Friday, June 15, 2018

WHAT EVER HAPPENED...? "Concussions"

I'm not going to write a lot about concussions, because this book has become way longer than I expected it would be at the beginning of this “project,” but suffice it to say, that there's plenty of information out there about how concussions can lead to dangerous consequences.

I’ve seen newspaper and magazine articles, movies, and news reports about this form of brain injury. Please don't “brush it off” as minor, because the effects could be major later on. Also, I’ve just read about the brain disease CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) caused by playing football. I believe that topic was covered in a movie, Concussion. I have that listed in my movie chapter.

As one high schooler, Randy Ayala, was quoted as saying: “I just realized the damage that can happen to your brain with a big blow like that, and I didn't want it to happen again.” He has decided to quit playing football. It must be very hard to say “enough” to something you enjoy doing. But, safety first.

Headaches, imbalance, speech, vision, and hearing issues happened to him after a concussion caused by playing football.

I read about him in one of the magazines I listed in my Recommended Books and Literature chapter, in a magazine named Hudson Valley Healthy Lifestyles.

So, I KNOW this is a very controversial subject, and all I will write is that once your brain is injured, your life is different forever. That may not seem apparent immediately, but it might. Do your “homework” if this has happened in your life.

For the coming year, I [Douglas Winslow Cooper] will be
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



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

Janet spoke at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 at Barnes & Noble in Kingston, NY. I [DWC] attended, along with about 40 other people. Congratulations to Janet on a fine talk!

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

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

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

She spoke at RCAL in Kingston, NY, at 4 p.m. on April 3. I was able to attend. They gave her an impromptu book-launch party.

On 4/4/18 Janet spoke at the Parkinson's Support Group at the Starr Library at Rhinebeck at 2:30 p.m.

On 4/27/18 Janet spoke at the Stone Ridge Library at 5:30 p.m.

On 5/4/18 Janet spoke at the Hurley Library at 6 p.m.

On 5/9/18 Janet spoke at the Kingston Library at 6 p.m.

On 5/14/18 Janet spoke at the Staatsburg Library at 7 p.m.

On 5/31/18 Janet spoke at the Clinton Community Library at 6:30 p.m.

On 6/9/18 Janet spoke at the Tannersville Mountain Top Library at noon.

On 6/11/18 Janet spoke at the Gardiner Library at 7 p.m.

On 6/20/18 Janet spoke at the Marbletown Community Center at 6 p.m.

On 7/13/18 Janet will be at the Esopus Library at 7 p.m.

On 7/20/18 Janet will be at the Pine Plains Library at 6 p.m.

On 7/23/18 Janet will be at the Ulster Library at 5:30 p.m.

On 9/06/18 Janet will be at the Inquiring Minds Bookstore in New Paltz at 7 p.m.

On 9/22/18 Janet will again be at the Tannersville Mountain Top Library, at noon.

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.

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