Welcome to Fashioned For Joy. I created this blog as a way to connect with friends, stimulate my own thinking, and maybe entertain and inspire you a little bit. I’m glad you’re here.
I drew the name Fashioned For Joy from two sources: first, it is the title of a poem appearing in the hymnal at my husband’s church; second, it refers to my mother’s long and successful career as a fashion designer in New York City and my hope that she found the joy I believe calls each of us.
My blog has several sections. I describe them briefly below.
Essence: My invitation to you, dear reader, to journey with me as I seek wisdom and joy from everything around me.
Living Joyfully: Stories, with bits of insight or humor sprinkled liberally throughout.
Wonderings: Reflections drawn from my life as a person of faith, along with musings about living a powerful life. And this is also the place where I get cranky.
My Mother’s Pattern: In this section, I explore stories from my mother’s life: as a child who learned English in first grade; a teenager who defied the New York City police attempting to seize the radio of her Italian immigrant family during World War II; a young adult heart broken at the departure of her Brooklyn Dodgers; a successful fashion designer; wife; mother; Monmouth County (NJ)’s first Director of Consumer Affairs; executive; councilwoman and mayor; grandmother; friend. Unlike my father, she left no memoirs or reflections, but she told me many stories. Now I’ll tell them to you. I think her life was remarkable. Perhaps you’ll agree.
My Year of Delights: Inspired by “The Book of Delights,” by Ross Gay, I record a handful of sentences each day to acknowledge and celebrate a small delight that might have slipped by me unnoticed. Each week, I post seven tiny observations of beauty or joy. Like Mr. Gay, I began on my birthday. As I record these delights, I find myself wondering: am I chasing them? Or, better, am I giving them the chance to find me?
A Story: This piece was is published in The Christian Century magazine in their May 8, 2019 issue. That date! As my friend Hedy says, the Kosher Choreographer is a work, unspooling for me the last starburst of a most amazing birthday year.
About Me: You’ll see a photo of me, a bouquet of petals and blooms and a glimpse into things I know and love.
A word about navigation: You’ll see those sections at the top. I also encourage you to scroll all the way to the bottom of each blog post. You’ll see a place for comments. I love you, dear friends, for engaging here with me and each other!
You’ll also see a bundle of additional material, including my recent posts on Twitter and Instagram and a “Tag Cloud,” which functions as an index to my blog posts: click on a word that interests you, and you’ll find a few posts that talk about it.
Finally, you’ll see an invitation to become an email subscriber to Fashioned For Joy. I hope you consider subscribing. I experience such joy knowing that I’m writing for you.
I also hope you enjoy the photographs. In 2018, I traveled to Cambodia, Scotland, Vietnam and China. (I’m telling you: it was an amazing year.) I still marvel at those experiences and all the photos I was able to take. Even if they are not quite on point, I splash them everywhere because they make me happy. Maybe they’ll delight you too.
If you’re still reading (thank you!), scroll down and you’ll see what I mean about the special features at the bottom, including a photo of my parents on their wedding day, February 1, 1958. I love you, Mom & Dad!