LIFE LESSONS NEVER GIVE UP!

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.

First Sergeant at 169th SIG CO in Korea contributed by the author

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. …


GRANDMA’S KITCHEN CHALLENGE

I never felt safer or more loved than in my Nana’s kitchen. Also, I never went hungry.

Plated bread pudding with topping.
Plated bread pudding with topping.
Image by Digna Cassens from Pixabay

The Rules Are Simple:

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…


LIFE LESSONS ABOUT PTSD

The Global War on Terrorism has enlightened the world to the problem of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but it is not just a combat Veterans’ disorder.

Photo by Polina Zimmerman from Pexels

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…


MANGA ON TV SERIES

If you’re thinking you won’t like it because you don’t like manga, put that out of your mind. This is excellent!

Alice in Borderland Collage Created by the Author

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…


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TRAVEL & TOURISM

While you’re in Bangor, Maine, here are some must-see places and things to do for the entire family this summer.

Home of Stephen King, an old Victorian-style red house surrounded by a wrought iron fence with bats, spiders, and dragons.
Home of Stephen King, an old Victorian-style red house surrounded by a wrought iron fence with bats, spiders, and dragons.
Home of Stephen King. 1778081 — Pixabay.jpg

In this tour around Bangor, Maine, we will look at three fascinating landmarks, the King home, the Bangor State Fair (begins 5 August), and the Cole Land Transportation Museum. Come on, let’s go!

Stop by Stephen King’s house

The home of Stephen and Tabitha, Joe “Hill” King, and Owen, who are all novelists, and Naomi, a minister, is wonderous at 47 West Broadway.

You might feel a little weird taking a picture of a house someone lives in but believe me; the King family is used to it and often come out to pose for the cameras.

You might not think this would appeal to…


Novice freelance writers and even some who have worked solely for private clients or content mills don’t understand the difference between bidding and pitching.

Gold_prospector. Tony Oliver — Wikimedia Commons..jpg

Prospecting is an art

Prospecting for high-paying writing projects could be equated to panning for gold. Here are a few nuggets of advice.

Many writers do not know how much to bid on content mill platforms like Upwork, Guru, or Fiverr. Knowing the difference and how to successfully apply these techniques will help you make a significant impact in your freelance writing activities.

Some writers will say, Oh, I don’t do cold emails or pitches, it’s a waste of time.” Those are probably some of the same people who say, “I don’t bother with content mills or Upwork, it’s a waste of my time.”


FOOD & TRAVEL

Several restaurants around Bangor have a dish they are famous for statewide. A genuine traditional New England dinner or other.

Dysart’s Traditional Maine Wild Blueberry Pie a la mode — By the owner.

Some of those include Downtown Bangor’s Fiddlehead Restaurant, Dysart’s Truck Stop, the Kobe Ninja House, and McLaughlin Seafood Inc. “Mainely,” we want to look at how they make these other-worldly dishes.

Everyone knows if you want a massive plate of Yankee Pot Roast followed by a world-famous wild Maine Blueberry Pie adorned with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, you go to Dysart’s.

In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at Dysart’s and places to reveal a few secrets about how they prepare their “special” dish. …


TRAVEL & FOOD

In case you weren’t aware, Joseph’s by the Sea, considered one of the best seafood restaurants in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, had a fire early Monday morning, 19 July, before they opened.

The Pier at Old Orchard Beach, Maine.mwms1916 — Flickr.
The Pier at Old Orchard Beach, Maine.mwms1916 — Flickr.
The Pier at Old Orchard Beach, Maine. mwms1916 — Flickr.

The owners said they would re-open. According to their Facebook Page, Scott McCrum said, “We are so very thankful the building was vacant at the time, and no one was harmed. We are also thankful to the Old Orchard Beach Fire Department for their quick response and fast action to contain the fire. Due to extensive water and smoke damage, we will unfortunately be closed until further notice.”

Firefighters spent nearly three and a half hours bringing the blaze under control. Thankfully, no one was inside when the fire broke out, and the fire department kept the blaze under control.

Stephen Dalton

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!

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