Why I write

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Hello and thank you for visiting!

While I am a Councilwoman for the Town of Huntington, in my heart, I consider myself first, a writer.

In addition to holding a degree in journalism I have been writing stories, poems and songs since childhood.

Between my personal and professional life, I am fortunate to have lots of interesting material from which to weave into meaningful narrative.

Some people ask me why I write. My answer: I don’t have a choice.

I believe many people have at least one special activity or pastime in their life that offers a necessary release. For me, it’s writing.

I also do quite a bit of writing in my current position in government where communication is critical in effectively sharing ideas and information.

My late father, a surgeon and quintessential gentleman, advised me that it was more important to listen than to speak. I deeply admired dad and always heeded his good advice. As a result, I became an early expert at listening, which in hindsight I now understand was an important skill to develop.

I am especially fortunate to have the opportunity to work with, befriend or simply interact with many inspiring people in my private and public life who have left a lasting impression on me.

You will also find a number of stories here about my parents who had particularly interesting lives and experiences that lend to good storytelling.

More recently, my husband Greg and I have teamed up to write a series of blogs entitled “We look out the same window. Why don’t we see the same thing?” to illuminate and poke fun at the challenges of relationships.  We hope you enjoy these.

Most of all, I use my blog as a venue to share stories, my own as well as those of special people in my life who have touched me.

Thank you for spending this time with me. And please, share your comments on anything you read here. I really enjoy reading them and will always respond.

– Joan

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