Joy Sandwich

Hello, readers, writers, book nerds, and joy mongers! On Episode 57 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Jessica and Non are so delighted to welcome Norm and Becky Leonard onto the show! Norm and Becky are lovely humans who have created their own book publishing company, Peachwood Publishing, the "family run craft bookery!" So cool. Plus, they have their first book out, the hilarious and sweet and truly adorable Barnaby the Firefly!

In this episode, we talk about the wonder of words and language, the importance of storytelling and reading to your children, the ins and outs of book publishing and creating your own publishing company (with kids as integral business partners!), parenthood, screenwriting (Norm does dark!) doulas (Becky, you rock!), creative independence, birth stories (Becky has a book coming out in the fall called The Nourished Pregnancy!), and, yes, we even talk extensively about placentas!


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Thank you so much to Norm and Becky for being wonderful guests of the show! And thank you, joy mongers, for listening!

And as always, embrace your joy!


Recent Joys

Books: Norm and Becky find joy in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It has "changed their lives!"

T-Shirts: Jessica's finding joy in nerdy t-shirts. We wholeheartedly recommend Out of Print!

Camping/Backpacking: Non is finding joy in planning for an upcoming camping and backpacking trip with his mom! Bears!


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Peachwood Publishing

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Peachwood Reviews (Charlee reviews stuff!)

The amazing illustrator Ana-Gabriela Stroe

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Happy listening (and reading)!


On Episode 56 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Jessica and Non welcome astounding comic book artist and creator Benjamin Dewey to the show! We dig into Benjamin's work, specifically The Autumnlands and The Tragedy Series, as well as talk about Benjamin's childhood growing up in a museum with secret passages (like a middle-grade book protagonist!), the profundity of Carl Sagan, the intermingling of tragedy/absurdity and joy, the responsibility of being a creator, balancing satisfaction and happiness, and so much more!

This was a pretty sprawling conversation about art, philosophy, religion, science, and happiness. We loved it! And we thank Benjamin Dewey for guesting!

And as always, embrace your joy!


Recent Joys

Books: Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs by Lisa Randall, The Varieties of Scientific Experience by Carl Sagan, Cosmos by Carl Sagan, Waking Up by Sam Harris

Movies: Contact (dir. Robert Zemeckis)


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Benjamin on Twitter: @BenjaminDewey

Benjamin on the Web:

Read The Tragedy Series! 

Read The Autumnlands! 

Go visit Benjamin at Rose City Comic Con in Portland!


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Special episode! Bonus episode! Episode overrun with gooey emotion! On Episode 55 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Non gets all mushy and emotional by talking about why People Make Us Better. Because they do, and so do you! Non embraces his own joy by talking about some specific people in his life that have made his life better, introduces a new sponsor to the show, reads a blog post from his website, and wishes a happy wedding anniversary to his wife! It's all very sappy.

Look out for Episode 56 coming later this week (that's right! Two episodes in a week!) with comic book creator and artist Benjamin Dewey!

And as always, embrace your joy!


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