Barking In The Write Direction

Mom and I created Misfit Island four years ago when I moved from California to small-town Texas to care for her. We live in a community of 30K and have a college in town. We are on about 30 acres of family land in the Piney Woods of Deep East Texas.

To get along and share a project, we began adopting unwanted dogs. At one point, we had 20 residents. That was too many and our funds didn’t cover care for that many. Dogs get dumped in our woods and five of our residents came out of the thick brush.

I watch these dogs traverse Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. First, physical needs are met, then socialization and a feeling of safety develops. Finally, they let their personalities come out and they bark! At the moon. At a deer. While chasing a rabbit.

These discarded beings use their voices to let the world know they are still here. On the universal radar of life, they insist on showing up. That is exactly why I write. I study one subject to its deepest intensity each year.

On New Year’s Eve, I write a summary of the past 12 months and write goals for the new year. I also choose my annual topic; addiction was last year’s, natural healing is this year’s. Next year is open. After I study intensely, I reflect what I’ve learned in articles, columns and Q&A sessions with readers.

As a writer, my goal is to reflect people in a way that they mirror the current human condition. Sometimes my words are profile. Other times, I hope they educate. I made a pledge long ago to avoid creating pieces that reflect or exploit bad news.

With a journalism degree from SMU, I had no concept of what a news career would look like. I did a few months of on-air. Quickly, I was the ‘blonde.’ “Where did you get the earrings you wore last night?,” was the most in-depth question I was asked.

Off-air, it was strange to feel people staring at a restaurant. Odder when they approached with serious queries like “When is your birthday?” or “What’s your favorite food.” My constant thought was “Why did I go to college?”

Many times over the years, I generated income in other places to allow me to write. I earned little for my actual editorial work but always managed to stay in print since college. However, print is a dying business. Newspapers will one day be in antique stores, like the toys I grew up with.

One idea I have is to enroll in the local university for my Master’s. Maybe, I can incorporate an advanced degree with immersion into the electrical age of media. News has become instantaneous. Print will be for ‘think pieces.’

At 54, my voice is blooming and an audience is forming and giving me great feedback. People are starting to listen and respond. My readership is up in the thousands. I have a distance to go but I’m barking in the right direction. Finally.

5 Ways Flags of the World Flashcards Will Help You Get More Business

There is no dispute to the fact that flash cards are the most efficient way of learning anything. This can range from learning foreign languages with their alphabets and corresponding meanings or picture flashcards. The best part is that all of it is very pictographic. You may be well aware of the fact that books with pictures always attract more attention than the ones with text only. Hence if it is learning geography or any subject, you may not face any problem. Everybody who is a student must have the atlas to learn about flags of different countries. However, who wants to bring out that large atlas whenever you have fancy looking cue cards. The following are ways that flash cards can prosper your business in ways more than one.

1. For travellers

As a set of Flags of the world Flashcards will always be a great help to someone, who is traveling abroad on its own. This is because learning about flags will always assist them in a distant land to acquaint them with the knowledge of the place. It is mandatory to know about every flag present. Since these can be easily carried they do not have to take a bunch of maps or an atlas to know about countries. This can help you get business as there are dozens of people that travel every day and are in need of something substantial.

2. For teachers

The core audience for your business of Flags of the world Flashcards is teachers. In the wake of the current times, every teacher is taking the help of these sturdy cue cards to educate students. These cards are very easily understood by students, and they do not have to make that extra effort in writing things on the board or shouting aloud. Students can talk easily about the flags from different countries.

3. Pool of knowledge for pupils

Just like teachers find it easier to teach through the cards it is the students too that render help from Flags of the world Flashcards. Every geography student or even the non-geography one will benefit from them. Students do not have to put in extra effort to learn as these flag cards may become wall stickers. Wall stickers may further ease out the process of knowing the different country flags even faster. There are many students, and many flash cards have to be made available to them hence it is quite lucrative for your business.

4. Flag lovers

Many people love collecting miniature flags as part of their hobby hence you can always find a great market for your flashcards. Hobbies are something that drives people to buy stuff and store it. Saving flags and knowing about them is just one of a kind hobby that stands out.

5. For parents

Such flash cards are boons for parents who are trying to teach their students to learn and revise at home. As a seller, you will find a broad buyer base with parents who are trying to educate students all by themselves.

A prolific business

The business of these cue cards containing knowledge and information is a great way of expanding. You are educating the children, students and aiding the teachers in guiding the students better. There is no end to the numerous benefits it has for everyone. A total of two hundred and forty flashcards is set to your business game rolling like no other.