Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Information Junkie is Moving On


At my core, I'm a life-long learner. And I selfishly want everyone to love to learn, too, which is why, in 2005, I started the blog, The Joyce Journal. A blog was a welcome change from years of accosting my family, friends and associates with emails full of interesting articles, event listings and all kinds of opportunities.

In the past several years, I've joined Facebook and Twitter to share and discuss. I launched Enjoyceinglife in 2008 as an outlet to challenge myself for more self-expressive writing. So all that was left for The Joyce Journal was to bec0me strictly a place to share mostly employment opportunities.

Well, things have changed a great deal since I launched The Joyce Journal five years ago. And after careful consideration, I've decided to stop posting to The Joyce Journal. I'm a writer and I'd like to concentrate on my craft. I have to be honest: Being an engaged parent with a full time gig will not allow me to continue posting to a jobs blog, as well as freelance, explore future book opportunities, and post to Enjoyceinglife.

Gotta prioritize. Those who were following The Joyce Journal, I ask for your understanding. I don't plan to delete The Joyce Journal anytime soon - but there won't be any more new posts. Occasionally, I will post interesting opportunities on Enjoyceinglife.

I look forward to continuing to share good info as I focus my passion - writing. To celebrate my new focus, I've chosen a new look for Enjoyceinglife. I hope you like it - I love it! It just feels like passionate energy. Or energetic passion. It moves me. And that's what I need - vibrant encouragement, which I plan to continue sharing here.

Staying on the path and Enjoyceinglife, JD

The Information Junkie is Moving On


At my core, I'm a life-long learner. And I selfishly want everyone to love to learn, too, which is why in 2005, I started The Joyce Journal. A blog was a welcome change from years of accosting my family, friends and associates with emails full of interesting articles, event listings and all kinds of opportunities.

In the past several years, I've joined Facebook and Twitter to share and discuss. I launched the blog Enjoyceinglife in 2008 as an outlet to challenge myself for more self-expressive writing. So all that was left for The Joyce Journal was to bec0me strictly a place to share mostly employment opportunities.

Well, things have changed a great deal since I launched this blog five years ago. And after careful consideration, I've decided to stop posting to The Joyce Journal. I'm a writer and I'd like to concentrate on my craft. I have to be honest: Being an engaged parent with a full time gig will not allow me to continue posting to this jobs blog, as well as freelance, explore future book opportunities, and post to my Enjoyceinglife blog.

Gotta prioritize. I hope for your understanding. I don't plan to delete The Joyce Journal anytime soon - but there won't be any more new posts. Occasionally, I will post interesting opportunities on Enjoyceinglife. So if you're not following me there, please do. I look forward to continuing to share good info as I focus my passion - writing.

Staying on the path and Enjoyceinglife, JD

Friday, June 18, 2010

If You Haven't Read Sugar by Bernice McFadden, You Should

Sugar (Sugar Lacey, #1) Sugar by Bernice L. McFadden


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Sugar was beautifully wrenching. At times it was almost too painful for me to read. I really could not understand why Sugar kept making the choices that she did. Her life is certainly an example of how a woman can be beat down so much that she can't accept good treatment even when it's offered to her numerous times. I love historical fiction and good story-telling. And the writing was tremendous. I loved the phrasing, settings and descriptions - word choice made them vibrant and substantive; brevity kept them from being a distraction from the flow of the book.Bernice McFadden seems to be an extremely empathetic writer. I felt every character in the book. They all had some tragic disappointments in their lives, but it was lovely the way that those life-changing experiences were weaved together. I was totally surprised by the ending - which rarely happens. I'd definitely recommend this as a haunting and emotional read. The characters are staying with me. I keep wondering what is happening with all of them. How are their lives progressing? Bernice, I really want to know: What happens to Sugar?

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Climbing a Canadian Mountain and Sweating to Femi Kuti at the Montreal Jazz Fest

Last summer Heart & Soul Magazine sent me on an assignment to the Montreal Jazz Festival. My article on one of the healthiest cities in the world is in the June/July 2010 issue on stands now. There's also a companion piece over on the H&S website about the delectable dining I did while in Montreal.

While enjoying more than a dozen concerts in a week, I explored everything from mountain climbing to the invigorating Scandinavian baths. Here are some shots of my amazing experience. Get out there in the world! It's wonderful.

Ray Charles' image on the press headquarters for the Montreal Jazz Festival

Starting up Mount Royal

I still can't believe that I climbed up the steep, rocky side of a mountain.

An inspiring cross was at the apex.

I'm pretty pleased with myself here.

And I'm still cute - even after such a rigorous hike!

After climbing a mountain, I had the nerve to go dancing that night to the unbelievable Femi Kuti and the Positive Force. I sweated up a storm!

The passing of Michael Jackson was still fresh around the world at an international magazine shop.

I love period movies like those done by Merchant Ivory, which is why the image of this woman in October by James Tissot (1877) appeals to me. I saw this painting and other interesting works at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Afro Headdress (1996) by Sonya Clark really trips me out.

I love this Fake Armchair (2007) by Danful Yang.

The Bathers (1933) by Fernand Leger is so involved it's intriguing.

I can't front. This Ceremonial Comb from the Northern region of Ghana in the early 20th Century really does remind me of an Afro pick.

This piece from Michael Snow's Walking Woman series (1963) feels empowering.

I was so moved by Esperanza Spalding. What a talent! She really epitomized the festival for me.

I think this is Wynton Marsalis projected.

The incomparable Aretha Franklin

This was a getaway I'll never forget.






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