It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. — George Herman “Babe” Ruth
I was asked to write a short story about my ascent from poverty that would be a part of a book written by several that had come from poverty to make their way in the world, this is my story.
No matter what misery life hands you, handle it! Never give up, for you never know what lies around the corner.
I was born in a one-room, converted garage in West Old Town, Maine. …
When you accept the challenge, you must tag who you received it from and add/tag others. I received the challenge from Ana Ryan. Look for my tags at the end. Copy the subtitles and share your own experiences. It’s that easy, and kind of fun!
We tend to put a monetary “value” on everything or use money as a yardstick. I remember my first article for Yahoo contributor paid $14. You would have thought I wrote a Pulitzer.
The amount didn’t matter. Yahoo also paid a per view stipend, so it could have meant a residual income, but they dropped the program a few months later.
I wrote for Textbroker at around $3 to $5 per article. Longer articles meant more money! On a typical day, I made $25 or $30, though I had rare days when I made over $200.
I have had two…
As a First Sergeant in the US Army with 28 years of service, I witnessed many PTSD incidents both diagnosed and suspected.
Leaders at all levels, military and civilian, should avoid making diagnoses about PTSD without consulting medical personnel. Even experienced medical personnel find it challenging to diagnose accurately.
I remember one such first-line supervisor I had to correct because he told me one of his Soldiers was faking PTSD to get out of work. He said, “He’s full of shit, First Sergeant, he probably never even saw combat.”
He was shocked to learn that not all PTSD is combat-related…
NOTE: I guess we should get the warnings out of the way. If you have a weak heart, you should probably choose another series. Likewise, there are some scenes with sexual overtones, though no full nudity. However, it is for mature audiences as there is plenty of blood and violence.
AiB is a Japanese manga series illustrated and written by Haro Aso. The series was brought to Netflix in live-action.
In the eight, roughly 42-minute episodes, near Tokyo, three high school kids bored with life are transported to an alternate universe (best guess by the participants).
The three are recklessly…
In some cases, fair use of an online image could be legal, but do you know how that works?
Many try to explain this on YouTube and many other forums. Still, unless you have the money to fight a court claim, you probably should use a “free” image from Freepik, Rawpixel, Canva (which also has a great Infographic tool), or better yet, pay for one. Depositphotos has a really good deal starting at $0.22 per photo.
Someone probably holds exclusive rights to that photo, especially those used by newspapers or magazines that pay the photographer. Therefore, be careful when you…
It was a long journey, interrupted several times for field exercises and Drill Sergeant duty. I was a Drill Sergeant for three years.
You do not have time for anything else as a Drill Sergeant. My wife actually left me because she didn’t understand why I spent so much time working when my neighbor, who was in the Army too, came home at 5:30 pm every day. Unfortunately, she came back later.
Well, it was fortunate for my kids. Anyone in the Army should not have to raise kids on their own, though I saw many of my sisters-in-arms do…
It’s like “OK Boomer,” those born between ’46 and ’65 who have “mortgaged the future,” or Millennials who must like avocado toast and “participation trophies.” Actually, everything about categorizing people by the generation of their birth is bogus, and it’s discrimination. Give it a rest!
While you’re resting, grab a cup of coffee and some avocado toast regardless of your generation of birth.
BTW, is it avocados or avocadoes? The California Avocado Association, according to an article, What’s in a Name? …
Daniel Finnemore is the owner of this local, small family business that has been in operation since 2015.
His parents moved here from Santa Monica, CA, before he was born. He says, “Growing up here we attended Maine’s agricultural fairs, festivals, camped at state parks, cooked red hot dogs on sticks over campfires, made many fluffernutter sandwiches, stopped by the streams to pick fiddleheads, bought fresh blueberry pies off the side of the road, went hiking, fishing and so much more.”
Ayuh, I’ve done a lot of those things myself.
He describes the core of Box of Maine as “…an…
It seems food trucks are popping up everywhere across the country. Food trucks were already a hot item before the pandemic. However, the pandemic caused many restaurants to close, either temporarily or permanently.
KPIX, San Francisco uploaded this video to YouTube.
Many of those brick-and-mortar restaurants opened food trucks to continue serving their meals to the masses. Some of those owned their restaurants, while some that had rented buildings had to give up. Others transformed their business by cooking at the restaurant, filling orders online, cash and carry, and fulfilled orders for food truck operators.
Even White Castle, Starbucks…
Stephen Dalton is a retired US Army First Sergeant with a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Top Writer in VR, Short Story, and Creativity!