Entries by Joni Thurber

Suffering Transformed

  It is so tempting to power through grief. To practice gratitude exercises and to count our blessings. To “look on the bright side,” to overcome disappointment, and to “get over it,” which for me is not a quick decision, but an intentional process. I don’t “just get over” anything. I think these efforts have […]

Fifty Shades of Red

Happy National Lipstick Day! I haven’t written in a couple of months. I just can’t think of anything to write about. Ha. There’s so much to write about, my inexperience and writer’s block can’t narrow down the enormous content in the limited time I find between Juggle Source and JoniTDesigns. But hallelujah, it’s National Lipstick […]

Books I’ve Read and Loved

Right now we’re getting a lot of lists with recommended books to help us understand the black community from their perspective. I haven’t seen a few books that I’ve read over the last couple of years on those lists. All three of these books I couldn’t stop thinking about during and after I read them. […]

T O L E R A N C E Is Not Enough

I finally made it up in time to see the sunrise. I love being up early, but getting up is another story! I can’t shake the image of the video I saw of George Floyd. I was late seeing this because I had turned off the TV and extra social media for a couple of […]

My Dating 101

When my kids began to date, I might have given more consideration to the topic than the average well-rounded, successful, happily married person. I was many things, but I was not that. My emphasis on dating was the expectations of each person, to maintain their integrity and to remain true to one’s self. My dating […]