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.

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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. …


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

Plated bread pudding with topping.
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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…


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.

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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…


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

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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…


You don’t have to do much to repurpose your Medium articles to add local SEO, receive a CV score of 5–10, and get paid $60 or more for it. Here’s what I do.

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News Break Writer’s Community

It only takes a few minutes to repurpose a Medium article into a local piece and make $25, $60, or more for it. I repurposed one the other day and made $87.25 on top of what I had already made from Medium.

Sure, it took me a few minutes to add a locality naturally, a graph, a YouTube video, another image, and a chart, but since it was ranked with a CV score of six and received 2,475 page views so far, I made $27.25 more for a pay-per-view (PPV) bonus.

I don’t understand why so many are opposed to…


Yesterday, I wrote about Proven Methods to Make Money from Home in Bangor, Maine on News Break. Today, I want to tell you how to save money on taxes by doing that, whether full-time or as a part-time “side hustle.”

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WFH Collage created by the Author using PowerPoint Designs

Whether you have a goal of making an extra $500 a month to help with the mortgage, $4,000 per month to pay college tuition for two kids, or just growing enough organic vegetables in your home garden to save money at the supermarket, you need to read this article today.

This is crucial tax filing information for work-from-home (WFH) employees…


Several indictments served on Maine residents, the NY-based Bully Gang allegedly held several flophouses in Maine to ease the flow of drugs from NY to Portland, Maine.

Smiling lady with rolled up dollar about to snort cocaine.
Photo by Alexander Krivitskiy from Pexels

A 32-year-old Portland resident, Amanda Walton, has been charged with money laundering, conspiracy, and the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine across Maine.

It has been reported these gangs maintained houses in Searsport, Presque Isle, Jay, Detroit, Levant, Troy, Westfield, Portland, Maine, and several other locations.

These flop houses contained drugs, cars, and cash. Investigators seized $380,000 in cash, cars with compartments to hide drugs for their runs from Maine to NY. They also impounded four cars, 6 kg of cocaine, 600 gm of fentanyl, and 15 firearms.


I helped the State of California pick your pocket for $1.4 billion in traffic ticket revenue last year (2020).

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The New Peterbilt Model 579 by Sarah Longley from Pexels

Yet, in Los Angeles County, San Francisco County, and Sacramento County (Yes, they are counties as well as cities), most will come to see me, open their wallet, and fork over the $150 for a first-offense distracted driving infraction.

Typically, because they used a cell phone “while driving” and got a ticket, whether or not they were driving at the time. Most of them will be stuck in a traffic jam and decide to give their spouse or partner a call or text.

After 1 July, when AB-47, Distracted Driving, which amends CA Vehicle Code 23123, Public Offenses for distracted…

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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