Well, the week now past is one for the record books, at least mine. The week ahead is as always full of promise.
Lets see, I took a quasi week off as vacation. What this means is I opened and closed the office, used the computer at home to resolve problems as they arose and kept the cell phone at hand. It was not relaxing, in fact I found it more stressful than a regular week at the office.
Still, it was the best case solution.
I landed a project with a very short deadline that consisted of writing eight chapter introductions that profiled each state on Route 66 and its unique contributions to that legendary highway. Then I wrote several sections that profiled celebrity association with the highway. Each piece was 750 to 1,000 words.
I have long wanted to shine the spotlight on Kingman and this was a great opportunity. Few are aware that Louis L’Amour, Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, Clayton Morre, Clark Gable, Louis Chevrolet, and Barney Oldfield all have a direct link with Kingman.
The challenge was in encapsulating this rich history in such succint wording. The hardest part was finding what to include and what not to.
Still it was exciting in the sense of pushing to meet a deadline and discovering fascinating obscure history. As an added plus the research will help with writing Ghost Towns of Route 66, the project I plan to start writing on New Years day.
I have also been gathering interesting research material. Among my new “treasures” are a 1929 Rand McNally Atlas. A fascinating 1936 Conoco travel guide prepared for a customer, and some highway maps from the 1930s.
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The week ahead is always a mixed bag of blessing and deep sadness. This year both extremes are magnified.
Suffice to say I am looking forward to it. It is my sincere hope that you will be richly blessed this holiday season, that in the midst of crass commercialism you will find joy in the simple things, that you will enjoy the toys of technology that come your way, and that, most importantly, you have time to reflect on the life changing meaning behind this holiday we call Christmas.

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