Starting in the second grade when I learned how to print, I loved writing. To take the ideas from my head and put them on paper excited me. Whether it was keeping a diary or writing long newsy letters to Grandma, I loved it. But as I got older things changed. We’ve all had the naysayers in our lives. Teachers, family members, and an ex-spouse all dismissed my writing as a waste of my time.
I started writing for money over 20 years ago. I had no experience, no direction, no formal training, no money, and a wife and two kids who depended on me for sustenance and covering. I lived in a small town in Florida, and worked on a coffee table in the corner of my bedroom, using […]
I’ve been a writer at heart since the age of 10. My love of writing led me to major in Journalism. After graduation, I worked in marketing and graphic design. I was happiest when I was writing, but the positions I held were not writing-focused. In order to break into the writing field, I decided I had to do something different.
Food, glorious food! There, I have your attention. We all love food, as it nourishes more than just our bodies. From memories of Mom’s homemade cookies waiting when we returned home from school, to a favorite comfort food that consoles us when we’re down, food is an enduring passion for millions of people. Now, turn […]
What is the easiest tax form of them all? Hint: It only takes 5 minutes to complete and mail! Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return at: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4868.pdf ——————————————————————————– Much mysticism surrounds the home office deduction. Many tax accountants continue to advise their clients to avoid the home office […]
It was a private dream and I’d had it since childhood. Over the years several friends encouraged me to pursue it. Their words watered the seed, dormant for so many years but there were still a number of obstacles to overcome. Perhaps the main one was my lack of conviction that the dream was really attainable. I had no trouble encouraging my friends to believe their dreams would come true but I did have a problem believing in mine.
When I wrote the story of my grandmother’s life, I’d never heard the term “personal historian.” I was just out of graduate school and looking for a project that would be personally meaningful, instead of another professor’s assignment. So I flew to Florida and taped several hours of interviews with my eighty-three-year-old paternal grandmother. She […]