Tuesday, November 13, 2018

WHAT EVER HAPPENED...? "Tributes..."


[These are as written, except with some names abbreviated.]

Dear Ms. Schliff,
My wife and I would like to thank you for the wonderful work you and the BOCES staff at Lenape have accomplished with J. over the past five years. We only hope that his next teacher will be as diligent with him as you have been.
The job of teacher is hard enough, but it takes a “special person” to be a special ed. teacher, and we are and have been always thankful that you were that special person and teacher for our special son.
God bless you.
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. [parents]
P.S. We will keep you updated on J.’s progress and let him write often, if he does not see you.

Dear Janet,
We want to thank you for all your hard work, dedication, and caring that you have done. You are an outstanding teacher and we have greatly appreciated your going above and beyond your basic duties! Danielle has truly benefited from being in your class. We can only hope to have her with a teacher 1/2 as good as you. Danielle and the rest of us will miss you – thank you.
Doreen and Gary [parents]


Just thought I’d pass this along: I was talking about B. with his mom, A., and she said you are the best teacher he has ever had! We are not the only ones who feel that way about you. We will MISS YOU.
Doreen [parent]
Thank you for being a wonderful teacher and person to B.
You’re welcome about basket and really you deserve so much more.
If his next teacher is 1/2 teacher you are, I’ll count my blessings!!!
The F. Family [parent]
Dear Janet,
Roses are red and violets are blue, and sugar is sweet and so are you. Keep on smiling. You make us all happy, and now we don’t have you for a teacher, and it’s time to let go, and it’s time to cry and to say good-bye to a wonderful teacher to have for six years, and you sure will be missed, with tears or cries to say good-bye, but stay as sweet and kind, and we hope other kids will see it the same way we do. It’s hard to say good-bye without a tear, but we need to move on, and it sure won’t be the same.
If no one can see how sweet and kind you are, then they are missing out on a friend, not only a teacher, but one who cares about what you do, as a sweet teacher that you always will be. So did you shed a tear? And please don’t forget us.
Love always,
The Y. Family [parents]
Bye, bye, bye


Dear Ms. Schliff,
          Hi! I’m really glad that I found time to write a letter to you before the end of the year. I’ve been so really glad that you have been my teacher for the past Six years.
          I have learned so much from you and the other teacher between better behavier and health to reading writeing and other classes. this is why when I go on to the High School I will miss seeing you in class every day, but I will never forget you and you will never me.
                                                                      Your friend,
                                                                      R. [student]

June 2005
Dear Ms. Schliff,                                          
I an glad you are my techer and you are the best techer in the hole world and you helpt me with everything this year
S. [student]
          Hi, we had a great time last night. Your classroom is such a fun and positive place for kids to be! Thanks so much! Have a great day.
                                                                      R. [parent]  


                                                                      September 2002
I was very impressed with how you worked with the kids this morning. We’re very glad to have Erick with you another year!
                                                                      Walter [parent]
 “We can’t have a party for Erick without Ms. Schliff,” Erick’s mom, Clara, said at his 30th birthday party, in July 2017, to which I was invited and enjoyed attending.

“A. was scared at first meeting his new school teacher, you, but he enjoyed the year at the best school and teacher. Have a great summer.”
                              R. [parent]

“I just want to say J. answered every question on the [Christopher Columbus] study guide correctly on the first try! This certainly is a testament to the info he is receiving in school, and how well he is retaining it!”
                                                                      J. [parent]

[Christmas card] 2006
“Every holiday, I thank God for the help you gave my son, and you know I will never forget you. Thanks.”
                                                                      N.  [parent]


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 amazon.com

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



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 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.

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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