That is correct. This is the 200th article published by nextooze.com on this page. It has taken over four years and a lot of dogged determination to make it to this point. This Springfield boy was unemployed and checking the internet for job opportunities when this one was seen. Searching for what areas a 56 year old unemployed salesman, purchasing agent and manager could write on clearly and with knowledge was difficult, until Christianity was seen as a possible subject.
The first article was about a convicted murderer being moved to the Federal Medical Center here for treatment. Since that time the subjects have been many and varied. Some months only one article has been published due to time constraints of a new job. Other months have seen eight or more come from this computer. God somehow allows time.
Writing was nothing new. Publishing on a weekly basis was not new either. As feature editor for the Hillcrest High School Herald for the 1971-1972 school year, one or more articles a week was easy. Miss Backlund our journalism teacher and sponsor of the newspaper served as our editor. Often an article was written and turned in only to be handed back with the words “try again” written on it. Often students were told to wait until they had thoroughly thought about what they wanted to say before trying again.
What was learned in high school needed to be added to. The plan was to spend two years at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield and complete the degree at the school of journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Those were not God’s plans. When He made His plans known in the sophomore year, the junior year saw the creative writing major become a religion major at Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, MO.
The lay-off in 2009 and subsequent stretch of unemployment gave an opportunity to use the skills that had been honed in the business world, the church and family life. 200 articles later a book has been written and will soon see publication. The writing platform is in construction and will be in place to market “Doulos” when it comes off the presses. Look for it soon, till then subscribe below so that you can be one of the first to read the 201st article on nextooze.com.