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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment #367

The $600 Day

Last Sunday we were busy spending money. The firewood was delivered, and that cost $350. Bev needed a new car battery, and that cost another $200. Toss in a quick trip to the grocery store, $50, and we hit the $600 mark by two that afternoon.

Now the reason I mention that is because it was no big deal. We had it in our checking account. We didn’t have to use any savings. We didn’t have to get a quick loan. We just paid the money and moved on with the rest of the afternoon, and for both of us that is remarkable.

Listen, I’ve had some very good years in my life, years of six-figure income. I’ve also lived out of my truck for a spell. Bev, she has struggled financially more years than not. We were both single parents, and you all know how challenging that can be financially. So for us to reach the point where $600 doesn’t even register on the “give a damn” meter is really pretty cool.

I mention that because there are people out there who are hurting bigtime. This pandemic knocked the hell out of so many people and their dreams, and it all just makes me so damned grateful for my situation, and it also makes me very empathetic for those who are struggling. I’m very lucky. There are millions who are not.

Just something to think about on this Monday. Let’s do the mail thing, shall we?

The Mail Room

The Mail Room


From Denise: “Well, Bill, another worthwhile mailbag in the can. It is a great way for me to start my week. I wouldn't miss it if I can help it. You are right about the magazines and there being so many to choose from that you couldn't recommend just one. I heard about 10 years back that magazines were going to be a thing of the past soon because of the digital age. Do you think that is true? I get the feeling they have embraced the digital medium and adopted. If anything there seem to be even more magazines than ever before. Do you think that is true? Have you noticed a reduction in the amount they pay for articles (compared with 10 to 20 years ago)? I thought some of the children's magazines were being very chintzy in their prices quoted. Even Highlights for Children, who are very well-read, seem to be offering less and less for world rights.”

There are two questions here, and I thank you for both of them, Denise.

Will magazines become a thing of the past soon because of the digital age? I actually had a hard time finding recent sales figures on this topic. I did find that between 2011 and 2017, print magazine sales had dropped over 50% I suspect that decline continued between 2017 and 2021, but that is just a gut hunch on my part.

Will they disappear completely? I don’t think so. I think there will always be a small section of the populace who wants to hold a magazine while reading it but, again, that’s a hunch more than anything else.

I also suspect that you are correct, that magazines are paying less for articles. It’s really just a matter of supply and demand, my friend. There are a ton of freelance writers out there, meaning an increased supply of capable article writers. Increased supply of something will always result in a drop of price. It becomes a bidding war in a business like freelance writing, with the lowest bid usually the winner. Put it another way: there are writers out there willing to work at reduced rates because they need the money badly. That is not good news for the really good writers who are also competing for writing gigs. The price is being driven down, I’m afraid. I’ve seen it happening over the past ten years since I’ve been in the freelance business, and I again suspect it will continue.

Two From Pamela

From Pamela: “I like the Shadows excerpt from your new book. I don't think I knew you were writing two books at once. I have heard of authors writing two books at once. When they get stuck they switch to the other book. Is that how you handle it?

“I wonder if anyone else is having trouble getting emails about new articles from Hubpages. I did not receive an email about this one, and I was looking for it all morning. Then, I found you in my feed. I did not get one email today from Hubpages and that is hard to believe on any day. Maybe there is something wrong in my settings. I checked what I could and don't see a problem.”

Thank you, Pamela! Regarding writing two books at once, I don’t know that I have a standard way of handling that. I leave it up to my muse. Each Thursday I work on novels. I start with one, and if my muse is speaking to me, I continue with that one. If my muse if being a bit difficult, I will switch over to the other novel and see if that works. If there is no creativity to be found, I fold up shop and go walk the dogs.

As for HP difficulties, that has been happening to me lately as well. I’ve also had problems with my comments disappearing or not arriving. Quite frankly, I pretty much wash my hands of HP and their staff. I’m only here for you and my other friends. I leave HP alone and they pretty much ignore me as well. But yes, I have seen problems of late.

Quite often I will work on two books at the same time.

Quite often I will work on two books at the same time.

Article Topic Suggestions

From Flourish: “For your reader who is looking for article topics, every time they have a practical problem they should write it down on a list. Their evolving idea list will help them generate "how to" article ideas. Or if they have an expertise area, break down the elements into bite-sized chunks and make it instructable/actionable.”

Great suggestion, Flourish. Thank you for it. I basically do the same thing on my desktop. I make a title of a future article, and save it to my desktop. That way it is always staring at me when I turn on the computer.

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The Beauty of Art

From Manatita: “My Question: As you grow younger within and age externally, do you find it easier to remember the beauty of art, or is there automatically to your beck and call? Peace, Bro.”

I love the question, Manatita. I will say this: as I grow older, I have a greater appreciation for art and the beauty of art. When I was younger, I really didn’t give a hoot about art. I had practically no appreciation for it at all. Now, I look at something by Monet or Van Gogh, and I can stare at it for quite some time, allowing the genius and wonder of it to wash over me.

Growing old ain’t all bad! Having said that, my hip is screaming at me this morning, so there are tines I’m not too fond of this growing old thing. Lol

The Scream....the wonder and beauty of Art

The Scream....the wonder and beauty of Art

Have a Great Week and Remember to Be Kind

That’s it! Remember to be kind to others. I know it’s not the easiest thing to do sometimes, especially with grumpy shoppers at the grocery store, or some guy honking at you in traffic, or a too-tired kid who is pushing you to your limits, but I will go to my grave believing you attract more kindness if you are willing to give more kindness.

Have a great week! Question for the Mailbag? Include it down below in the comments, or email it to me at

2021 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”


Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on July 02, 2021:

No worries, MizB. It needs to be done, and I'm told the recovery period is very short. Anything is better than how it is now, my friend.

Happy weekend to you!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on July 02, 2021:

Thank you Peggy! I'll have the hip replaced in the fall, and I have no doubt I'll feel better for doing it.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on July 01, 2021:

Hip replacement? Oh no! I hope you do as well as my Larry did with his total knee replacement. He does very well with his "bionic knee." Best of luck!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2021:

Wishing you cooler days ahead and good luck with your hip surgery. You will feel so much better!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on July 01, 2021:

Thank you Linda! The hip pain will be resolved when I get the hip replacement, probably in October.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on July 01, 2021:

MizB, I don't really have anything against digital magazines. I just prefer to hold the real thing. Stubborn in my old age, and I'm fine with being stubborn. lol Much cooler here, thank you, a heavenly 65 right now, heading for 75, and I'll take that any old day of the summer.

Be well, my friend, and Happy 4th to you!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 30, 2021:

As always, this is an interesting article. I'm glad that you and Bev are currently in a situation where spending $600 in a day is not a big deal. I hope your hip pain is resolved, though.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on June 30, 2021:

Bill, on the magazine issue, I think that magazines will always be published, but maybe only in electronic form in the future. I'm thinking about not renewing any of my subscriptions because every one of them is available in digital to be downloaded from our public library. They are on loan in two-week increments that I can view on my ipad or Kindle. The main reason I like this is because my vision problems make it difficult to read a hard copy anymore, but it's also convenient not to have to discard a carload of magazines every so often. Remember that the authors of ebooks and publishers of magazines are being paid royalties for anything that comes from a public library, which our tax dollars pay for. So it isn't like those of us who take advantage of it are being cheapskates. But that probably does contribute to less pay for the authors.

I really enjoyed Flourish's question and your answer, but I can't flip back to the mailbag article to remember what it was. Dang, it's hard to get old and watch one's memory fade.

I hope you're keeping cool. It said on the news that the Seattle area had a temperature of 118 one day recently. I can't remember ours here ever going past 114 (back in 1987, I believe it was.) So keep cool, my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 30, 2021:

It is what makes us humane, Vidya, thank you for mentioning that. It is a pleasure getting to know you, my friend. Thank you!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 30, 2021:

Thank you Brenda. I'm so glad to hear your mother liked my book. Tell her thank you for me, please. I doubt any of my other novels would please her. Lots of violence in the Shadow series. And yes, parts of Tobias are from real life, expanded a bit, but part of me for sure.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 30, 2021:

Mel, good to hear from you. I hope the move into the new home is going well. Shoot, do you have to root for the Rockies now? That's a terrible situation. lol Yes, sitting down, pouring over the box scores in the paper, I could kill a couple hours on a Sunday doing that back in the day.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 30, 2021:

I hope you are correct, MIebakagh. I would hate to see them disappear.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 30, 2021:

Thank you for that, EK! I want to be a kind person, and it is something I'm always aware of. I still have work to do on that front. :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 30, 2021:

Denise, the price of a newspaper here is ridiculous. As much as I love them, I won't pay $2 for a skinny daily. I'll do without. I draw the line at some point and practical usually wins.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 30, 2021:

No, you did not ignore it, Mr. Happy. LOL I should no better than to think I could sneak a mistake past you.

VIDYA D SAGAR on June 29, 2021:

A very interesting mailbag Bill. Not having to worry about paying our bills during these times is a blessing indeed. There are many who are struggling for survival. The idea of saving the title of your next article on the desktop us a great one. I believe too that kindness begets kindness. It is what makes us humane. Thanks for sharing.have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 29, 2021:


Another great article.

I am grateful that I have all I need.

This Covid-19 era has hurt alot of people, but I do get fed up with a few people who won't try to help themselves.

It's a great feeling to not worry about money, but I don't have an overflowing bank account.

I make sure every penny is there.

I've been having problems with HP notifications too. I try my best to work around them.

As for your muse...if it isn't working at the moment, then there's nothing better than a break.

My Mother has receieved & already finished reading your book Resurrecting Tobias.

I was supposed to be a Birthday present, but I just couldn't wait.

She loved your book and style of writing.

I'll see if I can help her later to leave a review.

Not sure if any of your other books would interest her, but I might give it a try.

She wanted to know if any of the book was portrayed from real life.

I'll tell you more after I talk with her.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on June 29, 2021:

Sorry I missed the mailbag for a couple weeks, we are busy moving into our new home.

Yeah, that muse can be a real fickle bitch, she can nag in directions you didn't expect to go, or in two directions at once. What can you do? Can't live with her, can't live without her.

I pine for the print medium myself. As an old base-baller, I'm sure you like to take a peek at the box scores from time to time. I find that trying to look at them on my phone is just too difficult. I love opening up the newspaper and having them all laid out before you, without the time-consuming tediousness of clicking back and forth. I'm thinking of subscribing to the Denver rag once we are settled into the new place, just for that reason.

Great mailbag, as always. Sorry for my absence.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 29, 2021:

Margazines and newspapers are here to stay come high or low water.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on June 29, 2021:

Today's mail is thought-provoking, Bill. You are so kind that's why you always say be kind to others. May God protect you and keep you safe and healthy. Thanks for sharing this informative piece with us.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on June 29, 2021:

Thanks for the answers to my questions. I tend to agree with you. Though the doom of magazines was pronounced, I don't see them going away. I do see them using cheaper paper and even charging a bit more for them over the counter but lost forever, no. I feel for the people struggling too. I feel highly privileged that we downsized when we did and can afford to stay right where we are for now. No extra frills, but then, who needs them really?



Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on June 29, 2021:

"Mr. Happy, thanks for ignoring that typo mistake" - Only I did not ignore it. Are You testing my editing skills? Haha!!! : )

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 29, 2021:

Peg, can you imagine a complete collapse of the web? Our economy would collapse. No cellphones? What would people do, actually communicate in person? Oh the horrors! lol

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 29, 2021:

I'm with you all the way, Flourish! I bought one at the store last week, and I'm picking up two at the library today.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 29, 2021:

Thank you MG! I would not wish hardship on everyone, so good for you, but it did teach me lessons. Thanks for digging this article out and commenting.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 29, 2021:

That is a sweet story, Mary! Your kindness gave birth to kindness. I love that story. Thank you!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 29, 2021:

Thanks Heidi! $2K day hurt, no doubt about it. I hope your pup is doing better. I hate to see a dog suffer. I know it's hard for you.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 29, 2021:

A bonus indeed, Devika! My needs are taken care of, and that's all I can hope for.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 29, 2021:

Mr. Happy, thanks for ignoring that typo mistake. I have more of those as I grow older. My fingers can't keep pace with my mind...or is it the other way around? lol Blessings always, my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 29, 2021:

My pleasure always, Miebakagh! Thank you sir!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 29, 2021:

Thank you Alyssa! It is a glorious 61 this morning.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on June 29, 2021:

Another interesting mailbag, Bill. I, too, feel grateful that I'm able to afford the groceries and bills that come with life. What a blessing that is. I also remember a time when I had two dollars in my purse and an empty gas tank.

About magazines, I'm seeing that regular car ones that the hubby has subscribed to for years have gone to the online form only. Interesting to me is that many of the futuristic films that are currently vogue show a complete collapse of the web and computer functions. No cellphones, TV, etc.. And everything seems so dirty.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 28, 2021:

Magazines don’t feel the same unless they’re on that slick brightly colored paper and I can save it for later or pass it on to a friend. I’m old fashioned that way.

MG Singh from UAE on June 28, 2021:

This was somehow not in my feed and I had to dig it out and I am absolutely delighted. I like to read something that is offbeat and not what everybody writes and that is where you fill the bill. You have tremendous experience in life well I wish I had a similar experience because I have never really felt any hardship at all and maybe that is a drawback. Keep up the writing inspiration.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 28, 2021:

We have become aware these days of how many people have not made it through this pandemic. I'm glad to see the line up in the stores as people want to support the economy. In fact, some people thank us when they see our shopping bags. You are right about kindness begets kindness. Yesterday, I took a taxi because I walked to my favourite cheese store but got more than I could carry so I hailed a taxi and conscious that the trip was quite short, I doubled the fare for the tip. They driver went out to make sure I am safe to cross the bike lane.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on June 28, 2021:

Well, we've had $600 days occasionally. But with dog's health, it was about a $2K day recently. Priorities. And we've set aside money for that. So, yes, it's nice not to care about those days.

Re: Magazines. I do think they're going to continue to decline. My look at the stats were similar to what you reported here, like a 50% decline. Interesting, too, that I frequently get a pop-up alert for my Kindle Unlimited telling me I have access to 3 magazine subscriptions on my Kindle. Unless they want to be a relic of the past, magazines will have to continue to transition to the cyber-verse.

Have a great week!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 28, 2021:

Hi Bill I have learned to be grateful for what I have learned from past lessons. If I get anything more than that I treat that as a bonus. What life offer us it is best to accept it. Mailbags are informative and you know how to inform us in Qs&As

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on June 28, 2021:

"I make a title of a future article, and save it to my desktop." - That's nice to see. I do the same but I just have notes scribbled on pieces of paper, left around the room. I keep starring at them, day after day and after some time, I see if my interest remains on that topic, or I just take the notes and put them in the recycling bin.

"do you find it easier to remember the beauty of art" - "Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." - Confucius

"so there are tines" - Sorry but I am not writing You an email about this "n" that should have been an "m". It happens to the best of us. Cheers! I found in my article the other day a "pant" and there were no pants in my article about gardening. Nobody told me I was missing an "l" between "the "p" and the "a". I do wish someone had done so lol

"I’m not too fond of this growing old thing" - I am! The amount of knowledge I collected is priceless and when I was younger I did not have all this knowledge, which in turn made life harder. As in me not making great choices many times lol

"Remember to be kind to others." - Yes, "dar din dar se face raiul". "Gift by gift, heaven is created".

All the very best!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 28, 2021:

Bill, the manner you answer the magazine and newspaper question is not only funny but common sense. Thanks.

Alyssa from Ohio on June 28, 2021:

Another excellent mailbag! I hope it cools down for you this week Bill!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 28, 2021:

Thanks Bill! I won't read a newspaper or magazine unless I can hold it. Same with a book. Old-fashioned to the core, I am.

The end of the oppressive heat today for us. It's cooling off to 90 tomorrow. lol Have a great week, my friend, and stay cool.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 28, 2021:

Thank you for such lovely words, Gyanendra Mocktan. I am grateful that I can meet people like you online. It opens up the world for me, and my cup runneth over with wonderful friends like you.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 28, 2021:

You are very kind, Dora! God has already favored me more times than I probably deserve, but thank you, and blessings to you always.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 28, 2021:

Pamela, thanks for the great comment. Yes, there is always something to write about. I've got tons of ideas floating around in my head. It's getting crowded up there. lol Thanks for the question. I'll answer it next week. Happy Monday to you!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 28, 2021:

Misbah, you are very kind. Thank you for being such a supportive and positive friend. I appreciate you very much. Sadly, we may never meet, but I value your friendship nonetheless.

Blessings to you always

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 28, 2021:

Good reminder about water for the birds, Linda. I'll go do that in a few minutes. Thank you! The dogs have no desire to go for a walk, which is good because there is no way I'm taking them this afternoon. Bev took them for a walk at six this morning, and I followed suit at eight, and that's it for the day.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 28, 2021:

John, in the U.S., that's called being middle class. lol Very few of my friends, if any, have excess disposable income. We just scrape by, doing what we need to do, and somehow we find the money when we need it.

Thanks always, buddy!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 28, 2021:

No break from the tax man this year for me, Manatita. I owed $152, but I had it, and I didn't mind. I think that's the first time in my life, on an individual basis, that I've had to pay taxes. Grrrrr! LOL Blessings my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 28, 2021:

Thank you, Chitrangada Sharan, for looking for the Mailbag. I am very tired of the HP problems. I wish they would finally work out those problems and find a solution we can all be happy with.

Happy Monday, my friend!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 28, 2021:

Happy Monday to you, Rosina, and thank you for spreading kindness and being a part of the solution.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 28, 2021:

And I thank you, Miebakagh! You are always appreciated, my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 28, 2021:

Thank you for the wonderful comments, Liz. I'll answer about newspapers next week. As for the hip, it needs to be replaced, so it will happen when I decide I want to go through with the operation. But thank you for the kind wishes.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on June 28, 2021:

Hi Bill. The older I get the less I worry about money. I am thankful that the days of struggling are behind us, yet mindful that there are many who struggle financially on a daily basis.

I am one who enjoys having a book or magazine in my hands and would hate to see them become a thing of the past.

Great suggestion from Flourish. Have a great week and stay cool, the heat has arrived here in New England but won’t last more than 3 or 4 days.

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on June 28, 2021:


I am grateful to have found a compassionate heart in you. I am grateful to situation in which I am passing through. I am able to understand myself and my surounding with the people who are able to come out with fresh energy to deal with their daily problem using their will power and serene smile. In fact they teach me lesson of life. Thank you.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 28, 2021:

I love your grateful heart in your introduction. You notice your blessings, an attitude we all should imitate instead of taking them for granted. May God favor you with more prosperity!

Another helpful mailbag. Thanks!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 28, 2021:

Happy Monday! I feel exactly like you do about the ability to pay a bill and not worry. We don't owe anyone anything, but we sure have our monthly bills. As a single mom I use to work 16 hour shifts to make ends meet about once every payday. Thank goodness I don't have to do that as this body is not longer able to work like that.

It doesn't seem to me that magazines sell like they use to I never see anyone picking one up at the grocery store either. I suppose digital information has taken over to some degree, but people also get them in the mail, so who knows?

Thank you for answering my questions. I did find a couple of Hubpage emails in my spam, but not all that of the ones that were missing. Sometimes I find more information in my feed and other times something should be in the feed, bit it is not. LOL!

I also put a title for a new article in the computer when I think of something. We always have plenty to write that way. This is a very good mailbag, and I enjoyed reading it.

I have a question: do you use an outline for your books? see you next week.

Misbah Sheikh from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on June 28, 2021:

Mr. Bill, I'd like to wish you a pleasant Monday. It's always a good idea to remain optimistic and thankful for what we have. All of the questions, as well as your responses to them, are very interesting. You are an expert at giving thoughtful and wise answers to all questions. Sir, you truly have a wonderful skill. Your wisdom is something, I value greatly. Just a quick note to let you know that the mailbag didn't appear in my feed once again.

Stay safe and healthy. Keep smiling!

Many Blessings to you

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 28, 2021:

Bill, I too appreciated your opening remarks. There is always something for which to be thankful every day. Some days it's harder to find the "gift", but it's there. You wake up each day and have a clean slate, a brand new opportunity.

Magazines (and newspapers, and all print media) will probably always be with us. I'm one of those old timers who still enjoys nesting in my chair with a good book but on the flip side, having a world of information at your finger tips is pretty sweet too.

I'm not into book-writing, but I typically have 3 or 4 Hubs articles spinning at the same time if that counts.

Flourish had an excellent suggestion. I maintain a list on my computer and, if I'm out-and-about and an idea comes to me, I send myself an email.

Be careful my friend. This heat is making us humble and I worry about people who live alone, the animals, etc. Don't forget to put out some water for the birds.

Thanks for another great Mailbag.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 28, 2021:

Like you, Bill, I am grateful for my current situation when so many others are struggling. Well, actually funds are a little light at the moment because we recently had to replace the gearbox on the car which cost $3500.

In the past, I would have had trouble scraping up that amount and would have had to get a loan or sell the car. Fortunately, I had just enough saved up from my freelancing money to pay for the repairs. It cleaned out my account, but at least I had it there and am slowly building it up again..for the next emergency. Interesting mailbag once again. Have a great week.

manatita44 from london on June 28, 2021:

I'll give you a tip. Haha. You attract more wealth if you are a giver. I just got 800.00 from the tax man. Haha. Happens to me a lot!

You covered gratitude and empathy very well in your intro. Yes, as always with humans, some will cheat the system and most will struggle. Things may be opening up though. Praise be!

Thanks for answering my question. The hips fine but the back aches. There's always something. Haha.

Now you too are a giver, as giving is very diverse, so maybe the Taxman will look after you. Somehow I doubt it bro. Chuckle. Hope is good.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 28, 2021:

Hello Bill!

A very important message in your introductory paragraph. To be financially stable is so important. We should be grateful for what we have, and try to help those, who don’t have.

Valuable questions by fellow writers, and you have shared some useful information through your answers.

Somehow, I am not getting any Notifications through emails, but I know it’s Monday, and was waiting for your mailing.

Thank you for sharing. Have a great week ahead.

Rosina S Khan on June 28, 2021:

Loved the mailbag. Wonderful questions and great answers. I too think we attract more kindness if we are willing to be kind. Happy Monday, Bill, and a great start to the week.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 28, 2021:

Bill, another mail bag interesting and informing. Thanks.

Liz Westwood from UK on June 28, 2021:

As ever Bill, you have packed a lot of food for thought into your mailbag.

I relate completely to your opening comments. A big positive of past struggles is that we can empathize with others in similar situations even when times are easier for us. The hard times make us more grateful for the good times.

Do you think comments about magazines could also apply to newspapers? I used to appreciate picking up free newspapers on hotel stays. Pre-COVID, the availability of print newspapers in hotels was declining. Now, due to COVID, they have gone. I don't see the newspapers returning anytime soon, if at all.

I was interested to read about your 2 book approach to writing, as I have come across a writer on Hub Pages who has more than one article on the go at a time.

I share Pamela's frustration with email notifications and comments. It is very hit and miss now. I am not great with change. The old system was fine for me.

I thought Flourish's suggestion was great and your comment too about the desktop. They are good tips. I have collected more background and material for articles than I know what to do with. I make a list of potential topics, look to see which would be most relevant to current times and also look at my stats to see which articles are performing the best. A combination of all three combined with gut instinct usually dictate the next article.

It's good to read about and focus on

the positive attributes of the aging process. One of our daughters complained when we visited historic places. As an adult she appreciates them now. I hope your hip improves.

Thanks for spreading the message of kindness.

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