Monday, April 18, 2005

Howdy!

Welcome to those of you who have found your way here! This is my very first post.  I have been a silent, (well, almost silent) reader in J-Land for almost six months now. In that time I have laughed, cried and shared a part of your lives. The experience has touched me and made me want to join your community.  My name is Sam.

There was much trepidation on my part about starting a journal. I have never kept a regular journal and really did not know if I had anything to say. I was also leery of being committed to something that would surely command a good chunk of my time. So I continued to just read. I can't tell you how long it took for me to actually comment in one of the journals I read.

When I finally did comment in a journal I was pleasantly surprised to get a polite thank you note and was invited to share a little about myself, so the journaler could get to know a little about me. Hmmm ... scared again. But, I got over it and slowly opened up a little to some very nice people.

They are two of the most talented people I have ever had the pleasure to acquaint myself with and I must thank them both right here and right now.

Pennie, your kindness to me and your encouragement I shall never forget. Your talent with the written word is absolutely awesome! You have such a gentle soul and kind spirit.  I would want to read anything you ever wrote.  Any of you who do not know BlondePennieRae yet must take a visit to read her at: http://journals.aol.com/blondepennierae/APenniesWorth

 Judi, your spirit soars strong and high. Your talents are many, but as an artist, you cannot be equaled. Your journal is fun, informative and gives one a great insight into the person that you are. I thank you for sharing yourself with all of us so generously. Your writing abilities are superb. All of J-Land knows of Judith Heartsong. If there is anybody who has found his or her way here who has not visited Judi's journal can follow this link and be enriched:  http://journals.aol.com/judithheartsong/newbeginning/

The friendship of both of these ladies will always be special to me, for they helped open the door to becoming a member of this most talented community.  I look forward to many more friends and acquaintences as now I, too, make my way in J-land.

31 comments:

blondepennierae said...

Sam, this is awesome!!  You are such a good writer.  I absolutely LOVE it.  Thank you for the loely words that you wrote about me.  I hope that I can live up to the compliment.  CONGRATULATIONS!! YOUR BEGINNING IS WONDERFUL.  Pennie

judithheartsong said...

Yea Sam!!!!!! I am so glad that you have decided to jump in and join the fray. I knew immediately from your writing style in the emails that we shared that you would be an eloquent writer, and I look forward to watching you flesh out this journal. I am so glad and lucky to call you my friend. judi

sieblonde said...

Hi Sam.  Welcome to our written world.  'Bout time too!  ~Sie

coy1234787 said...

Hi Sam ... you are going to love it here!
                 *** Coy ***


http://journals.aol.com/coy1234787/Dancingintherain

onemoretina said...

    Hello, Sam ...and WELCOME !! From what I heard over at Judith's place, you are a lovely person, and I am looking forward to reading your entries.  I've been here for almost a year now, and I can tell you that this community is full of wonderful, caring people.  I have gained so much inspiration from reading others journals, and lots of encouragement from the comments of those people who have read mine.  So glad to have you join us !!  Tina
                http://journals.aol.com/onemoretina/Ridealongwithme  

astaryth said...

Hi Sam... and Welcome to J-land! Your going to get a lot of traffic cause Judith featured you in her Journal <g>. I look forward to hearing (I mean reading :P  ) about your life. Your about me section is awesome!
http://journals.aol.com/astaryth/AdventuresofanEclecticMind

indigosunmoon said...

Sam,
I'm here via Judi, and I just wanted to say
Welcome to Journal Land!  Since you've been
a reader and not a writer for a while, you know
how we are around here.  Feel free to stop by
my journal if you have time also!
Again...welcome!
Connie

journals.aol.com/indigosunmoon/ThoughtSalad

floralilia said...

hi sam!  found you via judi - welcome aboard j-land -

glad you finally took the plunge!

all puns intended too, my good man -

~flora
http://journals.aol.com/floralilia/ahemtaptaptapisthisthingon/






heartsingr said...

Hi, Sam.  Welcome to JLand.  I, too, thought I didn't have much to write about that was interesting.  I guess I do, though, because I've been at it for over a year now.  I'm looking forward to reading more of your journal.

~Laurie

lindainspokane said...

welcome sam! i am happy that u decided to start a journal...there are not near enough men who have them...i am linda and have a couple of journals...i hope u can drop by and visit me when u get a chance...i have added yours to my alerts so i can visit when u update...again welcome and have a great evening..

linda
http://journals.aol.com/lindainspokane/LifewithLinny
http://journals.aol.com/lindainspokane/LinnysLuciousLickings

mutualaide said...

Welcome to J-land Sam.  It has been a pleasure to read your beginning entries and I look forward to many more.  You were so blessed to be in the embraces of Judi and Pennie as you read your way into our lives and hearts.  We all look forward to learning more about you!  Feel free to stop in and say hello.

sdoscher458 said...

Welcome to J-land! I just celebrated one year of journaling and I love it....I know you will too.  I've met the nicest people here in Journalland, you will too as you become more familiar with people....don't be shy about commenting on something that appeals to you, most people enjoy getting feedback on what they write...hope to read more of you....thanks....Sandi  http://journals.aol.com/sdoscher458/LifeIsFullOfSurprises

childebrand1968 said...

Welcome, Sam!  :)

I love boats, water, and Georgia (Hi, Sie!)... so I'll definitely be back :)

Cat

bvan834 said...

Hello, Sam, I am new to all of this too and wish I could write half as well as the journals I read. It sounds as if you have had a very interesting life and have lots to share   with us. I will be waiting to read your next entry!

mcjerseygiri said...

HI Sam and welcome to J-Land. I saw your link posted at Judi's and came on over. J-Land is a wonderful place and I love it here. Started journaling about a year ago and am on my second one now. Enjoy yourself, I find journaling often clears my head and allows me at times to vent. Nelle

sanforized6 said...

Welcome aboard Sam. With those two references, you prove you know talent when you see it. Putting you on my "alert" list. rich(Ramblin' Man)

onestrangecat said...

I came here by way of Judi.  Welcome to J-land.  I am sure that you will love it here.

Kathy
http://journals.aol.com/onestrangecat/OneSummersDay/

ez2cee said...


Thank you for the breath of fresh air I just felt across my face while reading your entries.  WOW!  It's so terrific to read entries about water.  I'm from a beige state and the only way you see water here is to call the drilling company.  lol

Yes.  It it is a commitment, but I think you'll find it to be a labor of LOVE.  At least, I hope so.

Please stop by:

http://journals.aol.com/ez2cee/Goody2ShusUnplugged/

HAVE FUN!!!

sistercdr said...

Our lovely Judi pointed my way here, and it looks like I'm going to love it.  Having her recommend you is high praise indeed.  Welcome to writing as well as reading in J-land.  Journalling here has been an incredible experience for me, and I hope it will be for you too.
http://journals.aol.com/sistercdr/Sortingthepieces

alphawoman1 said...

Two terrific woman.  

purcellneil said...

Just stopped by to say hello (followed Judi's suggestion).  Good luck with journalling -- it does create some nice connections.

Neil

robinngabster said...

Thanks for stopping by my journal and for COMMENTING~!  :)  THis looks like the start of something wonderful....I will be back for sure! Keep writing! Robin

cherokeedream40 said...

(((((Osiyo)))) I am here by way of Judith.......Who is a great friend and great artist as you already know lol....She spoke highly of you and I wanted to see your journal and I must say it has been a pleasure reading. I will be back again thank you for sharing with us dohiya and many blessings to you and your loved ones!
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jcole16757 said...

Welcome Sam!  Thanks for stopping by my place and leaving your kind words.  I'm glad you decided to start a journal and I look forward to the continuous read!

maidothemist said...

I dont know if you found me through Judi or Pennie... but both are amazing women. Thanks for visiting (and commenting) in my journal. I am glad you decided to take the leap yourself! ~Sue

jbenjack said...

Welcome! This really is a special place-glad you found it!
Stacy

candace636 said...

Hi Sam
Welcome to J-Land. I look forward to your entries !  
Candace

cneinhorn said...

welcome!  I'm loving it here :-)

~www.jerseygirljournal.com

csandhollow said...

Hello Sam,
Welcome to J-Land. I wanted to thank you for your comments in my journal. I will be adding your journal as one of my reads. it is nice to have a fellow among us!
Celeste

ltcjan said...

Having been in the position of being rescued by dedicated and committed people a couple of times, I can well appreciate your appreciation of the professionalism of all.  I am so glad they were there when we needed them!!

sunnyside46 said...

Judi aso encouraged me on my first timid foray into journaling! What a friend!
Marti
http://journals.aol.com/sunnyside46/MidlifeMusings