I started this blog way back on December 20, 2008 to journal through various discernment processes I was going through. I have several hobbies about which I am passionate, and there are several things I do for a living that I am very good at.
Three things I have enjoyed making a livelihood through are:
- wordsmithery (writing, editing, proofreading),
- leading musical ensembles, and
- teaching others what I know.
On a happy note: fellow dog lover, co-blogger and fiction writer Rachel Mankowitz announced today that her first book is out on Amazon! I am so excited for her ! Please check out her new title and share the link with your friends – available as Kindle or paperback. I’d love to see her first foray into self-publishing be a huge success!!! The direct link is here in her post:
A very sad obituary to have read today: Christian songwriter Kurt Kaiser passed away yesterday. He was 83 years old. His song, “Pass It On,” is iconic in contemporary Christian music. An accompaniment track I did for the song years ago has been viewed over 800,000 times on my YouTube channel alone, and I have found it in numerous other places, pilfered and posted on various international video channels. He probably didn’t mind any more than I did because the important thing was the song was globally loved and sung. May his soul rest in peace and may his family find comfort in having lived with a gifted, modern evangelist whose reach and influence will only be truly known in the hereafter.
Please feel free to sing along to my accompaniment track in Kurt’s honor:
Alright, ya’ll – good news for student visitors: In December 2018 after final exams are all done and grades posted, I will finally be able to post up some more essays. ‘Cause I’m baa-aaack!
As intro or re-intro depending on who you are: My background is over 30 years in ministry (music director, programming, volunteer management) with an overlap of the first 18 years in contract law as a legal assistant/office manager followed by the balance in nonprofit office management, finances (bookkeeping, fundraising), more programming and volunteer management. I sum it all up as follows: “I’m a professional cat herder who is nice for a living.”
From my website stats, I can see that most of you are students who visit my page for the writing samples I post.
It wasn’t a given that my age group would automatically go to college.
So, my brain has recovered from chemo to go back and continue my coursework toward the management degree I was working on, and this semester I jumped right in with 12 credits. Business Law, Grant Writing, Social Media Marketing, and Statistics. But it’s okay; I’ve discovered that I’ve still got it. However, I was taking practice tests to study for my statistics mid-term and this happened. #sorrynotsorry #clownophobic #thefearisreal
I am posting the contents of my BigBlackDogStudio.com Portfolio page over here, since the Caffeinated Music audience seems a very appropriate place to offer this aspect of my freelance promotional writing services. Please pop over to my studio page and look around and if you have any questions, please message me.
In addition to art work, I have always needed to promote whatever ministry group or event for whichever church I had worked for, and as I am now retired from ministry, I wish to offer that kind of service to the general public.