Pollyanna: a person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything. ~ Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Who Am I?

My name is Jo-Anne, but my friends call me Jo, Joee, Josie, JoJo and sometimes: Pollyanna. Often in a patronizing way, but usually with affection. My father taught me sarcasm, and stressed the importance of honesty. My mother taught me compassion, and how to find the humour in almost everything.

I have a story.  (Don’t we all?)  I’ve endured monumental experiences that have tested my limits, but I have always prevailed. I embrace life and live every day to the fullest, having faced the harsh reality of how short and precious life is, too many times to count.

I have an opinion that is formed by education, experience and emotion.  I have a heart that is three times too big for my body, and is easily broken. I have a love for all people and a voice that I am not afraid to use for what I feel is right.

And I have this blog.  A place to share my passion, dreams, optimism, opinion and personal journey with you.

I hope you will enjoy The Pollyanna Papers.


5 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Pingback: The Importance of Objectivity « The Pollyanna Papers

  2. Pollyanna! One of my favourite movies and her quote “When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will” if often quoted between my sisters and I! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  3. Jo,
    In 2012 you reviewed my play, “Underneath the Lintel” (the crazed librarian searching for the Wandering Jew) for the London Fringe. Well, I’ll be returning with “Lintel” this year at the Spriet Family Theater, June 4 – 13th.
    Please be my guest at a performance.
    And any pre-fringe hype you can give on your blog would be much appreciated.
    Pat O’Brien

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