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About rigdonl99

Climbing slowly up the mountain of "Fame and Fortune," I am a freelance writer and novelist. Like most writers who are still making a name for themselves, I am seeking exposure and experience in multiple writing fields. I am a diligent worker and I love a challenge, so feel free to comment on my blogs and ask questions --after all, the ability to converse with my readers is what makes the blogging experience so much more enjoyable.

Only Six Days Late . . . With My 2017 Review, I Mean

Normally I like to do an end of the year review of my blogging, but I am running late with practically everything.

For those of you who do not read my L. Rigdon newsletter (follow this link to get on my newsletter list), you should know that a few big things happened at the end of 2017.

First of all – I got a full-time job!

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Due to numerous issues – both financial and personal – finding full-time employment was the only way to handle the needs of my life. I am now a content manager with an organization that builds thought leadership networking conferences for C-suite level executives.

Giving up freelance was not exactly something I had planned on for 2017. Quite the opposite, actually. I have one forthcoming blog about that experience, and I’m sure there will be other blogs having to do with my thoughts and reflections on switching my entire career plan.

Second big thing — my entire writing career has massively changed!

Let me assure you all that I am still writing. Since I work 40 hours a week and commute 10 hours a week, my available free time is at a premium. I’ve had to reduce my writing time significantly, and I’m still in the midst of trying to find that delicate balance.

As far as my fiction goes, I have carefully constructed a plan on how to write and still produce amazing books for my fans. You can learn more about that by joining my newsletter through the link above and by liking me on Facebook.

In regards to my blogging, I will be the first to admit that I have been slacking in 2017. How bad have I been slacking? Let’s do some review!

In 2017, I wrote 16 blog posts on this site. Five of those blogs were promo plugs for my published fiction. So, in reality, I wrote 11 posts.

In comparison, during 2016, I wrote 22 posts, and only two of them were promo plugs.

That’s nearly a 50% decrease in one year!

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Are there reasons? Of course there are reasons! I completed and published a novel in 2017. I was going through major life changes. To top it off, I had to go job hunting, and thankfully was successful in starting work at a new job on November 6.

So how do I want to move forward with my blogs? Do I have the time?

I have had this blog for over a decade now. I used it as a mock portfolio, before I had any real clients or experience to speak of. Since then, I’ve used this blog as a place to get out my thoughts on topics that interest me. I still need a place to put those thoughts, and I like using my blog as a platform for promoting my writing.

Luckily – I have a plan!

I do not know how often I will be able to write, but I do know when I can carve out some time.

My lunch breaks.

I will have to be strategic, using some of my lunch breaks to do topic research, and other lunch breaks to do the actual writing. It may also mean shorter blog posts than usual, but I don’t want to sacrifice the quality of my posts. I will not post garbage simply to post something!

Okay readers – I hope this new plan works for you.

I also want to say thank you.

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Some of you have been reading my blogs for years, and I am truly grateful.

When I named my site, “The Eccentric Eclectic’s Blogs,” I did it specifically because I wasn’t writing under any niche. At the time I just wasn’t ready to commit myself in any particular direction, and it was only later that I learned how having no niche was problematic in regards to having a fan base. Nevertheless, you have stuck by my blog, no matter how many random and disconnected topics I go through.

Thank you!

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Heaven and Hell for the OCD: SCRAP PDX

More places for my blog challenge!

I’ve only lived in the Portland area for a little over a year, and, like most crafters, I make friends with other crafters in part to find out the best (cheapest) places to find supplies. Several of my friends said that I must go to SCRAP PDX.

It took a while for me to make the time to head on out there, but I finally made the journey. For those of you who haven’t seen it, I’m not sure if the pictures in this blog will do the store justice, but the pics will certainly give you an idea of what wonders there are to behold.

As I walked through the store, my first thoughts included how impressed I felt at the level of organization. Although you may never have seen such an arrangement of random stuff, the fact that everything is arranged, labeled, separated into individual boxes, and often color-coded blows your mind away.

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At the same time, the sheer amount of everything, and the peculiar items for sale, can feel overwhelming, hence the heaven and hell in the title. Fortunately, the variety of items everywhere you look keeps you distracted, and it heightens your curiosity concerning what you’re going to find next.

Like many things in Portland, SCRAP PDX promotes the idea of minimizing waste, and their items for sale emphasize that idea to the extreme. These items for sale are often donated from individuals and businesses.

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While the majority of the items in the store are legitimate craft and art supplies, the rest of the items are somewhere between what most would call junk and what others would find typically at a flea market or garage sale.

With prices unbelievably low for the majority of items, this store is definitely the place for mixed-media artists to gather supplies and inspiration. Teachers also would make out like bandits at this store, especially on their limited budgets.

I feel that some, not all, of the fabric and notions were slightly overpriced for a secondhand store. I admit, I am a penny-pincher, so my view on prices is no doubt jaded.

Despite some overpriced fabric, SCRAP PDX seems like an excellent place for a multitude of customers. Similarly, if you just need a store to walk through and look around, your eyes will never want for more in a store like this.

SCRAP PDX, located at 1736 SW Alder Street in Portland, is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1999. They offer educational classes, including classes for children. Promoting greener living through reusing everything and anything, according to their site, “SCRAP diverted 140 tons of usable materials from the waste stream” in 2016. Find out more by visiting their website: www.scrappdx.org

Serene Revelations: A Walk through Cathedral Park

While working on my blog challenge, I decided to take a nature walk through the picturesque scene of Cathedral Park, found at N Edison St & Pittsburg Ave.

Located under St. Johns Bridge and directly next to the Willamette River, (Oregonian Pronunciation: Will-LAMB-et), Cathedral Park feels like a place miles away from civilization, despite being directly under a well-used bridge, and being next to a fairly thriving community.

What’s the secrets to the quiet surroundings? Take a look at these pictures and make your guesses:

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In my opinion, the height and placement of the bridge combined with the sounds of the river produce white noise that drowns out all surrounding city noises. Additionally, there are a fair amount of trees in the park, as well as everywhere near the river, which adds the sounds of wildlife. While walking through the park, I often heard the sounds of birds chirping and squirrels rustling in the bushes.

All of this creates the illusion of being far removed from the nearby urban jungle.

As a place to walk through, Cathedral Park provides an excellent setting for exercise, clearing your head, or just a pleasant stroll. Even though there are plenty of man-made structures all around you at Cathedral Park, (GIANT freaking bridge), surprisingly, everything blends in to the background. The bridge is painted a muted green color, the stonework of the bridge has been aged and looks like natural rock, and even the walking paths and benches are all done in earth tones that take nothing away from the surrounding landscape.

Many people come to the park with their dogs. There is plenty of room for dogs to run without intruding upon anyone else. The lack of loud city sounds probably puts less stress on the dogs.

If you have young children, there really aren’t any play structures in the area. If your children like running about, walking in nature, playing on the riverbed, and looking at a bridge, then you’ll be fine, but even then some children might get bored.

The bridge itself truly captivated me from the moment I pulled into the parking lot. Looking at the bridge feels like gazing at a stunning piece of art. The Gothic style architecture against the backdrop of the gorgeous hills of the Pacific Northwest produce a stunning visual to behold. No wonder that this bridge is known as the Gateway to the Portland Harbor.

Some interesting facts about the bridge include the following:

  • The spires stand at 409 feet above the river
  • St. Johns Bridge was opened in 1931
  • It’s known as “the largest and most significant suspension bridge in Oregon”*
  • The bridge weighs over 7,000 tons
  • From end-to-end, the length of the bridge with approaches is 3,834 feet (Almost ¾ of a mile!)
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Within the city of Portland, there are 12 bridges. Each bridge offers its own unique character and view of the city. The St. Johns Bridge, standing high over Cathedral Park, keeps watch over this quiet haven. The park itself offers a tranquil space to rest before or after a visit to the man-made metropolis nearby.

What We Saw before the Fire: An Adventure in the Gorge

As many of you know, at the beginning of the year I gave myself the blog challenge to explore new and strange places and/or restaurants here in the PDX area. My goal was to explore and write corresponding blog posts throughout the year. Sadly, I have not been keeping up with this goal for most of the year, so lately I’ve been pushing myself to do better and MEET my goal!

For example, when I was making plans for when my mother came to visit me in July, I decided to take her to a few places that I could use for my blogs.

So why didn’t I post blogs about my adventures in August?

Instead of blogging about the places we saw, I was busy with my latest publication, Grift and Shadow, (available at both Amazon and Smashwords). After the book was released for distribution on August 31, I was gearing up to play a major game of catch-up with a lot of my other duties/projects, so once again, I had pushed my blog post to the back burner.

Then the Eagle Creek wildfire happened.

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On September 2, 2017, the fire was reported in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, which is the same area I took my mom during her visit. The days passed on, and air quality throughout the Portland area became dangerous. It rained ash, even though the fires were 30 miles away from Portland.

As firefighters and first responders worked diligently to contain the fire, information was released that the cause of the fire was believed to be the misuse of fireworks by a 15-year-old from Vancouver, WA. A witness saw the young man light and throw the fireworks into the overtly dry grass of the Gorge. The witness questioned the young man afterwards. From all reports, the young man seemed aloof and apathetic, as if he didn’t care about the massive devastation his carelessness had started.

According to InciWeb, as of September 27, 2017, the fire is at 46% containment, and has spread over 48,573 acres. Local news reporters from KATU indicated that teams of experts have already been brought in to assess the damage and determine the best course of action for cleanup, public safety, and returning the Gorge back to “pre-fire conditions.”

Freeway access to the Gorge on the 84 has only recently been available. Before the fire started, I had made plans that sometime in September I would make a drive through the Gorge and go all the way to Mount Hood. That has not happened, and I have yet to see the aftermath firsthand; I’m not exactly eager to see it, if I’m honest.

Despite such monumental destruction in the Gorge, I try to remain optimistic.

I know that the experts, first responders, and volunteers will do whatever it takes to rebuild and heal the region. The fall and winter rains will help cleanse and rejuvenate the area. Granted, with the loose soil, the forestry department and engineers will have to move quickly to avoid massive landslides, but from the news articles and videos, it sounds like everyone understands what needs to be done to prevent more problems.

Now, without further ado, let me talk about the Gorge before the fires.

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I have journeyed down 84 a few times since we moved up here to the Pacific Northwest. Going through the region, with the Columbia River by your side, takes your breath away. The historic Columbia Highway, as pictured above, starts off at Crown Point with the Vista House, which is the building in the above picture.

Construction on the Vista House began in 1916. It was designed to be a rest stop and an observatory that would offer tourists an amazing view of the entire Gorge, as Vista House sits over 700 feet above the Columbia River.

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The first time I visited Vista House was in November of 2016, and the wind chill up there froze me down to the bone. We went inside of the observatory and downstairs, where I found a gift shop. Since I am frugal, I usually only buy postcards from gift shops, but because I was freezing, I now own a green hooded sweater with a white graphic of Vista House painted on the front.

As I drove my mom and her friend on the historic highway this past July, we of course stopped at Vista House and took plenty of pictures. Inside Vista House, they also had several displays about the August 21st solar eclipse, letting people know the optimal places to view it. The best place to view it in Oregon was Salem, which is about an hour south of us here in Portland. Of course, here in Portland we would still be able to see 98% of the eclipse, which wasn’t too shabby.

Venturing on from Vista House, we drove down the curvy Columbia River Highway. It’s a two-lane road through the woods, meant to be a slow, scenic trip to enjoy. While you drive, you’ll notice expertly crafted masonry on the walls and the small stone bridges. These reminders of an earlier era give you a clue to the age of the historical highway.

There are several waterfalls that visitors can stop at on their way to the main tourist attraction, Multnomah Falls. In the past, I have stopped at a few of these, and if you have the time, almost all of the waterfalls are definitely worth the side trip excursions. As Multnomah Falls was only the first stop on a long journey out to Hood River with my mom and her friend, we skipped the smaller falls and headed straight for the big one.

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The noon sun glares down, making the falls even more captivating.

Parking at Multnomah Falls during the busy tourist season is no easy task. If you want to see the falls, I highly recommend getting there as early in the day as possible. Arrive there after noon, as we did, and you may be circling around for parking for quite some time.

Supposedly, there is an additional parking lot, although I have not yet found this parking haven on either of my visits to the falls. The falls are right by the 84, and the parking lot is off of the 84, but on the other side of where the falls are located, so you walk under the freeway and up a path to Multnomah Falls. I have never gone to the falls via the 84, and instead have always taken the historical route. One of these days, I will have to find this elusive parking lot.

We actually drove through the Gorge on two different days when my mom and her friend were visiting. On one day, we drove mainly on the Washington side of the Columbia River, and we saw quite a number of gorgeous sites.

We had our boy with us on the first day. We’ve taken him on a number of adventures in the past, and for the most part he likes hiking in nature. Like many other six-year-olds, he will eventually get bored, and he needs some motivation to keep going. Ice cream is a great motivator, as is stopping to take pictures with Sasquatch.

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On the second day of our Columbia River Gorge adventures, it was just my mom, her friend, and me. After we saw the beauty of the Multnomah Falls, we got on the 84 and headed east to Hood River. My mother’s friend had found a tourist pamphlet about The Fruit Loop, and we decided that would be our adventure.

More than just breakfast cereal, The Fruit Loop is an area around the city of Hood River. In this area, there are multiple stops along “the loop,” including wineries, orchards, flower fields, and more. We stopped at several places to taste pretty much every flavor of jam and jelly you can imagine, including the renowned Marion berry that you only seem to find up here in Oregon. (Don’t let them fool you – it’s just a type of blackberry, but it tastes yummy!)

One of the stops on “the loop” included an alpaca wool shop. My mom both knits and crochets, so she wanted to buy some alpaca wool. In fact, she bought several bundles of dyed wool, letting me pick one of the colors, as it will become a Christmas scarf for me later this year. I promised to look surprised when it arrived!

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Another stop was a lavender field. While lavender possesses a strong odor in most beauty and bath products, fresh-in-the-field lavender has a much more subdued smell. What I found incredible occurred as I walked up to the lavender field. As I moved closer to the field, the continuous sound of a low humming noise kept getting louder.

What made the humming noise? Hundreds of pollinators! I got close enough to see the bees moving around from flower to flower.

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As my mom and her friend perused the lavender shop, I stepped outside, because I had to take pictures of Mount Hood.

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I didn’t think it was possible, but I have fallen deeply and madly in love with this mountain! It makes me smile every time I see it, and I see it almost every time I drive across the bridges, assuming the weather is clear. There are days when you can’t see the top of Mount Hood. I joke that the clouds steal the mountain from me, but they always bring it back. As I ventured with my mom and her friend on The Fruit Loop, it was the closest I’ve ever been to Mount Hood. So, of course, I had to end my adventure with a picture of me and my mountain.

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Getting My Print on! QUICK PROMO PLUG!!!

As many of you know, on August 31, 2017, I released my latest novel, Grift and Shadow, available at Amazon and at Smashwords. This was also the first book I’ve ever released in print.

In the spirit of moving forward as an author, and thanks to the wonders of print on-demand, I have just made one of my other novels, Words on a Feather, available in print through Amazon. Click on the pic below to purchase your copy today!

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Rebuilding with Retraining: Ideas for Rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey

America has been watching the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, and all of us are wondering what happens next. Obviously, people will need to find ways to get their lives back together, but how do you even begin to do that when everything you own has been damaged beyond repair?

Experts are already estimating how much money it will cost to start the rebuilding process, but it’s not just a matter of fixing homes. We’re talking about billions of dollars to shelter and feed victims, build temporary housing, rebuild damaged housing, fix infrastructure problems (including roadways, bridges, trains, levees, etc.), and not to mention rebuilding all of the businesses, schools, churches, community spaces, and everything else that was brutalized by the storm.

The rebuilding process requires a multitude of steps. More importantly, rebuilding requires people, businesses, and the government to all work together, and I personally think that may be one of the biggest obstacles to overcome.

What Helps and What Hinders

I don’t think it’s a matter of people having a difficult time working together. We have seen and continue to see the love and kindness pouring out as regular citizens all over the country are going out of their ways to go and help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Even radio stations up here in Portland, Oregon, 2,500+ miles away from the disaster, are promoting stories about Portland citizens gathering truckloads of donations to drive down to help those in need. 

People help people, no doubt about it!

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Many businesses are also helping, including those down in the Houston area. Jim McIngvale, more lovingly known as “Matress Mack,” (pictured above), opened his giant furniture stores to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. He’s giving victims a place to stay, a place to sleep, and food to eat. Nobody asked him to do it – he just did it, because it was the right thing to do.

Businesses are made of people, and business owners have more power to help a greater number of people. Matress Mack is only one of many business owners reaching out to help the victims.

While I would like to be optimistic, I do not have a lot of hope that our government will be as quick to aid those most in need. It’s not that they don’t want to help. Our government is made of people, and these are people who care about the safety of their constituents. Unfortunately, the lack of efficient systems and infrastructure in our government, as well as budgetary issues, will tie up the works.

Since helping people in need is often a political point of contention – oddly so, since most of the main political parties believe in helping their fellow citizens, they just disagree on the methodology – it remains to be seen if the government can stop worrying about party politics and instead do what they need to do to get the rebuilding process in full swing.

Sadder still, despite the amazing outpour of support through donations and volunteers, most of the rebuilding process will be slowed down by financial concerns and the lack of a suitable workforce.

Who Will Rebuild the Gulf Coast?

Articles on CBS news and The Washington Post, as well as articles from newspapers published within the state of Texas, including My San Antonio and The Dallas Morning News, all cite how Texas has been experiencing one of its largest labor shortages in the field of construction. Before Harvey hit, there were already major delays with building new homes, simply because contractors could not find enough skilled workers.

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There are also issues related to immigration, as it is not an uncommon practice for contractors to supplement their workforce with undocumented workers. Like other industries, the construction industry also pursues the option of legally sponsoring foreigners to work in America to supplement the workforce; however, sponsoring foreign workers often involves government regulation and paying workers equal wages. Some employers would rather cut corners by paying undocumented workers under the table, and, if these workers are deported, it further depletes the workforce.

Although, as Patrick Sisson might argue, it’s not just a matter of cutting corners and paying undocumented workers under the table – it’s the fact that there simply aren’t any other construction workers available. In his article, “Construction boom exposes labor shortage threatening homebuilding,” Sisson points out that in Texas, (and across the nation, for that matter), not enough young people are entering the skilled trade fields, especially in the construction industry. He notes that there is a “greying shrinking pool” of qualified workers, which he attributes to vocational trades being ignored in the education system.

There is a major social disconnect, as Sisson points out, between young people’s perception of career success and the reality of the job market. Students believe they have to earn college degrees to get good paying jobs. There is also a massive amount of stigma associated with those who choose vocational programs over traditional degree programs, as the majority of vocational jobs are still looked at as lesser than non-vocational positions.

Sadly, high schools, and colleges for that matter, have become so wrapped up in this, “you can be anything,” mentality that they have neglected to teach students certain facts, including the following:

  • College isn’t for everyone. As of 2015, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that 41% of full-time students pursuing a bachelor’s degree did not succeed.
  • Not all good-paying jobs require bachelor’s degrees.
  • Many vocational programs can be completed in less than two years, as compared to the 4+ years it takes to get a bachelor’s degree.
  • The majority of vocational programs have built-in internships and apprenticeship programs resulting in almost immediate employment, whereas most bachelor’s degree programs only have optional internships that may or may not lead to full-time employment after graduation.

Young people also believe that skilled trade jobs in the construction industry don’t pay reasonable salaries. Again, this is due to a complete lack of the education system preparing students for the real world, as administrators tend to be more obsessed with test scores versus life skills training.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), (a government run organization that monitors the salaries of a multitude of vocations), there is clear evidence that skilled trade workers earn desirable salaries. The data below reflects the average annual salaries of various construction trade workers, as reported by the BLS in 2016:

  • Brick masons = $53,440
  • Carpenters = $48,340
  • Carpet installers = $44,310
  • Cement masons = $43,720
  • Construction equipment operators = $50,560
  • Dry wall and ceiling tile installers = $47,400
  • Electricians = $56,650
  • Plumbers = $56,030
  • Rail track laying and maintenance operators = $52,810
  • Structural iron and steel workers = $56,040
  • Tile and marble setters = $44,770

As young people have been steered away from vocational jobs for over a decade, or as they have simply been allowed to believe that vocational jobs are not as respectable as nonvocational ones, Texas, among many states in the nation, are facing serious problems with finding a suitable workforce. In terms of rebuilding after one of the biggest natural disasters, this lack of a workforce will prove increasingly problematic in the days to come for the rebuilding process of all areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Idea to Increase the Workforce for the Rebuilding Process

I know that there are an unbelievable amount of problems to solve with the rebuilding process from this point on, including funding for the housing and sheltering of victims. Likewise, as explained above, there is the added problem of the lack of a suitable workforce.

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Idea!

Instead of bringing in workers from around the country, or bringing workers from out of the country, if any are available, why not use that money to create a modified apprenticeship program that focuses on utilizing the displaced victims as a newly trained workforce?

The following explanation will obviously be oversimplified, but as a general idea, hear me out.

We have people who have been displaced, because of the floods. Many of their places of employment have also been eliminated due to flood damage. These people face the real problems of no jobs, no possessions, nowhere to go locally, and no income. Most likely, as proven by what happened after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 , these displaced victims will simply leave the region to find employment and new places to live.

If they had the option to work, be trained in a new career, and have suitable housing, would they stay?

If we created this apprenticeship program that trained an entire new workforce, giving these people job skills they could use during and after the rebuilding process, it could motivate a large percentage of the victims to stay and reclaim their communities.

Ok, but would this idea save money?

Right now we will have to pay to house the victims, feed them, payout insurance claims, etc. We will also have to pay for construction workers to come in and rebuild. Basic facts and figures.

What if a sizable percentage of the money we plan to use to house and feed the victims could simultaneously pay for workforce?

That’s what I’m talking about by this apprenticeship program. Instead of paying to house and feed the victims AND paying strangers to come in and rebuild, we could save some of that money and invest it in the people to become the new workforce we need.

The modified apprenticeship program I’m imagining would provide on-the-job training, allowing people to learn a trade, to work, and participate in the rebuilding process. For a period of time, their salary would be the cost of their housing and the cost of basic food and toiletries.

Essentially, instead of paying the teams of contractors, we would be using that money to supplement what we need to pay to house and feed those displaced from the floods. As an added bonus, we would be working to solve part of the diminishing workforce problem in the coastal regions of Texas and Louisiana.

As I said above, this is a rough idea, but it’s an out-of-the-box idea that I think has merit.

Not only could we build and pay for a workforce at the same time, but we could also be preparing a workforce that could be used to deal with the massive infrastructure problems that contributed to the flooding itself, such as badly designed drainage systems, the levies and dams in disrepair, and other related issues.

A public works vocational apprenticeship training program such as this would give the victims reasons to stay in the area, which would avoid an economic collapse that would only further devastate the region. Likewise, those who currently feel lost after losing everything could gain a sense of pride, hope, and a real sense of community if they go through this program and participate in the rebuilding process. Furthermore, utilizing people who are already there can help offset costs, and the program would also serve to address some of the major vocational problems our country is facing with a dwindling pool of skilled trade workers.

Yes, this idea needs work – it’s still rough. We would still have to pay people to come in and train the workforce, and we would need to hire some more experienced construction workers to get things started.

That aside, we have to think of solutions that address a multitude of issues – what to do with those who’ve been displaced by the floods, how to rebuild, how to prevent this from happening again, budgetary concerns, maintaining economic stability, etc. Solutions to a problem of this magnitude will not be simple, but that does not mean the problem cannot be solved.

My NEW Book Is Officially OUT

Grift and Shadow is available for purchase NOW!!!!

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The pre-order push has been amazing! Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered the book=0)

Now you can officially buy your copy of Grift and Shadow! Plus, and this is new and exciting for me, Grift and Shadow will be my first book available IN PRINT through Amazon.

So whether you like electronic copies or the tactile touch of books, I’ve got you covered!!!

If you want to buy the e-book version, but you need something besides the Kindle format, I HIGHLY recommend buying my book at Smashwords. They have lots of formats available, so whatever you need, they probably have it. Just go to the link below:

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If you want to order the book in print, or if you prefer the Kindle format, click on the Amazon link below:

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OMG! Only 1 Week Left to Pre-order and Save on Grift and Shadow

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Hello again my wonderful fans!

This is your FINAL REMINDER that Grift and Shadow is available now for pre-order.

The official release date is August 31, 2017.

That is ONLY 7 DAYS AWAY!!!

REMEMBER, if you pre-order now, you will save 25% off of the list price.

You wonderful people who pre-order the book before August 31 will only pay $2.99.

On August 31, it goes up to full price.

I have also made sure that my book can be pre-ordered in multiple formats.

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Remember that Smashwords allows you to choose the type of e-book format that best fits your e-reader devices. Available formats for my book should include epub, mobi, pdf, lrf, pdb, txt, and html.

For all of you Amazon Kindle shoppers, click the pic below to go directly to Amazon and pre-order Grift and Shadow

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As always – thank you everyone for your support, your kind words, and your all-around awesomeness =)

Best,
-L. Rigdon

ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT to Pre-order and Save on Grift and Shadow

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Hello again my wonderful fans!

Just another reminder that Grift and Shadow is available now for pre-order.

The official release date is August 31, 2017.

REMEMBER, if you pre-order now, you will save 25% off of the list price.

You wonderful people who pre-order the book before August 31 will only pay $2.99.

On August 31, it goes up to full price.

I have also made sure that my book can be pre-ordered in multiple formats.

Click the pic below to pre-order my book through Smashwordssmashwords-logo

Remember that Smashwords allows you to choose the type of e-book format that best fits your e-reader devices. Available formats for my book should include epub, mobi, pdf, lrf, pdb, txt, and html.

For all of you Amazon Kindle shoppers, click the pic below to go directly to Amazon and pre-order Grift and Shadow

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As always – thank you everyone for your support, your kind words, and your all-around awesomeness =)

Best,
-L. Rigdon

Grift and Shadow Available for Pre-order NOW!!!!

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After several delays, Grift and Shadow is weeks from being published!!!

The official release date is August 31, 2017.

But, if you pre-order now, you will save 25% off of the list price.

You wonderful people who pre-order the book before August 31 will only pay $2.99.

On August 31, it goes up to full price.

I have also made sure that my book can be pre-ordered in multiple formats.

Click the pic below to pre-order my book through Smashwordssmashwords-logo

Remember that Smashwords allows you to choose the type of e-book format that best fits your e-reader devices. Available formats for my book should include epub, mobi, pdf, lrf, pdb, txt, and html.

For all of you Amazon Kindle shoppers, click the pic below to go directly to Amazon and pre-order Grift and Shadow

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As always – thank you everyone for your support, your kind words, and your all-around awesomeness =)

Best,
-L. Rigdon