blogging, family life

On hiatus except for book chapter postings until October

Sometimes life piles up on one quickly! Trying to catch up on just everything here at JOY Journal. To that effect, I will be on social media hiatus until October -- with the exception of posting weekly chapter releases of my serialized book, "Suspended Aggravation." (This book will wrap in November.) WordPress readers who need… Continue reading On hiatus except for book chapter postings until October

books, outdoors

5 reads that pack sunny glow

"Maggie saw the sunset before she saw the cottage. It stretched across Lake Michigan in a broad sweep of orange and a glowing pink not unlike the colors of her borrowed skirt. Beach clothes, indeed." Nora Edinger, Dune Girl Looking paler than oatmeal? Wearing so many layers you cannot bend your elbows? Watching commercials for… Continue reading 5 reads that pack sunny glow


On-Vacation Pasta Salad

“No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.” Elbert Hubbard, American writer/publisher I've tried some fancy things in the kitchen -- not always with success, but I've tried. That said, I've cooked some of our favorite family meals in vacation cabins. You know, the kind of kitchens where… Continue reading On-Vacation Pasta Salad