tombstone cockroach 2

Let’s see: how am I like a cockroach you might ask ?

  • I can live without my head: proved that now for 72 years. Cockroaches can lose their heads and still breathe through their body parts for weeks.
  • I am a survivor: It is a scientific fact that roaches can tolerate 6-15 times more radiation than humans and with their high rate of reproduction, their survival is most likely assured in case of nuclear holcaust. ( Though in truth, scientists now give the greater chance to the fruit fly.) I am a survivor and I have proved that most of my life,from my chaotic/traumatic-like  childhood of wonder at life, to surviving sexual abuse. (Surprised a few of you with that one, but this post is not about that.)
  • The cockroach has been celebrated in books, song, art and legend. I write books, sing songs ( for myself to spare those around me), create art via my photo journalism and hope to be a legend. (Just kidding). As Madonna said, “I am like a cockroach. You can’t get rid of me. I am still here.” Guess she proved that in her recent Super Bowl appearance.

So what is it that I want to say to you all? It is to express some of my wishes, many of which are “impossible to attain,” but that should not keep one from acknowledging their desire for something. For instance:

  • World peace: oh yeah, that’s a hard one and I truly never expect to see it or experience it, but it doesn’t keep me from desiring it. (Just FYI I was never in a beauty pageant and just had to use that response once in my lifetime.)
  • A television that filters out politics and the exploits of failed politicians. Of course the makers of blood pressure medications and anti-depressants world wide would suffer greatly, but again, I can desire it without believing it will come to fruition.
  • All students today would be required to study the lives and music of Elvis, Buddy Holly, and Johnny Cash. Also the “happy days” of the sixties to see what made us tick besides the Vietnam War.
  • There would be equality in justice: Those who serve in the jury pools could hear all the evidence.
  • Schools would not be the bottom of the fiscal priority list, but on top.
  • The pillory system in the town square would return (mainly to make my husband happy) .
  • Being in love and a committed relationship would be admired, preferable, and only the private business of those involved.
  • The nerd would rank equal to the super-athlete.
  • The idea of living simple and without lusting for financial superiority being the goal, would be acceptable.
  • Disabled and mentally challenged would be treated with respect.

Given the fact that I will never see this Utopia, being a cockroach has its appeal. The cockroach will live to see the earth given a “second chance” and maybe this time we will get it right.



About joycegodwingrubbs2

Some call me retired: I am RE-FIRED. I have written 15 books, plus 3 written as a "ghost writer". I no longer offer the novels as printed books, having them only available as Kindle Ebooks since my retirement as a novelist. Twelve books are on Amazon.com Kindle eBooks: collectively they are known as The Greyhound Lady Walking suspense series.They are real cases fictionalized into suspense stories to protect identities..( no victim/survivor names were compromised, and workers and locations were protected.) I also co-authored a non-fiction book: Footsteps Out of Darkness: The Annabelle Kindig Story . It is available on Amazon under the name of Annabelle Kindig. I have traveled, written from the heart, and found an audience that appreciates my "platform". The catalyst to writing the novels was the realization that if I died, I would take all my amazing experiences in these real cases with me; and believe me few have lived 5 lives in one. It would "silence the voices" of the victim/survivors whose triumphs are written into these novels. The suspense series was written in part with the collaboration of police woman and sex crime expert Trula Ann Godwin. In addition to the novels, I have written as a ghost writer for a World War II veteran who fought in the South Pacific aboard the USS Maryland in all the major battles. I have also written a non-fiction book recording oral history stories of my family members beginning with the 1930's to present. There are sixty-six "legacy" stories with pictures. It was recently published as a private printing for family and close associates only. I am a published photo journalist having won the 2009 Editor's Choice Award for internet freelance news articles and pictures of the Cedar Rapid's Iowa flood victim accounts and their personal struggles.. My husband and I are in our 52nd year together (only one blip on the marital radar together), and we have adopted three greyhounds; Dex, Big Buddy and Baby Doll. These were the inspirations in the Greyhound Lady Walking suspense series We have eleven grandchildren, 7 grandsons and 4 granddaughters. My three children live in Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio.
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  1. Good factual stuff on (gulp!) cockroaches, but really, Joycee—you and that word just don’t belong in the same sentence.

    You’re more of a mama grizzly—who would defend her cubs to the end. (This is a good thing.)

  2. jgarrott says:

    At least your image has more hope than that of Kafka!

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