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Freedom to Write

By:  Michelle J. Welcome

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Many writers have special things that they do in order to set the mood, tone, or atmosphere in order to facilitate their writing. Truthfully, I don’t have one particular process that helps me to fluently write.

Write anywhere

Over the years, I have found myself writing in my bed, at a desk, in the car, or even in the shower. When an idea comes, I give myself the freedom to flow with the thought.

Set the right atmosphere

They’re at times, for instance, when I am writing a devotional I play praise and worship music to set an atmosphere of worship unto God. I drown out all distractions and focus on Him.

Grab inspiration where you can

As with most writers, I am always on the lookout for interesting material, which I can incorporate into my writing. When I watch television, I have my ear tuned to intercept catchy phrases or powerful one-liners, which I can use in books or copywriting.

Know your subject

I have found that reading up on the subject I want to write about in a relaxed environment helps me to absorb the content better. That is why I have oil fragrances throughout our home. The aroma removes stress and pressure from me instantly.

Remove hindrances

Years ago, it was hard for me to concentrate and remain focused especially during the winter. I found out that I had Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is like depression because of the lack of light. I invested in a day light and it helped me tremendously. Since that time, I have installed top hats in the ceiling with daylights and this helps me to have continual daylight.

Conquering Writer’s Block

These minor adjustments have made such a profound difference for me. Before writers block was a regular occurrence for me now it is not such an issue.

There are no true mistakes

When I first started writing, I would beat myself up for every mistake. I would call myself names, which was self-defeating! I did not give myself permission to make mistakes. This robbed me of the joy of writing. Then something happened. The Lord moved on my heart to take the position of a student in all things. As I did this, it was made clear to me that if I know it all, I can learn nothing, but if I admit I know nothing, I can learn more.

It was through this revelation that I discovered there are not true mistakes only opportunities to learn. Writing demands freedom—freedom in mind, body, and soul. This will allow the creative juices to flow.

Whatever you need to do as a writer in order to obtain your freedom so that your gift of writing is not blocked—do it.

Carve out time for yourself, get away for a few hours at the park or in the library, read your favorite novel, watch silly shows with the children, do something goofy with your mate, take up a new hobby, get a massage or soak in a bubble bath. Whatever you need—give yourself permission to do it and watch for amazing dividends!

Hold on to Your Money

michelle head shot.pngBy  M. J. Welcome

Over the years, I have grown in wisdom, but it was not the case when I first started out. As a writer and copywriter, I came across many great products, each one promised success and the ability to make a profit. I foolishly invested money in many of these schemes. I followed the advice of individuals who appeared to be thriving in business. They had the talk down pat, they were oozing with confidence, and many had the following of groupies.

The truth is that they were good at marketing. They presented an image, which I bought into, and it caused me to go into debt, by buying programs that I would never use. The accumulation of all the programs caused me to get overwhelmed. There was too much stimulation!

After a while, the weight of all the courses became too much for me, and it started to stifle my creativity. I admit that some of the programs were helpful, but most were not. Although they were priced economically, they eventually added up.

I squandered through much of my business profits to the tune of approximately $12,000 if not more. I charged many of the success in a box schemes on my credit card. And after a while I woke up and realized I had nothing to show for the investment. That is when I made the hard decision to hold on to my money!

I cannot say that all these courses were bad. But I do encourage you to investigate the ones you thinking of investing in. Sift through them. Pick one or two that you want to try then lock down your wallet. Take the time to work the product and prove its worth before you increase your deeper financial commitment.

I have not recouped my investment yet, but I have decided not to spend any more on get rich quick schemes or in guaranteed success in a few quickstep schemes.

Twice burned this writer learned

As a freelance writer,  it makes me suspicious when receiving job offers from my secondary email accounts. Most of the time, they were fraudulent. For example, the ones that need someone in the U.S. over the age of 21 to clear sold paintings. This one wasn’t, but it was declined anyhow because of my disastrous past with previous companies like it.

Here was my response:

Thank you for this opportunity, but I regret that I will have to decline. I never placed my disastrous descriptions of my past experiences with companies such as yours on my resume. There were three, Jobz For Writers, Essay Writers, and Academia Research.

The company in the middle, I left because it was like the two opposite it. The one mentioned first suspended me after the one who needed his paper typed kept all the information until the last minute and still expected me to type a 50 page thesis on a computer that failed. The last company gave me a job I couldn't complete. The book I needed was outdated and so rare that it wasn't to be removed from the library. It came at the last minute the day before the paper was due, in spite of my efforts to get an updated one. The money spent to get this book was more than they paid for writing the paper.

I don't know where my name came from or how you received it, but it was my wish that it be removed.

Kim Taylor

Here was their response this morning:
Thank you for your prompt reply. I appreciate the time you spent checking the offer and I respect your decision.

I wish you luck in all your future endeavours!

Best Regards,

It surprised me that another job similar to Jobz For Writers would ever come across any of my inboxes, let alone AOL. After so long, it amazed me that companies like that still existed or ended up in court for so much writer turnover.

The day before receiving that offer, it was my thought that most of the information was more for a high school childcare  and development class , not a 50 page college thesis. Trying to get the information needed to type the chapter was like squeezing blood from a turnip. They knew getting the information to do the job was not cheap or readily available.

This was exactly what happened with Academia Research. The book needed to write this paper was rare and hard to find, There Aint No Black in the Union Jack 1976,  but the employer needed it because the foreword in the front of the book for his paper. He knew, inter-library loan costs money, $32 to be exact. Returning an updated book to Amazon cost me a restocking fee too. All that was offered was $28.

After being burned twice, the advice of a former Vocational Rehab Counselor of ‘being careful’ was heeded. There was no need in my going through this a third time. Twice burned this writer learned.

The Middle East Conflict: A Recap in Blog Posts

What was the United States doing to fight the problem in Syria? Maybe this story from CBN,The Nightmare Alliance: Why You Should Be Concerned, would open their eyes in Washington. Let’s hope so. This blogger, like the host on the show never expected the world to ever get this close to Biblical prophesy. Let’s review, shall we? Here were the list of events so far according to my blog posts:

      1. Even thought Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t get a clear or a positive response from the United States when he pleaded for help with no clear plan in place, it was easy to run us over, just like Russia has with our indecision.
      2. Iran and Iraq have decided to aid Russia in backing the puppet regime in Syria. This includes the terrorist groups too, like Hezbollah, Al Quaeda, and ISIS.
      3. The Palestinians and Arabs were also in the fight to ‘dismantle’ Jerusalem’. A Palestinian group set fire to Joseph’s Tomb. Remember the protest in October?

Ok. Russia had bypassed the United States because their economy, based on oil, was in the toilet. He needed the funds to finance his strikes in Syria In spite of the talks that took place earlier, they did not heed America’s warning. What made this dangerous was that he needed the natural gas from the Ukraine also. It looked like the military base in Syria was some international law breach too. Most of their air strikes were to move us out of the way.

Now the conflict was deepening because Iran and Saudi Arabia were on different sides of the war. Iran backs Russia and Saudi Arabia sided with the United States. Here was a major concern. America just dropped sanctions against Iran, allowing them access to nuclear weapons. Iran thought that they had defeated ‘the Great Satan” by getting this long time asset.

This new threat reminded me of the antichrist all the major Middle East players have their strong personalities. This one seems to be able to move in these dangerous circles and still remain living. The danger was clear, Israel was surrounded by a host of enemies ready to disassemble the Jewish nation. From what was seen on the video that went with the story, this man was a bigger threat than all those terrorist groups. HE can rally all those nations against Israel to overrun it.

Only God can help us. I pray He does.

Further reading:

  1. Iran and Saudi Arabia: Conflict more than the massive body count on October 20, 2015
  2. Putin’s Middle East Plan: Control of the oil flow on October 8, 2015
  3. Obama and Putin: Strategies still differ in Syria and the Ukraine on September 29, 2015
  4. U.S. Seeks Military Talks with Russia on Syria on September 18, 2015
  5. The Iran nuclear deal was like signing our own death warrant on September 11, 2015
  6. Putin’s dangerous game on June 11, 2015

How would a $500 boost benefit seniors, the disabled, and military veterans?

First, it was announced that there was to be no cost of living increase for the nation’s seniors, disabled, or military veterans last month because of lower gas prices. Now, Elizabeth Warren wanted to make up for this discrepancy by giving all of them $500. This blogger wondered if this was a snare like Papa Bush’s tax credit, he gave and taxed everyone for the next year? Let’s hope not, for her sake.

Personally, this writer would like to know what formula was used in calculating everyone’s monthly amount. If they were still using figures from when they were created back in 1935, they were way out of date. My answer was a whole lot of doublespeak when this was asked about on the Social Security main line about five years back. In other words, they didn’t know. Ms. Warren was right about one thing. The legislative branch had done a horrible job in seeing to this situation. The cost of living increase was based on the rise in prices overall, or inflation, not a drop in gas prices.

Warren thought the formula that determined everyone’s monthly check was incorrect because it didn’t adequately reflect the spending habits of the nation’s seniors. In spite of the availabiity of Medicare RX, there were a whole lot of seniors and the like still couldn’t afford their medications because they didn’t qualify. AARP was a great program, if one was able to pay a monthly fee.

This blogger also felt the pain of the two year freeze, Obama put on us in 2012 and only offered 1.7% of the 3% increase afterward.  That little bit of money barely covered my monthly expenses. The $300 stimulus money before that only improved my fledgling savings account for a very short while. At least two of my friends at church didn’t get to benefit from the stimulus money because their parents didn’t see the value in it.

To offset the cost of this bill, they were going to close a supposed ‘tax loophole” that allowed businesses to write off performance-based compensation. This was something that the Republican-controlled Congress wouldn’t allow. The large amount of money, more than the 3% across the board, was more like four per cent. Someone had to suffer somewhere and that was how Ms. Warren wanted it. Until this bill was passed, no one should believe it.

New Amazon Bookstore opened to mixed reviews

Amazon has now opened a new bookstore in Seattle, Washington. Social media had mixed reviews. Some liked it, some didn’t. What made them different from other stores?  With its  two decades of online selling, this should add to their ability to compete with Books-A-Million, D.B. Dalton, and Hastings.

One thing in their favor was that, as an extension of Amazon.com., the books on their shelves were rated and reviewed by buyers on line. Back when my job was posting ads on line, one could tell what sold and what didn’t. The ironic thing about this was  that my first place to look was Amazon.

Amazon used the data collected on buyers likes and dislikes just like they did on the company’s website. This helped them curtail some of the troubles that seemed to come about in other bookstores. Right now, the bookstore that just opened did so with mixed reviews hashed out in the comment section . This blogger was going to reserve judgement until an opportunity arises to visit the store in Seattle.

Was this ‘Hidden Clause’ in the Netflix user agreement fair?

Was it fair for Netflix to have an embedded clause in people’s contracts with this company? It seems that this was done to stop dissatisfied customers from filing class action lawsuits. Other companies, like AT&T and Amercian Express had them too.

There wasn’t much to worry about though, because being a member of one of those companies. The outcome of the last litigation was in my favor as a user. The fee on my card became a credit instead of a debt.

Of the last, there still might be a credit for the hidden fees in my wireless charges,. Last year, the company swore to me this was just a rumor.

As a former client of Netflix, this blogger couldn’t see the reason to maintain using the service for $7.99 a month.while paying for pay per view channels through my cable company,Time Warner Cable.The Encore Movie Network was a lot less..

Apparently, the clause came back to bite both of the rival companies in the backside, because the right to sue wasn’t totally lost yet. Any thoughts?

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Changing the party platform: The GOP had their work cut out for them

It looked like the wealthiest Americans were to pay more taxes to Uncle Sam, according to the Huffington Post article yesterday. At least it wasn’t like the Robin Hood effect where one class of people were being robbed. The middle class did carry the majority of the nation’s responsibility though. Remember Papa Bush’s ‘tax break’? During his four year reign, he gave everyone a tax cut only to smack everyone in the face with the bill the next year.

According to this deal there were three ways the IRS can increase its money:

  1. A tax hike
  2. Closing loopholes
  3. Enforcing the current laws

They chose the third option. This was what they should hav been doing in the first place. Since there was a lot of fraud going on, they should hone in on those trying to cheat the system. A good place to start was the entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The last tim my case came up for review, my earning more than the $75 limit almost cost me the money received from the government. The check earned from the Boy’s and Girl’s Club was three times that amount, but the cost to get back and forth took half of that.

The IRS wanted to implement some sort of new auditing system which would make it easier for Uncle Sam to obtain taxes from the rich. While this blogger agreed with Donald Trump wanted to take back funds from foreign countries that planned to kill us, other people in his party think the plan to reform the two main entitlement programs, crazy’

During Wednesday night’s debate, the question of reform was raised. Mike Huckabee stated that the agreement with our elders and the government needed to be honored. Once again, those making around $196,000 should pay the most. Jeb Bush’s plan last week was to revamp the medical savings account. With savings accounts below 2% , how was this to work? While he followed Christie in raising the eligibility age from 67 to 69, the medical savings account might be his undoing. He did want to give the wealthier Americans something, but their checks would be smaller.

With the freeze in the cost of living increase for those on the government roster, it was a wonder how those on ‘fixed incomes’ were going to survive next year? A rise in rent could put me out in the street if someone, like management, weren’t offering help. While this makes me feel grateful, it’s one of those things that came automatically because management knew my situation. During the two year freeze, they kept my rent at the same level until it ended in 2012.

Dismantling the Medicaid and Medicare program was a clear violation of the above contract between seniors and the government. The voucher system sounded like more of a privilege rather than an entitlement House Speaker, Paul Ryan tried doing this in 2011, but it didn’t take. The fact that this affected everyone under the age of 55 cost the Republicans the 2012 White House.

Some were saying that a few presidential candidates should drop out, Jeb Bush should be one according to Chad Morning’s article Donald Trump’s antics had him slipping in the polls. Even though Ben Carson was at the bottom of the heap, he was ineffective at doing any harm. Chris Christie did well in last Wednesday’s debate, it probably wasn’t enough to help gain the GOP nomination. This Sunday, Meet The Press had an interview with Jeb Bush on the fate of his campaign.

Not much was said about improving the economy. According to another article, the Republicans have changed their attitude in the last three and a half years. Gone was the attitude that everyone below the wealthiest class carried the weight of the nation’s problems, including the massive debt—at least in theory anyway! They wanted everyone to have a slice of the Great American Dream. This meant turning the current economic situation around from the bottom up. They certainly had their work cut out for them. Chevron 10% of their global force and General Motors were laying off 500 people from their compact car plant. The good news was, that some of the General Motors workers were getting new contracts with raises. The agreement also maintained its outsourcing work in Detroit.

This kind of article bothered me, A Man With Cerebral Palsy Was Left To Crawl Off A United Plane, because like the article stated, people with disabilities were still being mistreated even though there were laws to prevent it. The sad fact was that D’Arcee Neal was a a disability rights activist, who just returned from giving a speech. He was right. No one should’ve had to do what he did.

There was a lot of flack about who actually read this article. There were so many negative comments. This blogger wanted to know the whole story so it was read all the way through not just the headlines or the tags. The version in the Huffington Post was correct. Neal was not offered the isle chair or assistance getting to his chair and had to crawl the length of the plane to his chair at the end of the ramp.

By law, the airline was to assist a person boarding during flight and disembarking the plane. Clearly, United Airlines failed to offer the aisle chair to get him to his wheelchair at the end of the ramp or help him get to the bathroom either. NOWHERE did it say the airline attendants ‘stood around looking stupid‘ either. That was just media hype to get traffic.

My experience with airline travel was not that bad. The worst thing that happened was that my mother was lied to about whether there were stairs getting on the plane. Customer service said there weren’t any stairs. The airline quickly got a burly man from the flight line to carry me on when they were seen. During the second trip, the man treated me like luggage or a very heavy sack of potatoes.

In the second article,  crawls off United Airlines apologizes after disabled man flight, courtesy of CNN, readers got a more complete version of the story, not that Huffington Post lied about their version. The mistake with the isle chair was the fault of the airline. It was at the gate and ready, but someone told the flight attendant it was no longer needed and it was removed.

D’Arcee Neal was told to wait but his ‘biological urge’ forced him to crawl off the plane after waiting thirty minutes. The flight attendants were shocked, that was why they stared after him as he crawled away. The flight attendant pushing me through the Atlanta Airport refused to stop for me to use the bathroom. Several restrooms were passed before my drop off at one of the desks. My wait was 45 minutes and a stern lecture from the female staff. She passed three accessible bathrooms herself before stopping to let me use one and take a breath.

United Airlines made these statements:

  1. This experience “doesn’t reflect the level of service we provide to customers with disabilities each day.” The airline said it has a 24-hour disability desk to answer questions and arrange special assistance.
  2. “Our employees — particularly our flight attendants and airport staff — are happy to arrange additional assistance for customers with disabilities on the day of travel,” the airline said.

After the first article was written, neither D’Arcee Neal nor the airline was available for comment, but the since that time, they did contact him to issue their regrets over the incident and $300. Mom said they should have offered him a free flight. Several people wanted Mr. Neal to file a class action lawsuit, which he chose not to do at this time. That didn’t mean he wouldn’t. Mom said he should. The sad fact was that the entire flight industry needed to review the policies for those with special needs and change them because this still happened. It happened to him.

This blogger did not want to sit in one of the first three rows of the plane. Mr. Neal said doing this allowed them to get off faster. To me it made the handicapped an easy target for terrorists. Right now, federal law said that a handicapped person got an aisle seat with a movable armrest anywhere on the plane. People that had service animals or with legs that did not move were given bulkhead seats, which had more leg room.

The missing aisle chair: The error on United Airlines was appalling

This kind of article bothered me, A Man With Cerebral Palsy Was Left To Crawl Off A United Plane, because like the article stated, people with disabilities were still being mistreated even though there were laws to prevent it. The sad fact was that D’Arcee Neal was a disability rights activist who just returned from giving a speech. He was right. No one should’ve had to do what he did.

There was a lot of flack about who actually read this article. There were so many negative comments. This blogger wanted to know the whole story so it was read all the way through not just the headlines or the tags. The version in the Huffington Post was correct. Neal was not offered the aisle chair or assistance getting to his chair and had to crawl the length of the plane to his chair at the end of the ramp.

By law, the airline was to assist a person boarding during flight and disembarking the plane. Clearly, United Airlines failed to offer the aisle chair to get him to his wheelchair at the end of the ramp or help him get to the bathroom either. NOWHERE did it say the airline attendants ‘stood around looking stupid‘ either. That was just media hype to get traffic.

My experience with airline travel was not that bad. The worst thing that happened was that my mother was lied to about whether there were stairs getting on the plane. Customer service said there weren’t any stairs. The airline quickly got a burly man from the flight line to carry me on when they were seen. During the second trip, the man treated me like luggage or a very heavy sack of potatoes.

In the second article, United Airlines apologizes after disabled man crawls off flight, courtesy of CNN, readers got a more complete version of the story, not that Huffington Post lied about their version. The mistake with the isle chair was the fault of the airline. It was at the gate and ready, but someone told the flight attendant it was no longer needed and it was removed.

D’Arcee Neal was told to wait but his ‘biological urge’ forced him to crawl off the plane after waiting thirty minutes. The flight attendants were shocked, that was why they stared after him as he crawled away. The flight attendant pushing me through the Atlanta Airport refused to stop for me to use the bathroom. Several restrooms were passed before my drop off at one of the desks. My wait was 45 minutes and a stern lecture from the female staff. She passed three accessible bathrooms herself before stopping to let me use one and take a breath.

United Airlines made these statements:

  1. This experience “doesn’t reflect the level of service we provide to customers with disabilities each day.” The airline said it has a 24-hour disability desk to answer questions and arrange special assistance.
  2. “Our employees — particularly our flight attendants and airport staff — are happy to arrange additional assistance for customers with disabilities on the day of travel,” the airline said.

After the first article was written, neither D’Arcee Neal nor the airline was available for comment, but the since that time, they did contact him to issue their regrets over the incident and $300. Mom said they should have offered him a free flight. Several people wanted Mr. Neal to file a class action lawsuit, which he chose not to do at this time. That didn’t mean he wouldn’t. Mom said he should. The sad fact was that the entire flight industry needed to review the policies for those with special needs and change them because this still happened. It happened to him.

This blogger did not want to sit in one of the first three rows of the plane. Mr. Neal said doing this allowed them to get off faster. To me it made the handicapped an easy target for terrorists. Right now, federal law said that a handicapped person got an aisle seat with a movable armrest anywhere on the plane. People that had service animals or with legs that did not move were given bulkhead seats, which had more leg room.