Time for Something New

Summertime is the perfect time to try something new. Don’t you think? It has always been that way for me, whether intended or not.

I rode a jetski for the first time during the summer of 1989. That was the same year I went out of state to a church camp for children who are blind. While there, In addition to riding a jetski, I rode my first horse, ate vegetarian food, met someone from Australia, and learned that not everyone worships in the same way I do.

During the summer of 1997, a tornado swept up the Kanawha river from Charleston and straight through my hometown. I never saw the sky such an ugly green before or since.

I went to New Jersey to get a Seeing Eye dog in 1998. My story about that is called, “A Miracle Named George” and is one of the stories in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Dog”. I’ll put a link to it here for you.


New adventures, good or otherwise, have always seemed to catch me during the hottest months of the year. In 2000, I lost the remainder of my vision. In 2005, I became a mom. In 2008, I decided to finish my story I’d been working on since high school and try to publish it. In 2010, I began to homeschool.

Now, here we are in 2020, the year that everything seems upside down. No better time to try something new, right?

How about a newsletter? I’ve been practicing keeping a blog for several years, but I want something more personal for my readers. I want to be able to offer free stuff, let them in on my writing life and family life. Maybe, I’ll send out free stuff to read before it is published. Maybe, I’ll write a book and offer it for free to my subscribers. Or, maybe, I’ll just talk.

And, of course, maybe, the whole thing will flop. Ya can’t never tell. I am determined to give it a try, though.

Here’s the link to it, if this sounds interesting to you.


I hope this crazy summer finds you healthy and ready to try new things. If not, remember, God loves you, and I’m praying for you.

God bless,

S. J. Wells

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