About JW

Sometimes I feel like a cat, counting my lives, each one as surprising as the last.

One morning in early summer of 2020, chafing at pandemic isolation, I decided I could social distance while camping and kayaking. I headed to Lake Almanor, two hours from Reno, and three days later found a 20 year-old travel trailer permanently set up in an RV park on the lake. It was love at first sight and three weeks later, I was a summer resident. Year-round residence was made impossible by the average 10 feet of snow that falls on that beautiful lake.

By the end of the summer, I knew I didn't want to live in the city, any city, so I started searching for a winter home and chose the small mountain community of Julian in the mountains east of San Diego. Adjusting to winter in an RV tested my comfort zone but I had fallen in love with the oak woodland so it was worth the effort.

Somewhere during this upheaval, I decided to start a magazine of writings and art inspired by the natural wonders of California. One of the first wonders that I found in the RV park around me was a granary tree ... the storage places created by woodpeckers for up to 50,000 acorns. It struck me as a metaphor for what I was doing ... gathering and storing wonders ... so The Granary Tree became the title of a quarterly magazine, available online and in print format. I just published the second volume honoring the Snow Moon at the end of February.

So, here I am ... omni-curious student of life, exploring the wonders of California through writing and art.

Other blogs:

Blog: http://www.MexicoStories.com
Blog: http://www.GratitudeMiracles.com
Blog: http://www.SaranasGift.com

Books and Blogs:
- Corona Wisdom, reflections and questions from a growing pandemic


- Sarana’s Gift, a young adult, fantasy novella

Specialty Journals:- Gratitude Miracles, the 5-minute journal that could change everything!
Non Fiction:- To Do … Doing … Done! A Creative Approach to Managing Projects & Effectively Finishing What Matters Most (Simon & Schuster) with G. Lynne Snead
- Mindmapping, Your Personal Guide to Exploring Creativity and Problem-Solving (Berkley Books)
- Innovation Training (ASTD), with Ruth Ann Hattori
- Transformation Thinking (Berkley Books)
- Breakthrough Selling (Prentice-Hall), with Barry Farber
- Joy after the Fire, memoir (Self-Published)


  1. Hi Joyce,

    Love your tree of life. I would like to do a needlepoint o fit. Is the image copyrighted and if so may I have permission to make the needlepoint? Judy jak142@gmail.com

  2. Judy ... just sent an email but in case it has changed ... I am so sorry … Just noticed your request for permission to use my “Tree of Life” to make a needlepoint from February 24, 2017.
    The answer would have been yes and that I would like to see your work. I’m sometimes reuse titles so I’m not sure what image you’re referring to …
    however, if you are still interested, the answer is still yes and I'd still like to see your work.