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 college, I moved to Greater Boston where I enjoyed a long career in the human resources field with several leading technology companies.

People kept telling me that I had a vivid memory and encouraged me to blog. Musing Off the Mat was launched in 2013 after an epiphany in the yoga studio. I wrote stories about my family, childhood memories, home, travel, food, and yoga. Readers commented that they related, often reporting they either laughed or cried when reading my essays. I decided to compile a “best of” into a book to share with a wider community.

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.