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Backing up files with the cloud

Backing Up Files with a USB Flash Drive and the Cloud

Last February, my wife Emily and I visited friends, Nick and Wendy, who had recently moved to Mexico. One night we went out to a restaurant for dinner. I left my knapsack on the floor in the backseat of their Jeep hidden under a thick blanket. Nick locked the door. When we returned less than an hour later, the back door was unlocked and my knapsack, with laptop inside, was gone. I never saw it again. Happy Ending to Near Disaster This story has two happy endings: My insurance covered the cost to replace my stolen equipment. My files were backed up. Within a week of our return to Michigan, I had a new knapsack, appointment book, and laptop, and I had retrieved all of my files. A week later, […]

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You Can’t Write a Book if You Don’t Take Notes

I discovered I was a notetaking addict in the middle of a college poker game. “Ken, are you in?” someone asked. I was in. In deep thought, writing about an incident that had occurred earlier in the day that I didn’t want to forget. I wrote in my journal, which I always had by my side for taking notes. How do you take notes? Notetaking Equipment Today Today we have so many more options for note taking. You can take notes or speak them, at all times of day under all social circumstances. “I don’t have time” loses its meaning. Here are a few options: Tablets Easier for note taking than laptops because they turn on with the press of a thumb, don’t need to warm up, and are less […]

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Become a Better Writer with New Book-Writing Series

Greetings, Author Friends, Are you looking to become a better writer so you can write your book? Mark your calendars for February 27, 2021 when I will debut my new “You’ve Got the Time” series of articles, stories, and interviews on the topic of how to write and publish that book that is already inside you. Writing a Book a Reachable Vision Have you ever considered writing a book? Did you dismiss the idea immediately as being unreachable? Then this journey is for you. I’ll share my version of wisdom compiled from over fifty years as an author, editor, publisher, union activist, scholar, book coach, speaker, and celebrated hitchhiker and dishwasher going back to the Vietnam era underground press. Some entries will be adapted from my book, You’ve Got the […]

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Editing for a Cause

Do you need editing for your new book? Win two hours of the best professional editing I’ve got to offer at the State of Michigan Children’s Trust Fund annual Pam Posthumus Signature Auction. Time, online silent auction: September 14-16, 2020 Time, virtual live event: September 16, 2020 Where to register: Bipartisan – in Today’s Climate? The Children’s Trust Fund is the only department of the State of Michigan that has as its sole mission, childhood abuse and neglect prevention. It was created by the Michigan Legislature in 1982 as a result of a bill co-sponsored by Democratic State Senator Debbie Stabenow, Republican State Senator Connie Binsfeld, and others from both sides of the aisle. It has been proudly bipartisan throughout its history. My interest in CTF began in 2008when […]

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