More Summer Bucket List ideas and books

Peach Tree Farms by Charles Wysocki


Dear Fellow Journalers,

Here are 10 more ideas for your journal:

  • Attend an outdoor concert. Many towns advertise these venues in early summer. Pack up a few snacks, your favorite beverage, lawn chair, jacket and Sun screen and relax!
  • Ride in a hot air balloon. Take yourself to new heights and see what the world looks like from a bird’s-eye-view. To afraid? Watch from below.
  • Visit or book a night in a tree house. My husband and I are fans of a tv show called Tree House Masters. Very skilled carpenters build absolutely stunning tree houses for clients. If you can’t find a tree house, go visit a lighthouse.
  • Go on a train ride. You don’t have to travel far – maybe just a few hours away. Some trains offer meals.
  • Adopt a pet from a shelter.
  • Work in a soup kitchen.
  • Go to your high school reunion. This can be a very good experience!
  • Go on a retreat. Most of you who have been followers of this blog know that I attend a retreat every year. You learn a lot about yourself when you slow down in solitude and evaluate what’s important in your life and where you are headed.
  • Go without the internet for a week or two.
  • Read a banned book. While “Lord of the flies” is definitely fits this category, did you know that “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer ‘s stone” was once banned also?

My book pics for the summer:

  1. “Beneath a scarlet sky” by Mark Sullivan
  2. ” George Washington’s Secret Six” by Brian Kilmeade
  3. “If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat” by John Ortberg
  4. “The Bridge” by Karen Kingsbury

Wishin’ to read:

  1. “Inner Hero Creative Art Journal” by Quinn McDonald
  2. “The Culper Ring” by Charles Rivers Editors
  3. ” Be in  tree house” by Pete Nelson

Have a great summer.




Dear Fellow Journalers,

Looking for a book to read about un-sent letters? Here are some you might like.

“Letters never sent”     by Sandra Moran

” Absolutely truly”        by Heather Vogel Frederick

” What she left behind”   by Marie Wiseman

” The Spice Box Letters  by Eva Makis

“The Letter”  by Kay Correll

“The Lavender Ribbon” by Heather Burch


~Happy Reading, Sallie

Random Acts of Gratitude

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Day 15 reads:

” Read a story to children at a book store or library, better yet volunteer at the local elementary school to do this on a recurring basis!”

Quotes for book lovers

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The following quotes are for YOU!



“You never have to change anything. You get up in the middle of the night to write.”     Saul Bellow


“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”

E.E. Cummings


“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”    Plato


“A little library, growing larger every year, is an honorable part of a man’s history. It is a man’s duty to have books. A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessaries of life.”  Henry Ward Beecher


“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”

J.K. Rowling


“We read five words on the first page of a really good book and we begin to forget that we are reading printed words on a page; we begin to see images.”   John Gardner


Questions and Answers

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Over the last several months and especially the last 2 weeks, I have received many comments and questions from all of you. I really appreciate your comments as they help me understand what fuels your writing passions and what inspires you. So I decided to answer all of your questions in one post.

The author of this blog, is me, myself and I. I am, as my about page attests, a retired senior citizen who loves spending time with family and friends, is active in her community, enjoys crafting and journal writing. As a child, I was described as a “tomboy” by my Mom who despaired over my torn jeans (due to tree climbing and riding horses) but I lost the “moniker” when I became a teenager. By then I was writing stories and poems, reading voraciously, and taking lessons in Irish Step Dancing.

I married, became a Mom, taught school and was active in women and church groups, town activities and of course the PTA. When the rubber stamping “bug” swept in, I was immediately “hooked” and crafting took hold of me.

When I first started thinking about writing a blog, I was working for a large corporation and commuting 2 hours a day. Our son was grown and starting his own family and I knew no one who blogged. I did have a website which I helped develop and was making some money selling my handmade greeting cards. Fast forward 2 years. I was now commuting 4 hours a day. Yikes! Journaling became my outlet as I did not have much time to craft unless I got up at 4 am each day! I researched some books about blogging and here are my favorites:

  1.      “The Guest Blogger, Survival Guide” by Kristi Hines
  2.      ” How to write Great Blog Posts that engage readers”  by Steve Scott
  3.      “So you want to write a great post” by Jaime McDougall
  4.      “Write your way to more clients on line” by Linda Descare

Tomorrow I’ll continue with answers to your questions about content, wordpress, authors, subscribing and how to contact me.

‘Til tomorrow,


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