My name is Joy Des Jardins, and I've been blogging since August of 2005 thanks to the urging of some VERY wonderful bloggers who had already been around for quite a while and my own daughter, Jory Des Jardins of Pause/From Here to Autonomy, and who is a co-founder of BlogHer.com, The Women's Network. I took the plunge, like so many of us, and have never looked back.
I am not political or controversial. I am simply a connector and love to hear and tell life's stories. So simple really. Addicted to the Blogosphere, like we all are, I need my fix every day. So many wonderful bloggers out there....it's become a whole new world to me where I have found writing from the heart is a beautiful thing.
A little about me personally....
I'm a mother of 4 grown children (the best) and the grandmother of 3 adorable grandchildren. I live in a northern suburb of Chicago, and have lived in this area most of my life. My niche right now....forced retirement; but I work from home daily for my daughter, Jory's company, BlogHer as a Community Manager. It definitely keeps me busy. Through work, blogging, reading blogs, and checking out various other things on the internet, I practically live on the computer.
I've always loved expression in one form or another....writing and poetry in particular. We have a lot of readers, writers and talkers in our family so discussions on pretty much anything run rampant. We're all just a bunch of comedians really, and constant fodder for each other....so normally dysfunctional.
I love: * poetry...writing it and reading it, * almost any puzzle...crossword, jigsaw, word or otherwise, * any trivia game and board games, * music of all kinds, * movies...big time, * sports, * all kinds of card games and playing poker, * collecting crystal and pottery, * stuffed animals and gadgets, * knitting, crocheting and needlepoint...when I get the time anymore, * and kissing and hugging my grandchildren, Bella, Bastian and Olive...they're my best hobby...