Monday, March 4, 2019

WHAT EVER HAPPENED...? "Recommended Books, V"

Me Now – Who Next? The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery, by Angela Leigh Tucker, as told by Bill Ramsey [I read this one more than once because Angela's enthusiasm for life after her brain injury is truly remarkable. She lifts my spirits every time I see her at brain-injury conferences, meetings, fundraisers, etc. I pray that someday I'll be able to be half as joyful and she is. “Inspiring” is in that book's title, and it is a perfect word for not only the book, but for Angela's personality as well.]

Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World, A Bible Study by Melissa Spoelstra [I referenced this book in the “Why the Title…” chapter of my book. This book and the first six of the others listed below are from various women's Bible studies I attended and learned a lot from.]

The Gospel of Mark: The Jesus We're Aching For, by Lisa Harper [Though her style is very different from the other women authors I've listed here for the Bible studies I attended, she makes me laugh out loud! Her style of the written word, as well as her unique DVD recordings, make the Bible easier to grasp and enjoy. I've never laughed so loud in church as I do when we're listening to her speak. I highly recommend her! Even though she and I have very little in common, I love her style. But, one thing we do have in common is that she uses silly names like I do. For example: “Perky Patty” and “Downer Debbie.” Too cute! As some women in my church say, “We're sisters in Christ.” And – Lisa rewards her audience with chocolate, so she rates high in my book.]

Fingerprints of God: Recognizing God's Touch on Your Life, by Jennifer Rothschild
Missing Pieces: Real Hope When Life Doesn't Make Sense, by Jennifer Rothschild
The Shelter of God's Promises: Participant’s Guide, by Sheila Walsh with Tracey D. Lawrence

What Love Is: The Letters of 1, 2, 3 John, by Kelly Minter
The Armor of God, by Priscilla Shirer [She is an excellent author, speaker, and actress. I was excited to see her playing the lead role in the movie War Room.]
Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential, by Joel Osteen [I’ve read many of his books, but this one’s my favorite.]
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life, by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw [The BEST children’s book I’ve ever known!]

A Laugh a Day! A Daily Dose of Heavenly Humor, Hallmark Gift Books
Put the past behind you and give…The Gift of Forgiveness, by Charles Stanley
Still the One: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Journey to Congress and Back, by John Hall
The Great American Book of Church Signs, by Donald Seitz
Church Signs (Collector’s Edition), by Donald Seitz
Over the Rainbow, by E.Y. Harburg, Eric Puybaret, and Harold Arlen, with songs performed by Judy Collins

AARP Bulletin [There are many helpful articles each month, but one that stood out was in the October 2015 issue. It was titled, “Are Old Head Injuries Fogging Your Brain?” by Mike Tharp. It tells of experts’ warnings about the effects of trauma and how they can linger for decades.]

Poughkeepsie Journal [This newspaper has lots of excellent information each day, but the reason I've listed it here is because it has health research documented. One brain-injury example was posted on February 16, 2016. It said, “Stroke or brain injury patients often have trouble making sounds or retrieving words.” This quote is from an article written by Lauran Neergaard about a form of aphasia.]

Mindfulness Skills Workbook For Clinicians & Clients: 111 Tools, Techniques, Activities, & Worksheets, by Debra Burdick, LCSW, BCN [This is the best neurofeedback specialist I had! She's written about in my book as “The Brain Lady.”]
Healing the Broken Brain: Leading Experts Answer 100 Questions about Stroke Recovery, by Dr. Mike Dow and David Dow with Megan Sutton, CCC-SLP

The Rough Guide to the Brain, Revised 2nd edition, by Dr. Barry J. Gibb
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, by Mary Norris [The author who taught me that the beginning of my book’s title should be “What Ever…” not “Whatever….”]

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers: 101 Motivational Stories for Writers – Budding or Bestselling – from Books to Blogs, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark, Susan M. Heim [My three favorite chapters are those by Jessica M. Ball, Diane Nichols, and Phyllis Cochran.]

Breaking the Silence: My Final Forty Days as a Public School Teacher, by M. Shannon Hernandez [This book helped me a lot in various ways!]

You Should REALLY Write a Book: How to Write, Sell, and Market Your Memoir, by Regina Brooks and Brenda Lane Richardson [What a help!]

I am 100% positive that after my book goes to print, I will “dig out” several other books that have helped me through this journey. My condo could be a mini-library (or a bookstore) with the amount of books I have on bookshelves, tables, chairs, counters, and in piles, baskets, bags, closets, plastic tubs, and on and on and on.

I read every single day from multiple books. This love of reading began at a very early age, and it never really went away. One of my favorite pastimes is wandering a bookstore, chatting with personnel there, enjoying their delicious goodies (if available), and just relaxing in a comfy chair, with a book in hand.

More often than not, I buy the books I've “snuggled” with, and so that leads to the clutter I described here. But, that's okay because I enjoy re-reading some of the highlights I've underlined in each book.

I haven't put a yellow highlighter down since seventh grade in Miss Maroney's art class at Linden Avenue School in Red Hook, NY. She gave us papers to read and taught us the importance of “marking them up” so we could reference the important sentences later. This strategy has served me well for over 40 years. Practically every book, article, and so on in my home is marked up!

I hope you read the above-mentioned books and get as much from them as I did. These authors are admired by me much more than they ever were before, now that I know how much work it entails to be one!

I (Douglas Winslow Cooper) have been excerpting, weekly, material from this almost-final version of the fine book by Janet Johnson Schliff, M.S. Ed., which she wrote over a three-year period with some coaching and editing help from me, through my business, Write Your Book with Me.

Her memoir is now available in paperback and ebook formats from Outskirts Press  and



More talks are being planned for the spring of 2019… she can be contacted at 845.336.7506 (home) or 845.399.1500 (cell).

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 noon.

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 noon.

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’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 can now be found on the Internet.

Janet spoke at the Germantown Library in Germantown, NY, on November 7 at 6:00 p.m.

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.

Janet will speak at the Poughkeepsie Brain Injury Support Group at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall in Poughkeepsie, NY, on Saturday, February 23 at noon. 

Janet will speak at the Stanford Free Library in Stanfordville, NY, on Saturday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m.

Janet will speak at the Howland Library in Beacon, NY, on Wednesday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m.

Janet will speak at the West Hurley Library in West Hurley, NY, on Saturday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m.

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

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

Janet will speak at the Dover Plains Library in Wingdale, NY, on Friday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m.

Janet will participate in an Author Talk at the Saugerties Library in Saugerties, NY, on Saturday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m.

Janet will speak at the Red Hook Community Center in Red Hook, NY, on Wednesday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m.

Janet will speak at St. Timothy's Church in Hyde Park, NY, on Sunday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m.

Janet will speak at the Moffat Library in Washingtonville, NY, on Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 p.m.

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

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

More signings will be coming up. A fine feature about Janet by John DeSantos [845 LIFE] appeared in the Middletown Times Herald-Record on Monday, March 12, as part of Brain Injury Awareness Month. An article about her book was just published in the May 2018 Living Rhinebeck Magazine. An article about her book appeared in the May 14 Daily Freeman of Kingston, NY. and another in the Family Life section of the Poughkeepsie Journal on June 8th. The Millerton News published an article on Thursday, August 2, about her talk at the Pine Plains Library. 

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