Sunday, August 28, 2011

new posts

New posts at and blogs as well as LiveJournal and Facebook. Mostly about my recent ER trip; ran into unexpected breathing problems a couple days after I caught Al's cold and had to make an after-midnight run to the ER for a couple inhaler treatments to get the breathing back into a regular pattern. I now have my own inhaler set-up, which works quickly and effectively. Still have to ditch the cold, however, which is really a nasty one. Al's still got it, and he came down with it almost a week before I did.

Also, you might check my Facebook Page or my Website journal for my posts concerning Richard Bolles' What Color Is Your Parachute? (2012 ed.). I've just today gotten the ebook and have been spot-checking with reference to the TOC, and there's some great stuff on integrating your job search with Internet networking resources. You really need to know the "what" as well as the "where," "why," and "how," so at least drop by a bookstore and take a look at details before you set about implementing the project.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Authors Den

Does anyone use Authors Den, these days? I finally tracked down my log-in information and did a brief update on my author page, there.

The Blue Angels rehearsed this afternoon. We were so totally on their flight path! For the air show, Saturday and Sunday, it at least will be one time through the show each day.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

New Facebook Page

I am separating my photo art and other creative endeavours from my business page (thewrittenword) on Facebook. When I get 25 "likes" on the "Liz Bennefeld, Artist" page, I will apply for a short link.

I have changed templates on one of my blogs and changed several header graphics to shots I took in Manhattan in 2007.

I have done far too few of the things I had planned to do, but I am quite ready to be back into the social networking activities, although not so heavily as I had been this last while. I am in the middle, now, of Fukuyama's Political Order and I just started volume 5 of the Harry Potter series, which I ordered a few months ago. . . . I should make a list of the books I have read so far this year.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Quiet Spaces Update

I have added a recipe for a tasty lunch salad for one to My Kitchen at Quiet Spaces. There's a link to it also from the corresponding blog post.

One of my summer squash plants (out of  the eight that I planted) has multiple flowers on it. I am hopeful! (Just have to beat the rabbits and the squirrels to the produce. (Mother has a very funny story about a tug of war between herself and a squirrel over the last zucchini. I wish I could tell it as well as she can.)

New: Photographic Prints has added a new, less expensive purchase option for Photo Art: photographic prints in four sizes, from 12x8 to (as much as) 30x20 inches. Here is "Rain with Hollyhocks."

Also, this would be a good opportunity to treat yourself to a photographic print of Anthony Jalandoni's "A Breath of Fresh Air." I certainly intend to! My favorite photo ever!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Another Productive Day

I posted my most recent three gallery photos on my Postcard Art blog. Got the sheets washed, the second half of the garden weeded, wildflower seeds sown, and managed to stay off of the social networking sites, today. I think I might just watch a movie tonight and then go to sleep early. As soon as I find the flash drive that contains all the photographs that I took today and look through them.

Updated links on Postcard Art, and shortened my autobiographical materials on

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


At my blog on I am returning to more of what I originally started with, and that's less trivia and more thinking. Hopefully! Plus more cross-linking to relevant posts and pages on my other blogs. Additionally, I have put new categories in place: Earlier Work, Recent Poetry and Recent Prose, with some items under each category.

For now my really sober stuff is being written elsewhere under a pseudonym. Think "Morning Pages"!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Quiet Spaces - Yesterday's road trip...and today's

Quiet Spaces - Yesterday's road trip...and today's

Also, I have gotten in at Google+ (quietspaces is my Google ID, as well). I'm quite enjoying it.

New photos are up at including some atypical work for me--architecture/cityscape at dusk. I think you might like it:

Monday, June 6, 2011


The past while I have joined and been reading some of the groups over at LinkedIn. Check out my Public Profile. I am quite open to adding friends, colleagues, former college acquaintances, etc., to my contacts list.

I have been trying out the site (a web-based business card). I set one up for Quiet Spaces and one for The Written Word. The card includes a message option, which makes it suitable, I believe, for staying in permanent contact, since one can change the email address the messages are forwarded to.

My business Facebook page, which does double duty, publicizing both my photo art and my resume- and letter-writing services, now has a shortened URL: http://facebook/TheWrittenWord

My Postcard Art photo blog actually has postcard art on it with links for buying the same or similar postcards through RedBubble. And of course, I continue to upload my favorite photography and photographic art pieces to my RedBubble portfolio.

At my Quiet Spaces LiveJournal account, as well as at Facebook (also QuietSpaces), I have a new occasional series of photographs: Lunch Buddies. Due to my ongoing problems with mixing up the hardboild with the raw eggs, I have taken to drawing faces on the cooked eggs prior to refrigerating them. And so I (usually) take portrait photos of the eggs in various kitchen settings before peeling.

I think that I have a poem coming out in the third-quarter Star*Line, the quarterly magazine that is distributed to all Science Fiction Poetry Association members; others can purchase single issues via the Web site.

My definitive gluten-free bread recipe is now available at my Quiet Spaces blog. The magic ingredient is Montina pure baking supplement (Indian ricegrass from the Montina company in Montana).

There's other new stuff scattered here and there...which will keep until another time.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

New header images

Now that it's April (spring in North Dakota), I'm changing out header pictures on my blogs. Now that it's April (spring in North Dakota), the allergy index has risen from 0 to 9.5 (tomorrow's forecast) on a scale of 0 to 12. I think that means I will not be able to breathe freely again until sometime in November or December.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Long Overdue Update

I have made some changes since the end of June 2010 that I should perhaps share, since they will affect the people with whom I do business.

  • Because most of my clients find The Written Word through referrals or on the Internet, I have dropped my land-line telephone and had that number ported to my Verizon cell phone. So, my telephone number has remained the same, but it will be dropping out of the print business yellow and white page listings. And, since I almost always have my cell phone with me, I'm able to get out of the office more frequently.
  • I got overloaded some years back with academic style editing and took a break from it, aside from one client who was just embarking on her PhD nursing program. 
  • Dropping academic style editing provided the opportunity to concentrate on helping more people with their job search strategies, resumes and letters, not to mention having enough time to get to know the folks I'm working with. 
  • I have found that I enjoy the current emphasis on job search work, adding in shorter typing, writing, and editing jobs as they come along.
I am still doing photographic art, which is available through Yesterday I received a packet of 4"x6" greeting cards (half my designs and half other people's); the quality of Red Bubble's product pleases me. I hope to get back into the practice of sending notes occasionally in order to justify the indulgence.

Looking forward to a long, mild spring, slow melting, and warm summer breezes.