Biography, JoAnn M. Macdonald (June, 2010)

JoAnn M. Macdonald, whose writing began with non-fiction pieces such as letters to the editor, biographies and essays, has begun a new chapter in her writing with the book Democracy vs. Theocracy: The President and the Senate Will Decide YOUR FUTURE. With the experience of having lived through half of the last century in the politically-evolving United States of America, the author challenges the reader–the voter–to examine who and what is driving the cultural and political scene.

Macdonald examines how the United States Supreme Court decides an American’s future. The Chief Justice and the mix of other justices in the decisions handed down do give Americans reasons to think about the direction in which their country is moving. Is this an institution dedicated to interpreting the laws—and for whom—individuals or corporations? Recent rulings seem to prefer the corporation’s rights over an individual’s rights.

In twelve concise essays she challenges the reader to become involved in the decision-making process. How did the Supreme Court decide on important decisions which affect public education? What was so disturbing about the Senate confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts who was nominated by then-President George W. Bush? These and other questions are addressed by the author with an eye to getting the reader to become involved…after all…it IS your country. It is YOUR life.

Did you know that the President nominates and the Senate confirms the nominee before anyone becomes a U. S. Supreme Court justice? Are you aware that more often than not questions about a nominee’s professional legal background are second to those being asked concerning a nominee’s religious background? And all this with the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution open in full view?

Check out her book…from….and get involved with YOUR FUTURE!


Macdonald became interested in the biographies of women from the colonial days into the early years of the newly-formed democratic republic. She volunteered to research Antoinette Brown Blackwell and Maria Mitchell for the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Dictionary of Unitarian Univeralist Biography (DUUB). Mrs. Brown Blackwell was the first American woman to be ordained a minister by a congregation, as Miss Brown, in 1853. She married Samuel Blackwell some years later. Miss Mitchell was the first American woman to discover a comet, 1847. In that century women were highly discouraged from entering what was considered to be a man’s profession. Fortunately for both of these women the men in their lives cheered them on.

Since then, Macdonald rewrote these two biographies for two anthologies by the Rocky Waters Publishing Group of Harford County, Maryland. The first is “A Little Child Will Lead Them”, a sketch of Antoinette Brown Blackwell, in the book titled Voices From the Susquehanna: Harford’s Newest Writers (2005). In the second anthology for the group, which is due to be released in late 2010, Macdonald has rewritten the biographical sketch of Maria Mitchell—“Star Date”.

Other published pieces include the feature articles about Honorary Chairmen of the Havre de Grace Museum (Maryland) Wildlife and Art Festivals, since May 2008. As a Contributing Writer for the Museum’s quarterly publication, The Canvasback, the author interviewed and wrote a biography of the noted person’s life highlighting the carving and exhibiting of goose, swan and duck decoys. She has written about collectors of decoys as well.

Macdonald, who enjoys living near the Chesapeake Bay, is focusing on personal biographies of living persons with her business, “What’s Your Story?”

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