Meet the Author

Updated on:  July 18, 2016:

Where did those six years go?!! On one hand they passed quickly, but on the other hand they dragged on and on. All depends on your perspective! Which at this point is a nearly full site, with an eye to starting or moving to a new one. Not quite yet. A few things are in order first. One is a change in direction, which requires time and discipline of the mind.

Who am I?  Not the same person who started blogging six years ago. I am no longer a victim of my circumstances, but a strong person in Christ because of my circumstances. I am no longer focused on the vessel and its circumstances, but on my desire for God to be glorified through me.

For years the struggle has gone on within me to write. I am done with the struggle. I am writing. Not blogging. Writing. My story. On paper. I do not know where or how God will use this, but I am going to follow Him.

In the meantime, I have decided to only review non-fiction for publishers. I will only be reading my favorite fiction authors. Perhaps some of them will also become memoirists with us. Any blogging will be focused on memoir and biography (and autobiography), and helping those authors get their stories out there and read.

Where did this come from? Three memoirists asking me to review their books, two of which I have done thus far. The second, Running in Heels: A Memoir of Grit and Grace, gave me the impetus needed to make this change. God’s timing is indeed perfect. He is perfect, I am not. Yet He chooses to use flawed human beings to perform His will and proclaim His glory.

Who am I? I am a child of the Most High God, a redeemed sinner, a reader of history, and  a writer  and reviewer of memoir. My daily priorities are spending time in God’s Word, reading, meditating, and memorizing it. I also enjoy reading historical fiction and biographies and reading other people’s stories which teach me about myself and point me to God.

Who am I? I am a writer of my story, of how God has enriched my faith and given me strength and grace every step of every day of my life, which He will continue to do until He walks me into His glorious Home at the end of my journey.

Who am I? I am a traveler whose companion is my Creator and my God. And He’s my father. Is He your father too?


Published on:  July 5, 2010:

God’s Ocean

One of my favorite things in the world is the ocean.  At the seashore it is just me and God, His blue, blue sky and water, and His tide from His moon and sun pulling the waves crashing to the shore.  Not much tops that in my book.  This picture was taken in California, during a visit to my daughter and sil, when they were in the Navy.  (They now live near the eastern shore.)

My favorite beaches are La Jolla, California, Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Ogunquit, Maine.  The pebble beach in Kodiak, Alaska was nice too.  Just don’t plan on swimming 🙂

COMMENTS:  {Edited January 9, 2014 due to theme change}

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Child of God, mother of four adults, mother-in-law twice, grandmother twice, all living far away from each other.

I am a displaced New Englander living in the Midwest, missing the mountains and ocean.

My favorite verse is 2 Cor 4:7 “For we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” I praise God for redeeming my soul with the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ!

When I am not working you will find me reading and writing and creating things with color, with camera or needle and thread. I also love learning about family history. I prefer reading historical fiction and biography, and writing memoir and journaling. I also have a missions blog here and several family tree blogs here, here and here.

This blog is a place for me to practice writing to write as God leads. There is no theme other than the written word. It is a place for me to learn new things and interact with others of similar interest. Please feel free to comment. I would love to hear your thoughts.

And who in their right mind can write without using photographs?!!  I am an untrained photographer, using a Nikon COOLPIX L110, which is a point and shoot camera.  My kids gave it to me for Christmas 2012, and it belonged to my then-soldier-son, so it has been to Afghanistan for a tour of duty.  That makes it extra special to me.

My kids have always outfitted me with a camera.  I am always happy with the one I have (except the one whose shutter wouldn’t stay open and every picture had my thumb in it).  But my kids know when I need an upgrade, which I gladly take.  Which is to say, I love my camera.  And I love taking pictures.

My kids neglected to send the owner’s manual with the camera so I have basically learned on my own.  My daughter has the same camera, which helps (when we’re visiting, otherwise I’m on my own).  Today, yes eight months later, I downloaded the owner’s manual to my laptop 🙂

This bottom picture is my other favorite part of God’s creation, mountains.  Grew up in them, got used to having them around, and just not happy when there are none.  Plain and simple.  When I go east and get to eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, I’ve ‘died and gone to heaven’!  Just nothing like being in the mountains.


The view from the top of Mount Kearsage, southern New Hampshire in July 2013.  The clouds are beautiful now, but it was a storm approaching.  I made it down ahead of it.

31 thoughts on “Meet the Author

  1. juliebcosgrove says:

    thanks for following my blog Where Did You Find God Today. Even if you are not near your beloved oceans, may He send waves of joy over you and immerse you in His love. And may you often have mountain-top experiences in your prayers as He lifts you up into His arms.


    • Elaine says:

      Thank-you for leaving a comment on my bog “hemmed in By Him”, I loved reading yours-Ogunquit is where I let my mom’s ashes flow out to sea as she loved the ocean in Maine where she was born.


  2. Being Woven says:

    And I look forward to getting to know you better. I was a Navy child and born in San Diego. Yes, La Jolla is a most favorite beach of mind as well. Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast is another. I will be back and poking around. : ) ~ linda


  3. Linda says:

    Hello Joyce! I had to stop by and comment! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    As I read your “about the author” page, I realized that we have some things in common. I am not originally a New Englander, but we lived in NH for 11 years. I have been to the top of Mt. Kearsarge many times!! And Ogunquit is my VERY favorite beach in the world. We have spent MANY summer days on the beach there and walking the Marginal Way…and eating candy from the Perkins Cove Candy Store! MANY happy memories!

    Again, thanks for introducing yourself! Blessings, Linda


  4. my2ndnature Linda Samaritoni says:

    Thanks for following my blog as well. Another Linda having some things in common with you. While my dad was Air Force, we spent as much time assigned to New York as we could, and I spent my high school years on Long Island. Your ocean pictures make me homesick. I also live in the Midwest now. Except for the fact that it has no ocean, I prefer this part of the country.


    • thesilverofhisfining says:

      Linda is a special name it seems 🙂 I’ve only been to Long Island once, very briefly. I’m glad you enjoy where you are. We have the Lake, but it is not the same as the ocean. Thanks for stopping by. Sorry I took so long to reply.


  5. marylhamilton says:

    Thanks for following me on Twitter. I enjoyed reading your blog. I can understand your longing for the sea and mountains where you grew up. If you’re in WI, you’re where I long to be! Grew up in the southeast corner and so miss the rolling hills and pleasant summers. I even miss the snow, but glad I wasn’t there last winter!


    • thesilverofhisfining says:

      Thanks for following my blog and my Twitter account, Mary! And for your comment. I noticed you are from here. Last winter was tough everywhere. I am so thankful for the summer to recuperate. It was a very long winter here in Racine. Very glad you took time to connect. I look forward to getting to know you. Such a blessing, meeting new sister in Christ! ~Joyce


  6. sharroncosby says:

    May I join your club? I hail from the Deep South–Alabama. Can I get a Roll Tide Roll? I’m a avid Bama fan. I said avid, not obnoxious–there is a difference. My world doesn’t end, well, maybe temporarily if they lose, but I sure do like when they win each week.. My heart’s cry is for families in recovery, or those wanting to be. The title is “Praying for Your Addicted Love One: 90 in 90 and is available on and Looks like much friendship, coffe and tea cups for everyone to have a cup when we sit around talking.


    • thesilverofhisfining says:

      Welcome Sharron! I’m so glad you joined us here and on Twitter! Please make yourself comfortable. You may have to explain your southern ways to this Yankee gal, but I’m willing to learn. My heart goes out to those in recovery and their families. May God bless your work with them.


  7. tamarahanscom says:

    Thank you for visiting our blog. We will repeat our series “Powerful Warriors”, beginning August 10 – August 24. We’ll start a new unit “The Lion of Judah” on September 14. Hope to see you around. God bless ~ Ta`Mara


  8. Karen says:

    Joyce, thanks again for following me – you have such an interesting collection of thoughts displayed here and I know I have barely scratched the surface! I ♥ photography too, although recently I have been enjoying more people’s photos than taking ones of my own lol.

    On Twitter, I am connected with both believers and unbelievers. My goal is to both encourage and be encouraged and to reach out to those who don’t yet know Jesus, so I share different things on Twitter depending on who I’m connecting with. Above all, I desire to be God-honoring always ♥

    Karen 🙂


    • thesilverofhisfining says:

      Thanks so much for introducing yourself, Karen! I have quite a collection here, which likely needs sorting eventually. Trying to follow, rather than plow on ahead of, God.

      Twitter is also a collection of authors, writers, bloggers, writing sites, social media, influencers, photographers, nature lovers, and genealogists, plus some specific locations. I follow both believers and non also, and I try to tie my blog and Twitter and Goodreads together (a work in progress).

      Thanks for your encouragement. I’ll see you around! Have a great week. ~Joyce

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  9. klgard says:

    Hi Joyce! I am so glad to have found your blog! I also love the ocean and many of the images I use on my blog feature the Oregon Coast, where I spend my “get-away” time whenever possible. I look forward to reading more of your blog…


  10. KD Manes says:

    Hi Joyce! Thanks so much for your visit and follow on I like what I see here and will follow you back. . . . We share the love of mountains and ocean, although I am around more lakes. 🙂 I also feel close to God when I’m outdoors in His creation.


  11. Rebecca LuElla Miller says:

    I’m still looking for the mountains in your picture. Hahah, I couldn’t resist teasing. I grew up in Colorado and now live where I can see a ridge of the San Bernardino Mountains in California. They aren’t quite real mountains, but they’re close. I do tend to take them for granted. I hear your heart when you describe your love for them!



    • thesilverofhisfining says:

      Thanks for looking, Rebecca! I’ve been to the mountains in southwest Colorado, but have never seen the Rockies. I’ve also lived where they ski on man-made hills. This summer we were introduced to the hills of West Virginia. They are all so unique, but I think where we grew up tends to be dearest to us.

      Thanks so much for visiting, Rebecca.

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