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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 (August 2018)

For August in This Awful Awesome Life we’ll be celebrating the last hurrah of summer. How do you make the most of the month before Labor Day? We’ll be looking at a few weekend trips to take to squeeze in a little more summer.

College is starting soon and the nest will be getting a little more empty. For some of you, this will be your last child going off to college or your last child moving out. We’ll be sharing some pearls of wisdom about what happens when the last boxes are loaded and it’s time to say, “Drive safely and text me when you get there.”

Linda Cahill will have some amazing summer recipes from The Pampered Chef and Corey Flynn will help us make the most of our active 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.


I’m excited that we are adding two new columns in August. Look for a column about movies and a column dedicated to nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. Look for some surprises, colorful pictures and of course our August quiz and more summer reading lists.

See you next month!


Answers to the July beach Quiz:

Geographical grouping I – North America (inc. U.S. state Hawaii), Central America and South America

Punaluu Beach Big Island of Hawaii USA

[1] By Brocken Inaglory [CC BY-SA 3.0  ( or GFDL (], from Wikimedia Commons

Honokalani Beach, Wai’anapanapa State Park Maui, Hawaii USA

[1a] By Eric Chan from Hollywood, United States (Waianapanapa State ParkUploaded by PDTillman) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Sunset Beach Oahu, Hawaii USA

[2] Beach photo taken at Sunset Beach (O'ahu) by Alejandro Bárcenas(2004) {{cc-by-sa-2.5}}

Treasure Beach, Jamaica

[4] By Op. Deo at English Wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Lindquist Beach, St. Thomas


Blue Beach (La Chiva) Vieques, Puerto Rico

[10] <a href=""><img alt="" src=""/></a><br/>This photo of La Chiva is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Harbour Island, Bahamas

[7] By Larry Deack [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda

[8] By Ekem [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], from Wikimedia Commons

East Beach, Santa Barbara, California USA

[12] (name of Author not available)

Long Beach Tofino Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada

[15] By Aarongunnar [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

El Castillo Tulum, Mexico

[18] By Mindaugas Danys [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Vue du ciel Puerto Vallarta Mexico

[23] (Public domain photo)

Playa del Este, Eastern side of Havana, Cuba

(Photo by Qyd) [24]

Tarara Beach Cuba

[24a] By No machine-readable author provided. Qyd assumed (based on copyright claims). [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY-SA 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Gibney Beach St. John U.S. Virgin Islands

[5] (Author name unavailable)

Botafogo Bay and Beach rio de Janeiro, Brazil

[26] Image in the public domain (photo by Luis Rizo)

Geographical grouping II  - Europe and Eurasia

Blue Lagoon, Oludeniz, Turkey

[11] By Jongleur100 [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Navagio Zakynthos Island, Greece

[17] By Badgernet [CC BY-SA 3.0  (], from Wikimedia Commons

Cala Deia Mallorca, Spain

[13] By Olaf Tausch [GFDL ( or CC BY 3.0  (], from Wikimedia Commons

Praia da Marinha , Lagos, Portugal

[16] By Klugschnacker [CC BY-SA 3.0  (], from Wikimedia Commons

Coral Beach Galway, Ireland

[29] Garry Smales / Coral Beach, An Cheathru Rua Theas, Co Galway

Le Cap Blanc-Nez (Cape White Nose) France

[27] By Jean-Pol GRANDMONT [GFDL ( or CC BY 3.0  (], from Wikimedia Commons

Tolcarne Beach, Newquay Cornwall


Nordfjorour Iceland

[31] By Ericoides [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

Geographical grouping III – Australia and Oceania

Tikehau Island, French Polynesia

[21] (Author’s name not found)

Lake McKenzie Fraser Island, Australia

[14] By Rhain [CC BY-SA 4.0  (], from Wikimedia Commons

Piha Beach Piha, New Zealand

[32] Avenue [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Geographical Grouping IV – Asia

El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

[3] By Kroisenbrunner [CC BY-SA 4.0  (], from Wikimedia Commons

Dreamland Beach, Bali

[9] By Arisdp [GFDL ( or CC BY 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

Ora Beach Maluku, Indonesia


Seminyak Bali

[20] By Flickr user: tboothhk [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Maya Beach, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

[19] By User:Mikecleggphoto from [CC BY-SA 4.0  (], from Wikimedia Commons

Anjuna Beach, Goa. India

[25] By Ssr [CC BY-SA 3.0  ( or GFDL (], from Wikimedia Commons

Sam Son Beach Thanh Hoa Province Vietnam

[30] By Nguyễn Thanh Quang [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 4.0  (], from Wikimedia Commons          

Geographical grouping V – Africa

Anse Source d’Argent La Digue, Republic of Seychelles 

[22] By Tobias Alt, Tobi 87 [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 4.0  (], from Wikimedia Commons




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June 2018 in This Awful Awesome Life