Today is the birthday of a dear friend of ours – John Igo. He’s 88 years old. Our favorite public library in town is named after him.
He’s lived in San Antonio all his life. Very active in the community. A beloved English professor for many years. His classes at our historic San Antonio College always filled up immediately.
He’s written a number of books. We own 10 or so. Every time we attend a meeting of the Friends of the Library at the Igo Library, it seems he signs a new book for us.
The library is on the property that belonged to his family.
Today we’re going to give a reading of one of his plays – “Tomorrow and Tomorrow” at the John Igo Library at 2 pm.
There are six main characters. I’ve been preparing for this event over the last few weeks. I have not done a lot of public speaking or performing in my life. We may have quite a crowd today – I hope so. I play the main part – of Martha.
Not sure I’m quite ready yet. But nearly as ready as I will ever be. We will have two or three reading rehearsals today. I’m getting my clothes ready. And last night I spiffed up my reading glasses at the mall. I want to look my best – and to see my best!
We rehearsed once. And I’ve already seen I’m not the most polished actress. I hope I can make John happy with my performance. He’s used to working with professional actors and actresses.
Two of the other readers were much more convincing and dynamic than I – one has been an actress and manager of a playhouse, the other has written plays. I haven’t performed since I was about 14 years old. And then I was only a jester doing cartwheels across the stage. Ah, yes, utilizing our talents.
So today – we will read at 2 pm to the public. Come one and all!
Book (Photo credits: PB Teen)
I’m a writer. And I’m a book seller. I’ve been and still can be a tutor – a geometry tutor, basic chemistry. I’m also really good at basic algebra. I’m a really good editor too.
Did you know there are levels of editing? You can’t get it in one try – flow, consistency, grammar and punctuation come at different times. My boyfriend likes to brag and talk about how I set the red pen to his writing.
But I’ve written marketing pieces, entire long direct response sales letters, ads, opinion pieces, columns, book reviews – a lot of different things. I helped a friend who’s an expert in holistic health with the editing of his book — for over 5 years. He’s still writing, editing, improving – now it’s been taken up by a publisher.
But right now – I mostly sell books. Yes, I sell a lot of books … and other items too. I sell health food, children’s toys and games, linens, soap, CDs, and a lot of things.
Like any job that we’ve done for a long time… I think a lot about how the grass is greener on the other side. But I probably need to be happy I have a good job I can leverage, selling books. I sell a lot of crazy books, unique, eclectic books — hard to find and reference.
Gees though, I just want to be a copywriter. I’ve been hired and paid for a couple of direct response letters — reports. One of them stayed up on a doctor’s website for over 5 years – a control.
If you have a need for a good writer who knows copywriting – let me know.
In the meantime, though — no I’m not raising kids. I’m selling used books and things on Amazon.
And I’m re-viving my EditWrite Inc (2005 – 2009) to EditWrite LLC to officially get back into the writing, editing, copywriting business again…officially.
In the meantime, check out my store on Amazon if you like: www.amazon.com/shops/EditWrite. I post a lot of my Amazon listings on Pinterest too: www.pinterest.com/kaye456
Happiness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Wisdom, Beauty and Happiness – and In Business
Wisdom – True wisdom may be linked to experience and skill. Often wisdom has to do with philosophy and ideas – life experiences, relationships. There’s wisdom of the heart – sensitivity and understanding. Occasionally, we come across a person or writings that exude wisdom. We may expect and find greater wisdom with those with higher IQs, but definitely not always so. Listening to one’s subconscious or inner self – and acting on that may give and deliver us more wisdom.
I remember a young woman who wrote, “Obey Immediately” all over her textbooks in school – so she would listen and immediately obey what she felt was her best and next order of business. Have you ever tried this? I have. And have been amazed how timing worked – and I was in the right place at the right time.
In Business: Wisdom, listening and slowing down enough to make good choices helps in business. Planning and thinking ahead, pulling on our instincts, intuition, and experience with the big picture as well as the details. Learning and reading from others who may be older and wiser in our fields.
Beauty – Inner beauty. The beauty of nature. A pretty, seasoned, kind, lovely face. Photography. The inner sense. Feeling whole.
In Business: Beauty makes people feel good, feel comfortable. What’s the reason why the attractive woman on the phone, at the white board, in the office is the best graphic for business websites? People like to see beauty. Beauty makes us comfortable. It’s inviting. Use talented graphic designers for your websites. Integrate beautiful photos into your work, websites and presentations – stunning beauty, geometrics and color.
Happiness – Health is happiness. Dependence on our own inner strength and oneness with our best self. Wholeness. Understanding that we have a connection to God or Our Reality, our Higher Mind – however you put it. Learning not to depend on things outside of ourselves too much – people, outside stimulation. Or even getting beyond a constant idea that we need a God outside of ourselves to bring happiness.
Happiness may contain within itself a strong inner sense or connection that makes us feel Whole. A state of being where outer surface things do not vie for our attention and constantly troll us – pulling us from our centeredness – but at the same time the ability to share and support others. To many people love and family represents happiness. Women may depend on a certain amount of outer beauty to keep them happy. And outer things can and do add to wholeness and happiness. Children, family – loving friendships. Comfort in our finances and living situations.
In Business: When we are happy and centered we make better decisions in business. We’re not backtracking to regain our centeredness – due to negative emotions, insecurities, ill health, wasteful relationships, indulgences and a host of other energies and situations that sap and take away happiness.
Sometimes this may require talking to a good friend or counselor to gain perspective, understanding to make correct decisions. Happiness in business is more than good sales, bookkeeping or data sheets – it requires balance, skill and responsibility to the company, employees and you.
English: View from the Santa Monica Mountains of the , with Woodland Hills and Warner Center in the foreground, and the in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
From September 22, 2005 to August 8, 2009 I owned a company called EditWrite, Inc.
Now today six years later I’m reviving this company with some added flare.
Back in business with editing-writing-copywriting for corporations, advertisement agencies, small businesses and writers-authors.
Let me be your Go-To editor, writer and ad person. My name is Katherine Kay, and I’ll be your head writer-editor to give you words that work.
Jennifer Lawrence — has to spend her money on something, right? I guess.
Such a cute house. In Hollywood. Darling. But then…. houses decrease in
Warren Buffet never would have done this.
The 24-year Old and Younger
I remember how excited I was when I got my job at City Hall in Chicago
in the Torts Law Dept. I was 24 years old, the same age as my resourceful
and productive niece — and the same age as Jennifer Lawrence.
I started as a a temp. People liked me and encouraged me to to apply. People
like the young person. They are bright, energetic, attractive, ready and grateful to
conquer the world.
Yes, that was me too!
I was a lucky girl. I worked hard and had opportunities land in my lap.
Three years earlier in California — another temp job. The Southern California
Gas Company hired me to read gas meters.
Years later, I found out my Great Grandpa on Dad’s side was a boiler maker
for this gas company — yes in Southern California.
Great Grandpa Hostetler, a German man, and his lovely wife my Grandma —
piano player for silent movie theaters.
A boiler maker for the Southern California Gas Company — the same one
that hired me a half century later to read gas meters. And I read a lot of
gas meters — driving a truck all around the Woodland Hills area.
Grandpa took home correspondence courses in trigonometry and higher math
to hone his boiler making skills. Bless his heart. I became a math tutor —
and have helped a lot of kids get better grades too!
And my Great Grandma Lawrence-Hostetler, I’m told, was a Lady of all Ladies.
They don’t make them like that anymore!
And the end of my written musings this AM — to suffice a practical need to get
back on track with posting blogs more often! Thanks for indulging me!
P.S. If you or a friend, family member or business associate have need of a
an editor or writer, I’m good at both. I’ve been working with words in a
professional setting since 1987.
San Antonio, TX 78246