My journalism began in 1979, when wrenched from my sheltered suburban life in New York, I landed in Southern California, with three kids to support, very little income, and a huge desire not to abandon my children for even eight hours a day. There had been enough trauma.
So I secured a job as a resume writer. I added three more jobs: regional administrator for a computer company, Amway distributor, and journalist. Somehow the combination of these four enterprises ended up focusing on the resumes and the journalism.
My newspaper ventures began with The Orange County Business Journal, as an eclectic business, finance, health and general features writer and sometimes editor for press releases in the Business Section. I added freelance drama critic at The Orange County Register, The Los Angeles Times, and then settled down at Irvine World News. Later I also added Food Critic at The Orange County Register‘s little city papers–where my column ran in about 13 papers weekly for more than three years, until we moved to Illinois.
I left all of that when my husband’s job took us to Rockford, Illinois, where after a few years, I convinced a publisher to let me do Lunch with Marjorie, a column inspired by a radio show, Lunch at the Music Center, I had listened to in California, and my own radio show in Irvine, where I interviewed entertainment personalities. I wanted Lunch with Marjorie to be a column, with the theme: everybody has a story…everybody can inspire. It was very successful, and ran in The Rock River Times for more than fifteen years. My other entertainment writing continued with the move to Illinois at Stateline Business, where I wrote about food, travel, entrainment in Here & Elsewhere, and also interviewed business and professional people for feature articles.
With our move to Connecticut, I had to begin again. But, this time, I decided not to canvass all of the little city papers to make the transfer. I realized that in the age of global Internet, my dream of syndicating had to shift from starting with a local paper and then getting my columns into many papers around the country, to syndicating them myself on the Worldwide Web.
I began blogging because as we were trying to sell our home in Illinois, our company put us up in the Residence Inn, for 17 MONTHS. So I started Spinning Straw Into Gold to catalogue our hotel life. I gained more than 300 readers on the Blogspot site where my column/blog ran for more than five years and saw more than 10,000 reads. I changed Spinning to Loft Life when we moved into our apartment in an old carpet mill. But now that we have decided again to try to sell our Illinois home, we also purchased a foreclosure in Conn. on the river. So soon my Spinning stories–mostly my life in New England, will evolve into Ramblings on the River. Please watch for that to begin sometime in September, 2014.
So here we are. I finally discovered I needed a hub! Readmstradinger is that hub–the central location for my readers to find me and my writing at will, so you don’t have to keep trying to remember six or seven different URL’s. No newspaper to buy, no multiple websites to remember. It’s all here. Just click on MENU to see links. And, pleeeeeze leave me comments! That is so important for me to relate to you, my most treasured readers.