Welcome To Orientation Day

Hello and welcome to JoyReturns. Hopefully you had a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend.

CBC Magazine

About a month ago I made the announcement that Cleveland Business Connections Magazine was doing an article on me and this blog.  The article was published on September 1st and when you click here you will be redirected to their site.  A special thank you to Pamela Willits for writing a wonderful article.

1st Day Here

For those of you coming from the article,

thank you for visiting my blog.

Here is what you can expect.

There are posts Monday through Friday pertaining to widowhood, extended unemployment and various recent adventures. Weekend Wisdom posts are back from their summer vacation and will now consist of 2 inspirational quotes, poems or scriptures.

Where To Begin

Click on the “Start Here” page in the upper menu.  You will find a list some of my best and/or most unique posts.  If you need a laugh to begin this week, just click on Garlic, Grief and Hemorrhoids link.  It is quickie story about how God got me out of my “funk” the day my step-sister and I cleaned out Dad’s apartment after his passing.

Where To End

End your time here by signing up for email updates from this blog and for Joyful Jems newsletter published every Wednesday afternoon.  It is a little dose of humor and/or inspiration to get you through the week.


Enjoy your time here today and come back tomorrow when you will learn about the one skill I do best.


Look Out Northeast Ohio – JoyReturns Is About To Spread

Good Monday Morning,

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful weekend.

I have some news to share.

I have an appointment this afternoon ( 3 p.m. Eastern).  This is not a job interview.  It is an interview for Cleveland Business Connections Magazine (cbcmagazine.com).

The writer Pamela Willits is doing this article from a wellness perspective.  The article will focus on how and why I started JoyReturns, what I have gained from blogging, has it helped people and if so how. She also wants to know about the awards I have received.  Additionally she wants to know about my involvement with Social Media Examiner’s “Blogging Fundamentals for Business” course I and if blogging has lead to any business opportunities.

Last Wednesday Night

This all started happening last Wednesday night after getting back from the regional prayer team meeting.  I decided to clear out my mailbox and there was an email from Pamela with a request for an interview.  My friend Jeff Nischwitz forwarded my blog and background to the editor, who assigned the story to Pamela.  The story will appear in their next issue magazine and when it does, I will provide a link to it.  I do not think those of you in the Ukraine, Malaysia, Argentina and the Philippines have a need for a subscription nor can run out to your local newsstand and buy a copy.

Photo Shoot

Sometime this week, I will be doing a short photo shoot with one of their photographers.  So move over Heidi Klum, Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen – as Michele Kearns has arrived.                   😉

Now I just have to figure out something to wear that is joyful.

Hair Stylist

I just remembered something my hair stylist Ronald would tell me over and over when I was in high school –

“You are a superstar!”  

Thanks for the words of encouragement Ronald.

Thank you Jeff for believing in me and that the story of JoyReturns needs told.