Stories
Experiences That Shape Beliefs
Why Share these Stories?

Electing a representative is more than electing a list of policies. Of course, policy is important, but I have a lifetime of experiences that have shaped my beliefs. You deserve to know about those too.

I'd like to believe character counts in elections as well. Character is developed through a lifetime of ups and downs, and I'd like to share some of mine with you here.

Do any of these make you think of sharing a story in return? Don't hesitate to share them with me.

Recently I've had a lot more time to reflect on what matters. Home and family are so important in these times. Recently I went back to where I grew up: Willisville, population 152.

I had a lot of uncles. I referred to most of them normally, just "Uncle" so-and-so. But one of my uncles was "Uncle Brown with a pink truck." It's just what we called him.

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of Dr. Fauci, the lifelong public servant who’s helped America respond to every public health crisis since the 80s.

I've been seeing so many creative masks lately. Have you noticed any good hand-sewn ones? Sewing is also a great way to make some extra money every month—that's what I did in college!

Many of us feel alone right now—like others don't understand what we're dealing with individually. It's so much worse when we feel alone.

These are hard times. I went to Sims for takeout the other day—that was a good distraction, but the pandemic is putting so many people in a position where they have to choose between their health and their livelihood.

Before my first year of college, I needed to find a job. So I walked into the Columbia County employment office to see if there was anyone hiring.

I want to tell you about my first job. I sold catalpa worms. This was back in Willisville—well, really the country outside of Willisville.

Updates from Joyce