Turning a phrase

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Long ago, I started a phrase and quote journal. Boy, did it help when I was writing my stories. Here are a few phrases I like.


“History is in us. Our history lives in us.” The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

“Heroes are the people who are bigger than their times. Most of us are not. History is sometimes made by heroes, but it is a also always made by us. We, the people, who stumble around, who help the heroes out of loyalty, stubbornness, faith or fear.” – The Guest Book

“Life gives you two choices. Regret the past or change the present.” – When we were young” by Karen Kingsbury

“When do promises come with expiration dates?” The Revolving Heart by Chuck Hugely

“Humans tend to build walls when they should be opening doors.” Mr. Penumbra”‘s Bookstore by Robin Sloan

“Fingers of thought are raking the space behind the cushions, looking for loose ideas, finding none.”. Mr. Penumbria’s 24 Hour Bookstore” Robin Sloan

“If one has a book, Mr. Boone, one is never alone. They will talk to you when you want to listen, and when you tire of what they are saying, you just close the book. It will be waiting for you when you come back to it.” “The Cherokee Trail” Louis L’Amour

Reading Challenges

Dear Fellow Journalists,

Pre-Covid, if you entered a reading challenge, you had a lot of options. You could read online and/or actual books or paper backs. Your options as far as genres go well, the sky was the limit.

Now, with many libraries closed, your choices are limited to online books or EU reader books.The Reading Challenge in Good Reads is open to any genre you wish but my challenge to you is to read 10 books in the following genres from the list below. You may just find your new favorite author!

Read a middle-class mystery

Read a fan fiction

Read a food memoir

Read a book of nature poems

Read a bok set in the American West

Read a book about a pet

Read a non-fiction book about politics

Read a book about a disability

Read a biography

Read a romance book

Read a book with a red cover

Read a book you’ve been intimately to read

Read a non-stop my romance

Read a historical-fiction romance book

I Dare You!

~ Sallie

Books that make me happier


I don’t know about you, but I sometimes want to run away INTO a book. “Some of the characters have become my best friends”, a friend once told me about a series of books by Debbie Macomber.

What about you? Does your journal reflect any book or series of books that makeĀ  you happy? Here are a few new ones to check out:

The Goldfinch by Donna Tarry

A Kestrel for a knave by Barry Hines

I capture the castle by Rosie Smith

The Enchanted Apriil. By Elizabeth Arnim

Raise high the roof beam by J D Salinger






“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”

Anna Quinden (How reading changed my life)


Dear Fellow Journalers,

Along with the many video and books that are published almost daily there are two that I used when I tackled this journal:

“The Mindfulness Journal – a 52 Week Planner” published by Centennial Media 2020, and “A Book that takes its time.”



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