In 1934, six-year-old Joyce surprised family members at their usual after-Christmas-dinner concert by reading from a randomly selected selection in the hefty Home Medical book in her grandfather Farrell's parlor. Her uncles had slept through piano selections and poetry recitations by older cousins but sat up when Joyce began to read. She sounded out the words phonetically as she had recently been taught. Her mother said "Thank you dear. Very good. That's enough." And Joyce received the biggest round of applause for her readings on the male reproductive system.
It was many years later that Joyce went on to write and read her own personal stories, some published in her first book Girdles and Other Harnesses I Have Known (Lone Pine Publishers, 2000) and now in Twice in a Blue Moon (Spotted Cow Press, 2007). She is a popular reader in Edmonton and surrounding areas going national with an interview on CBC with Michael Enright. The topic - Aging Dangerously.
Joyce turned twenty when on her honeymoon with Hu Harries. Together they had six children, loosing their eldest, Tommy, in Edmonton's polio epidemic of 1953.
When Joyce was forty-five, her husband Hu, a Member of Parliment, was not reelected to a second term of office as Prime Minister Trudeau's Liberals were wiped out in the West. But as an MP's wife, Joyce had dined with Elizabeth II, Queen of England and learned more than she had expected.
Joyce was widowed at fifty-eight; her beloved Hu dying of a massive heart attack while riding his horse in a competition. Joyce and a crowd of onlookers watched it happen.
Joyce began writing in 1996 and has become an active member of the Edmonton writing community. She is a member of the Writers' Union of Canada, the Canadian Authors' Association, the Writers' Guild of Alberta, the Stroll of Poets' Society in Edmonton and a full member of the League of Canadian Poets. She has been active in her Community through the years with the Junior League of Edmonton, IODE, the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Edmonton Youth Emergency Shelter and The Multiple Sclerosis Walk.
As a mother of six, and grandmother of seventeen, she has many wise observations which she shares with her readers in this book.