Joie 21 – Geocaching

Joie 21 – Geocaching

Geo-what? Although I first heard the term “geocaching” way back in 2006 (thanks to my local film festival!), I hadn’t thought about this high-tech treasure hunt much since then. Then I ran across an article about a month ago that referenced...
Joie 20 – Taking Time to Reflect

Joie 20 – Taking Time to Reflect

Hello! I know I’ve been gone for a while and I feel I owe you an explanation for that. In mid-June, I left for my first post-Covid vacation and this one was going to be a doozy! Ever since I started teaching back in 2003, I’ve taught summer classes. For...
Joie 19 – Getting Tired

Joie 19 – Getting Tired

Tired? Sounds like a crazy thing to have as the subject of a “joy” post, doesn’t it? Bear with me. I don’t mean “wow, isn’t it great to be exhausted?” which would, in fact, be sort of the complete opposite of what I mean. (By...
Joie 18 – Four Rooms

Joie 18 – Four Rooms

I recently completed the 100 Day Project and discovered a few things along the way. Yes, my proficiency improved through sheer repetition and that gave me the courage to try subjects and techniques that were increasingly more difficult but, just as important as...
Joie 17 – Free Time

Joie 17 – Free Time

I have just returned from a long weekend away from the cares of work, home, and family. To be truly successful, I have found that trips like these (which I also consider an Essential on the Diva Path; you can find other Essentials by searching for that term in the...
Joie 16 – Kitchen Creativity!

Joie 16 – Kitchen Creativity!

During the first wave of lockdown during the pandemic, it was interesting to see how many of us found some degree of solace in the kitchen. Baking bread was a crazy fad for a little while, with banana bread and sourdough particularly enjoying a rush of popularity.  I...
Joie 15 – Unlocking!

Joie 15 – Unlocking!

It seems as if there should be a word – likely originating in German – to describe that feeling of satisfaction tinged with bewilderment when you finish a huge project. The Joie posts haven’t fallen by the wayside deliberately, although I...
Joie 14 – Rethinking Time

Joie 14 – Rethinking Time

Time. It flies and crawls. We long to slow it down and we want it to hurry up. There’s kairos and chronos. There are deadlines and “to do” lists and crossed-off errands, chores, and tasks. We want to be mindful, yet don’t think we have time to...
Joie 13 – Seeking Balance

Joie 13 – Seeking Balance

It was bound to happen. Ever since the mysterious virus known as Covid-19 began to make news at the end of 2019, work/life balance – always a precarious knife edge on which to exist – has been reinvented and re-examined for so many of us. (Hopefully, the...
Joie 12 – Downshifting

Joie 12 – Downshifting

This week, I again missed my Monday target date for new weekly posts. It’s important for me to remember that posting on Mondays is a goal (and a good one; I like to be consistent) but that missing it doesn’t make me a Bad Person. And remembering that is an...