blog award
My very first blogging award–an auspicious occasion that deserves its own post!  I’ll chuck the boring, longwinded speech and instead, share
a fun anecdote, some inside info, and links to my favorite stuff.  Enjoy!

I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Aston Kamunde, whose ethereal poems express his unique perspective on life.  If you’re a poetry lover (or even if you’re not) check out Aston’s blog.  Always,
a line or phrase will jump out and speak to me in a very personal way.

I’m excited beyond words (almost) to have been chosen.  “Versatile” is the perfect description of my blog, a true hodge-podge-collage of memoir and poetry.  Per the rules, I am to share seven things about myself, then pass the torch to other deserving blogs.  So here goes:

1.  For me, the only thing better than a writing prompt is a dictation straight from the Muse, who usually finds her voice around 4 AM.

2.  For exercise and inspiration, I walk two miles a day.  Incidentally, that’s exactly the distance to the public library and back.

3.  I have a cat and two pound pups.  The cat can camouflage anywhere.  One dog loves to lick the exhaust pipe of my Honda more than he likes to lick himself (for the record, a lot).  The other dog shifted our motor-home into gear and drove it into a ditch at a rest area.  No, not kidding.  Bonus:  Hubby was inside the RV at the time.  Double Bonus:  He was in the bathroom, terrified that Armageddon had caught him with his pants down.  Fortunately, the motorhome and all involved parties escaped serious injury and went on to live happily ever after.

rv tow

4.  I love every kind of ethnic food, own a wok, and can cook Thai.

5.  I almost threw up from nerves at my first open mike night.

6.  I cannot play practical jokes or poker; my face is a dead giveaway.

7.  My writing heroes are Erma Bombeck and Weird Al Yankovic.  They recently joined forces on a new book:  At Wit’s End Over Word Crimes(JK!  Erma is deceased and Weird Al is probably hunkered down in his basement working out the rhymes for his next parody masterpiece.)

For additional bio, see my introductory post, Just Joan in a Nutshell.

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And now, for my nominees.  I have hand-picked a JJ42 post for each of you and ask that, in addition to sharing seven fun facts and passing on the torch, you respond in the comment area with a link to a post from your own archives that you think I will enjoy.  Without further ado:

1.  Elan Mudrow of is a true wordsmith.  His blog features intriguing vintage photos paired with thought-provoking poetry.  He treats every subject with care, from the light and humorous to the serious and melancholy.  For you, Elan, an assortment of seasonal tree poems, A Year of Sap and Branches.

2.  Bitter Ben of  Who knew bitterness could be so delicious?  Ben recently celebrated a huge milestone — 700 blog posts!  So he has a massive archive of bitter selections to sample.  For you, Ben, I have chosen The Twelve Banes of Christmas, a short list of the Super-Villains that fill my holiday season with bitterness.

3.  Marissa of  This Queen of Rhythm and Rhyme gives ol’ Dr. Seuss a run for his money!  And her wry humor and surprise endings are the icing on the cake.
If you like rhymes, come take a peek.
Some here are common, some unique.
And of course, my favorite kind: oblique!
Marissa rocks some fine technique
on her WordPress site; that’s my critique.
For you, Marissa, backstage pass to the Secret Universe of the Purse.

4.  Professor Julez of  Zany, offbeat, and full of energy, this stand-up-comedian-trapped-inside-of-a-math-teacher is a class act.  For you, Julez, Things Worth a Double Take, a collection of life equations that don’t quite add up.

5.  Trek of  Infused with subtle humor and unfailing honesty, her blog is nothing short of addictive.  As I scrolled through the archives, I was amazed that two totally unrelated brains could think so much alike.  For you Trek, and your elderly Dog #3, I have selected a bittersweet canine tale, Earnest and True to the End.

Honorable Mention:  TippyGnu of, a fellow introvert whose wit and imagination flow effortlessly through his stories, both fiction and non-fiction.  He proclaims his blog to be an “Award-Free Zone” but I want to recognize him anyway.  TippyGnu, meet King Kong-Cinderella, the hapless heroine of Halloween 1977.

Thank you again, Aston, and congratulations to all.  Happy blogging!

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21 thoughts on “BLOWN AWAY… AND GRATEFUL!

  1. Tippy Gnu April 10, 2016 / 2:01 am

    Congratulations on your award. If you get any money with that, let me know, and maybe I’ll change my mind about having an award-free zone.


    • Just Joan April 10, 2016 / 9:01 am

      No money, sorry. Consolation prize is a set of three Wizard One-Way Windows! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. chevvy8 April 10, 2016 / 2:19 am

    Congratulations Joan.I love the time and care you’e taken with this post. It’s also great finding out more about you, someone I talk to almost everyday these days. Best. Chevvy.


  3. circumstance227 April 10, 2016 / 9:49 am

    Did the liking this morning – now it’s time to comment.
    Hey 42 – Congrats and THANK YOU! What a sweet plug you wrote there and the post you picked was perfect. I have been feeling pretty good about myself all day . . . a little . . . puffed up.
    As a lifelong chain breaker, sorry for not forwarding the love, but I will definitely be checking out your other recommendations. Thanks again.


  4. Elyse April 10, 2016 / 10:03 am

    Congratulations, Just Joan (did I tell you that I love that name?) What a thoughtful way to respond. And I agree, your blog, which I’m just getting to know is versatile! So for you …


    • Just Joan April 10, 2016 / 10:27 am

      Thanks, Elyse. 42 is from the only sci-fi novel I ever really enjoyed, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, in which the all-knowing computer comes up with 42 as the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Great video, what you don’t see is sometimes better than what you do. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Sandra Perez Tovar April 10, 2016 / 11:35 am

    Joan, reading your blogs such a delightful experience. I love your stories and I feel like im getting to know you a little better each time.
    Congratulations in your award. It is well deserved.


    • Just Joan April 10, 2016 / 11:55 am

      Thanks, Sandra. Faithful readers are the best, they keep me going. 🙂


    • Just Joan April 10, 2016 / 12:59 pm

      In the immortal words of comedienne Judy Tenuta, “Hey, it could happen.”

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Shannon Noel Brady April 13, 2016 / 1:29 am

    Oh my god, that RV story… That’s a real-life sitcom moment right there. 🙂


    • Just Joan April 13, 2016 / 8:57 am

      Thanks! I’ve been thinking of blogging a series of RV stories/memories later in the spring or summer. Stay tuned. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Heartafire April 20, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    wonderfully enjoyable getting to know you! Congrats!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Just Joan April 20, 2016 / 5:36 pm

      Thanks, Heartafire. I always look forward to seeing your pieces pop up in my scroll.

      Liked by 1 person

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