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Joy Jordan-Lake

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Joy Jordan-Lake's varied--and admittedly odd--professional experience has included working as a college professor, author, journalist, waitress, director of a program for homeless families, university chaplain, horseback riding instructor, free lance photographer, and --the job title that remains her personal favorite--head sailing instructor.

Born in Washington, D.C., Joy Jordan-Lake's first vivid childhood memory was watching her mother weep in front of the television, where newscasters were just reporting the shooting of Martin Luther King, Jr. Later moving south with her family, she grew up on Signal Mountain, Tennessee, just outside Chattanooga, where she learned to observe the ways in which communities respond with courage to bigotry
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Joy Jordan-Lake Hi, Denise! I actually went to Furman, graduated in 1985, and love Greenville! What a renaissance for the city. I did find lots of archival diaries…moreHi, Denise! I actually went to Furman, graduated in 1985, and love Greenville! What a renaissance for the city. I did find lots of archival diaries and letter for the daily goings on, as well as published works in which the authors analyzed their archival research. It was so tragic to see young white slaveholding women actually express horror at what they saw of slavery, and the rape they knew was taking place, as well as the daily cruel treatment and family separations--but then, as they grew older, to become less horrified, more accepting that this was simply how things were, more complacent and willing to simply look the other way. Now and then a line would break through in a diary, something along the lines of "if there is a Divine Judge, then we slaveholders are in very big trouble," though in 19-cen. language.(less)
Joy Jordan-Lake My poor dissertation advisor must have thought I'd never finish the actual academic writing. A dissertation is a long and thankless task with no…moreMy poor dissertation advisor must have thought I'd never finish the actual academic writing. A dissertation is a long and thankless task with no cheering section, so let me give you a shout out right here. (less)
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Behind the story of A TANGLED MERCY

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The below is from the Author's Note in my recently released novel A TANGLED MERCY. Some of you may have read this when you read the novel, or for others, this might be helpful background before you read it. Regardless, thank you for your time in sharing this journey with me, and as always, please feel free to tell me YOUR story...

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“A life worth living is one of compassion. And a life of compassion will include many tears.”
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“You've had a tough crack at life, I'll give you that. But you don't got to let the bad thrown at you become the ugly you think you got to be.”
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“You make sure you do something good with your life, you hear? Something that puts more beauty and more kindness into the world. And be a person of courage, my Kate. With a tender heart but a lot tougher hide.”
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