Thanks to everyone who has sent along comments, encouragement and good wishes on this new blog. I’m very excited to share more of my writing . . .
Monthly Archives: October 2011
When I was a child, savvy corporate marketers had not yet realized the valuable commercial aspects of Halloween. There were no in-store displays, no special candy packaging, no store-bought costumes, not even a decorated plastic bag to carry. No, my generation had to tough it out with homemade costumes and a paper grocery bag . . .
This is the opening paragraph of my memoir piece about Halloween — titled Halloween is in the Air — which now appears in Grand Magazine. It will be online through the 31st and then archived at Grand Magazine.
The editor has generously extended a free subscription to all of you who read this blog. Feel free to use this special link to go read the rest of my article and check out the rest of the magazine while you’re there.
Once you click this link, go halfway down the front page to the section Grand News. Halloween is in the Air is the third article listed. Just click on it to read the article.
I used to trade non-fiction writing skills for secure paychecks, grinding out reams of dry documents, public relations tracts, press releases, newsletters, brochures and feature articles. I like to say that I’m retired but the truth is that I’m just no longer gainfully employed. Now, years of writing for others has been replaced by writing only what interests me. What a luxury! And, what a wonderful opportunity to begin a blog.
However, as an Electronically-Challenged American, how was I to master the ins and outs of setting up the blog and connecting it with Facebook? Months ago, I took a course. I took copious notes but . . . it didn’t translate into a blog.
On a recent visit to my daughter, a successful blogger herself, I mentioned my interest in creating a blog. As usual, we were chatting while she glanced down at her open laptop. My multi-tasking daughter can keep up a lively conversation AND read AND type! “What would you call it,” she asked. “Wisdom of the Aged,” I joked.
A few minutes later, she flipped the laptop around so I could see it. She had created a blog page, a logo and a Facebook page. Suddenly, Wisdom of the Aged, became a reality. She handed me a notebook and pen before detailing, step-by-step, how to navigate, how to post, how to upload links and photos. Yes, my daughter had suddenly and without warning, provided everything I needed to begin my blog.
And, with a few keystrokes, she eliminated all my excuses.
Voila . . . hello there cyberspace . . . this is my first post!