Category Archives: What’s Up With Joanne!

Waiting to Be Prospected

Writers need and crave inspiration. Without that special spark, we would not be able to write our novels and short stories. But sometimes, that spark is nowhere to be found. We imagine a scenario and then just as quickly it … Continue reading

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In Praise of Fruits and Vegetables

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, a month set aside to remind us that fruits and vegetables are essential components of a healthy lifestyle. As a cancer survivor with a family history of  Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, I … Continue reading

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On Decluttering Books

I delight in the acquisition of a new book. It doesn’t matter whether I purchased it myself or received it as a gift—each book is unique in its own special way. I like to keep all these treasures. At least, … Continue reading

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How to Write Effective Emails

Can you compose efficient and effective emails? When I heard this question, my first impulse was to say, “Yes, of course.” But glancing through my in-box, I realized I wasn’t that efficient or effective. While I don’t ramble or use … Continue reading

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Sharing Second Act Wisdom

I started the Second Acts series on my blog in July of 2013. Since that time, over 100 women from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, and the United States have shared reinvention stories that will inspire anyone asking the question: What … Continue reading

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Life Lessons from Mary Poppins

In addition to many fond memories of the magical nanny played by Julie Andrews and her side-kick Bert (Dick Van Dyke), a Cockney jack-of-all-trades, I have great appreciation for the life lessons imparted by Mary Poppins. Well begun is half-done. … Continue reading

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10 Cool Delights…On a Budget!

Last week, I treated myself to a Dairy Queen banana split. I tried not to gasp when the clerk told me the price was $6.77 (CDN). I inquired about the other prices and discovered that, like everything else, Dairy Queen … Continue reading

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