So glad you dropped by!

While I am a longtime journalist whose work mostly appears in local newspapers — and, on rare occasions, in publications such as The Washington Post Magazine — I am also an Appalachian blogger and author.

My JOY Journal blog embraces such simple pleasures as faith, family time, sun tea, vegan “cheese,” mixed-breed dogs and gardens that run wild.

My books include both non-fiction and Christian chick lit that is contemporary — meaning it’s clean read but there isn’t a single Amish buggy or Victorian-era cowboy. Learn more by clicking on my BOOK button above (which includes a FREE READ link to my 2020 release) or by visiting my Amazon author site at Amazon Kindle.

Written contents of and JOY Journal are copyrighted material. Interested readers who would like to share, re-print or re-post a blog entry or two are welcome to do so as long as it is done in a nice, non-profit way and this website/author is credited. Thanks!