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What a week!

It’s been a whirlwind week for this freelancer. It’s always rewarding when weeks worth of work finally hits the streets, and this week has been a downpour. Among items released this week:

  • The latest issue of Southern Illinois Magazine featured my cover story on tourist destinations in the region. The article, “Follow the Signs,” focused on the attractions along several of the area’s highways.
  • Saluki Illustrated‘s most recent publication also hit newsstands this week. I was fortunate to have written the cover story for this one, too, a profile of Southern Illinois University Carbondale track and field coach (and former Olympian) Connie Price-Smith.
  • Wow three covers in one week! Southern Business Journal for May features my article on the summer job outlook for everyone from high school students to those left unemployed by the recent economic downturn. A sidebar article featured job hunting tips.
  • A piece in the May 1 issue of The Southern Illinoisan focused on the use of “secret worshipers” in area churches. These are efforts by congregations to learn how they interact to first-time visitors and guests through the use of consultants or paid visitors who attend and critique everything from the parking lot to the way they are treated by members of the congregation. Read it here.
  • The Annual “Leaders Among Us” special issue of Southern Business Journal was released on Thursday. This publication profiles 15 individuals across the region selected for the contributions that they make to their communities. It was my privilege to write eight of the 15 profiles.
  • In an ongoing series of posts for Certified Financial Planner Jeff Rose’s popular blog, Good Financial Cents, I’m writing posts based on what my wife and I are learning as we attend Financial Peace University. FPU is a 13-week program offered by syndicated radio host and author Dave Ramsey.
  • And, of course, my humor column appeared in the Life section of The Southern Illinoisan newspaper. In the first of the series of “He Said, She Said” columns, I shared my experience in going shopping with my wife, sister-in-law and daughter. In today’s edition, my column partner Martha Peebles (She Said) outlines the cure for mens’ shopping sickness. (Click the columns tab to read my take on shopping.)

News Flash: Martha and I will be guests on Dee James’ radio show, “Just Say It”, Tuesday afternoon. Tune in to WINI 1420-AM at 1 p.m. to hear us

    After all of that, I can’t wait to see what this week holds!

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