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Published on January 19th, 2011 | by Leonard Jackson

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We have some sponsors and cheerleaders who keep up with our blogging efforts and we want to give them a shout-out (that’s a new term that I hear quite a bit lately and I wanted to use it – but I guess this should really be a write-out). Sandy Jackson's Custom Made FurnitureSandy Jackson has nearly forty years in the building business and for the last ten years or so has specialized in custom cabinetry, doors and millwork. He’s gained quite a reputation around the metro area and shows some of his work on his website jacksonwoodwork.com. About 95% of the materials, tools and machinery he uses are American made and he’ll be 100% when he finds the 5% he’s forced to buy elsewhere. I’m prepared to take full credit for this talent but too many of his friends and clients are frequent viewers and they will know better.
Catherine Jackson is a real estate agent with Re-Max State Line and is surviving these difficult times thanks to hard work and loyal customers. She’ll find you a seller for the property you want to buy, a buyer for the property you want to sell or a renter for those investment properties you’re worn out fooling with. Her website with her credentials and new listings is catsellskc.com.
The one who gets all this stuff up and on the blog is a friend, client for many years and webmaster supreme. Martha Hoffman, who operates Eye Full Web Design, rescued me from the beginnings of insanity when I attempted to do this alone and now all I have to do is share my thoughts with whoever tunes in. Her website is martha’seyefull,com.
I also have a day-job as an investment advisor with Butler, Lanz & Wagler, LC. located in Corporate Woods in Overland Park, KS. Go to our website blwinvestments.com to see what we do and how we can help you.


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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