joolee's forty

forty days. forty stories.

forty days. forty stories.

Joolee turns forty on April 9. After working in six or seven states and at least five countries, not to mention traveling over forty countries on all seven continents from the South Pole to the Slovakia, Juniata to Johannesburg, Joolee has a lot of friends. Remarkably, in all that wayfaring, it’s her special talent to keep those friendships strong. But that means bringing the whole lot of us together for a birthday party isn’t very practical.

You’re invited to help celebrate her birthday with a web-based project called joolee’s forty. On each of the forty days leading up to her fortieth birthday, we’ll post a new story about Joolee. We hope to assemble a cross-section of the best tales from all her stints and adventures, written by family, friends, and fellow-travellers. Forty days. Forty stories.

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on julie aurand, excerpts from mother’s journal

by Jennie McCardle Cuddled like a bug in a rug – Nicknamed  ” Julie Bug  ” Loved to eat   Loved to tease and be teased. ( Still true! ) As … Continue reading

April 9, 2012 · 4 Comments

a sister like no other

by Jeannette Legenza As I sit here contemplating how to condense the enormity of my life with Julie into such a small space, I also find myself wondering how it … Continue reading

April 8, 2012 · 1 Comment

forty memories

by Carrie Block I first met Julie in Chicago at our Peace Corps orientation. I remember talking to her during it and thinking she is so cool, I hope I … Continue reading

April 7, 2012 · 2 Comments

Fiji by double kayak

by Bill Jirsa Joolee and I had been dating for just a few months, all of them in McMurdo, when we rented a double kayak to explore the outer islands of Fiji, … Continue reading

April 6, 2012 · 9 Comments

ooo, birdie

by Ralph Maestas “ooo, birdie” – Joolee Aurand upon seeing a penguin colony in Antarctica. I first met Joolee on August 20, 2006 at the Qantas gate at LAX and … Continue reading

April 5, 2012 · 4 Comments

Joolee in the ocean with dolphins

Jeff Jirsa Last spring, the Jirsa clan met up on the big island of Hawai’i for a long-in-the-making family gathering.  One of our daily excursions took us to Two-Step Beach, … Continue reading

April 4, 2012 · 1 Comment

how dirty girl got her name

by Rick Green Once upon a time in 2002 I was looking for companions for a trip across Mongolia by water.  What Mongolia-water? Mongolia home of the Gobi desert, Bactrian … Continue reading

April 3, 2012 · 1 Comment

the world foosball championships of 2010

by Coco and Els To read today’s contribution, you will need to be able to open a PDF file with Adobe Acrobat Click He re to read today’s Joolee’s forty

April 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hollywood lives: stardom, glamor, and whipped cream addictions

by Richard Lamanna As the shadows retreat from the grimy sidewalks of Hollywood boulevard and the sun begins to dance across the cracks and crevices of the street of dreams, … Continue reading

April 1, 2012 · 1 Comment

africa by motorbike

by Hanli Bezuidenhout I was innocently sitting at home in a small town called Ellisras in the Limpopo province of South Africa when I received a phone call from a … Continue reading

March 31, 2012 · 5 Comments

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Joolee has a lot of friends. We’ve got forty days. We’re looking for the forty most iconic tales and illuminating anecdotes to share with the whole lot. Got one? Know someone we overlooked? Suggest a story.

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