Lori Joseph

Author & Teacher

My Embrace is a relatable collection of stories, thoughts, and poems from the heart. Lori Joseph openly shares her journey of navigating an authentic life and building self-confidence through self-acceptance and forgiveness while staying grounded in the natural world. With reflections on the gifts we all possess, this book will inspire you to pause, listen with intent, laugh, and reflect on your extraordinary journey.


Enjoyable . . . an easy, feel-good, encouraging read. *****Amazon review

I use this book as a nightly devotional read because the stories are just so inspiring.
- J. Stannard (Cancer patient) VT

‘My Embrace’ was a wonderful journey in thoughts and deeds and always will be with me. I was moved by each story and poem and encouraged to meet life’s challenges with optimism.
-Terry Wild, Photographer

Lori Joseph’s delightful book My Embrace. It’s a collection of poems, life observations, and anecdotes designed to make you think – and they do. "Listen to that voice within" and "take a chance no matter what," she writes. This is a book worth returning to again and again.
-John Dedakis, Novelist, writing coach, and former editor on CNN’s "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

Her narrative weaves nature, family, and everyday doubt into a beautiful narrative of love of self and others and learning to listen to your gut.

-Brianna Bowling, CFO of Retreat and Learn


Like Sunshine After Rain, SOLD OUT

5.0 out of 5 stars Grab this little book because you're in for a treat.
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2019
A wonderful collection. I can't wait to hear more from Lori Joseph, Nebraska plains-woman. You don't have to be from Nebraska to find a connection to these pieces. This book makes a great gift.

Dorothy Leach

5.0 out of 5 stars Read this!
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2020
Read this. Feel this. Visit this place with a mind as wide open as the plains of Nebraska.

Sarah johnson


5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Read!!
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2019
This book is written by Nebraska authors. Lots of great writing by talented authors.

Sandra Hoard

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written collection
Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2019
This is truly a wonderful collection of short stories and poems. Congratulations to the members of the NWG whose works were included in this edition!

Amazon Customer

The Ashes to Art Project 2012, SOLD OUT


The Biannual Literary Journal of the Maryland Writers Association 2020


My friend Terry Wild turned seventy-five on January 18, 2022. A simple exchange to wish him a Happy Birthday led to this creative endeavor.

The concept of Seventy-Five is a testimonial to real life, not the embellished life people gravitate to on social media. Our society has experienced a deep decline in empathy (46% over the last three decades). We hope Terry's images with my words will provoke and stimulate you to look at the ordinary and to feel something. If Seventy-Five causes you to pause, reflect or laugh, then we will have succeeded. If you are inspired to look more closely at your daily life, and your impact on our natural world, and mindfully do something kind for another person, it's a huge win.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2023
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Loved seeing the photographs and then coming up with my own thoughts of each image. It was intriguing to see what the author’s thoughts were of them, and how she made me see the image from a different view.

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful images and poetryReviewed in the United States on January 15, 2023Such beautiful photographs and thoughtful words. The photos are thought provoking and illustrate the bountiful experiences of life. When shared with friends and loved ones, this book promotes conversations fostering human connection.

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Today's a good day to list all of your accomplishments,

big and small.

After all, you took

baby steps, then ran and leaped and oh yes,

you took flight!