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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

8 Days and Counting

There are just 8 more days until the butterflies from homework assignments and tests return to my 55 year old stomach.  I decided back in March to return to college to complete an Associate Degree in Applied Science for Advertising and Graphic Design.

I went to one semester in the fall of 1979 at SUNY Purchase after I graduated from Byram Hills High School in Arnonk, NY.  This school has such illustrated alumni as Laura Branigan, Peter Gallagher, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jim Henson's children.

I had study overload when I was 18 and decided to drop out of college.  I entered the workforce as a bank teller making $141 per week.  I was still living at home and I bought my first car.  I learned a lot about customer service skills and people skills.  There is something maturing when graciously assisting customers at holiday time and the bank vault cash is down to ones and fives.

Now, my field is expanded to my media and publishing skills.  I have published several flyers to assist small businesses with revenue and growth.  I began the publication, Wilkes County Gazette Shopper in 2015.  This year, I have published 2 issues with another issue due out in June.

This has been a great foundation for advertising sales and design.  I am not very technical savvy and I decided going to the local community college would be a great investment in my time.

I have learned about Pell Grants and Stafford Loans at the local financial aid department.  I have operated my publishing business almost as a non-profit so I found I was eligible for the aid.

I will post again as the enrollment day is ever closer.  The butterflies are already swarming.

Until next time,


Friday, April 22, 2016

Back To School

This is my first post in quite awhile.  I feel badly that my blogger account has suffered due to life changes that have occurred to my life since March of this year.

I have needed to do a bit of ongoing soul searching to find puzzle pieces to the big puzzle picture that shows the direction that I have permitted my life to take for several years now.

A great outcome of these changes is the Wilkes County Gazette media site that I publish under JAE and its printed companion, the Wilkes County Gazette Shopper.  I had restructured the site to more directly reflect the attractions, businesses and people of Wilkes County, NC.  This county has been my home off and on for the past 9 years.

I think of the song, New York, New York and the verse that states, "If you can make it here, you can make it any where, it's up to you, New York, New York."

Well, at times, life and the economy can affect one's attitude and resolve to make it any where.  I decided very recently that it is up to me to make it here, there, any where...

This blog will be reflecting my day to day resolve to find and follow through on a new direction in my life.  I have also decided to go back to school and finally finish my associates degree.  Back in 1979, I was beginning a liberal arts degree, now it will be an associate in applied science for Advertising and Graphic Arts.  I will be attending the local Wilkes Community College here beginning this summer.

It is my hope to do well in my studies and learn valuable skills to make my various publishing projects the best that they can be.

I hope you will return here and let my successes and/or failures inspire you to also examine your life and see if and where changes can be made.

Until next time...

Jeanne Armonk

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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 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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