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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 (October 2018)

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Next Month in This Awful Awesome Life (October 2018), we will be celebrating Halloween. We’ll be taking a look at the scary movies and books we love and we’ll be looking for the fun and safe costumes for you and the kiddos. We’ll have your favorite tricks and treats and ideas to decorate for the big day.

It’s officially Apple Month. How will you celebrate? We have a few ideas to share.

October is also breast cancer Awareness Month and as a breast cancer survivor, I’ll be weighing in on Pinktober and what you should know about life after cancer.

Corey Flynn spent her vacation hiking with one of her children. Find out about her physical and mental preparation for her adventure and we should have some amazing photos for you.

Our regular contributors should be back and we’ll have another segment with Linda and Joe, including a review of The New Chicago Cookbook and tips to help you find vegan friendly grocery stores.

We’ll have book reviews and recommendations as well as a new quiz.


See you next month!




Answers to the September Quiz:


Six Degrees of Separation with a Forbidden Twist


1.       JK Rowling and Logan Lerman

JK Rowling wrote the Harry Potter series which starred Emma Watson who also starred in The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky which also starred Logan Lerman.

[The Harry Potter series has been challenged for depictions of witchcraft and the occult and The Perks of Being a Wallflower has been challenged for drug use, underage drinking, homosexuality and sex scenes]                                                                                                                                                                                                    

2.       William Styron and Stephen King

William Styron wrote Sophie’s Choice which was made into a movie of the same name starring Meryl Streep who starred in Heartburn with Jack Nicholson who starred in the film version of The Shining by Stephen King.                                                                                                              

[Sophie’s Choice has been challenged for sexual content and The Shining has been challenged for violence and supernatural themes]

3.       Danny Glover and E.B. White

Danny Glover starred in the movie version of the book, Beloved by Toni Morrison which also starred Oprah Winfrey who did the voice for Gussie the Goose in the movie version of the book, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.

[Beloved has been challenged for scenes of violence, rape and inappropriate language and Charlotte’s Web was banned at a Kansas school because parents objected to talking animals which they claimed were disrespectful to God because only God’s highest creation (man) can talk]

4.       Liv Tyler and DH Lawrence

Liv Tyler starred in the film version of the book, The Lord of the Rings with Sean Bean who also starred in the 1993 BBC version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence.

[Copies of The Lord of the Rings along with other Tolkien novels were burned at a church in New Mexico for being satanic and Lady Chatterley’s Lover was banned by U.S. Customs in 1929; banned in Ireland and Poland in 1932; Australia, Japan and India 1959; Canada (from 1960-1962), and in 1987, the Chinese government stopped allowing sales of the book in China because it was a corrupting influence on Chinese youth and counter to Chinese traditions]

5.       Zac Efron and Dav Pilkey

Zac Efron starred in The Lorax with Ed Helms who played Captain Underpants in the movie, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie based on the Captain Underpants book series written by Dav Pilkey.

[The Lorax was banned in Oregon and other Western states because its environmental message was considered damaging to the logging industry and the Captain Underpants series has been regularly challenged by parents and banned in many school districts since its debut in 1997 for offensive language unsuited for children and scenes showing disrespect for authority. In 2012 it was the #1 banned book in America beating out Fifty Shades of Grey]


6.       Jack Black and James Baldwin

Jack Black starred as R.L. Stine in Goosebumps, the movie based on the Goosebumps book series by R.L. Stine and he starred in Enemy of the State with Regina King who starred in If Beale Street Could Talk based on the book of the same name by James Baldwin.

[The Goosebumps series has been challenged/banned in several areas because of parental complaints that the books were too scary for young children, satanic and contained references to the occult and If Beale Street Could Talk has been challenged/banned by parents for sexually explicit content]




Building a Team

August in This Awful Awesome Life