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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 (June 2018)

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Are you a planner or a free spirit? Can you be both? Next month in This Awful Awesome Life, we’ll take a look at the advantages and challenges of both as we embrace June and all its sunny possibilities.


June is the month for high school graduations, complete with parties and the big graduation ceremony. Time for mom and dad to loosen the reigns a little as the graduate transitions to college or the work force. We’ll be sharing some pearls of wisdom about what happens after the caps get thrown in the air and reality sets in. For parents with younger kids, we’ll have some ideas on keeping them happy, busy and safe this summer.

June is also the start of summer and the beach is calling. Will you answer? Perhaps you relate more to the mountains or an urban setting complete with fabulous restaurants and  the theater. Is it possible to fit in a few weekend get aways without months of planning?

Linda Cahill will have some amazing summer salad recipes from The Pampered Chef and Corey Flynn will help us get moving and make the most of summer. Gail Neustadt will help us plan for a greener summer and Orlando Bartro will entertain us with something brilliant.

Join us to find out where Terry Kish will raise a glass (or a fork) to toast summer, and we’ll have more from Jim O’Brien and some other guest contributors. Look for some surprises, colorful pictures and of course our June quiz and summer reading lists.


Answers to the May Quiz: Believe it or Not


The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn (Robin Maxwell)

A   Nella Last’s War: The Second World War Diaries of Housewife, 49 (Nella Last and Richard Broad)

A   Captain Scott’s Last Expedition (Captain Robert Falcon Scott and James Matthew Barrie)

H  Go Ask Alice (Anonymous)

A  The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)

F  The Lacuna (Barbara Kingsolver)

F  Dear Dumb Diary (Jim Benton)

A  The Diary of Samuel Pepys (Samuel Pepys)

H  Hitler Diaries ( Adolf Hitler)

A  Conversations with Myself (Nelson Mandela)

F  Diary (Chuck Palahniuk)

A The Diary of Lena Mukhina (Lena Mukhina and Amanda Love Darragh)

F  A Journal of the Plague Year (Daniel Defoe)

F The Color Purple (Alice Walker)

H  The Diary of Jack the Ripper (James Maybrick)

A  My Life in France (Julia Child and Alex Prud’Homme)

F  Diary of a Madman (Nikolai Gogol)

H  The Missing Secret Diary of Admiral Byrd (Admiral Byrd)

A  Lucky Man (Michael J. Fox)

A  Night (Elie Wiesel)

Building a Team

April 2018 in This Awful Awesome Life