Joy Overbeck
Journalist and Author

"You Really Should Talk To Strangers,"
from Redbook, September, 1995


One dazzling fall day I was lugging my portfolio down Seventeenth Street in Denver, making the rounds of store advertising departments, when a tall, jaunty guy with intense eyes and a Mick Jagger pout bounced into step beside me. He was a photographer, he said: was I a model?

Now, I knew this was the oldest pickup line in the solar system, but something in his delivery made me laugh. I told him no but said yes to coffee, over which I spilled my sad tale: new in town, jobless, fresh from a roadkill of a marriage.

Selected Worksplease contact me to see additional samples

When a hapless mountain hiker is lost or caught in a June snowstorm, or when a kayaker gets pinned against a river rock, the gutsy volunteers of Vail Mountain Rescue are first on the scene!
The incredible working dogs of the Vail Valley help kids read, cheer hospital patients, track down lost hikers, and find avalanche victims.
America's horses are being slaughtered for foreigners' dinner plates; an unlikely band of rescuers is trying to save them.
Exploring the mysterious bond of affection and communication between local equine athletes and their loving owners.
Revamping a used-and-abused 1980's party house proves an interesting challenge for a young Eagle-Vail family.
A vintage 1870's home in Breckenridge's Historic District gives up its surprising secrets.
Celebrated photographer John Fielder's latest book traces the stories of Colorado's heirloom ranches as well as his own transformation from an ardent foe of cattle ranching to ranchland preservationist.
A mountain architectural firm known for its enviro pedigree sometimes has to smash a few government rules to build green.
This outstanding Beaver Creek home showcases some of the most dazzling talents in modern art.
The three flags flying from Rudi and Jennifer Fronk’s mountain home – flags of America, Canada, and Colorado – say it all.
Sometimes trading tales with someone you've never met -- at the park, on a plane, in the cereal aisle -- leads to grand adventures... or at least sunnier days.
Does flirting with someone who’s not your mate damage your marriage, or enhance it?
Should Centennial State property owners be worried about government and private developers conspiring to steal their land? It's happening right here, right now.
Exploring the art and history of these Southwest gems is the ultimate road trip.
Once nearing extinction, these iconic beasts of the great Lonesome Dove cattle drives are making a Colorado comeback.
For the authentic dude ranch experience with deluxe ambiance, head to Smith Fork Ranch where cowgirls never have the blues.