where to go with this incredible story, and how to put it to bed. I’d like to give a special shout out to Jerry Wetterling on this Father’s Day to thank him for coordinating 23 of these annual Wilderness Treks to help raise money for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center. If you’d like to support this year’s Wilderness Trek, please make your donation by July 7th. I took a leap of faith, quit my job, and started calling myself a writer.
So, I took the easy way out, which was to write nothing at all. And though it had no directional sign, I knew in my heart it would lead me to the next place. To donate online, go to https://foundation.gundersenhealth.org/protectkids. Under “Designation,” please choose “Trek Donation – Jacob Wetterling Resource Center,” and in the box that says “Special notes about this gift,” please add “Joy and Jordan.” Checks can be made out to JWRC with TREK in the memo line.
Earl: What were your favorite books when you were growing up and why? In addition to intelligence and stretching your mind, I just think reading is so crucial in terms of being a well-rounded person.
Earl: As a mother of two of adult children, what role did literacy did play in raising your children and what advice would you share with new mothers, based on your experience? So at a very early age, I took them to the library back when we lived in Glastonbury, Conn., so they could each have their own library card.
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Having been born into the foster care system (in which 70 percent of my peers ended up in the penal system) and later being adopted by George and Veronica Phalen whose passion for reading resulted in me graduating from Yale University and Harvard Law School, I admire and applaud people who are advocates of literacy and family involvement.
That irony was not lost on me as I worked on my new story for Heather’s upcoming event. And while my original intent was to use my blog as a simple tool to keep me writing on a regular basis, something else began to emerge…
As often is the case with my writing, what I thought I was going to write about is not at all what turned up on the page. Those feelings came in many forms, including unease, discontent, curiosity, and even anger.
She also invited me and a few other local writers to share an original story based on the theme, “Beginnings.” I was incredibly happy to support her in this venture, so I responded with an enthusiastic, “Yes, I’d love to!
” I wrote my story on the day I got back from our annual vacation to Longboat Key, Florida. the place I first started writing about a ramshackle beach house named Villa am Meer. I started a blog and wrote about a rundown, ramshackle beach house on Longboat Key, Florida.
By Joy Baker It’s hard to talk about beginnings without first talking about endings.