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Even More Sad News.

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Mama, an avid reader who became blind, is seen here listening to an audiobook.

This Month, my Mother Passed Away.

(What follows is an edited version of her obituary, written by my sister. )

Joan Alice, or “Joanie” (as everyone called her), 88, died on December 11, 2020.

Joanie was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Frank and Lillian Olejnicki Fijolek, and was a true city girl until moving with her husband, Ted, to Lindenhurst, Illinois, in 1956.  Ted and Joanie were among the pioneers of the village, and their early years were chronicled in her book Love, Joanie: Letters from the Suburban Frontier.

Joanie was a career homemaker.  A devoted wife and mother, she was an excellent cook and slapdash housekeeper who preferred digging ditches, hauling dirt, gardening, listening to opera and reading to such drab chores as washing dishes and/or ironing.  She enjoyed camping, and made even the most…

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What I’m Doing on My Summer Vacation.

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POP frontcoverNNWM3I wasn’t going to do Camp NaNoWriMo this year, but then I thought it would be a good opportunity to hammer away at the work-in-progress while I spend more time on the companion blog. I still have features I’ll be posting here, but in July my blogging focus will be on development of the companion site for The Passions of Patriots.

2014-Participant-Vertical-BannerThe NaNoWriMo crew has done some great work on the Campground. This time, in addition to having our choice of project and flexible word count goals, we get to have private cabins, to which we can invite up to 11 campers we already know, so I’ve registered for my own cabin. And the new graphics for this summer’s camp are really cool. (Click to enlarge detail.)

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So, check out the new, improved Camp NaNoWriMo, and look for The Passions of Patriots companion blog to go live on July 1st.

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