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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!

July 2019 in This Awful Awesome Life


Hello again! Welcome to summer! We hope you enjoyed our June issue of This Awful Awesome Life. Many thanks to our talented writing team for their creativity and hard work.            

July is Vacation Month in This Awful Awesome Life and Orlando Bartro talks about his vacation to Florence, Italy in this month’s Q&A. In addition to our regular features from Linda Cahill and Tanya Bashor, and our book review, we have vacation articles from Patricia Petrusik and Jackie Zataweski.

This month I explored the age old question beach vacation vs. mountain vacation. Is there such a thing as a beach personality? Can a personality test really tell you whether you should go to the beach or the mountains this summer? Also, find out what I’m doing for my staycation this year.

Check out some authors you should be reading. Find out how to advertise in This Awful Awesome Life and how to become a guest contributor or join our team of talented writers.

This month’s quiz is Six Degrees of Separation with a Movie Location theme. Can you link these actors together using personal relationships and/or movies with a location in their title?


Samantha Sayers is still missing. She disappeared on August 1, 2018 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

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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Next Month in This Awful Awesome Life - September 2019

The Beach or the Mountains? The Eternal Vacation Question by Fran Joyce