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Joyce Beverly says Hello World

September 19, 2009 by Joyce Beverly  
Filed under Rejoyce


This is my first ever blog post.

So perhaps we should begin with an introduction.

I am Joyce Beverly. One of the things I do in this world is publish Fayette Woman magazine.

Another, and the thing that has absorbed me for months, is publish websites, plural because while this one is the only “live” site I have at the time of this writing, at least one other is very, very near launching and at least a dozen more are floating around in my brain hoping to be the next active project. I also direct sales for Fayette Publishing, which publishes The Citizen newspapers, TheCitizen.com, and a growing suite of websites, including this and TheCitizenSports.com.

That’s my work life and frankly, most of the time, it’s nearly my whole life.  I’ve been fortunate enough throughout my career to earn a living doing things I’m completely passionate about. If that ever changes, I’ll have to do something else with my time.

I stole this photo from my old newspaper's website, thenewsandfarmer.com. Since the window boxes are my creation, I don't think they'll mind.

I stole this photo from my old newspaper's website, www.thenewsandfarmer.com. Since the window boxes and 10-year-old website are both my creations, I don't think they'll mind.

I’m married, a second-timer, to Cal Beverly, who is also my boss, president of the company I work for, and publisher of The Citizen. He’s a news man’s news man, and since in a former life I’ve been a newspaper publisher myself, I totally get him. I respect him more than anyone I’ve ever known and it is a privilege to help him get his work done.

I have two sons, age 24 and 20 at the time of this writing. They bring me great joy. I am especially enjoying seeing who they are as adults. Having dinner with them, hearing what they have to say, is one of my favorite things to do.

My husband’s children have made me a grandmother four times, which is another incredible experience. It is a privilege to be a part of their lives and this supernaturally blended family.

I am a Georgia girl from an enormous family. I have 41 first cousins, 20 living aunts and uncles, two nephews and two nieces and still have my parents and a grandmother. I am aware of what a blessing all of that is.

I have lived in Peachtree City for nine years but, having spent most of my life in some of the most rural parts of east Georgia, I’m a country girl at heart.

These girls would be nice to know...

These girls would be nice to know...

One of my ambitions is to be back in the position to have about a dozen chickens. City ordinances prevent that at my current address, and it’s probably just as well. I’d have to make a lot of changes to properly care for and really enjoy chickens. The girls require more than sustenance. They need your carefree time. It is important to be among them and hear what they have to say. You need at least an hour in the afternoon in which to park your chair in their midst and listen.

I love Jesus, country churches, camp meeting, genealogy, “having tea” and good people. And I love window boxes. And it is far more accurate to say that I devour books than to say that I read them. A couple of my favorite authors are Alexander McCall Smith and John Lescroart.

My future posts will toggle randomly among the subjects introduced here. It’s not too complicated: publishing, family, faith, window boxes, good books and chickens. That’s me and it should give us a few things to discuss.

I'm not sure it gets better than this... Father's Day with our new granddaughter, Aleah

Our newest girl, Aleah... being a grandmother is very sweet.


About Joyce Beverly
I was local when local wasn't cool. After more than three decades as a community journalist, I've found my dream job as publisher of Fayette Woman.


11 Responses to “Joyce Beverly says Hello World”
  1. Fred Brown says:

    A GREAT looking and reading website with something for everyone, even the Fayette man. Looking forward to logging on and catching up regularly. Who’s your designer?

    • Joyce Beverly says:

      Thanks Fred! High praise from Browns Guides… I worked with Rebecca Diamond at StudioPress. She was the perfect person for me and this project. This is a customization of StudioPress’s Lifestyles theme. There is a link to their site in the footer.

  2. Amanda says:

    The website looks great!!!!! I’m super impressed with all you’ve done with it!

    P.S. If you want a chicken, they apparently like Louisville gas stations

  3. txgapeach says:

    You can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl. The web site is great. I am looking forward to enjoying your new adventure and being able to visit with the folks in GA realtime.

  4. kristin_girard says:

    Chickens??!! Wow. Something I never knew about you! :-)

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