JOY diary

What’s in a Word Anyway?

What’s in a Word Anyway?

What's with this One Word for the new year? Have resolutions gotten so tiresome that we've reduced them to one measly word?! ?  Not that I don't like this idea. I'm not a person who makes resolutions, but one word I can handle. Or can I? In the second half of...

a Boy, a Skull and a Surprise at the Door

a Boy, a Skull and a Surprise at the Door

On the other side of the door, I heard his Mom urge: “...knock. Knock on the door." Suddenly, I saw the handle starting to turn. "No, don’t open the door! Knock on the door.” After a quick double knock, I opened up. There was a tall boy in front of me. He looked 12 or...

The Prank That Stank

The Prank That Stank

Anyone can be generous and confident when they're in a positive and supportive situation. But showing generosity, staying calm and demonstrating strength when you're being bullied and betrayed, takes character.

I’m trying to stay as calm as possible and focus one day at a time, but when reality sets in, I feel everything: anxiety, excitement, nerves, pressure and joy.

~ Shawn Johnson