Article: 14 Things You Might Not Know About ‘The Sound of Music’

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 6:42 am on Sunday, March 15, 2015

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Did you know that The Sound of Music turned 50 years old this year? I recently re-watched it for my Mental Floss article 14 Things You Might Not Know About ‘The Sound of Music’. Now I really want to go to Austria.

Article: Luther Burbank Experiment Farm In Via

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 6:39 am on Sunday, March 15, 2015

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Want to learn about the white blackberry, the spineless cactus, or the trifoliate orange? Consider taking a trip to the Luther Burbank Experiment Farm, which I wrote about for Via Magazine.

Fiddle-dee-dee! 18 Facts About Vivien Leigh

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 6:34 am on Sunday, March 15, 2015

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When I was a kid, Vivien Leigh was one of my heroes. My admiration was re-awakened by this recent Mental Floss article Fiddle-dee-dee! 18 Facts About Vivien Leigh. She was a fascinating lady.

Mental Floss Article: 10 Head-Scratching Facts About Gray Hair

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 7:08 am on Sunday, February 8, 2015

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I recently got my first gray hair. That may have had something to do with my most recent Mental Floss article: 10 Head-Scratching Facts About Gray Hair

Mental Floss Article: 10 Interesting Facts About Mrs. Dalloway

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 2:14 pm on Saturday, February 7, 2015

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Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf is one of my favorite books, so I was excited to write about it for Mental Floss. Check out 10 Interesting Facts About Mrs. Dalloway.

Article: Bearizona In Via Magazine

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 7:21 am on Monday, January 12, 2015

Thinking of going to the Grand Canyon this year? Then check out my most recent article in Via Magazine. It’s about nearby Bearizona, a wildlife park featuring bears, buffaloes, and other North American wildlife.

See bears up close*!

* From the safety of your car.

Huck Finn, Ramon Quimbly, And Writers’ Houses In Mental Floss

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 3:55 pm on Friday, November 28, 2014

More Mental Floss pieces! Read ‘em all:

10 Facts About ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’

10 Facts About Beverly Cleary’s ‘Ramona’ Books

10 Famous Writers’ Houses Worth Visiting

LM Montgomery In Mental Floss

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 3:49 pm on Friday, November 28, 2014

Speaking of Anne of Green Gables, my most recent article is all about the author of Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery.

14 Facts About ‘Anne of Green Gables’ Author L.M. Montgomery

Here’s an excerpt:

6. She wrote despite a lack of support from her relatives.

Montgomery’s family considered writing to be a waste of time, especially for a woman. So she worked in secret, even going so far as to smuggle candles to her room so she could write at night. As she said in The Alpine Path: “I struggled on alone, in secrecy and silence. I never told my ambitions and efforts and failures to any one. Down, deep down, under all discouragement and rebuff, I knew I would ‘arrive’ some day.”

Click here for more.

Essay In Los Angeles Review

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 3:46 pm on Friday, November 28, 2014

I have an essay in the Spring 2014 issue of The Los Angeles Review. It’s called “On Shaping A Reader.”

It’s about my thoughts on directing my son Gideon’s reading, and how certain books–Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, etc–profoundly shaped who I am today.

If you want to pick up a copy, click here.

Article In Via

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 3:36 pm on Friday, November 28, 2014

If you have AAA, check out this issue of Via Magazine. I have an article in there on the Charles M Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. It’s a pretty nifty place.

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