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You are blessed Jan, because you can write and you can touch people on your mailing list where they hurt, and that is in their heart. You may save a person's life and may never know about it. You can plant love and acceptance in a person who will go on to pass that on to others they meet. You can become a generator of good that will push back darkness and despair. You can do all of that because you can put your thoughts on paper. You are a writer.

Blessings to you! N.V. (2017)

Thank you so much for continuing to share your insights even in the aftermath of such injustice. You're such a blessing and a bright spot talk to our community!

Pastor Brad (2017)

We had lots of great comments after your program on barns. Thank you for coming!!

Quincy Library Staff (2017)

I want to compliment you on the grand presentation, loved it. Even cried a bit, those old barns so remind me of my days on the farm, could almost smell the hay, etc. Will be thinking about those for a long, long time, thank you so much.

J.U. Bronson, MI

“Dear Jan,

Just a note to say thanks for sharing “Barns: A Love Story” with us. It was obvious to all in attendance that you have a deep appreciation for this part of our American heritage. Your enthusiasm is contagious.“

R. Mills, board member, Curtis Center for the Arts.

“Jan, thank you so much! You did a wonderful presentation on beautiful barns.”

Tompkins Historical Society

“I love your writing, and appreciate how you so often weave into it the "up north" aspect. I can relate so much to it …. keep up the good work! It's GREAT WRITING!”

A fan, R. Morrow

“The day you stop writing your column is the day I cancel my subscription to the paper. Yours is the voice of reason for all of us.”


"…what a pleasure it is to read what you’ve written. I see writing is a real craft with you and you are a craftswoman."

L. Taylor, FL.

"Your program tonight touched my heart and soul! You have really stirred my heart for why barns should be saved!"


"Hi Jan,

Tom and I so enjoyed your presentation last night in Parchment. Your enthusiasm and knowledge of barns were so inspiring! I've attached the link to the barn home I mentioned."

Jean H.