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Published on September 14th, 2010 | by Leonard Jackson

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Opening Day

Monday September 13th 2010

Well here goes. I am officially opening my first blog – finally. What started as a simple “anyone can do it” project a few months ago became so complicated and bewildering that my whole personality began to change. My daughter was so concerned she gave me a book to study. (She gave it to me Father’s Day- that’s how long this has been going on!) I bought another book. I studied and read both books. I read more blogs than I care to remember. And then I woke up one morning with a whole new plan – an epiphany I had in the night. I called for professional help. Voila! In twenty-four hours I was up and blogging. This really is so simple that anyone can do it (with professional help.)
This will be a real work in progress, sort of a loosely constructed journal about whatever strikes our fancy for the day. We may comment about world news, local news, sports news, investment news and just about anything else that can help me meet a self-imposed deadline on a consistent schedule. These will be my observations and opinions about any topic. Hopefully, others will share their opinions with me, both pro and con, but if the cons begin to get too persuasive or numerous, I’ll do what all journalists do today – I’ll delete them – it is my blog.
We’ll link into other items of interest; promote stuff we believe in, catch camera shots of people and places that you may not have seen. We’ll try to post something new each day, though that may be a little ambitious, we’ll try. I have a few gems I’ve saved for this occasion. I’ve never lacked for an opinion – often incorrect, but never in doubt. What a deal. I can just post anything I feel like at any time that suits me – I’m already feeling better just thinking about how therapeutic this is going to be.


About the Author

Leonard Jackson

As I prepare my “reentry” into the e-world of blogging, I am advised that I should provide my prospective audience with a brief biographical résumé covering my life’s work and future aspirations so that I, and my work, can be properly categorized and thus judged in the proper venue. Since I will be joining a new group in just a few short months, it came to my attention that for a quick summary I can cover my life span in 20 year segments that pretty well sum up the route that I took to get to where I am today. In December, the Lord willing, I will become a member of that esteemed group known as Octogenarians. . Now that may be a disturbing, even scary, pigeonhole for some folks to find themselves assigned to, but I’m beginning to realize some real benefits from being maturity advantaged. The first 20 years I grew up, was educated and began my married life and my career. Second period was about 20 years in the cotton business in Memphis, TN. Trading this commodity in the world’s largest inland cotton market. Third period was spent in the municipal bond industry in Memphis, Houston TX Chicago and finally to my present home in Kansas City, MO. The fourth 20 years I served as a registered investment adviser to a number of individual clients which I continue to do in a semi-retired capacity. In addition to all this, over all these years, I have been blessed with a loving wife of sixty years, four children, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a menagerie of grand horses, dogs, cats and a donkey. Providentially, none of these, except of course my patient wife, are still living in the family home. And now the fifth period will be consumed in my new career. For the first time in all the years I have an opportunity to share my opinions with the world. I can truly express my thoughts without regard to any extenuating conditions. I can just say how I feel about any subject. How liberating. Let the blogging begin!!!! By the way – what I do in the next period remains to be seen and depends on how well I do in the fifth period.



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