Joyce Alla

About Joyce Alla

Joyce Alla is a freelance writer who loves a good story. Whether sharing a personal experience in essay form, or covering an assignment for a feature story or marketing piece, she always looks for the human element to inspire, motivate and emotionally move the reader. Joyce has been writing for 15 years, and her work has appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, Parents Magazine, Family Fun Magazine and many other publications and web sites. Joyce has a BA in Comparative Literature and an MA in English with a focus in Writing.

Book Review – The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

By |2019-04-14T10:23:28-04:00April 14th, 2019|Cosmopolitan Martini -- Arts and Leisure, Uncategorized|

In "The Woman in the Window," author A.J. Finn does not hide the fact that she’s brazenly copying the scenario from Hitchcock’s famous movie “Rear Window.” In fact, she celebrates this connection as the main character, Anna, is obsessed with classic, black and white films (including many Hitchcock movies) and watches them every night. However, in [...]

MARTINI TALK: Straight Up with Shari Berman

By |2019-04-11T13:40:06-04:00April 11th, 2019|MARTINI TALK: Straight Up|

Using martinis as a metaphor, we take an intimate look into the lives of extraordinary people. Name: Shari Berman Profession: Speaker, Blogger: Best Life After Cancer What stirs your passion? I’m obsessed with healthcare. It’s so hard to navigate the system as a patient (in addition to the stress a health condition can cause). I am [...]

MARTINI TALK: Straight Up with Joyce Alla and Leslie Martini

By |2019-04-08T14:56:33-04:00April 4th, 2019|MARTINI TALK: Straight Up|

  We will be launching our weekly series, Martini Talk, next week and sharing interviews with some extraordinary people. So, we decided (to be fair) we would take the opportunity to answer some of our own questions as a warm-up! Using martinis as a metaphor, we take an intimate look into the lives of interesting people. [...]

Speakeasies remind us of when being bad was not so bad…

By |2019-04-01T16:53:22-04:00March 25th, 2019|Cosmopolitan Martini -- Arts and Leisure|

      On a recent visit to Nashville we visited two speakeasy–themed bars where we had delicious drinks and got to feel somehow mysterious, exclusive, and even a little daring. Speakeasy-themed bars are all the rage, and the successful ones play off the historical prohibition traits of being difficult to find, and keeping the lights [...]

DNA Testing and the Death of Family Secrets

By |2019-03-09T13:56:48-05:00March 8th, 2019|Martini Lab - Science and Tech|

My father was an only child, with all of the clichés that accompany that status – doting parents, a high intelligence that was nurtured from a young age, and a tad of narcissism. However, because of DNA testing from an ancestry company, we recently discovered my father had a half brother just two years his junior [...]