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Joelyn Brickner

Joelyn Brickner

Copywriter, editor, and senior advertising artist for The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Publishing a book of illustrated poetry, writing interesting articles for magazines, and finding more time for my art—I love to paint. Of course, these things have to happen when I'm not taking my 8-year-old son to martial arts classes, helping him with homework, making dinner, and so on. And there's the hubby, too. I have the typical 21st-century problem of not having enough hours in the day.

My father opened the door to the world of books when I was in second grade, and I've been a voracious reader ever since. I also write poetry, sometimes rewriting the works of poets with a modern take or personal edge. And when the inspiration hits and time permits, I love to design my own greeting cards—I work in different media, including oil, watercolor, graphite, and pastels.

I love Anne Michaels's Fugitive Pieces, Frank Yerby's Tobias and the Angel, Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove, and the Alexander McCall Smith series No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. A great nonfiction book is Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine, by Candace B. Pert, Ph.D., which I encourage everyone to read. I also adore Barbara Kingsolver. Her background as a biologist gives books like The Poisonwood Bible and The Prodigal Summer a special beauty and resonance.

Children make me smile with their frank questions, logic, and calm acceptance of things. It's probably why much of my own art features kids and why I'm such big fan of John Singer Sargent.

There are so many. Like most of your customers, Deep Cleansing Oil is this critic's choice. After using the Olive Essentials Set for years, I decided to go a little deeper and use the Olive Leaf Plus Set. I've read wonderful things about coenzyme Q10, and now that I'm 40, an "ounce of prevention" is a prevalent thought. I love the Retino A Pack as well—it's like a mini-makeover in a tube. And if you haven't tried Purifying Charcoal Gel, Imperial Green Shower Gel, or Pacific Rim Salt Scrub, you're missing out! All of my DHC skincare products are as necessary to me as brushing and flossing my teeth, taking vitamins, doing yoga, and drinking green tea. Using DHC products is a healthy thing to do. After all, the skin is the body's largest organ‹why not give it the best care you can?

San Diego has great weather, so we do a lot of hiking and biking and we spend a lot of time in the park. We enjoy the San Diego Zoo and its Wild Animal Park. Sometimes we spend an hour checking out new baby animals, and sometimes we spend a day hiking through Condor Ridge and visiting Lion Camp.

I think I could have been a great chef or opened a successful bakery.

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Joelyn Brickner

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