It's a hot one here today. The online weather station says it's 98 with a "real feel" of 105. When I was a kid, the 4th of July was always hot, sticky, and fun. We'd play all day as hard as we could (this sometimes involved decorating our bikes and riding in the parade with playing ... Read More about Happy 4th of July!
Sometimes the thought of looking back and re-examining your life is intimidating. There are some memories that leave me feeling like I'm standing on the edge of a cliff and am about to be pushed off. That's when I have to ask myself: Joy, what are you afraid of? Usually, the first ... Read More about The Adventure That is Your Life
In the summer of 1960, I was three, and my younger brother was 1. Summer in MN can get hot, but we didn't seem to mind that much. I rode my tricycle while Mom pushed Jon in the stroller, and most days, I ran, skipped and played outside with the neighborhood kids - even in the sandbox although the ... Read More about We Had a Pool
Photos taken by and copyrighted by Joy DeKok Dragonflies fascinate me. I can sit by our pond and watch their air show without realizing an hour (or more) has gone by. They dart, hover, backup, and chase each other resting only for a moment here and there. The other day was a rough one for me, so ... Read More about Air Dancers
Sometimes life is just plain good. In this photo, I was two years old, with my brand-new baby brother, and on my daddy’s lap. Mom was smiling at me while she took the picture, and I knew I was loved. This is one of my favorite pictures of the three of us. I’ve always loved the smile ... Read More about Fancy Shoes