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May. 5th, 2014 @ 01:54 pm So I've been working on this thing and it is pretty important to me, maybe you can help support it?
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I've been honored and thrilled to work on the Mill City Skill Share 2014 this year. This event has been a great collaboration between the Merrimack Valley Time Exchange at the Coalition for A Better Acre and the 119 Gallery and we've been fortunate with great response from the community! (27 Workshops and 7 Host Sites!) We're committed to producing a great FREE day of community workshops but we need your help! Please donate to support the skill share, the community members who have committed to teach, and the coordinating organizations. Your donations will enable us to reimburse instructors for the supplied they need to teach their workshops and to plan for the future of this event!
https://www.crowdtilt.com/campaigns/be-the-community-it-takes-mill-city-skill-share/
Oct. 29th, 2013 @ 10:24 am Dear Diary,
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Everything is not ok. I just want a little stability in my life. Maybe a chance to catch my breath. That's all. Christmas is coming soon and I could really use a viable job offer and a stable housing situation.

Love,
Joy
Aug. 1st, 2013 @ 03:30 pm Please Vote!
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I was nominated for a national service award! You can vote here: http://2013serviceimpact.challenge.gov/submissions/16003-economic-opportunity-americorps-vista-merrimack-valley-time-exchange
Jun. 18th, 2013 @ 06:57 pm Please Help me finish the Magnum Opus of My AmeriCorps VISTA service
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gioa mia
This is very, very important to me. So important that I have promised to make a personalized, handmade card for every single donor. So important that I emailed the fundraiser link to my family asking them to support it. So important that I've been putting in extra unpaid time to support it almost every week. So important that if you donate I will probably call you immediately to say thank you. And leave you a singing voicemail. Or hug you. So important that it makes the hardships of living just above the poverty line for a year worthwhile. Working on this program may just be one of the most important things I have ever done. Please consider supporting it. It would make me very, very happy.

Sincerely,
Joy

https://www.crowdtilt.com/campaigns/got-a-minute-please-support-the-merrimack-valley-time-exchange
Feb. 14th, 2013 @ 10:28 am Happy Valentine's Day
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I know it's not really cool to be into Valentine's Day when you are single. Singles, especially single women, tend to often express a cynical view of the holiday. It's too commercial. It's so overwhelmingly in-your-face geared towards romantic love. It leaves people out. And that's all true... However, at it's core, for me, it always boils down to a celebration about love and as cynical as I can get about everything else I just can't bring myself to be cynical about love.

I am fortunate. Although I don't have a romantic partner right now I have experienced love, and even great love in the past. I know what it feels like to love someone with all my heart and to know deep down that that love is returned. And, even though I don't have a romantic partner right now I am loved. I have amazing friends who care about me, support me, go out of their way for me, and share their time with me. I have wonderful family members, both those I was born with and those I've chosen along the way who have always been there for me and always will be there for me. I am part of an amazing community that is full of people who pour love and energy into improving the lives of those around them and enriching the community as a whole. I am constantly surrounded by love.

And, even better, I have so many opportunities to share my love with the world! I am so lucky to be a part of the work Coalition for a Better Acre, my AmeriCorps VISTA host site is doing to improve the community. I love figuring out how I can share my passion and talents on projects like the Garden Coordinators Institute and the Merrimack Valley Time Exchange. I love spending time with people I care about. Working in the community. Making art. Having adventures. Staying up, sometimes far too late, talking about the deeper issues that affect our community and our world. I love the connections I've made over the years and the chances I have every day to strengthen those connections. Most of all, I love the people in my life who make it worthwhile.

I guess, what I am saying is: Will you be my Valentine?

Love,

Joy
May. 26th, 2011 @ 11:56 am Repackaging
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Sep. 30th, 2010 @ 01:50 pm Icing on the cake
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Current Mood: cynicalcynical
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Sep. 29th, 2010 @ 08:36 pm talking to myself
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Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
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Mar. 13th, 2010 @ 01:44 pm Dear LJ
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Current Mood: contentok, I think
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Feb. 22nd, 2010 @ 03:10 pm I am freaking out.
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Current Mood: anxiousanxious
My academic department is being dismantled. Supposedly the degree program in which I am enrolled with transition intact to existing without the support of a department. The decision was made without any input from our current faculty or students, and the announcement was released to the school at large without any warning or notification to those of us directly affected first. Even the chair of the department was not told ahead of time. Since the announcement I have not been sleeping. My stomach has been one big knot of tense anxious worry churning ickiness. Many of us have banded together to try and fight this, but it's scary and everything seems to point to the fact that it's already too late. The elected head of the student club for our department contacted the Grad Student Association and was told that reps from the GSA were meeting with the Provost Friday, however, it would not be possible for a representative from our department to be there. The Chancellor, Provost, Vice Provost of Graduate Affairs, and Dean are meeting with our entire department on Thursday, however, the big meeting we had with the Dean and the Vice Provost last week was full of double speak, non-answers, and meaningless rhetoric. I feel so helpless. We're all scared. More than half the people who've been involved in organizing want to proceed with caution but I can't help but feel like that's a mistake, like every day we wait is one day closer to this thing being a done deal and our dreams being scooted out from under us. I want to do something big, get the press involved, find a way to make shutting us down too costly for the admin to go through with it. We've a Grad only department with about sixty students, growing enrollment, and plenty of grant money coming in. There has to be something we can do.