R&R And The Free Newsletter I’d Like To Share With You

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What I see when I open my eyes in the morning,

What I see when I open my eyes in the morning,

I’m on vacation on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I’m staying on Currituck Sound this time around. It’s quiet, peaceful, and absolutely gorgeous. Besides some Canada geese there was a Great Blue Heron fishing next to the dock early this morning. Evenings are filled with killer sunsets that change by the minute and seem to last for hours. The ocean is an easy six minute trek away, where I walk at least twice a day; the first as soon as I get up and put some clothes on and then a late afternoon walk as the shadows begin to shorten and the heat of the day is on its way out.

I have only four more days here. I wish I could stay another week.

But the main point of this blog post is that I’m joining the ranks of those who put out a newsletter as a way to expand my horizons and those of my readers. My blog is usually story driven with contemplations on how to live a rich and fulfilling life.

My newsletter will have different content and will be published monthly on the first day of each month, beginning on October 1st. It will cover many of the themes and issues I write about in my book, including compassion, gratitude, forgiveness, aging, PTSD, and caring for an aging parent.

Some Enchanted Evening

Some Enchanted Evening.

I will also write about how writing my memoir and making visual art have helped me to find my center after years of wandering across an emotionally viscous sea of confusion and what AA and ALANON both call, Stinking Thinking.

There will be links to helpful articles on all of the above topics as well as books and movies that I have found to be of particular interest.

Each newsletter will include an image from one of my visual journals, for your enjoyment, as well as a way to encourage you to start one of your own. Everyone is an artist. By keeping a journal of your own creations you’ll find that being an artist does not mean you have to show your work in a gallery or share it with the rest of the world.

I will provide an occasional excerpt from my memoir along with updates as it makes it’s way to bookshelves in 2016.

Please use the sign-up form at the top of this page on the right to let me know you’d like to receive this new offering. Please take note that I will never share your email address with anyone else.

I’m very excited about sharing my newsletter with you and send you wholehearted THANK YOUs for signing up in advance.IMG_1563


  1. Congratulations, Joan, on the launch of your monthly newsletter! It sounds lovely and you can count me in. Enjoy the rest of your vacation

  2. Joan — Excited? As well you should be. I am too. I just received a “Subscription Confirmation” email for your up-and-coming newsletter. Hotdiggitydog!

  3. I’m a subscriber too now and especially looking forward to the images from your visual journal and excerpts from your memoir. Way to go, my friend!

    • So glad you signed up, Marian and I’m looking forward to sharing some good things with you. Thanks.

  4. Joan, I just signed up. Eager to see what you have to share. Even more eager to help you celebrate your book when it launches.

    Those beautiful vacation pictures stirred a little envy. We can never get enough beauty in our lives, I guess.


    • Thanks for signing up, Shirley. I’m eager to have you celebrate with me, too.

      And no we never do get enough beauty. I think it keeps us sane to know that the world beyond what we humans do or cause, is still absolutely spectacular. It’s especially nice this time around for us to be here alone with our dogs. It’s been a crazy topsy-turvy year for us with health issues and this has been a wonderful respite.