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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.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

It's Been A Long Three Months -- Catching Up -- May

It’s been a long three months!!! A lot has happened since I last posted. I apologize for the worry I had caused all of you dear friends and faithful readers. Had I felt well enough to post before now, I would have.

Let me first thank all of you for your concern, e-mails, notes and phone calls. You are all amazing people and it does a heart good to know there are so many wonderful caring people out there. Thank you!!!!

I suppose I need to bring everyone up to date. I’ll do that with several smaller posts rather than ramble on for pages since it’s been so long since I updated.

Let me start by telling you what took place in the last few weeks of May after I posted last. Believe me, this alone will be long enough for now.

Two Feather did set up his Native American art at the Nationality Day Festival between May 16-18th. Our friends, Ed and Ellen Strano, of Strano Remodeling offered Two Feather half of their store front in town so Two Feather could set up inside.

I scheduled a stay at the ALF for Mom between May 15th and the 26th so Two and I could work together at the festival and go to the Memorial Day Weekend Powwow in Columbus, Ohio the following weekend.

The turn out for Nationality Days was great! The Beaver County Times featured Two Feather in the Saturday morning paper and even more people showed up to see his art after that.

He sold his Indian art and I sat outside the storefront and did Indian face painting on faces of children and adults. During the three days, I painted more than 150 faces and Two Feather did well selling his art and talking to visitors about Indian lore.

Angel, Tim, Katie and Tim’s parents came to the festival on Sunday so Two and I could give Katie her birthday present. Katie’s birthday was on Friday the 16th. She turned two! Since we were set up at the festival from morning until late evening, they all came to see us on Sunday.

Katie loved her birthday present and loved getting her face painted. Believe it or not, out of all the faces I painted during the weekend, Katie was the only one who sat completely still as I painted. I painted a butterfly on her face. Butterfly is the Indian name Two Feather gave her.

The Nationality Days weekend was wonderful!

Between May 19th and 22nd we packed the camper and got everything ready for our Memorial Day Weekend Powwow in Columbus, Ohio.
Just before we were ready to leave on Friday, my neighbor called and informed us that her brother had passed away. You’ve heard me speak of him before. He was the son of the 102-year-old neighbor who passed away in January. We’ll miss seeing Billy standing by the driveway waving to us as we drive by.

Two and I had a great time at the Memorial Day Powwow. Angel, Tim, and Katie came down to Columbus and camped by us and stayed the weekend.

All of them came into the dance circle and danced with us too.

Two Feather’s daughter’s Nikki and Tricia and her husband, Gabe and their son, Evan (Fast Deer), came down for a day. It was nice having three of our eight kids there with us.

That brings us to the end of May. I had full intentions of posting right after Memorial Day weekend, but I didn’t seem to find the time to get online. Then, June was loaded with things. Some good. Some not so good. Some fun. Some not so fun. Some bad. I’ll get to all that in my next post.

In the meantime, please know that I appreciate each and every one of you and I’ll try to do better at updating if I’m not posting as regularly as I used to. No matter what goes on from this point on, I’ll at least post and “I’m still around” comment or have someone do it for me. Love you all!!

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Blogger ¸.•*´)ღ¸.•*´Chris said...

Joanne, I am so sorry you have been ill. I hope you are taking care of yourself and I sit on pins and needles waiting for the next post of "what happened next". Good to hear from you again...keep your sunny side up:)

9/11/2008 11:02 PM  
Blogger flintysooner said...

Good to hear from you.

9/12/2008 5:55 AM  
Blogger ~Betsy said...

I'm so glad to see you back again! I was ready to start driving the back roads of Beaver County in search of you!

9/12/2008 6:46 AM  
Blogger Lori1955 said...

So glad to see you back online sweetie. Don't scare your blogger family like that again.

I love hearing about your life with Two. I am surrounded by reservation land where I live and go to the Pow Wow every year. The last time I went I bought a beautiful spear. Don't ask why I needed that, I just liked it and wanted it. :)

Keep posting sweetie.

9/12/2008 7:50 AM  
Blogger rilera said...

Welcome back Joanne, I've missed you and have been concerned. I'm glad to hear that you are doing OK and that you and Two enjoyed some time together!

9/12/2008 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad everything is going well. So nice to see you blogging again. We were quite worried about you. Hope you didn't mind the call.

And yes, next time a I'm fine will do! Don't ever do that again!!

(friend of Nancy, Lori and Snick)

9/14/2008 11:36 PM  
Blogger nancy said...

i am SO glad to see you have up to posting. it was great to talk to you last month but i still worry about you. is your mom back home yet?

9/16/2008 3:29 PM  
Blogger Ray Wong said...

I'm so glad to hear from you, Joanne. Love.

9/17/2008 9:38 PM  
Blogger Bhaswati said...

So good to read this happy post, Joanne. Love those images; I can tell you and your family had a great time.

I am back to blogging after a long hiatus, as well, so here's a hi-five!

9/18/2008 11:42 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Chris- Thank you for your comment and the phone call. Pins and needles should stop shortly. I'll be posting my June update soon.

Flinty- Good to hear from you. I hope to catch up soon.

Lori- Sorry I scared everyone. It was great taling to you on the phone. One of these days Two and I will get out that way for a Powwow.

Robin- I've missed you, too!

Jackie- Thank you for your concern as well. I didn't mid the call at all. It was great hearing from all of you!

Nancy- Thank you SO much for calling! It was wonderful talking with you and Lori and knowing that Chris and Jackie were there as well. Yes, Mom's home and I'm doing better. Another update soon.

Ray- I'll be in touch with you soon.

Bhaswati- Good to hear from you. Congrats on getting back to your blog. I'll be over to catch up asap.

9/24/2008 7:47 PM