Janet believes in the transformational power of storytelling and has built her career around harnessing this power -- for herself, for communities, for companies. Everyone has a story to tell. What's yours?

RECENT PROJECT SAMPLE: Media Strategist @ Norfolk Chamber Music Festival | Write On! Workshop Creator/Teacher @ Mental Health Connecticut and idontmind | Consulting Editor @ 55+ Life magazine | Senior Editor @ Different Leaf magazine | Founder/Editor @ All Souls Witchy Women Podcast and Blog | Memoir "Finding Our Way: A Mother and Son's Journey Through Schizophrenia."

Here is a sampling of Janet's recent published work.

Inside the fantastical, retrofuturistic world of CT's steampunk scene and its passionate practitioners

Walking into the Stupid Cupid Steampunk Weekend Extravaganza at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cromwell is a little like emerging from a time machine into the Victorian era — with perhaps an opium-inspired twist. People in what initially appears to be Victorian garb swarm the hotel’s hallways. Top hats, waistcoats and trousers abound for the men, while many of the women are clothed in the long dresses and elaborate hats commonly found in the era.

Redding opera singer Kathryn Lewek chats about her record-breaking role as Mozart’s legendary villain, the Queen of the Night

The iconic Queen of the Night, Mozart’s villain in his popular Magic Flute opera, is only onstage for 12½ minutes of the 3½-hour production. And yet, thanks to “Der Hölle Rache,” her stunning rage aria, the role is renowned by opera singers and fans alike. It is a role that only certain sopranos can even attempt. Kathryn Lewek of Redding she broke a Metropolitan Opera record in May for singing a single role when she hit — and then surpassed — her 50th performance there in that role.

Early nomads or occupants of the Adirondacks?

Examining the ancestral home and range of Indigenous people For many, the story of the settling of the Adirondacks goes something like this: The area was a vast, uninhabited wilderness until white settlers came to start mining, lumbering and, later, vacationing. Yes, a few Native Americans traveled through the Adirondacks in pre-colonial times, but they never actually lived there. The problem is the story is not true.

Life After Death

Coping with the loss of a partner June 2, 2019, was a typical Sunday for Donna and Clark Perkett of Queensbury. “We had such a great day,” says Donna. “We were so busy. Clark was over helping the neighbor who had a bad heart. His mom lives across the street and he was helping plant her flowers. Then we had a really nice family dinner, the nicest steak and mushrooms and potatoes.” It was a day that seemed to be a beginning — of warm weather, days by the pool, family barbecues. Instead, it was t

Meet John Tuite, the voice of UConn sports

John Tuite started doing University of Connecticut basketball game play-by-play calls when he was a kid in Storrs. He recorded the UConn band performing the national anthem on his new tape recorder — “to make it more realistic” — and then started calling mock games as he tossed a basketball into a baby carriage. Today, Tuite has spent decades recreating that childhood fantasy as the play-by-play announcer for the UConn men’s soccer team on the university’s radio station, WHUS, since 1982. He’s

What’s Great About Aging?

A look at the upside of getting older Let’s just get the body thing out of the way. Yes, exercise and healthy eating habits can help make your aging body last longer and stay in better working condition. But the reality is that at some point our bodies start to break down as we get older. My point is that this inevitable part of aging is NOT what’s great about getting older. You can come up with all the mental games and positive affirmations you want about this change, but it won’t prevent the

New discoveries are changing what we know of the first people and their world

Catherine Labadia, an archaeologist at the State Historic Preservation Office, was on vacation when the first text came in from fellow archaeologist David Leslie. The picture on her phone was of a channel flake, a stone remnant associated with the creation of spear points used by Paleoindians, the first humans known to enter the region more than 10,000 years ago. “I responded, ‘Is this what I think it is?’ ” “It most definitely is,” texted back Leslie, who was on site at the Avon excavation with

Will cannabis drive business in the Adirondacks?

While towns consider whether to opt out, some say the park is perfect for marijuana tourism Cannabis advocates may have done a happy dance March 31 when New York State became the 16th state to legalize adult recreational cannabis use, but so far Adirondack Park town officials are taking a wait-and-see approach. The governor’s office is projecting that the adult-use cannabis market could reach $4 billion statewide upon maturity and generate up to $350 million annually in tax revenue. The Mariju
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