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J.L. Baumann’s new book, Mackenzie Goes Adventuring, takes place in the happy town of Snookton, full of Snookies, snooking all around. The main character, Mackenzie, decides to take a different path home after school one day. After convincing another friend to adventure with her through the enchanted woods, they soon find out why their teacher told them to “stay on the right path.” From the dangers of the Snarfling Snarfle to the delights of the Snookberry jelly roll at the Snookie Exchange, they encounter a whole new world. But after having met a whole new set of friends and learning the value of paying attention, they still have to find their way home.
What you will learn about:
- The importance of paying attention and staying on the right path.
- That an adventure is best understood with a good education.
Mackenzie Goes Adventuring’s soft cover, perfect bind edition is the most vibrant edition available. The color illustrations jump off of each page. Spill and tear resistant, it will captivate your child. This edition is only available through www.snookton.com and other specially appointed retailers. If ordered from www.snookton.com, it will come to you signed and dated from the author.
J.L. Baumann is the author of the children’s book Mackenzie Goes Adventuring (www.snookton.com) and numerous works for adults, including A Gothic Rendezvous and Sonnets of the Provocative Kind. He is the father of four children, all of whom were home schooled, and has a background in accounting. He is also the founder of Prosperity Financial Services Inc.
An Adventure in a Bucket (List)
“To have and adventure and seek inspiration, is best understood with a good education,” says the Shaman in Mackenzie Goes Adventuring. This, naturally, leads you to ask, “What the heck is and adventure anyway?” The text book definition is, “An unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.” Does that not statement define the essence of life? Is not your very existence a hazard to your health? As I see it, the ‘unusual’ part of this declaration is the defining key in trying to understand this proposition.
What a sad point to reach in one’s life to accept the ‘usual’ in relinquishing the very passion which makes one feel alive. There is no sane person out there who does not believe that it is much more healthy to be active, than not. The risk is relative, so, I say, just pick an adventure that you are comfortable with, and go for it!
And, don’t pick just one, start a bucket list. Just make sure you have a variety, that’s all. A good thing to do is to start with a new adventure that you can experience within the next month. That way it will start your engines, prime the old pump again, -so to speak. Go to a day spa, try a new recipe, or even rearrange your furniture, At least it’s a beginning. Then plan your year.
Remember, you don’t have to travel far, just not where you’ve been before. Budget your money for the longer adventures, even if it is only to pay for your ‘usual’ expenses, which you will be joyfully leaving behind. Also, don’t forget, you do not have to be extravagant, for the truly great experiences are not found, ‘all cooped up,’ in an expensive hotel room. They are out there with all of the flora and fauna that the human condition was meant to experience. Weather it’s the solitude of a mountain top high, or the coral reef of variegated color that you seek to see, the soon that you have a plan, the sooner it will be.
This is not to exclude the magnitude of your dreams, only the manner to which you have to pay for them, so, be realistic and don’t set yourself up for failure. Even if you want to sail around the world, remember, money is only a tool, not a requirement. Volunteer to work on a sail ship, or trade your summer mountain cabin, for a cabin on an ocean cruiser. Be inventive. Be determined. And, most importantly, be true to your passion.
Now, need a start? Try reading a book about adventure. Take Mackenzie Goes Adventuring for example. Designed for children, you might not think it would be relevant to read, but, if it can inspire a child, are you any different? Do you only want to question the unknown, or, do you want to meet it head on? This is exactly what Mackenzie proposed to Fred, to meet the unknown head on. To venture beyond the realm of the sedate, to see, to feel, and to touch, the reality of life, to make the unknown, known.
And where did her adventure begin? In began in a book that she had read. One about Snoopets, and Snookalos, and Snarfles to be feared. But were they actually real? And, while this book was fine to stimulate her mind, she still had to find out for herself. It was then, her very first entry was put into her bucket.
Finally, to make it clear, you have start your bucket list in the first place, or you will never have the satisfaction of seeing all your dreams come true. Even a child knows that! – or have you forgotten?