Tuesday, April 28, 2015

My Reflections Dreams and Goals

As a young girl, I always dreamed of writing novels or writing for my city's local paper. Every day, I told my friends that someday, they would see my name in the newspaper on the front page. They would generally laugh or make comments about my head being in the clouds. After hitting a hurdle in high school, I thought I would never be an author, columnist, or journalist. I am so thankful for the opportunity to chase my educational goals while I was down, due to my cancer treatment and aftermath.

My Education Goals

However, I returned to high school and graduated in 2006. Next, I signed up to take a course with the Institute of Children’s Literature. I earned my certificate for Writing for Teenagers and Children in late 2006. Now, I have earned an Associate’s Degree in Arts of Business in 2008, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in 2011. For the past 15 years, I have been writing short stories, poems, and have written several novels that I am working on now. I am also writing stories and articles for different magazines and books like Guideposts.

It is a Way of Life

Journalism and columnist jobs require that the employee to be available on a moment's notice, especially when news is breaking around town. However, I am a twelve year cervical cancer stage 2B survivor, who had aggressive treatment to become cancer free. I am disabled, so I cannot chase stories to become a major journalist. So, I have two blogs that I am using as a column and publishing several articles and stories on different subject matter.

Writing is My Passion

I love writing, so now I write articles for my blogs or I write for magazines as well. Additionally, I am writing an articles and novels now full time. I am a new author when it comes to novels, but I am determined to continue writing. Thankfully, I am very versatile in my writing, so I have three novels coming out which are different genres. I have already publish two small books, a poetry collection and a short stories book for children.

It is a Career

I love meeting new readers and fans, especially as my writing grows and I continue writing things about this I love writing about. I love knowing that my fans and readers enjoy my work, so if you stop by my blogs. Take a moment to leave a comment or even just say HI. Each day is a new day to bring my readers new ideas, stories, and more. Thank you for supporting me in my career choice and I hope you enjoy my future writings.


Respectfully Yours, 

Crystal S. Kauffman 

XOXOXO

My Email: laughatcancer@gmail.com



Author's Note: I am a freelance author, who can help you with you next project. So, if you need anything, just email me.


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Authors Note: My Novel "Ana’s Stand" has been taken down, so I can edit and create a new cover. I will keep you posted on my progress with each book. Thank you for understanding and support throughout my writing career! I look forward to meeting all my readers and new fans.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Scott Speicher: A Hero is Finally Home


A day of mourning and somber spirits loomed over the First Coast, Navy Captain Scott Speicher was laid to rest on Friday August, 14, 2009. The streets of Jacksonville, FL was lined with spectators and those who wanted to pay their respects to this fallen hometown hero. The funeral procession stopped at its various spots all over the Jacksonville, FL area, as those gathered said good-bye. Many spectators did not know Scott personally, but thanks to his family and friends hard work….he was never forgotten!

Who was he?

Captain Scott Speicher was also known as decorated member of the military’s elite group of fighter pilots aboard the Saratoga. In addition, he was a beloved son, loving husband, a proud father, and so much more. He taught Sunday school at Lake Shore Methodist Church, where a memorial has been placed to honor the fallen hero also. On Friday, August 14th, 2009“; the family was able let the captain finally rest in his own home town.

What happened to him?

In “1991”, Captain Speicher aka “Spike” was the first plane to be shot down during the first night of the “Operation Desert Storm”. Immediately, his wife and children suffered the blow 18 years ago, when his plane never returned home. First, he was listed as “Killed in Action”, but the military changed his status to “Captured” and “Missing in Action” after the overthrow of Saddam. Now, he can finally rest in peace, since he has been discovered and identified.

How was he found?

A local tribe has claimed that they buried Captain Speicher soon after his accident, which explains why he was never found. The Iraqi locals could not help America’s military without fear of repercussion during Desert Storm in 1991. His skeletal remains were identified on 08-02-2009 and returned them home, once the military confirmed they had in fact found the captains remains. Many locals believe that his family and friends fight to keep his memory alive, allowed him to stay in the public spotlight.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Captain Scott Speicher was more than just a name on a wall to those people living in Jacksonville, Fl.  His wife, children and close friends were proud to welcome him home as a hero, since his highly publicized death. The sidewalks lined up with thousands of people paying their respects and saying goodbye, yet many never knew the pilot.  Many felt he was their adopted son or friend, who touched their hearts for 18 years and now they will remember him as the local pilot who gave all.  

 
 Reference

POW Network (2009) Speicher, Michael Scott
Retrieved on August 2009 from World Wide Web
http://www.pownetwork.org/saudi/sd017.htm




Thursday, April 2, 2015

Gift Ideas for Traveling Seniors

Do you have a globe-trotting senior on your holiday or birthday list? Are you looking for a perfect present for them this year? Well, look no farther than a local department store, since they have many useful gifts. There you will find things that travelers will enjoy, like a set of suitcases or personal products that every traveler needs. Some travelers may enjoy a soft towel to dry off on, instead of a hotel’s towel.
      
A great gift idea would be a road safety club for RV owners, just incase they need road side assistance.  You may even want to consider giving them a road safety kit, just in case they will need it. However, a professional oil change or new tires for the RV would be a great gift for someone, who loves to travel. Honestly, most travelers will enjoy gas cards, because it will save them money and allow them to continue to their destination.     
     
Nevertheless, others would enjoy a photo album or scrapbook, which is filled with pictures of loved ones and friends that they miss. This way, they can reminisce, while they are visiting historic sites in other states or countries. Many senior travelers are looking for things, which will allow them to be more comfortable. Try looking for things that may enjoy like: getting a soft pillow, blanket, or stuff they can decorate their RV with.

Remember to look for things that will help them achieve their goals and dreams of seeing the different sites around America. You should pick a special gift that can be used over and over; like camping gear, dishes, or bored games to play on the when relaxing. These simple presents will make their lives easier, while showing them that you support their decision to travel. Therefore, look for things that they may need, in order to allow them to have the vacation of a lifetime.



 © Crystal S. Kauffman-2008/Previously Published at Yahoo Voices/Associated Contennt