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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


This Awful-Awesome Life is turning 1 we’ll be taking a special look back at our first year

March is Women’s History Month – who are our role models and where are we headed?

Personal History Month - How to write a memoir

March is also National Nutrition Month.

I’ll be reviewing Michael Chabon’s Book, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.

Orlando Bartro, Terry Kish, and Corey Flynn will be back with some interesting articles about the coming of spring, making our world a little greener and places around Pittsburgh you should visit.

Let’s talk flowers – in literature and in your garden

Thinking green for St. Patrick's Day and for the future of our planet.

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We hope to have a few more guest contributors and as always fantastic photos from Pixaby and


See you in March!


Quiz: Romantic Couples from Classical and Contemporary Literature Answers:

Catherine and Heathcliff        Wuthering Heights by Anne Bronte

Louisa and Will                       Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Elinor and Edward                  Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Hazel and Augustus                The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Marguerite and Percy              The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy

Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam        Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Claire and Henry                      The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Bridget and Mark                     Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding

Allie and Noah                         The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Ginny and  Harry                      Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

Catherine and Frederic            A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Emma and George                   Emma by Jane Austen

Anne and Gilbert                      Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Jennifer and Oliver                   Love Story by Erich Segal

Helen and Paris                         The Iliad by Homer

Ennis and Jack                          Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

Claire and James                       Outlander by Diane Gabaldon

Jane and Edward                       Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Anne and Frederick                   Persuasion by Jane Austen

Hermione and Ron                     Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

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