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Joanne has published more than 2,500 articles and was award recipient of the 1990 Woman of the Year for Beaver County, Pennsylvania, for her accomplishments and excellence in journalism and to the community. Her co-authored book, “Unforgettable Journey,” won fifth place in the Grand Beginnings romance contest. An excerpt from her WIP, “Unearthed,” placed her fifth in the Absolute Write Idol contest. Most recently, her essay, “Perseverance,” is published in the Stories of Strength anthology in which 100% of the profits are donated to disaster relief charities. Her most recent articles were published in ByLine Magazine, Writer's Digest, AbsoluteWrite.com, and Moondance.org. She has a monthly freelance writing column at Absolutewrite.com. Currently, she is the sole caregiver for her 85-year-old mother.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Five Things About Me--I've been tagged.

I’ve been tagged by Amy and Ray to write five things about myself that few people know, and tag five others to do the same."

I’m probably one of the most outspoken and open people you know when it comes to my life, so this will be difficult thinking of five things I already haven’t revealed about myself. Does this mean I have to write ten things? Thanks, Amy and Ray! Talk about making me think!

Well, here it goes. These five are for Amy. . .

1. I tap danced to and sang the song On The Good Ship Lollipop at our local fire department’s talent show when I was five years old. Didn’t win the contest, but it didn’t stop me from singing, or being second best, which leads to number two on the list. :)
2. I sang first soprano in the junior high chorus and lost out singing a solo to, of all people, my boyfriend at the time, who was equally as short as I was and who had the most wonderful first soprano voice I’d ever heard. Some twenty years later, I ran into him and he towered over me at nearly six foot tall and spoke with the deepest voice I’d ever heard. He’d changed tremendously, I hadn’t; I’m still short and still sing soprano.
3. I love surprises.
4. I love people, but I dislike receiving visitors who arrive unannounced.
5. I’d rather give than receive.

These five are for Ray…
1. I used to play the accordion, ukulele, piano and guitar. Haven’t played any of them in years and admit I probably wouldn’t be able to either because I never was good at playing any of them.
2. I still have the ukulele and the songbook that came with it.
3. I sketch, paint, wood burn, and carve.
4. My Uncle Chuck, my mom’s brother taught me how to draw and carve.
5. I’ve still have his drawings, carvings, and his carving knife and tools. He was self taught and carved wood, stone, and slate.

I’m tagging Unique, Esther, Anne, Mark, who needs a blog update, anyway, and Jeff.

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