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Published Works

Outdoor writing

North Country Cache- essays covering Joan's first 2300 miles on the North Country Trail. Hikers and non-hikers will find it enjoyable. Click to read one chapter for free.

Weekly column in the Mason County Press, "Get Off The Couch- Explore Michigan"
Monthly column in the Ludington Daily News, "Get Off The Couch"
"Get Off the Couch with Joan" is a collection of 10 of these columns in one e-book with photos by the author.

Article in the Summer-Fall 2011 issue of Your National Forests, called "Sample and Savor the North Country."

Regular contributor to North Star, the magazine of the North Country Trail Association.
Articles appear in the following issues:

• cover photo - July 2018
• "Luna Moth" - July 2018
• "The Passing of Some Serious Trail Magic" - April 2018
• "Leave Poison Hemlock Alone" - April 2017
• "Poison Plant- What Does that Mean?" - January 2017
• "Pokeweed - Edible or Poisonous?" - April 2016
• "2600 Miles per Shirt" - April 2016
• "Just Go" - July 2015
• "White Pelicans" - April 2015
• "Eastward Ho!" - July 2014
• "Carolyn Hoffman- Inspiring Hikers since 1978" - April 2014
• cover photo - April 2014
• "Those Irrepressible Girls" - December 2011
• "Dayton: Did We Paint the Town Blue?" - October 2011
• "Why Stealth Camping is a Bad Idea" - October 2011
• "I Did it For the Patch"- December 2010
• "Southern Ohio- Technically There Are No Hills"- December 2009
• "Heart & Sole"- a feature showcasing volunteers ran sporadically from January 1998 to January 2007
• "Hiking the North Country Trail with Your Trusty Mouse"- October 2002
• "There's No Outsmarting the Damp"- October 2001
• "Baby Steps on the Giant Trail (2)"- July 2001
• "Baby Steps on the Giant Trail (1)"- April 2001
• "North Country Cache- The Early Steps"- January 2001
• "North Country Cache- Introduction"- October 2000
• "W2K"- January 2000
• "Breaking Ice Along the Road"- January 1999
• "A Thing About Trails"- April 1998
• "The Best of Winter Hiking... And the Rest"- January 1998

Writing about Faith

• Devotions for Hikers 2007 e-book, or print
Would You Dare? 1986
• articles in the anthology "Parents and Children"
• article in the anthology "The Christian Life"
• major contributor to the Life Application Bible notes

News from Dead Mule Swamp is available at Smashwords, or Amazon, Kobo, B&N, and iBooks.

Short Stories
• "Toby and Harry" is available at Twin Trinity Media, Smashwords, or Amazon

Works accepted for Publication

• "Invisible," and "The Case of the Cautious Couple" - short stories,
will be included in an anthology, named Elements of Love, to be published in 2011.
•" Thirty-eight"- a short story, and "Digital Lament" - a poem,
will be included in an anthology, named Elements of Pain, to be published in 2011.
•" The Third Person"- a short story,
will be included in an anthology, named Elements of Passion, to be published in 2011.
• "Thank You"- a short story,
will be included in an anthology, named Elements of Grace, to be published in 2011.
•"On Time for the Wedding," and "Ebeneezer," are three additional short stories which will be available soon for digital download at Twin Trinity Media