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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My Beloved Red


Jeanne Armonk and Red...now just Jeanne Armonk.   When I became a freelance writer 4 years ago, I had my dear Red by my side.  We did many things together.  He patiently went with me on many of my writing expeditions.  Red was a good listener.  He was very patient.  He was a continual source of comfort and encouragement to me. 

Of course, Red didn't know when listening to me proofread one of my articles whether my grammar was correct.  Yet, he would thump his tail anyway just to acknowledge my efforts.  We would sometimes spend an afternoon at the local Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir located here in Wilkes County.  I liked to write from within a picnic cabana near to the boat launch area below the Visitor Assistance Center.

I thought we were blessed to have such a wonderful open air office in which I could write under many different colored skies.  One day the lake would be glistening and moss green from reflecting the many pine trees surrounding it.  Another day, the sky would be looming grayish and angry with bright white bolts of lightning seemingly aimed down into the middle of the lake.  Red and I would often take short walk on the nicer days down by the water's edge.  Then we would hike back to the cabana and have lunch at one of the picnic tables inside.  Okay, Red would be lying by the table and waiting patiently for his lunch.  I would bring food and water for him and me both.  Afterwards, it was time to get to work  I would write and write and write!  Along with the territory of writing and editing columns for The Wilkes Gazette, I would also put my amateur photographer skills to good use.

How I will miss my beloved Red for a very long time to come...

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My interest with writing began by composing poems about nature in my childhood. I also co-wrote a play in my 4th grade class when I lived in New Rochelle, NY. It generated enough positive feedback that my class put on the play in the school auditorium. I was fortunate to have a lead part. After my high school graduation, I entered the working world. For over 30 years I have been steadily gaining writing, editing and digital publishing skills. I began by composing letters and emails to company clients. I contributed to articles written for The Commuters Register based in Windsor, CT. Since 2009, I have added social media, digital publishing and blogging here in Wilkesboro, NC. Since 2010, I write ad copy for the listing descriptions for each of my 3 Internet shops open at Etsy.com. In 2012, I entered a poem about my dog Red in the World Poetry Contest. The poem was chosen for publication. I have written articles for the Winston-Salem Frugal Living Examiner and Hub Pages. In 2012, I acquired The Wilkes Gazette digital newspaper that was renamed the Wilkes County Gazette in 2014. I write under both my own name and my pen name, Jeanne Armonk.

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