Bio: I am a retired from Southern Illinois University after thirty two years of service. I enjoy traveling and writing and I have been able to do more of both over the past two years.

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  1. Thanks for following my blog. I look forward reading your work as well.

  2. Thanks for following Oh, the Places We See. We both have done work at the University of Tennessee, so we may have a few university stories to swap with one another! Looking forward to reading more blogs on your experiences. We’re never too old to learn or do something new, right? http://ohtheplaceswesee.com

  3. Thank you so much for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer. And don’t be a stranger – join the conversation πŸ™‚
    Cheers, Alison

  4. Thank you for following my blog! happy that you like it πŸ™‚ what an interesting blog you have! for sure will be back here πŸ™‚

  5. Welcome to Turquoise Compass! I hope you enjoy reading about my travel journey as much as I love sharing my experiences with others.

  6. Thank you so much for visiting my blog, I hope my travel tales will bring you back.
    Retirement and now travelling is the best thing you are doing, I hope you travel more and keep us updated with your tales.

    Happy Travels


  7. Great stuff, and thanks for swinging by my site. Keep up the good work.

    –Nick Fox

    1. Thanks very much Nick!

  8. Retired like you we love travel and finding new places and new experiences, static at the moment but having thoughts of where to hang my hat next πŸ™‚ Love your pictures it looks a beautiful place πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you very much. Travel is enriching and rewarding.

  9. Thanks for stopping by my space bjaybrooks!

    1. You are very welcome. I am enjoying reading your material!πŸ˜ƒ

  10. HI

    Thank you so much for finding my blog and liking one of my posts and following

  11. Thank you for the like and the follow and I look forward to viewing your posts.

    1. You are most welcome! I look forward to your post as well!πŸ˜ƒ

  12. New follower checking in! Enjoyed my visit and look forward to reading.

    1. Thank you so much! I am enjoying your writings as well!πŸ˜ƒ

  13. Thank you for following my blog. It’s great that you have more time to write and travel now that you’re retired. I look forward to reading your posts!

    1. Thank you so much. I am looking forward to reading your posts as well!πŸ˜ƒ

  14. Thanks for stopping by, BJ!

  15. Hey, you might find these things silly, but I went ahead and nominated your blog for the Infinity Dreams award. If you want more information on it, you can read my post here:


    If you’re not interested in the award, you can just see what I said about you below:

    bjaybrooks of The Happy Traveler–whose travelling and retirement I covet in equal measures.

    1. Thank you so much! You are very kind.πŸ˜ƒ

  16. Thanks for coming in to listen to talkaboutpopmusic.net – I hope you enjoy the tunes!

    1. I am looking forward to them!πŸ˜ƒ

  17. Thank you for following my blog.. I will retire in two years.. Wish that I have more time to travel and write like you do now..

    1. My pleasure! I am looking forward to your posts! πŸ˜ƒ

  18. HI

    I have nominated you for an award, sorry if I missed if you were award free. If you would like to join in you can find the details here

    1. Thank you so much! You are very kind!πŸ˜ƒ

  19. Thank you so much for following my blog. It mans a lot to me.

    1. You are most welcome my friend! I am looking forward to your posts! πŸ˜ƒ

  20. Thanks for following hope you will enjoy the company !

    1. I am looking forward to it! πŸ˜ƒ

  21. Hey! I’ve tagged you for Playlist Shuffle Tag πŸ™‚ Here are the details https://thebookorchids.wordpress.com/2016/03/19/playlist-shuffle-tag/. Sorry if you did it!

  22. I appreciate you always dropping by! I love travel blogs and daily photos! Look forward to more. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you my friend. I enjoy your posts very much!

      1. I appreciate that! πŸ™‚

  23. Thanks for following Spotlight. Blessings to you and yours as you travel and blog about it.

    1. You are most welcome. I am looking forward to reading your posts! πŸ˜ƒ

  24. Thanks so much for the visit and follow B J. I’m with you on travel whether it’s a new walk around the corner or a journey over continents.

    1. You are most welcome! I look forward to our journeys! πŸ˜ƒ

  25. Pleased to meet you.

    1. Happy to meet you as well.

  26. Thank you so much for following my blog and leading me back here. It is easy to see the wisdom and experience behind your words. I look forward to delving into more of your posts.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I look forward to your posts! πŸ˜ƒ

  27. Thanks for visiting my blog, Sir.

    1. I am looking forward to reading your posts! πŸ˜ƒ

  28. So…there’s this thing called The Entertainer Blogger Award that I nominated you for here:


    Even if you decide not to β€œfollow the rules” for the award (you rebel!) I just want you to know that I respect you and what you write on your blog.

    Just so you don’t think I’m trying to con you into reading my blog against your wishes, I’m copying what I wrote about you there below:

    The Happy Traveler–Proust said β€œThe voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” This blog changes how I see humanity.

    Thanks for what you do.

    1. Thank you my friend for your gracious comments and kind nomination. I am humbled. 🌞

  29. Thank you for your visit to my blog and your follow! Travels… Will be back to share yours

    1. My pleasure. I look forward to your Posts! 🌞

  30. Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to learning more through your blogs as well πŸ™‚

    1. You are very welcome. 😁

    2. I look forward to reading your posts! 😁

  31. Hey BJ, do you have a follow by email link? I only get you in reader & I never go thru the reader so miss your posts. Daria.

      1. Thanks Jay, I follow you, but your posts come up in reader. If you had a follow by email link they’d go straight to my email inbox instead of reader. (which I never go on). Thanks for reading my posts – a lot of them are reblogs.

      2. How do I add the link? πŸ˜‰

      3. Are you WP or self hosted? I know with WP it comes up as a widget. I know nothing about self hosted sites but some people I’ve contacted have said self hosted sites have ideosyncrasies that cause glitches they can’t fix.

      4. I just had my son check my blog and there is a follow link that comes up in the bottom right of the screen. When I click on this, for blogs that I want to follow, I begin getting email notices of their blogs…including yours.

      5. I will keep looking to see if there is an adjustment that I can make. πŸ˜ƒ

      6. I enjoy your Blog very much. 🌞

  32. Little Monster Girl | Reply

    Hi Bjay! I was wondering if you’d like to answer a few questions on my blog with me! I get the questions from here https://ceenphotography.com/2017/04/17/share-your-world-april-17-2017/ every week and then I share my answers with my followers. It’s a fun way to see what I and other people think. But I like to answer with another blogger to help promote other people’s blogs. Would you like to answer with me this week? You can just post your answers in the comments section. Thanks!

    1. I would be happy to. Thanks for the invitation. 😁

      1. Little Monster Girl

        Awesome! Thanks! πŸ˜„ I’ll post it up tomorrow and I’ll link to your blog in the post. You can answer whenever you feel like it, in the comments or on your blog, however you want to do it! It will be fun! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

      2. Sounds great! πŸ˜‰πŸ‘

      3. Little Monster Girl

        Ok I finally finished it! It’s ready whenever you are! You can post in the comments or on your blog, or both whenever you like. I leave that up to you! Thanks again! 😊https://lmgcomic.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/lmgs-friendly-chat-relish-debate/

  33. wow. I really love traveling as well. hope we could be friends.

  34. Wow . . . first time ever someone within spitting distance (but, please don’t) read my blog.

    Stay safe.

    1. My pleasure, my friend!

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