Big news. But first suspense. And old favorites.

Dear friends,


I have some big news to share, news that I’m positively verklempt about, but that I can’t share right now.

(Don’t you hate people who do that?)

Here’s the deal: the news will come soon, and will come in the form of a press release. And when it does, I’ll share it with you. Until then, I’ll just say that it represents an affirmation that speaks to my very soul as a woman, as a mother, as a person who thinks gratitude is the very best virtue to cultivate.

In the mean time, there might be some new visitors to this blog as a result, so I’ll take this opportunity to to show you around a bit and share some of my favorite stories with you. Stay as long as you like. And if you are stopping by for the first time, introduce yourself yourself in the comments. I’d love to get to know you.

With gratitude {for unexpected surprises and happy news, even if it’s top-secret for the moment},

Joan, who wants you to know she did not win a book contract, or a Pulitzer, or a Nobel, or a Presidential Medal, or even the Pillsbury Great Bake Off, but who thinks her little surprise is better than them all

Some of Joan’s Favorite Stories

About mothering:

Parkie Park and the blue moon

The downhill side

A love letter

About marriage and family:

Cat on a high dive

Questions for my dying father

An Easter story

Hell Away

A Valentine

About sorrow and loss:


About life’s small pleasures and joys:


About meditation and reflection:

Life and the ephemeral meaning I seek to ascribe to it

Half-assed Buddhist

Some reflections on fifty

Time lapse



  1. kathleenbotsford says:

    So happy to see you r name in my inbox! Can’t wait to hear and celebrate the news! I tried to leave a comment but seems my password doesn’t work any longer. Looking forward to catching up with you and yours! Kathy Botsford

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Thank you for curating this collection of posts for your readers. I believe I already know your news (benefit of workplace proximity) but I’m excited to see it publicized!

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