One More Voice

I thought about ending this blog. The final post: December, 2018—just over ten years, over 100 posts. Informal reflections on a decade. Since February, 2008 when I first attempted this new form and posted, the volume of blogs around the globe has proliferated to an immeasurable dimension. Today with blogs, podcasts, Facebook posts, LinkedIn, Twitter, photos on Instagram and other platforms and apps I don’t even know or use, everyone is talking about everything. My email box is filled with messages and information and notifications I never asked for, with political points of view I can barely consider, polls and surveys I never fill out…except one where I answer NO whenever it appears: “Should Hillary Clinton run for President?” NO. This answer doesn’t represent a political point of view so much as a measuring of time and tides…and consequences. It is time for others.

And yet rather than ending this blog, I write again. Perhaps a politician can’t help running for office.

What is one more blog post launched into the universe? The freedom to express is one I don’t take for granted when that freedom is shrinking around the globe and can have dire consequences in countries like China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Mexico, Venezuela. What is one more blog post launched into the universe? Just that, one more voice, a point of view no else exactly has.

Some writers I know have turned to photography. I understand the turn. Below are photos from a few days south, away from snow and ice storms, a brief visit to sun and the promise of spring. Comment, post yourself, confirm someone is receiving. Happy winter’s end or summer’s end, depending in which hemisphere you live.


  1. Didi Cutler on February 25, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Lovely photos. I think I may have even in that exact same place. Thanks for sending! Didi

    • JLA on February 25, 2019 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you, Didi. I always love your photos.

  2. Doran Doss on February 25, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    It is disconcerting to see the systemic erosion of our Constitution, the full frontal attack on being a voter/ citizen, and the warfare against a free press.. “One voice” becomes many as long as we are able to speak. Once strictures are placed it becomes progressively more difficult. The price of freedom is a “vote.” I am grateful to still live in a free country and honored to vote for the candisate of my choice. Expressing a considered opinion, opposed to spouting a rant, should always be welcome. An opportunity to make our county stronger and stand against tyranny is becomming especially important. There should allways be “one more voice”, no matter how small.

    • Joanne on February 25, 2019 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you for sharing your voice here!

  3. David N. Smith on February 25, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    I am receiving and enjoying. Thanks for these photos, as well as the information and opinions that you have posted in the past. I hope you will continue. I know it’s a lot of work, but you have a singular perspective that is important to share.

    David N. Smith

    • Joanne on February 25, 2019 at 8:46 pm

      Thank you, David!

  4. Katherine Stephen on February 25, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    I’m glad to hear that you are continuing your blog post. You have so many interesting and significant experiences. It makes sense to share them. You express yourself well and your point of view is important. Thanks for the beautiful photos.


    • Joanne on February 25, 2019 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks, Kathy. I appreciate your responding.

    • Janice White on February 26, 2019 at 7:28 am

      I very much agree! Your positive voice is needed, and you cannot be discouraged—there are many wonderful people in the world and you are one of them! The young are counting on us, and we must be the Silent Generation no longer. Keep writing!

      • Joanne on February 26, 2019 at 8:07 am

        Thank you, Janice, a longtime, though distant friend and fine editor.

        • Mark Swinney on February 27, 2019 at 10:35 am

          Yes, I agree — please keep it up!

  5. Kate Blackwell on February 25, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    I hope your voice continues to be heard. You have many listeners . Even one may be enough in a world where not all can speak. Thank you for reminding us of that.

    • Joanne on February 25, 2019 at 8:50 pm

      And you too, a voice to be heard.

  6. Joanne on February 25, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Thank you, All!

  7. Deena Patriarca on February 25, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    So glad to hear that your posts will continue! Your thoughts are always filled with compassion, empathy and insight, and are a pleasure to read!! The photos are a beautiful addition!!

    • Joanne on February 26, 2019 at 5:49 am

      Thank you, Deena!

  8. Gail on February 26, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Don’t stop!
    I also get texts now “can we count on you for Bernie?”
    “No!” I replied. It’s time for a woman in the WH, how about Kamala?
    Love the palms and sunset and the gannet!

    • Joanne on February 26, 2019 at 6:07 am

      Good to hear from you, Gail. And maybe in our lifetime….

  9. Jane Friedman on February 26, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Please don’t stop. I appreciate your voice!

    • Joanne on February 26, 2019 at 6:05 am

      Thank you, Jane.

  10. Richard Bray on February 26, 2019 at 2:40 am

    I’ve always appreciated your posts, love these photos and wish you all the best. Glad you’ll be continuing. Miss you a lot, Joanne.

    • Joanne on February 26, 2019 at 5:59 am

      Also miss the good conversations and strategies on the globe and work together in PEN. Come visit Washington.

  11. Pati G on February 26, 2019 at 9:07 am

    I look forward to your comments and enjoy hearing from your travels.
    These beautiful photos passed on a moment of serenity.

    • Joanne on February 26, 2019 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you, Pati!

  12. Linda Sutliff on February 26, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Normally I try to avoid any blog, electronic, or print material that isn’t essential. All of it takes too much time away from other interests. But I never miss one of yours and read them with great interest. Your causes in behalf of literature, independent rights, free press are necessary and valuable. I also enjoy your more poetic reflections from time to time.

    Hoping that you continue sharing with those of us who appreciate your time and efforts!

    • Joanne on February 27, 2019 at 5:20 am

      Thank you, Linda! I appreciate your reading and response.

  13. GRETCHEN HENRY on February 26, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Awesome pictures. I almost feel warm, can hear the waves, and spell all the scents of the water and the beach.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Joanne on February 27, 2019 at 5:14 am

      Thank you for reading & writing back.

  14. Ronny on February 27, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Keep it up, Joanne! I always learn something of value from your lovely posts. Please don’t stop sharing. Thanks!

    • Joanne on February 27, 2019 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks, Ronny!🦋

  15. Chiara Macconi on February 28, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Thanks for the photos Joanne
    they make me dream and take me away from the difficult times we are all experiencing, for some different reasons…
    I agree with you, politicians should step back, at certain points and leave room to younger but experienced new politicians.

    I’ll be in NYC in the first half of june. We might meet in Manila.
    all the best

    • Joanne on February 28, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you, Chiara. I look forward to our paths crossing in one place or another soon.

  16. O'Hagan Malcolm on March 4, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Thanks Joanne. Nature nourishes. Keep writing your great blogs

    • Joanne on March 4, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks, Malcolm!

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