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Welcome to This Awful/Awesome Life! My name is Frances Joyce. I am the publisher and editor of this magazine. We'll be exploring different topics each month to inform, entertain and inspire you. Meet new authors, sharpen your brain and pick up a few tips on life, love, entertaining and business. Enjoy and please share!

Next Month in This Awful-Awesome Life

September is Banned Books Month.

We'll be talking about:

  • Some of the authors of books that have made the list and the reason(s) these books were banned.
  • Who determines when a book should be banned?
  • Banned books that have been made into movies
  • How to have a Banned Book Party

We will also have a Banned Book Quiz - I haven't decided if it will be a crossword puzzle, fill in the blank or matching

We will be remembering Jay Speyerer, my former co-publisher for This Awful-Awesome Life, who passed away suddenly this month. Send your JPEG photos and anecdotes about Jay by August 25 to

Back to School

The Coming of fall 

Food and Drink – restaurants, liquor, recipes

Travel – where to visit this fall

Linda Cahill will be back with some great recipes for your Banned Book Party

We'll have some guest contributors and more of those amazing free use photos from and the pixabay app.

Don't miss:

Word of the Month

A new Book review

Money Matters and a few Life Hacks

New Sponsor pages

If you would like to contribute an article or be interviewed for an upcoming issue, contact Fran at or FRANJOYCE@THISAWFULAWESOMELIFE.COM.

Contributing writers and photographers will receive a byline with their photograph and we will publish your contact/website information. Presently we do not pay for accepted submissions. It's not in the budget....yet.

*We are a work in progress - thanks for your patience as we work to improve our content and format. I'll be adding the content from our previous issues onto this site - you'll be able to find all your favorite articles with fresh new designs.




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