myself this treatment, knowing full well that I would feel great afterward. Was I trying to punish myself by suffering in pain?”

Like me, you’ll probably deny it, but it does have some truth to it. Misery loves company, right? It was a start, and that is all it takes to make a change. You are worthy of self-care and feeling good.

     Later, I had a cranio-sacral treatment (a spinal energy realignment technique) with my practitioner, which really helped open up my body and relieved a lot of stress. I went for walks with friends, did grocery shopping, joined the gym’s “Silver Sneaker’s” program for seniors, biked with my daughter and felt better. There are many other activities that can be chosen depending on the individual’s interest.

Self-care is your friend — just choose it!

Two and a half years after the loss, I am working with a local chiropractor, Dr. Dan Wilson in Cornelius, NC, who developed a long-term plan of care that has led to significant improvement in my mobility, decreased pain and ease of participating in activities of daily living. I can now walk up and down stairs normally instead of one step at a time. I can sleep without back or hip pain. I can walk for 2 miles without distress…and so much more. No more sporadic quick-fix trips for me — I’m sticking to my plan!

Also, take time to sit quietly and think about your circumstances and how you feel. Talking to others may be helpful; sometimes talking to a professional may be needed. Another strategy is to keep a journal, writing down thoughts and feelings as you process through the loss. I address this in a separate section.

     Sleep is not on good terms with broken hearts. It will have nothing to do with them.
                                                     Christopher Pike, Author

     Getting adequate sleep and rest is another way to take care of yourself physically and mentally. Sleep was a challenge at first, so I took naps whenever I felt like it. Sometimes, I would like to have retreated into a coma and disappeared for a while. I had to laugh at myself. You know that’s not happening. There’s too much to do.

     It’s good for you to know this “coma” thought occurs. It’s normal. Just “don’t do it.”

     The mind continues to replay hundreds of events, memories, and all the “I wish” thoughts that torment your nights. So, you cry yourself to sleep, or you go sleepless, or at least not remembering if you fell asleep or not. This too improves over time.

What helped me is that I kept on a normal schedule and continued to use a sleep CD that I had already used for a long time. Only under this new set of stresses, I had to sometimes replay it two, three, or even four times. The normalcy of this was very comforting. However, I needed to change the usual CD I used while my husband was alive to another one of my favorites with soothing tones for Chakra balancing. The old one elicited memories of him when I played it each night and he was sleeping beside me. Making this change worked much better.

     I also visited my doctor, who offered me “something for sleep” if I needed it. A generous offer and sometimes helpful; however, I chose to forgo this option. It is worth consideration for temporary relief, but only under a doctor’s care. Sleep is often elusive when it is quiet and you are alone lying in bed — your mind actively replaying and reliving events while you judge yourself harshly. This creates even more pain and sorrow. How to deal with this is unique to the individual.

     My self-care was to stop worrying about “not getting enough sleep” and instead to find something to do while I was awake. When I started rehashing events, I wallowed in self-condemnation for a while. Then, I just said, Cheryl, stop beating yourself up. You weren’t perfect. Get over yourself. Think of something good, happy, positive and get a grip.

Well, if you keep telling yourself this, it works and you feel better. Maybe you still won’t sleep better for a while, but you will feel less stressed. Sleep will eventually happen. Give yourself time to adjust.


·       I nourish my mind and body.
·       I breathe deeply and fully and relax my body.
·       I get the sleep I need every night, and my body appreciates how I take care of it.


With her permission, I am serializing here nurse Cheryl Barrett's valuable book on transcending grief. I had the pleasure of being her coach and editor through my Write Your Book with Me enterprise. 

Douglas Winslow Cooper, PhD

Perhaps the easiest way to obtain a copy of her book, published by Outskirts Press, is through this Amazon link: 

WHAT EVER HAPPENED...? Janet Schliff's Book Talks

What Ever Happened to My White Picket Fence?: My Brain Injury from My Massive Brain Tumor

What Ever Happened to My White Picket Fence?
My Brain Injury from My Massive Brain Tumor


Where Janet’s been in 2018

Janet Johnson Schliff spoke at the Oblong Books Bookstore in Rhinebeck, NY, on Tuesday, February 6 at 6 p.m.

Janet was on WKNY Radio 1490 in Kingston, NY, on Thursday, March 1 at 9:10 a.m. 

Janet spoke at Barnes & Noble in Kingston, NY, on Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m. 

Janet spoke at the Starr Library in Rhinebeck, NY, on March 6 at 7 p.m. 

Janet spoke at the Golden Notebook Bookstore in Woodstock, NY, on March 17 at 2 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Morton Library in Rhinecliff, NY, on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. 

Janet spoke at RCAL in Kingston, NY, on April 3 at 4 p.m. [They gave her an impromptu book-launch party.]

Janet spoke at the Parkinson's Support Group at the Starr Library in Rhinebeck, NY, on April 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Stone Ridge Library in Stone Ridge, NY, on April 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Hurley Library in Hurley, NY, on May 4 at 6 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Kingston Library in Kingston, NY, on May 9 at 6 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Staatsburg Library in Staatsburg, NY, on May 14 at 7 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Clinton Community Library in Rhinebeck, NY, on May 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Mountain Top Library in Tannersville, NY, on June 9 at 12 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Gardiner Library in Gardiner, NY, on June 11 at 7 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Marbletown Community Center in Stone Ridge, NY, on June 20 at 6 p.m.

Janet was interviewed on radio station WTBQ-FM (93.5) on June 29 at 12 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Esopus Library in Port Ewen, NY, on July 13 at 7 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Pine Plains Library in Pine Plains, NY, on July 20 at 6 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Ulster Library in Kingston, NY, on July 23 at 5:30 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Northern Dutchess Bible Church in Red Hook, NY, on August 11 at 1 p.m.

Janet spoke at a writers' group in Rosendale, NY, on August 30 at 2 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Inquiring Minds Bookstore in New Paltz, NY, on September 6 at 7 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Adriance Library in Poughkeepsie, NY, on September 15 at 2:30 p.m.

Janet was interviewed on radio station WRIP-FM (97.9) on September 21 at 8 a.m.

Janet again spoke at the Mountain Top Library in Tannersville, NY, on September 22 at 12 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Enchanted Cafe in Red Hook, NY, on September 28 at 7 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Hyde Park Library in Hyde Park, NY, on October 4 at 7 p.m.

Janet participated in an Author Weekend at the Barnes & Noble in Poughkeepsie, NY, on October 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Tivoli Library in Tivoli, NY, on October 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Germantown Library in Germantown, NY, on November 7 at 6 p.m.

Janet’s interview for the TV program Wake Up with Marci on the You Too America Channel aired on Monday, November 5, and Friday, November 9. It is now available on the Internet.

Janet participated in the Red Hook Middle School’s College and Career Cafe in Red Hook, NY,  on December 19 at 10:30 a.m.


Where Janet’s headed in 2019…

Janet will speak at the LaGrange Association Library in LaGrange, NY, on Wednesday, September 11, at 6 p.m.

Janet will participate in the New Creations Gift Shop Authors’ Event in Fishkill, NY, on Saturday, September 21, at 12 p.m.

Janet will speak at the Sport and Physical Medicine Center’s “Lunch and Learn” in Kingston, NY, on Tuesday, September 24, at 12 p.m.

Janet will speak at the Pawling Senior Center in Pawling, NY, on Wednesday, October 9, at 12 p.m.

Janet will speak at the Morton Memorial Library’s Book Club in Pine Hill, NY, on Thursday, October 24, at 6 p.m.

Janet will speak at the Sarah Hull Hallock / Milton Library’s Tea in Milton, NY, on Friday, November 1, at 3:30 p.m.

Janet has been invited to speak at high school health classes, hospitals, and senior centers, dates to be determined.

Where Janet’s been in 2019

Janet spoke at the Poughkeepsie Brain Injury Support Group at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall in Poughkeepsie, NY, Saturday, February 23 at 12 p.m. 

Janet spoke at the Stanford Library in Stanfordville, NY, Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m.

Janet spoke at the Howland Library in Beacon, NY, Wednesday, March 20 at 1 p.m.

Janet spoke at the West Hurley Library in West Hurley, NY, Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m.

Janet spoke at the East Fishkill Library in Hopewell Junction, NY, Monday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Grinnell Library in Wappingers Falls, NY, Saturday, March 30 at 10:30 a.m.

Janet spoke at the Dover Plains Library in Wingdale, NY, Friday, April 5 at 6 p.m.

Janet participated in an Author Talk at the Saugerties Library in Saugerties, NY, Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Red Hook Community Center in Red Hook, NY, Wednesday, April 24 at 5 p.m.

Janet participated in the Authors’ Event at the New Creations Gift Shop in Fishkill, NY, Saturday, May 4 at 12 p.m.

Janet spoke at St. Timothy's Church in Hyde Park, NY, Sunday, May 5 at 11 a.m.

Janet spoke at the Moffat Library in Washingtonville, NY, Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Beekman Library in Hopewell Junction, NY, Saturday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m.

Janet spoke at the Pleasant Valley Library in Pleasant Valley, NY, Tuesday, May 28 at 6 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Blodgett Library in Fishkill, NY, on Saturday, June 8 at 1 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Westchester Medical Center's "Lunch and Learn" in Valhalla, NY, on Friday, June 14 at 12 p.m. (And because this went so well, she has been invited to speak at two more hospitals, dates to be determined.)

Janet spoke at the Fishkill Ability Center in Fishkill, NY, on Thursday, July 11, at 11 a.m.

Janet spoke at the Marlboro Library in Marlboro, NY, on Tuesday, July 16, at 7 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Plattekill Library in Modena, NY, on Saturday, July 20, at 1 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Rosendale Senior Center in Rosendale, NY, on Wednesday, July 24, at 2 p.m.

Janet spoke at the Newburgh Library in Newburgh, NY, on Monday, July 29, at 7 p.m.

More talks are being planned for 2019… contact her at 845.336.7506 (h) or 845.399.1500 (c).