Sally's writing genes spring from teachers, farmers, poets and novelists.
- John Greenleaf Whittier, famous poet of the early 1800s, ardent Quaker and abolitionist, is a small leaf on her family tree.
- Grandma Leila Beighle Bunker, journal writer and teacher, passed along her love of words.
- Grandpa Everett Bunker, incidental poet, once had a poem read aloud on WCCO Radio.
- Ruth Bunker Christiansen, Sally's mom, was a prolific, award-winning, published author of books, articles, children's stories, and poems.
- Jean Bunker Schmidt, sister to her mom, ditto.
Sally Bair's Awards and Published Works
- "My Girl Jennie," anthology memoir, A Wisconsin Harvest Volume II, 2013,Wisconsin Writers Association Press
- "How Writing has Enriched my Walk with God," First place award, Green Lake Christian Writers' Conference, Aug. 2013
- "Silver Streaks, a memoir, Award & inclusion in RAVEN 2, Voices of the North anthology
- Williwaw Winds, Trouble at Fish Camp, and Runaways, Books 1, 2, and 3 of "Ways of the Williwaw" series
- Several awards from the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association (Now Wisconsin Writers Association)
- AMY Foundation award for a Letter to the Editor.
- "Mama's Prayer Line," Guide Magazine, a Sunday school paper
- "Memories of Summer Jobs," The Country Today (Yarns of Yesteryear column)
OTHER WRITINGS by Sally Bair
- "Eternal Perspectives," a weekly devotional column published online and in area newspapers.
- The Sasquatch Trail, a fun, inspirational novel series for kids to be released in 2019 (?)
- Short stories galore: romance, kids, nature ...
- Three memoirs in various stages of completion:
Run, Sally, Run, a memoir of her spiritual life.
Summer Heat, a memoir about her mom during the difficult summer of 1950.
An anonymous story about family trauma, severed relationships, and hope.
My AHA! Moment
How this came to be.
A close friend who worked for Mutual of Omaha told me their AHA Moment campaign bus would be traveling to Duluth to interview people who had experienced an AHA moment. She said I would be a good candidate. Next thing I knew, I was sitting in front of a camera in the bus telling the world about my son's experience of survival at sea. Voila! Here I am.