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Joe’s published work includes articles in Writer’s Digest Magazine, Clever Magazine, and The Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series, among others. He has also self-published a humor book, written three unpublished novels, and an unpublished book of poems.

Story: A Swim in the Sunshine


Lisa (Lost in Literature)

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A thought-provoking story about life and death that tugs at the heart strings. This was a sweet story with a beautiful message that many will benefit from reading and sharing. Thank you for sharing this story!

Frances Bell

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A bit heavy on the sentimentality for my taste but I understand why you've posted this story. Everyone can relate to losing someone they love. You know how to write, but in my opinion, this story needed a strong edit - the same could be achieved in half the words. Also, I feel there needs to be more conflict - some dramatic consequence of her mother's voice. It's safely written and unfortunately the story had more potential than was explored.

Peter Lahanas

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A very enjoyable read. In my opinion, the phrase "is that not so?" is not annoying at all. It's obviously the signature phrase of the mother and the only way to bring this to light to the reader is to repeat it. The sorrow is palpable, the character's are realistic and the story is well written. Nice work, Joe.

Lisa Rose

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I liked your story. Towards the end it seemed a bit rushed with the questions she was throwing at her mother. What do I do with this or that (and Janet whom we've never even heard of before). The repetition of 'Is that not so' was a little annoying (no one would say it that many times in one conversation). But I loved the last two paragraphs and the grave stone was spot on.

Wendy S

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A beautiful heart rending story of life, love and death. I loved how the mother, even in death, helped the daughter to accept it and helped her heal the rift between her and her sister. I look forward to reading more stories from this author. Thank you for writing this story! If you could spare a moment or two would you please go read my story "Hiding in Plain Sight" and leave a review? Thank you~

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