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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!

June 2019 in This Awful Awesome Life

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Greetings! June is here and with the beautiful weather we’re staring summer and wedding season. We hope you enjoyed our May issue of This Awful Awesome Life. Many thanks to our talented writing team for their creativity and hard work. Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there – raising kids is a hard and sometimes thankless job, but trust me your kids do appreciate what you are doing for them.      

June is wedding and flowers month in This Awful Awesome Life. We’ve never really covered weddings before, so this is new and exciting territory. In addition to our regular feature from Linda Cahill, book recommendations and our quiz, we have a Q&A with local Sports Writer and Pittsburgh legend, Jim O’Brien. Jim has written a new book and he has a couple of new articles in this month’s issue.

Jackie Zataweski, a member of our team who lives in Virginia, is back with an article about literary fathers and sons.

In honor of Wedding Month I reviewed I Always Cry at Weddings by Sara Goff. Plus, we’re taking a look at the American flag in honor of Flag Day, June 14 and we didn’t forget you dads. We also have some grilling tips and advice for keeping the kids busy, but not stressed out over the summer.

Check out some authors you should be reading (including the works of our guest contributors for this month). Find out how to advertise in This Awful Awesome Life and how to become a guest contributor or join our team of talented writers.


Samantha Sayers is still missing. She disappeared on August 1, after a day of solo hiking at Vesper Peak near Seattle, Washington. Sam was raised in the Erie, Pennsylvania area where her parents Ron and Lisa still live. Her family is exploring all avenues of inquiry to find and bring her home. In the face of such an enormous challenge, they have chosen hope.


For Sam:

until you are home again

Please keep sending positive thoughts to Sam and her family. As promised, we will be displaying a yellow ribbon for Sam on the opening page of each issue of This Awful Awesome Life until she is home. Please consider displaying a yellow ribbon for Sam and posting a photo of it on the Facebook page, Ribbons Across the World for Sam Sayers. Please include your city and country. If you are a person of faith, please pray for her safe return to her family. Because we are an online publication, we are able to update this article with any news. We will also post information on our Facebook page.


Thank you!

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Happy Reading,



Next Month in This Awful Awesome Life - August 2019

Weddings: For Everything there is a Season and a Price by Fran Joyce