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Welcome to This Awful/Awesome Life! My name is Frances Joyce. I am the publisher and editor of this magazine. We'll be exploring different topics each month to inform, entertain and inspire you. Meet new authors, sharpen your brain and pick up a few tips on life, love, entertaining and business. Enjoy and please share!

March 2019 in This Awful Awesome Life


We hope you enjoyed the February 2019 issue of This Awful Awesome Life.

March arrived in all its blustery glory and I hope it leaves us with a little sun, a few budding plants and some patches of green in our yards.

We’re celebrating Women’s History Month and St. Patrick’s Day. Did you know March was National Umbrella Month and National Kite Month? We did, so we have you covered.

Linda Cahill has some delicious meatless recipes for those of us who follow Lent or perhaps want to cut back on our meat consumption.

Patricia Petrusik and Orlando Bartro are back with articles and Ann K. Howley is our special guest contributor this month. I spoke with Joe Jelinski of Eruption Athletics about their exercise program for children and adults with Intellectual Development Disorder. I think you’ll really enjoy our Q & A.

We have a quiz about firsts for women, book recommendations and I reviewed Calling invisible Women by Jeanne Ray.


Samantha Sayers is still missing. She disappeared on August 1, after a day of solo hiking at Vesper Peak near Seattle, Washington. Sam was raised in the Erie, Pennsylvania area where her parents Ron and Lisa still live. Her family is exploring all avenues of inquiry to find and bring her home. In the face of such an enormous challenge, they have chosen hope. Please keep sending positive thoughts to Sam and her family. As promised, we will be displaying a yellow ribbon for Sam on the opening page of each issue of This Awful Awesome Life until she is home. Please consider displaying a yellow ribbon for Sam and posting a photo of it on the Facebook page, Ribbons Across the World for Sam Sayers. Please include your city and country. If you are a person of faith, please pray for her safe return to her family. Because we are an online publication, we are able to update this article with any news. We will also post information on our Facebook page. Thank you!

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Happy Reading,



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