When I was young, my family didn’t take summer vacations. Fall, winter, and spring vacations weren’t on the list either. My dad worked super hard to provide for his family, and that’s pretty much what I remember about him as a kid. He worked a lot.

Growing up in the Midwest means I was land locked and hundreds of miles from the ocean. The first time I remember seeing the ocean was a Christmas trip to Galveston, TX my senior year of high school. It was chilly, but I thought it was the most gorgeous, amazing thing I’d ever seen. The first time I actually saw the ocean, I don’t remember it. It was another Christmas vacation to Galveston and I recall getting a cowboy hat and touring the battleship Texas, and loads of kids sleeping on the floor of my aunt and uncle’s house.

The sound of ocean waves rushing the beach is an instant relaxer for me. Water has that effect on me in general, but sitting on a beach listening to the friction between the wind and the surface of the water create hypnotic music. I’ve always been drawn to water. The cliffs in Summer’s End … that was a real place I enjoyed as a teenager.  Fox Creek is actually a small creek not far from where I grew up (I don’t know the real name of the creek).

One summer, some friends and I cruised the countryside on 4-wheeler ATVs. We spent all day driving around. At one point we drove alongside that creek and found a deep pool of water (the current is very mild) and jumped in with our shoes and clothes on to cool off. It was a blast.

Summer is my favorite time of year.  The heat and the long sunny days are what I like most. But, I also love to hear frogs of all kinds, cicadas, the smell of fresh cut hay and grass, the smell of mature wheat being harvested, and the taste of tall field corn in the air at the height of humidity. If you haven’t experienced the Midwest countryside in the summer, you really have missed out.

I’ve already shared a couple video clips on Facebook and Instagram of my families summer vacation, so go on over there and check them out and make sure you say hi!

What’s your favorite Summer Vacation?

Sunset Junkie

Sally Henson
November 23, 2016

The Romance of Sunset

I really do enjoy sunrise, more so now than I have in the past.  Sunset, though, always brings a happy sigh.  Enjoy the sunset photo’s captured here.  We’ll be posting more on Facebook and Twitter too.  I already have a few on Instagram and Pinterest.  Share your favorite sunset with us.


Sunrise Junkie

Sally Henson
October 31, 2016

I have a confession . . . I am a sunrise junkie.


I am a sunset junkie too!  (more on that next week)

Okay, maybe I’m a fair-weathered sunrise junkie–NO cold weather, but a junkie nonetheless.  I have several beautiful sunrises to share with you this week.

Regan Stone, the seventeen year old main character in Summer’s End, is usually up and jogging while the sun is rising, but she’s usually not in the right temperament to enjoy it.  Sunset is more her speed at this time in her life.  These photos definitely represent the Midwest landscape, and the rural Illinois town where Regan lives.

morning cobweb summer 2016

sunrise dew summer 2016

sunrise treetop summer 2016

Tune in to my Facebook and Twitter page this week to see more sunrise masterpieces.  Please share your masterpieces with us.

You can also find me on Pinterest and Instagram

Creative or Chaos?

Sally Henson
August 8, 2016

Where I’ve Been — Where I Am — Where I’m Going

Office Chaos                                                             pic 1 office chaos

What do you see in these pictures?  The process of packing or unpacking?  Is it that room?  You know, the one that catches all the stuff you don’t have space for, but don’t want to get rid of.  Maybe it reminds you of your slob-friend’s bedroom.  Or, it could be your crazy aunt’s room she forced you to work in to earn your keep in return for supper.

This room is chaos–in every way.  Seriously, have you ever tried to work in a room like this?  Just being in it would be enough to make some of you anxiously antsy.  Maybe even borderline panic attack.  If you look closely, on the walls, 1980s faux painting is alive and well…and still ugly.

The truth is, this is my office.  I KNOW!  It’s driving my me absolutely CRAZY!

You may have noticed I haven’t posted anything lately.  I apologize for that, but I have a reason for it and a reason for this pathetic office.  I MOVED!  Normally, when I know I’m going to be unavailable, on vacation, or extra busy, I plan ahead by scheduling pieces to be posted.  This move was a quick, rushed event, which is even more unpleasant than a planned, organized move.  My husband’s work has taken us several degrees north of Texas to Illinois.  We are getting acclimated and I am now trying to catch up on writing as I tackle the To Do List that comes with a move.

It is really hard for me to function in this space.  On the plus side, this office is a little more spacious than my previous one.  And I know it’s going to be great–at some point.  So first things first…paint.  Let’s get a little interactive here-send me your suggestions.  Please.  What paint color is fitting for an organized and inspiring space?

That is where I’ve been.  This is where I am.  Paint and organizing is, in the short term, where I am going–in order to travel to the long term writing.  Stay tuned.


Out of the Box – Shed Your Skin

Sally Henson
July 11, 2016

What hides deep within

Intentionally hidden

Covered in shame

Covered in fear

Camouflaged in flesh

Justified by self preservation

Mashed into cracks and crevices

Where they cannot be seen

Death and harm are assumed

Yet there is light unyielding – unexplored

Escape the boundaries that have enclosed

More than space consumed

Stand – Step

over the edge

out of the box

off the ledge

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What can you do with a little imagination?

Sally Henson
June 20, 2016

Can you imagine life without the written word – with no books to read?  Do you write in a journal, doodle lyrics on a notebook, or write love letters you never give?  Can you imagine no imagination?  Even if you think of yourself as not creative, you use your imagination more than you think.  We are all creative – some are only more practiced than others.

Long is the day with no words

to read, to write, to imagine

Create a story, another time, another space

Other options for this present place

Take a step forward

Plan A through Z

Hear Alpha – Omega work through these

Imagery, emotion, senses in need

fill the void – enhance my being

Open mind to possibilities

Find light in the shadows

See dark in the day

Steal peace in the quiet

Impart thrill among the deafening silence

Place a voice of reason among the chaos

Bring justice to a double-cross

A choice, a decision, a dream held

No other may put legs to the thoughts you have found.

Find My Place

Sally Henson
May 26, 2016

Warm sun

blue sky

cool breeze

why don’t I

why don’t I skip this town

find a better place around

a place not torn between

a place of excitement

a place of peace

docile & gentle

adrenaline rowdy

stimulate my mind no longer cloudy

 — clarity speaks —

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On The Cusp

Sally Henson
May 22, 2016


A Battle for Control

A roar is building – boiling up

from the tips of her toes to her chest – it’s too much

It swells inside – about to explode

Hands – balled into fists of rage

Nails dig in – she feels the pain

A grumble – rolling of the tongue

Fighting – control the muted one

Loud – bantering in her head

Silent – outside of it

Look to the heavens – clenched mouth opens wide

Muted roar exhales – wrenching twist inside

A battle exists – behind those eyes

Fire V Earth

Jupiter V Saturn

Dreamer V Realist

Neither will dominate – no winner abides

Stop the battling – you need each other to survive

You are one – special, more than most

Intuitive, sensational – you are both

Impulsive and fiery

Slower and calculated

Work together – compromise

Use the best of both sides

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Stroll to the Creek

Sally Henson
May 15, 2016

escape with teen girl

Out of my mind

out of my zone

I walk forward

with you to hold

my hand for relief

to find peace

from myself this

mind that doesn’t

cease  one touch

one look in your

eyes  a wave washes

over me  all things

forgotten and I

can finally be


in my surroundings

seize the moment

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A Teen Romance – Lullaby

Sally Henson
May 8, 2016

Sometimes life gets complicated as we are coming of

age.  Regan knows about complicated.

It’s happening in her life.

Sing a lullaby

drift to unconsciousness

sing into the night

Soft background sounds

travel back in time

when I was a child

Every day was a new beginning

filled with wonder and adventure

when life seemed more simple

And the night would sing a lullaby.

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