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.

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

Connecticut is the witch hazel capital of the world—and it’s harvest time

It’s likely that if you use just about any skin care item, you’re using something that had its beginnings in a Connecticut forest. That’s because nearly all of the world’s witch hazel comes from American Distilling in East Hampton, which in turn gets most of its witch hazel from Connecticut’s state forests. “If you look at the ingredients label and if it says witch hazel, chances are it came from here,” says Bryan Jackowitz, vice president of American Distilling and president of Dickinson’s Bran

Looking back over pandemic summer, some Adirondacks businesses saw 'best year ever'

Not all of the economic news is as grim as the virus Even as COVID-19 has ravaged the American economy, the pandemic has proven an economic boon for some in the Adirondack Park. Yes, many restaurants, some hotels and motels, and most arts and entertainment venues continue to struggle. But for others who could more easily pivot to different operating models or who make their living outdoors, nature seekers have delivered cash and consolation. In some ways the Adirondack Park was perfectly posi

A Summer to Survive

Predicting the 2020 Adirondack Park tourism season’s crucial cash infusion is like trying to read a crystal ball. It’s a murky crystal ball, at that. The variables include the success of a state-mandated, four-phase reopening of the economy. If that goes well, there’s still the question of whether visitors will actually travel and stay in the park. The numbers in the tourism hub of Essex County—home to Lake Placid—show why many are worried. Based on occupancy taxcollections, 70% of business in
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