I grew up in a large family–many siblings.  I spent 23 years in the U.S. Navy as an administrator and trainer.  I Spent a few years in the corporate world and now have a nice simple management job in the storage industry.  What more could an old guy want?

So, I started 1st Class Document Services — mainly as a photo and document scanning business.  I scan photos and documents, put them on discs or dvd’s.  Think about it:  you’ve got that box of photos or letters from Auntie M sitting in the closet, attic, basement or drawer.  You don’t think about them until family reunion time.  And then, there’s a fire, a tornado, a flood or hurricane — what’s the first thing most everyone goes for besides the children and grandma?  Yep, the family photos.

Recently, however, a couple of people in the family brought their books to my attention and I thought, hmmmm… I’ll bet I could learn how to self-publish and put these on Amazon Kindle.  Two books later and I’m trying my hand at print on demand.  Those should be available as soon as I figure out the covers for Create Space publishing.

I plan on continuing this endeavor for regular, everyday folks like me–I wasn’t trained in literary arts and most everyone I know wasn’t either, but I still feel each of us has something to say.  It may be in the form of a book, a story or a blog but as long as someone will be willing to listen…

From time to time, I may have a bit more to say or comments on different things in the universe — hopefully, they’ll be worth your (re)viewing.  Your non-hatin’, clean-language, tolerant of “all” points of view will be welcome.

That’s it in a nutshell — hope you’re not allergic to nuts.  😉


Well, it appears that my site has become more personal, a bit encouraging and certainly observational perspective, with just a hint of my side business.  It’s all good.

Thanks for stopping by.

Just in case you’re wondering:

creamy peanut butter and apple jelly on whole wheat — absolute favorite food to eat  :p

Yeoman 1st Class Petty Officer, United States Navy 1977-2000

Yeoman 1st Class Petty Officer, United States Navy 1977-2000


24 responses to “About

  1. Mary M West

    September 19, 2014 at 12:18

    Jay this is a wonderful post. It was nice of you to share your story with me. It encourages me to know that I’m not alone in the “how to” phase of my writings. A techie I’m not but I am trying very hard to learn.

    Liked by 2 people

    • ljaylj

      September 19, 2014 at 12:45

      We all need encouragement and sometimes a little help from our friends. Thank you for sharing, Mary.


  2. sandradan1

    October 9, 2014 at 08:36

    Hi Jay, thanks for finding and following my blog! SD

    Liked by 1 person

    • ljaylj

      October 9, 2014 at 12:55

      Most of the things I do in life are for selfish reasons. I follow your blog because “I” enjoy your style. Thank you for sharing yourself.


  3. Terese

    October 18, 2014 at 18:27

    I will have to try creamy peanut butter and apple jelly! My husband served in the Navy for 15 years as a P-3 Orion FE and instructor. Thank you for your service! Thank you for stopping by to read and follow my blog, I look forward to reading yours. God bless you!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jason B. Ladd

    November 9, 2014 at 21:02

    Jay, Thanks for following FIGHTER FAITH. I’m providing a free copy of my e-book Far Better Men to service members, veterans, and e-mail subscribers. Come on back if you’re interested in this free digital download.


  5. annabellefranklinauthor

    December 2, 2014 at 12:21

    Thank you for following me and Millie – following you back 🙂


  6. JC

    February 21, 2015 at 01:14

    Jay, thanks for the ‘likes’ and the ‘follow’… it’s very much appreciated. You’ve got a nice site that I’m just beginning to explore. So I’m going to follow you back…

    Liked by 1 person

  7. rodi (Rob and Diane)

    March 2, 2015 at 13:01

    Hi Jay
    Thanks for the follow. Sounds like you have come up with an interesting idea for “an old guy”. LOL
    I was happy I could figure out how to blog at all and happy that 150 people were nice enough to follow me.
    Rob and Diane

    Liked by 1 person

    • ljaylj

      March 2, 2015 at 13:09

      As it has been said, “build it and they will come.” 🙂 Look forward to more adventures.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. inkspeare

    March 3, 2015 at 09:36

    Thank you for visiting my blog. It is nice to meet you here. Many blessings to you and yours.

    Liked by 1 person

    • ljaylj

      March 3, 2015 at 10:39

      And to you and yours, wholeheartedly.


  9. shopgirlanonymous

    March 7, 2015 at 17:22

    Thank you for your writing and on going support, I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • ljaylj

      March 7, 2015 at 19:40

      I can only thank you for your generosity in nominating me for the Liebster Award. I hope that you will understand my unwillingness to participate in awards because awards are not my goal–your appreciation and kindness if my writing or support is truly my award.

      Liked by 1 person

      • shopgirlanonymous

        March 7, 2015 at 21:55

        That is fine. It didn’t feel right to not include you. 😉


      • ljaylj

        March 9, 2015 at 14:52

        That’s because you’re swell. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  10. Wish

    June 30, 2015 at 23:26

    Thanks for liking my father’s watercolours. I often forget I’ve put them on my blog, so it was good to know that someone looks at them. Thanks also for your comment on WordPress this morning about the post Love Wins. I wrote a comment, too, objecting to what they did to our blogs on the weekend, but it isn’t appearing. I’m suspicious.
    Thanks for telling us about the work you’re doing with digital books.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Capt Jill

    February 17, 2016 at 21:35

    do you do mail? I might be able to use that service soon (I hope). Thanks for following me.

    Liked by 1 person

    • ljaylj

      February 19, 2016 at 14:55

      To date, I have not had any mail clients but I would be open to discussion. Most everyone has been local or family. Holler at me when you’re ready and we’ll discuss the logistics.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Capt Jill

        February 23, 2016 at 09:03

        I will. I expect I will need some sort of mail service when I leave.

        Liked by 1 person

    • ljaylj

      February 19, 2016 at 15:05

      Following your stories are enjoyable to say the least. After many years of traveling the world, I find peace and comfort in settling down now and living a calm life. For the first time I have been growing roots–feels good. Your stories are personal, intriguing and interesting and greatly appreciated from a former traveler. Please, continue… 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      • Capt Jill

        February 23, 2016 at 09:11

        Hey, I’m really glad you’re enjoying them .
        I know what you mean about growing roots. I LOVE to travel, but I really like having a home base too. I wish I wasn’t so upset about all that’s been happening in the US, but it just drives me crazy. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to have any peace as long as I have to live there. It makes me sad. I would like to put down some roots, get more involved with my community, but because I’m gone so much with work and travel, it just hasn’t worked out.
        Maybe getting laid off is going to be the final kick in the ass I need to get out? Puerto Vallarta has been really wonderful. I can see myself living somewhere like this.
        I’m just still not sure about the finances. I still can’t see myself making a living as a teacher. I’m at the stage where I want to slow down. Have a more stress free life. Teaching has been a lot harder than I thought it would be, certainly not stress free. And the amount of time it takes up is something else too!
        I’m glad I’m getting the certificate, it’s a good thing to have in the skills bag, but I would still much rather be sailing! I think I need to try harder to find a yacht that needs crew. 😉
        I just keep hoping the price of oil will go up so I can go back to work before I’m completely bankrupt!

        Liked by 1 person

      • ljaylj

        February 24, 2016 at 14:07

        Peace–that’s why I switched my studies from business to Christian ministry. My cousin and his wife are worldwide teachers. They travel the world in different cities teaching English, a year here and a year there. They’re children are getting the education of a life time. Crew on a yacht, that sounds rewarding, as well. Fair winds and following seas. You are in my prayers for the correct path to be known to you. 😀

        Liked by 1 person

      • Capt Jill

        February 24, 2016 at 17:05

        sounds like your cousins family has a good lifestyle. I would be doing that too, but I got myself caught up in the whole debt thing and now I have too many bills to pay. I’m trying to downsize, but it will take some time. I’ve been making progress, but it’s been slow

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