Honor Point Military Aerospace Museum opens.

I hope you read and enjoyed my recent story in the Spokesman Review Spokesman Review Newspaper http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/aug/03/honor-point-military-museum-finally-makes-its-debu/ about the Honor Point Museum opening at Felts Field in Spokane. I loved working on the article and looking at the artifacts currently at the museum as well as looking at and hearing about some of the items that will be housed there eventually.

What I didn’t have space for in the article was the fact that Larry Cebula (an EWU history professor) was commissioned by the museum board to go in and document some of the outstanding items in the collection with his students. A report on the findings by the students was fascinating to me. I wrote another story for Spokane CDA Living in which I wrote a bit about that if you’re looking for more information at what’s in the collection. I love history, love the history of flight and all the stories of the men and women who have sacrificed for their country.

Unfortunately, I also didn’t have room to include another story about a Spokane woman pilot, Jean Landa who volunteered for the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs). I interviewed one of her daughters who still lives in Spokane — Carol Landa-McVicker. Carol shared many of her family photos with me as well as a scrapbook of some of her mother’s experiences. I may do another article on Jean Landa and another woman from Spokane who both were WASPs.

Women’s history is one of my favorite categories to write about and so many time it goes by the wayside without getting much attention at all. Thankfully President Obama made sure the WASP’s were recognized in 2009 with medals for their contributions.

President Obama today signed into law S. 614, a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).  WASP was established during World War II with the primary mission of flying non-combat military missions in the United States thus freeing their male counterparts for combat missions.  Its pilots were the first women ever to fly American military aircraft and flew almost every type of aircraft operated by the United States Army Air Force during World War II on a wide range of missions.

"The Women Airforce Service Pilots courageously answered their country’s call in a time of need while blazing a trail for the brave women who have given and continue to give so much in service to this nation since," said President Obama.  "Every American should be grateful for their service, and I am honored to sign this bill to finally give them some of the hard-earned recognition they deserve."

From 1942 to 1943, more than 1,000 women joined the WASP.  38 of them made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation in performing its mission.  But their contribution went largely unrecognized for years, not even being acknowledged with veteran status until 1977.

The groundbreaking steps taken by the WASP paved the way for hundreds of United States servicewomen combat pilots who have flown fighter aircraft in recent conflicts.

 

 

Blogging, Freelance Writing

The two classes I’m teaching this quarter at Community Colleges Act 2 in Spokane are going well. There are two classes left in each of the classes. Last week we hosted:

Laurie Klein … Blogger Extraordinaire … to speak about her journey with her blog and her new book. 

Laurie did a great job of talking about blogging at the class last Thursday.

Here’s a link to her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/aanie.aanieinfree?fref=ufi

and a link to her blog: www.lauriekleinscribe.com Her new book is called “Where the Sky Opens.” It’s a great read. http://www.amazon.com/Where-Sky-Opens-Partial-Cosmography/dp/1498230903

Thanks so much Laurie!

Blogging 101

Blogging 101 is starts tonight at SCC at 5:30. If you’re interested there’s still time to sign up. The class is called Inspirational Blogging and here’s a blurb from the CCS Act 2 catalog:

Whether you are blogging for business, to share your interests or opinions or to satisfy the writer within, blogging can be therapeutic and satisfying. Make new friends and learn to share what’s in your heart and mind for business or pleasure. Develop ideas on what to blog about, and find out where to blog, when to blog and how to build a blog.

Here’s a link to the class – Act 2 Program SCC

Looking forward to meeting students and hearing what they’re passionate about. It’s fascinating to explore the different inspirations people want to write about. The secret to blogging is not really a secret … follow your bliss and passion, find out where your tribe is and start writing. The technical part is the easy part.

Blog on.

 

 

Conflict over Business Improvement District boils over downtown

Council head questions ‘threats’ by Quintrall

In the wake of the forced resignation of Spokane Planning Director Scott Chesney last month, city leaders and board members of two downtown groups are struggling over personnel and contract www-1.spokanejournal.comfulfillment expectations related to the downtown Business Improvement District.

Ben Stuckart, Spokane City Council president, says issues came to a head when Jan Quintrall, Chesney’s former boss and head of the city’s Business and Development Services, demanded the resignation of Mark Richard, president of the Downtown Spokane Partnership, and threatened to pull the Business Improvement District contract from the DSP.

see more:

http://www.spokanejournal.com/local-news/conflict-over-business-improvement-district-boils-over-downtown/

Welcome to Blogging and Freelance Writing

I’m teaching a couple of classes at ACT2 at Spokane Community Colleges next week so am furiously organizing and reading and planning and just generally, frantically getting ready for the classes.

One of the classes is beginning blogging: ACT2cover
Who, what, when, why and how. It’s not brain surgery. Whether you are blogging for business, to share your hobbies, interests or opinions, or to satisfy the writer within, blogging can be therapeutic and satisfying. Make new friends and learn to share what’s in your heart and mind for business or pleasure. Get ideas from Judith on choosing what to blog about and find out where to blog, when to blog and how to build a blog. Link here: http://www.campusce.net/spokane/course/course.aspx?C=2486&pc=1&mc=3&sc=0

The other class is about freelance writing:
Follow your bliss and get yourself published. There are lots of smaller community newspapers, local magazines and online publications open to receiving pitches from freelance writers. There is a method to the madness of writing for publication. Learn to pitch to editors and follow up with a piece that is publishable.

Like here: http://www.campusce.net/spokane/course/course.aspx?C=2485&pc=1&mc=3&sc=0

I’m fairly far ahead in the process but still have to do all the niggly little things like a syllabus, assignments etc. etc. Not to mention brushing up on how to teach in about 4 days.

Wish me luck! And by all means, sign up for the class if you’re so inclined. Happy blogging…