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I May Never Get to Petra

One reader calls them “witty, provocative, always appealing.” In this satisfying little book, Sally offers her readers another collection of “miniatures,” brief observations about life.

Each miniature is a peek into one of my rooms, she says, into what I observed or felt at the time. These are rooms we may share—travel, work, living with nature, family, moving. The miniature won’t tell you everything about my room, but it may set you to thinking. You might have reacted differently, or maybe not. Either way, the dialogue begins…

Sally Petersen, Portland-based essayist

Tea Pie, Love and Reality

These very short essays or stories have been called “memorable meditations,” a “pleasure…delight, and sometimes a joyful kick in the heart.”

Readers say they find themselves in these pages.

Tea Pie holds snappy bits about being chased by a hummingbird and forgetting a sexy restaurant encountered while traveling.

Sally Petersen, Portland-based essayist

How Much is Enough?

Another collection of short keys off of the “enough” question many ask ourselves as we grow older (and wiser?). But that’s not all—these little essays cover much of life…travel, work, duties, fun…

Coming in 2020

How Much is Enough?

A Memoir in progress

I fell in love with the smell of hot type in the back shop of a newspaper when I was sixteen. It led me to the top of Mt. Hood in Oregon, then to years figuring out how to live in a world dominated by expectations about what women should be like.

In many respects, I was ahead of the curve. As were many friends in the largely ignored “Silent Generation.” We got the picture ten years before Betty Friedan discussed the “problem with no name” and more than fifty years before Sheryl Sandberg wrote Lean In.

Currently in progress…

A Memoir in Progress

The Real American Dream

Now more than ever, Americans must rely on themselves to create security. “Mompreneurs,” artists, early retirees, consultants and people in career or job transitions are giving the boot to an insecure job market and starting their own one-person businesses. This book coaches you through the process Learn to maximize your skills, create financial independence, freedom and control of your life.

Out of print. Still selling on Amazon’s secondary market.

This interactive book features practical tips, case studies, worksheets, examples, checklists, questionnaires and inspiration.

Sally Petersen, Portland-based essayist