Joyce Poggi HagerHi, I’m Joyce. I grew up with my two sisters and brother in a close-knit Italian family in suburban Philadelphia. My mother kept an impeccably clean home and served a pasta dinner every Sunday at 1:00. My father was an ironworker who rarely missed a day of work. As a result, I developed a strong work ethic, learned how to cook Italian, and, reluctantly, became a fussy housekeeper.

After graduating from Villanova University, I moved to Greater Boston where I enjoyed a long career in the human resources field with several leading technology companies.

My memoir, Jimmy and Me, is the story of a shy young girl caring for her older brother who is intellectually disabled. At times tender and witty, the challenges my brother and I encountered in our youth served as building blocks for a loving relationship in adulthood.

Musing Off the Mat is an essay collection based on my popular blog of the same name. Inspired by yoga, the stories about family memories and everyday moments garnered such positive reader feedback that I compiled favorites into an anthology. Recipes included!

Some of my work has appeared in the Boston Globe and Chicken Soup for the Soul.

I enjoy reading, yoga, baking, watching Jeopardy, and shopping with my two fashionista daughters. My ideal Saturday night is spent relaxing on the porch with my husband, a crossword puzzle, and a glass of wine.