Wannabee Writers!

So, you wanna write.   You dream about  having an article published.  Better still, you dream about being a published author, having written a book.  Daily, you think about plots, settings, themes, words, creating, innovating.  You have a story to tell.  However, your procrastination gets the better of you, continually. 

Not sure of answering “how,” “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” and “how much,” you are at a loss to a new beginning, perhaps doubtful, perhaps lacking in self-confidence, lacking in motivation and inspiration, etc.   Well, stop right there!

Simply, here are suggestions to get you started: (1.) Library – contact them to find out their hours; ask them if there is a writers’ group or club available for you to sit in on.  (2.) Internet search – through one search engine or another, type in NameofYourCityWritersGroups and press “Go” or “Search,” whichever the case may be.   For instance, as I reside in Sacramento County, California, I googled “Sacramento, CA, Writers Groups,” pressed “go,” and came up with two groups. 

Happy I did so, I am now a member of the “Sacramento Suburban Writers Club.”  The monthly meetings are held in a back conference room of the Fair Oaks Library.  Through other members’ encouragement, references, arranged speakers, and shared ideas, my book was published.  To me, the members’ insatiable knowledge was my highlight!

For hoots and giggles, their website is sactowriters.synthasite.com.    

Be happy!  A. K. Buckroth

Tax Write-Offs (HINTS)

Okay, it is that time of year again.  You know, the infamous and oftimes procrastinated Tax Time.   This essay, so to speak, will discuss and remind you about itemizations.

I first became acquainted with the term “itemization” when having to prepare and calculate business executives’ reimbursements as an Executive Assistant.  Although this procedure was ongoing many, many years ago, what I learned in taking care of them I have since applied to myself.

Once becoming a sole-proprietor, I organized all useful receipts into a labeled accordian file.  Such a file has approximately twelve pockets.  If the already-labeled pocket is useless to me, I cross it off with a black marker/pen and print how I will use it.  For instance, “Rent” has been replaced with the word “Postage” because I do not rent.  Your receipts pertain to your operations, your life, and are all the proof you have if the Internal Revenue Service finds a need to ask you any questions = auditing (scary).  Such a file may be purchased at any office supply store (e.g., Office Depot, Office Max, Sam’s Clubs, Costco’s, college book stores, even some grocery stores).  No, they are not musical.

I do not mind sharing that I am highly organized, considered OCD (http://voices.yahoo.com/what-ocd-6874648.html).

At this juncture, I must tell you that I am not a licensed professioanl accountant by trade.  I am a sole-proprietor that operates her businesses in her home.  Because many of my customers require me to visit their places of residence and/or work, my (1.) automobile’s gasoline usage is one write-off.  My vehicle(s) are write-offs and they have the business painted on them.  When customers visit me in my home office, I am allowed to itemize (write-off) a third of my home: (2.) one third of my mortgage, one third of my car insurance, one third of my toilet paper because they use my restroom, one third of my utility bills (gas, water, electricity, heat, air conditioning), one third of my house phone and cellular phones becasue that is how people contact me.  My advertisments (3.) are write-offs (e.g., business cards, marketing tools such as give-away-pens to possible customers; posters; flyers, etc.  (4.) More write-offs would include the price to attend seminars and conferences pertaining to my professions.  (5.) Educatonal expenses of all kinds, down to the smallest purchase of pencils and erasers – anything of use to operate your business – books needed to update your business or something in your business.  (6.) Postage is a good one.  (7.) Capital Equipment, although it carries a ‘deprication value,’ is still useful (e. g., computer, printer, scanner, all the software you use, etc.).  (8.)  Business Expenses can be a paramount of things such as paper, pens, a flash drive or two, and the stick-in-the-computer-thingy.  This list can be endless(8.)  An Entertainment Expenses also has a separate pocket in the accordian file.  Receipts from client breakfast, lunches, dinners, in-betwee-coffee-business-chats are saved and used.  The key word is business.

KEEP AND ORGANIZE YOUR RECEIPTS!

When making a purchase that will benefit a charitable organization, (6.) that is a write-off.  For instance, because the proceeds from the sales of my book called “My Diabetic Soul” will go to the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, that is another write-off for you.   Any and all reading materials (book) to progress your operable knowledge in any field is a write-off!

Other receipts to keep in your ever-so-accommodating-accordian-file would pertain to (7.) medical expenses, and (8.) entertainment expenses (e.g., lunches and dinners for present or soon-to-be customers; food purchased for promotional endeavors; the change you hand out to a wanderer, etc.).

To conclude, I am sure you are fully enlightened and capable of organizing your receipts.  No, it is not always a pretty sight.  Keep in mind that as a United States citizen, you are assisting our government in providing services to the ‘general public.’  If done properly, and with the assistance of a (9.) paid-for-accountant (also a write-off), your State Refund Check will arrive in four weeks; your Federal Government Refund Check will arive in six weeks.

Good Luck!  Persevere!  And Get ‘R Done!

A. K. Buckroth

My Book Is Being Sold – NOW!

A. K. Buckroth My Book Is Being Sold – NOW!

I am very excited to share with you the fact that my first book, “My Diabetic Soul – An Autobiography,” is now available for your reading – and learning – pleasures. 

Quick Overview

A. K. Buckroth and two younger siblings have coped with juvenile diabetes. It does not have to be a death threat. “My Diabetic Soul – An Autobiography,” begins with the author’s birth in 1957. She celebrates fifty years – yes, 50 years living successfully and productively with this disease.

 Availability: In stock. Price: $15.95.  
Product Description
This book travels through the necessary growing tumults of childhood due to this disease; being an adolescent run-away and living through peer pressures; one marriage with three miscarriages; single-motherhood; college graduations; world travels; and careers all while fighting to stay alive on a daily basis.

Everyone needs a heroine and a miracle. Five decades of living with diabetes has been an honor, a divine gift.  Readers – non-diabetic as well as diabetic – will be inspired to fight for their lives, distinguishing right from wrong on a daily basis; strategizing their lives with a private appreciation for hemselves.

My Diabetic Soul – An Autobiography by A. K. Buckroth is an inspirational must-read.

Additional Information

 

Language: English; Pages: 304; Dimensions: 6″x8″; Publisher: Prismatic Publishing; ISBN: 13: 978-0-9822030-9-5 AND 10; 0-9822030-9-8; Author: A. K. Buckroth; Release Date: March 27, 2010 with Book Signing; Ages: 12 – 102; Book Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Nonfiction; Website: www.mydiabeticsoul.com

 

Composting

Well, it’s that time of year again – using the compost pile in the garden.

What is compost?  “It is a mixture (compositon) of decomposing vegatable refuse used to fertilize soil.”  It’s uneaten garbage.  You know, unused or uneaten parts of fruits and vegetables (e.g., orange peels, tomato skins, celery tails, onion skins, garlic skins, egg shells, banana peels avacado skins, and many other roots and peels).  Such things are naturally ‘biodegradeable.  They break down easily, releasing their nutrients for future use, specifically to enhance any and all garden-growing efforts.

Seeds of ANY kind are not allowed.  This includes seeds from tomatoes, avacadoes, grapes, potato ‘eyes,’ apple and pear cores, peach and cherry pits, pineapple tops, etc.  Neither are meat by-products and any kind (e. g. chicken, beef  and pork bones, skin or fatty meat portions that you do not eat).  Those go out in the weekly trash bin for city pick ups.

Containers for such a project are available at local retailers or free when you sit in at a “compost meeting” usually held each Spring at a county meeting where you live.  That is how I first became aware of such a thing.  With such encouragement,  I have been composting for fifteens years.

The large bins I possess are black, round, hard plastic contianers with holes all around the circumference for airation.   Approximately four feet high and three feet in diameter, two such bins have been placed outside, away from my back foor, but easily accessible in order to dump my garbage.  Hidden behind a small oak and fica tree, their unsighlty presence is not in plain view.

Other than my collection of kitchen garbage, two large bags of soil are added twice a year.  Once the soil is mixed with my garbage (using a round-nosed shovel and oftimes a pitchfork), water is added.  As it sits and sits there usually over the course of a year, insects and worms, natural inhabitants, bore their way through this seemingly mucky, but organized, mess.  Their presence further enhances and propagates the decomposing process.

After tilling my already used vegatable and herbal garden areas, the compost is added.  It is heavy and a wheelbarrel and shovel are used to bring it to my desired areas.  Mix, mix and mix some more.  This project has taken me two to three days to prepare before I am satisfied to plant.

All in all, it is worth it.  Hard work usually is.  Satisfaction is guaranteeed year-in and year-out once I see the buds of my labor and its magnificent harvest.  I delight in the opportunity to walk out my back door, gather what fruits I need for a days’ meal, returning the usnused portions to the bins.  It is a continuous cycle.

The following link will shed some different lights on this topic as well.  Hey, it’s all in the soup, haha!  http://backyardgrowers.com/23-ingenious-diy-compost-bin-ideas/.  Until next time, happy gardening!

A. K. Buckroth

Alaskan Iditarod 38!

As a recent subscriber to The Anchorage [Alaska] Daily News, I have been reading about the yearly Iditarod.  Now in its 38th year, this newspaper reports on the following brief blurbs.  I hope you enjoy reading this.  It is simple, to the point, and honest to goodness fun with a pot o’ gold!  Enjoy!  AR.

The Anchorage Daily News, 1001 Northway Drive, Anchorage, AK, 99508, USA ——————————————

Iditarod 38 ——————————————

March 11, 2010               

Iditarod: Day 5 (McGrath and Takotna)

Hugh Neff gets a kiss form Geronimo at the Takotna, Alaska, checkpoint on Wednesday March 10, 2010 during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Geronimo was born of Annie, Neff’s main leader. A number of Annies offspring are on his team, which he calls “Annie’s Army.”

— http://www.adn.com/2010/03/10/1177672/iditarod-day-5-mcgrath-and-takotna.html —

 The Sled Blog

The news, notes, and video of the Iditarod from rural Alaska blogger Kyle Hopkins.

Twitter: Iditarod Live

Follow our tweets from the trail for constant coverage throughout the race.

Pack of Iditarod icons bears down on leaders

Dallas Seavey won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race halfway prize for reaching the Cripple checkpoint first early this morning, but a small cavalry of some of the best mushers in the world were on their sleds out of Ophir well before dawn, bearing down on the leaders.

Battered but not beaten, mushers, dogs rest

Resting dog teams practically outnumbered local residents Wednesday in Takotna where retired pathologist and 69-year-old  musher Jim Lanier sat in the tribal hall after finishing a burger.

Iditarod mystery: How long is the Iditarod?

Many Iditarod junkies wonder exactly how far is it to Nome. The Iditarod Trail Committee claims 1,149 miles on both its northern  and southern routes — an effort to ensure the distance includes 49 (for  the 49th state) and exceeds the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International  Sled Dog Race between Whitehorse and Fairbanks.

Baker delays 24-hour rest, eyes halfway prize

While most Iditarod front-runners were in the middle of their 24-hour layovers in Takotna, Ophir or McGrath, John Baker of Kotzebue struck out alone for Cripple, the abandoned mining town where he should be able to claim the $3,000 halfway prize.

Gatt, Smyth first to Ophir

As many top mushers in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race caught up on sleep, food and relaxation in the comfortable village of Takotna, Hans Gatt of Whitehorse and Cim Smyth of Big Lake pushed ahead to Ophir in the early morning hours.

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Look What I Found!

Marzenfest

In the olden days Oktoberfest celebrated the start of the brewing season, Oktober to Marz (March), when the stored Marzenbier was tapped.  The Spring Marzenfest celebrates the end of a successful brewing season when all the fresh beers are released.”

Music: Die Alpenband California.”

“Beer: Authentic German and Local Handcrafted Brews.”

“German Food: Authentic Fare for a Spring Fest.”

“Saturday, March 20, 2010, 12:00pm to 5:00pm.”

“Howe Park, 2201 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA.”

“$10.00 Admission; $5.00 Age 6-12; Under 6 Free.”

“Presented by the Arden Arcade Rotary Club.”

“100% Proceeds Benefit Local Children’s Charities.”

“www.marzenfest.com.”

TCOYD. Huh? What the heck?

This article will briefly concentrate on a “TOCYD” event.   TCOYD is the acronym for “Taking Care of Your Diabetes.”  I was one of 1,5oo participants to be able to part take in this event that was held for the first time in Sacramento County, California, on Saturday, February 27, 2010.

This is a non-profit organization that was inspired by Ken Facter, MD, MBA, JD.  Not until 1995 did Dr. Facter’s associate/colleague, Dr. Steven Edelman, envision a “patient-oriented educational conference” to totally involve and encompass the lives of all diabetics and their non-diabetic significant others.  Having met Dr. Edelman, the man exudes hope, confidence and a positive will toward appreciation and understanding of this disease.

Why was this ‘conference’ never brought to the Sacramento, CA, area before now?  I do not know.   As much as any other area around our globe, diabetics and their non-diabetic counterparts are massive in numbers.

I first learned about this event/organization through a mailed flyer back in early January, 2010.  The JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) notified me.  How do they know of my existence?  That’s easy to answer.  Having been diabetic for fifty years, the JDRF is inescapable in most aspects related to diabetes to include locating people.  After reading and re-reading this two-page brochure, I decided it would be worth my while in time and money for a Saturday.  Enough time was alloted to plan my busy schedule to parttake in this event.  I also borrowed some loose change from my ‘piggy bank’ (a glass jar) just-in-case.

Over all, I am glad I participated.  It is always nice, comforting, to meet and hear people discuss the cumbersome and intricate facts involved with living this disease.  Diabetes remains unappreciated and misunderstood

If interested, please research “Taking Care of Your Diabetes.”   Events are held across the United States to include Hawaii.  Perhaps in your travels, you may want to learn more about attending such a learned and upbeat affair.   

Take care!  AR.

Diabetes Conference & Health Fair

If you are planning to be in or near Sacramento, California, on February 27, 2010, consider attending the “Taking Control of Your Diabetes” conference.

Registration opens at 7:30am in the Sacramento Convention Center.  The morning session (speaker/class) begins at 9:00am.  Yes, there is a break for lunch that is covered with your  $25.00 registration fee.  Sessions continue until 5:00pm, so it is a full day of listening and learning, becoming empowered to care for yourself even better than you already have been.

Guest speakers include enocrinologists, diabetologists, dieticians, a diabetes attorney of all things, and too many more to mention here.  Yes, I will be there.  I am anxious to hear from the diabetologist to prove that at least one really exists as opposed to the usual enocrinologists that seem to have taken over the realm of diabetes care.

Check it out for yourself by telephoning (858) 755-5683.  By internet, google www.tcoyd.org.  “TCOYD” stands for “Taking Care of Your Diabetes.”

Hopefully, I’ll see you there!  A. K. Buckroth

Fun Facts: Thomas More

Thomas More

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 
Saint Thomas More

Thomas More Signature.svg
Portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger (1527).

Martyr
Born 7 February 1478, London, England
Died 6 July 1535 (aged 57), London, England
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Communion
Beatified 1886, Rome by Pope Leo XIII
Canonized 19 May 1935, Rome by Pope Pius XI
Feast 22 June (Roman Catholic Church)
6 July (on some local calendars and in the Anglican Communion)
Attributes dressed in the robe of the Chancellor and wearing the Collar of Esses; axe
Patronage Adopted children; Ateneo de Manila Law School; civil servants; Diocese of Arlington; Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee; University of Malta; University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Arts and Letters; court clerks; lawyers, politicians, and statesmen; stepparents; widowers; difficult marriages; large families

Sir Thomas More (7 February 1478 – 6 July 1535), also known as Saint Thomas More, was an English lawyer, scholar, author and statesman. He is also recognised as being a saint within the Catholic Church. During his life he gained a reputation as a leading Renaissance humanist, an opponent of the Protestant Reformation of Martin Luther and wrote long treatises opposing William Tyndale and others who wished to see the Bible translated into the English language.  For three years toward the end of his life he was Lord Chancellor.

More coined the word “utopia” – a name he gave to the ideal, imaginary island nation whose political system he described in Utopia, published in 1516. An important counsellor to Henry VIII of England, he was imprisoned and executed by beheading in 1535 after he had fallen out of favour with the king over his refusal to sign the Act of Supremacy 1534, which declared the king to be the Supreme Head of the Church of England, effecting a final split with the Catholic Church in Rome. More was beatified by the Catholic Church in 1886 and canonised, with John Fisher, in 1935. In 1980, he was added to the Church of England calendar of saints.

Diabetics 50-Year Medalist Study

Dear readers, I need your assistance in making a profit-for-science decision involving diabetes research.  This would especially apply to other people who have lived with diabetes for fifty or more years.  Hear me out.  Help me to decide.

To begin, after having applied for and received the rare and renowned bronze “Victory Medal” and Certificate this past January, my boasting capacity is limited.  Through the Joslin Diabetes Center (JDC) in Boston, Massachusetts, these specifically recognize “the remarkable achievement of a successful life with insulin-dependent diabetes for half a century.”  Okay, fine.  I am alive with most of my original parts, excluding my appendix and my virginity.

Now the JDC would like me to participate in a study.  My succumbing to this ‘study’ would assist the JDC to receive funding for a special research project from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  They have demonstrated that there is still insulin being made in [the bodies of] several 50-year medalists.  Furthermore, this would allow the JDC to gain a “grant (money) to examine factors protecting against complications and complete destruction of insulin producing cells.”

Of course the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is involved along with “international leaders” and “experts from Europe and the United States.”  It is a study.  That word worries me.

If I submit and fly to Boston, the one-day, 8-hour, study “will include studies of the amount of blood flow in [my] eyes associated with protection from diabetic neuropathy, continued evidence of insulin production in the [my] pancreas, auto-immune diseases, and…” 

The tests that they perform involve a “mixed meal tolerance test that would challenge my pancreas to excrete any insulin that is there.”  Something about C-peptides and islet cells.  Blood tests every thirty minutes are also necessitated.  So far, their studies “suggest that there is a mechanism preventing the immune system from destroying all the cells with insulin.  This makes identifying individuals who are like this crucial to finding how to resist auto-immune destruction.”  Hmm.

Those are most of the facts that I have been told.  Sure, my flight expense would be re-imbursed, a one-night stay at a nearby Holiday Inn re-imbursed along with the taxi fare to the hospital. 

My negations involve #1. Coming up with the fares in the first place; #2. Traveling alone, which I do not like doing, especially cross-country; #3. Affording a rent-a-car to visit family and friends while I am there – if I go.  Why can’t “they” come out here and do their testing?!  Does not California have state-of-the-art scientific diabetes study facilities and capabilities of its own?  I guess Joslin wants to shine.

All in all, this study does not claim to procure a cure.  That is the end-product I would like to parttake in.  From what I am to understand, “they” want to find out how come I lived so long with this disease.  I can answer that: I take care of myself.  I’ll just have to have them read my book.  This whole medalist thing will be mentioned in one of my next books as well!