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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Soldier For Life Link



Have you served or are you serving in the military?  I've learned that it's never too soon to find out information about benefits and retirement.  This is a link for Service Members to refer to in case they needed a starting point for trying to seek help.  To start off the list, I thought the Soldier For Life Retirement link found on the Army Mil site would be a great selection.  I visited it recently and saw that it had all kinds of information about retirement and other useful points of interest. The link is https://soldierforlife.army.mil/retirement .

The above link along with the main site, https://soldierforlife.army.mil, has many hours of useful information and can get you caught up on somethings you may have missed.

Though this post is generally for those who served in the Army, There could be links and helpful information listed on the pages mentioned for other branches as well. 

I wanted to add something for everyone, so this link is to Military One Source: a general resource for all branches.  https://www.militaryonesource.mil/

And, thank you all for your service.  Huah [Hooah].






Thursday, May 16, 2024

miNews Update Vol 3








Something for Retiring Veterans--Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard. If you are a retiring Service Member, this DFAS.mil site might be just what you need to learn more about retirement.  They even have information for Gray Area Retirees!  As you know active duty soldiers are usually eligible for retirement after 20 years of honorable service; but Reservists and National Guard Members become eligible around the age of 60.  Gray Area Retirees can become eligible earlier if certain rules apply.  Read up on it all by visiting the DFAS site!


Have you made a copy of your important documents and valuables?  With today's technology, it is very easy to make copies or take pictures of important documents and valuables, such as Birth Certificates, ID Cards, and other valuables to prove identification or show ownership.  Using your cell phone or printer scanner can be used to accomplish the task. Making a scan or digitizing old family pictures is also a great idea and a great way to preserve family history.  Need help?  You can always reach out to us at dhspeller.com for some administrative support, or maybe a tech savvy family member who could help with the task at an affordable cost.  Be sure to save or transfer those photos to a thumb drive or some other type of storage medium.  A Terabyte external storage drive is very affordable now and can store a great deal of files and images.  It's a great project to tackle during the upcoming holiday season!


AARP Bulletin and Website are great sources for information.  Do you receive the AARP Bulletin or have visited the AARP Website?  If not, I recommend you do so.  It has a wealth of information and sometimes great tips and digital coupons are available that can lead to saving a good deal of money. It covers a lot of information about retirement and healthcare; an excellent supplement to visiting the Social Security government site.


 




Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Border Solutions

If there is going to be a border solution, I think it lies in the erection of real viable border towns and community type outposts that are designed to serve and support both travelers and asylum seekers.

That way people can come to America and live while awaiting to get their citizenship without being in the shadows. Spending a lot of money on border walls and trying to keep people out is a losing effort. And, Americans like to go to Canada, Mexico, and other South American countries just as much as they like coming here. (Ever heard of expats?)

I believe the same money could be spent building Asylum cities.. not the 'make-shift ones, but actual ones that are built for long term. I think our relations with our neighbors would improve greatly and it would take the smuggling and underground element out of something that should occur naturally.

image of futuristic border city
Border cities instead of border walls.


Monday, May 13, 2024

It's Time to Increase Your Knowledge (Free eBooks and Recordings)

2024 is the perfect time to begin something new and invest in yourself by increasing your knowledge.  I was doing some research for possible articles for Black History month and other topics and ran a cross some great resources.

There are thousands of free books, recordings and videos on every topic you can think of.


Since I was researching black history, the resources I've included below are about that topic.  But you can do similar searches and find information on the topic you want.  This is a great time to be alive!

With a cell phone and a laptop, you can have access to much of what you would have if you were enrolled in a university.  Actually, you can do that too.


The links below are for google searches and a three  great free eBook and audio recording sites I found. 

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Some Bertie County History (Part 1)

I grew up in a small town called Windsor, North Carolina– The county seat of Bertie County.  This is not the “official” history, but it is a history of interesting facts I could find about the area–salted with my bits and pieces of storytelling.  I have also included interesting links that I hope you find interesting as the story unfolds.   By the way, hopefully this will be an on-going history as I plan to update it with additional links and revisions as the present themselves as I go along.  So check back often for updates and click on the other tabs for news and information too.  Thanks and peace.

map of Bertie County, North CarolinaBertie County was founded and established as a county in 1722.  According to my research, it was originally part of Albemarle County and was called Bertie Precinct.  After becoming a county, Bertie at one point, had approximately 45 townships, though some, by now,  may have combined and merged into single townships– possibly for economic reasons.

Out of the 45 townships,  I know of approximately 13.  Windsor, Lewiston, Roxobel, Kelford, Askewville Aulander, Ahoskie (though no longer considered part of Bertie County), Colerain, Indian Woods, Merry Hill, Powellsville, Sans Souci, and Woodard (aka The Neck).  I’ll go into detail about each later on in the (his)story.  I’ve probably driven through many of the others dozens of times but just didn’t realize they were actual townships.  You can read brief descriptions about the townships at this site called The Towns and Communities of Original Bertie County.  I found it and other interesting sites and information while researching the content of this writing.

…to be continued

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Does Your Business Have An SOP? Or Do You Just Wing It?



An SOP (Standard/Standard Operating Procedure) is a basic guide that gives you information about how an organization or company runs or operates.  I was first introduced to them when I was in the military and word as an administrative support specialist.

The book/guide was a wonderful and useful tool that told you all sorts of information about the organization.  Everything from working hours down to the dress code in some instances.  It culminated much of the information in the guide from other sources and served as a general breakdown about what to do and how it should be done.

When I switched over to the private sector, I sometimes found that a written SOP was not in place.  Sometimes, some of the rules were passed down by word of mouth and at other times, it seemed like they were being made up on the spot or real time as a solution was being contrived.

Do you have an SOP for your organization?  If not—it might be helpful to develop one, even if you are a one man/person operation.  It may help save time and resources should your organization grow, or

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Daniel H. Speller: About Being a Disciple in Everyday Life - My Foundation and Belief

 

Updated: April 7, 2024

I wanted to explore the topic of Being a disciple in everyday life. In one way or the other, we are all followers of something.  This is my story.  I grew up as a preacher’s kid.  My mom was the minister, and my dad was a deacon.  I grew up with a good foundation in believing of an existence of a God. I found my truth along my path of growth; and I’m still growing to this day.

This writing, along with others that may follow, may eventually become a series of eBooks.  But for now, they are posts and articles, amongst my other posts, that describe my belief and approach to life as a Disciple of Christ, the Living Word. On the site, they will be under the hashtag and category of "Thoughts Of A Disciple".  Primarily, I've decided to place most of my thoughts and information on YouTube in a playlist, "Thoughts of a Disciple: God is Word".   I am hoping something will be said that will be both helpful and enlightening.  I believe we all need encouragement.  Life can be perplexing at times; and words of encouragement can often help along the way.

I’m writing this as a conversation, so there will be a lot of recalling, some reflecting, and going back and forth. Revisiting situations and using them as analogies is my jam. Alibi: I am not a life coach, but I do have circumstances that one can learn from, and they will probably be mentioned from time to time. Also, this is MY Truth; how I relate to God. You may relate to God entirely differently, if so—I won’t judge you, so don’t judge me.  It really is all about a personal relationship.

With that said, thank you for supporting me by purchasing and reading my books and visiting my website.  Let’s get into it.

My Foundation and Belief

I believe that there is a God; and that God is Word—based on the scripture found in the book of John1:1. It took me a while to come to that realization because I had always imagined God in the form of mankind, which limited me terribly.  Questions like What color is he/she? Why doesn’t he/she answer me? What did I do to piss him off today?  Why did he do this or that when it says he loves me, and he doesn’t change? …and on, and on, and on, the questions kept coming.

When the epiphany came for me that God is Word; and I explored that possibility; then read, processed, and received the rest of John, Chapter 1, so many things cleared up for me. God became the very essence of the words and message I was reading.  And like words, God was everywhere, all at once, at the same time—in different languages; being expressed in different ways—all around the world.  God could be found in portions of script and scripture in every religion—regardless of how mankind had tried to change or manipulate the words. God, being TRUTH, could still be found!  Even when portions of truth tried to be omitted, there were enough hints which were left to lead the reader to know: there was more to read and learn.  To see more, check out the YouTube Playlist!

Playlist: Thoughts of a Disciple: God is Word

Progressives Need to Learn The Rule of Yoda

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The more I look at how Republicans and their conservative friends try to own the liberals, the more I realize that Progressives need to follow, and teach their allies to follow, what I call,  The Rule of Yoda. Which is:
 "Do or Do Not. There is no try."

Even before a bill or piece of legislation gets to the point of being voted on, Democrats seem to be asking permission to do every little thing-- even though it might already be legal! Cut that shit out!!

Read your books. Give money to who you want. Don't spend money with people who don't or won't support you and your causes. The more you ask permission the more they so no and take what you already have. Live!!!

We see how the legal system and the Supreme Court rolls, so act accordingly. You have the power to

Become Aware of Who Represents You—A Hint to Researching








A lot of information isn’t as hard to locate as you might think.  If you are interested in finding out who your politicians and representatives are for you specifically, start with your county’s web site.  As I looked through the website of the city where I currently reside, I located a “Directory” page which contained not only the main local contacts, but they also had links to county, state, and federal representatives.  Your city might have the same.  You can start by doing a google search on your location by typing in the “Name and State” of the city you live in.  From the results, look for websites that end in the extensions of “.gov, .us, or maybe .org”.  Those are normally the official information sites of most governmental organizations.

If all else fails, you can also do a Google word search using the term “who represents me?”.  When I did that, the results showed suggestions based on where it thought my geo-location was, and prior Google searches I had performed, indicating both local and national relative websites.

Happy searching!




Tuesday, April 2, 2024

We Are All Time Travelers

 

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Have you ever wanted to time travel? I recently had "thoughts" about that topic, let's talk about it.  I know people talk about it all the time.  They want to go back in time or go forward in time in order to improve their situations or change the possibilities of things to come.  

I’m here to say today that we are all time travelers!  We don't realize it but, I believe that we time travel through our memories and our imaginations.  When we think about the past—and the things that we've done; that is exactly like going back in time.  Be it through your personal life or your business decisions, because one rule of time travel is that even if you went back in time, you are warned not to change the outcome.  You can observe, but you’re warned not to try to change anything in the past because you don’t know how it’s going to truly affect your future.  If you decide not to do a thing, or maybe do something differently, you don't truly know how that's going to affect you or the people around you (which was demonstrated in the movie, “Back To The Future”, or the many other science-fiction styled films that re-tale the storyline.

But in our memories and imaginations, it’s like the safety switch is turned on so that you are free to explore. We can go back to that point in time when we say, “oh man, I wish I had done this, or I wish I had done that”. And in that space, we can create whole alternative situations. The good thing about this process is, when we do travel back or forward in time, we can see the mistakes and take notes of those things so that we won't make the same mistake(s) now (in the present); or better prepare for the future. I think that is the best way we can use our abilities as time travelers.  Now that you are aware--Happy Trails, and Godspeed.  

Friday, March 22, 2024

3 Things to Consider Concerning Your Business Plan

 

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I was going through some papers and discovered one of my old business plans I wrote years ago as an assignment for a class I was taking.  It was interesting to see and I considered the following thoughts.

 

1.       Your business plan should be a guide and roadmap to keep you on track. 

I was surprised to see that some of the things I had written back then, were part of the services I offer now!  I don’t know if it was something intentional back then because I was in the military. But what if I took the time and made it intentional?  Who knows what difference that would have made!  Start today. 

 Make the moves you make for your life and your business intentional. It doesn’t have to be anything grand; you can start with something as simple as deciding to look at your calendar on a daily basis. That could plant the seed of getting organized. Then, add looking at your business plan daily, seeing it may help you focus on activities that will put things in motion. That brings us to the next thought.

Friday, March 1, 2024

LegalShield – Harvey Speller III, Representative

 

Harvey Speller III is your LegalShield Representative for this area! If you’ve ever wanted to have a team to help with your legal issues, check out the link below to find out more about LegalShield and then if you have questions, he can further explain how the services work.

Get help with wills, traffic tickets, legal questions and more!

Additional Information

I am a Representative for LegalShield! Please use the information below to contact me; or, you can click the visit link on the left to view our information video! Looking forward to talking to you soon!

Raleigh, North Carolina

Telephone:  919-798-3399

Other Contact:

Email: harvey.speller@gmail.com




Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Do You Know What the Acceptable Forms of Voting ID Are?


UPDATE::

Linked to this post, you'll find the Acceptable Forms of Voting ID for North Carolina.  Earlier in the year, I went to the early polls to vote in the primaries; and they asked to help get the word out about Voting IDs.  If you don't have a valid ID, you'll need one to vote and they had the ability to make one for you--for FREE.  Be sure to ask for yours!  They are good for 10 years, so that should keep you good through the next few elections.

Acceptable Forms of ID Information Link:  https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/voter-id




Monday, February 19, 2024

It is Important to Update Your Google Business Profile. Here's Why







I just received an email not too long ago indicating that any website I made with my Google Business Profile was going away and that I should update my profile to reflect another page or site that I might have.

I'm sharing this because there may be others like me, who took advantage of the free simple page at the time.  The update is an easy fix.  If you received a similar email, follow the link, which will open your Google Business Profile, and either replace the "site" link with another site or other social media content that you might have.

There is also a link to Google Help if more information is needed.   


Also if you or someone you know could use help with affordable advertising, tell them to contact me!  I assist with Awareness Campaigns and supplemental marketing.  See you soon!

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Hire an Office Manager Before You Hire a Project Manager



Business and its terms are constantly changing.  I've worked in offices and have been an office manager much of my career.  Before project managers, office managers handled a good majority of the tasks that might be considered projects in today's business world.

It was fine by me, but I've been asked to do certain tasks that a seasoned office manager could definitely do.  And at the end of the project (smile), I asked if they had someone internally that usually did that type of work.

In some of the conversations, it turned out that a company thought they were saving money by having someone come in for a short period of time; rather than hiring someone who had a general knowledge of the needed support. That approach works for some people.  However, some companies would be better off spending money hiring an office manager or specialist either full time, or as a contracted service.  For small and independent companies, I think a good rule of thumb would be:

  • If the project you are working on is outside of what the business normally does, a project manager would be appropriate.  Otherwise, hire a skilled office manager.

For example, if you are about to run a major awareness campaign, and marketing isn't your primary business, then by all means, hire a project manager to run the campaign.  But if it's something routine,

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

3 Things You Can Do To Organize Yourself and Your Business

 

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It's the beginning of the year and I know you have that urge to do something that makes you feel like you are progressing in life.  Here are 3 things you can do right now to help you inch along!

  1. Get your email box in order.  You might be like me and have more than one email address.  If you've been busy and haven't check them thoroughly in a while, it's time to get back on track.  Make it intentional by carving out a few minutes each day to check and clear them out.  You could start out with 10 minutes.  Then, if necessary increase the time. You might find hidden opportunities that have been waiting for you!  You can also create a few additional folders to help you sort through the email quickly.

  2. Organize your files and paperwork.  This will be helpful in both saving you time and headaches! If you are a seasoned business owner, and/or have someone on your team managing your office and files for you, great! But if you are an independent  or just starting out and struggling-- consider this "in the trenches" method of maintaining your information.

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Discover Durham







I was out searching and browsing the internet, and this cool site about Durham, North Carolina came up.  It’s called, Discover Durham.  It looks more like an arts page to highlight all the activities in the city but it looked so cool, I thought I’d share! 

As you may know, I’ll be sharing more travel information in 2024—so why not get started with North Carolina!  I’m an administrative consultant and personal assistant so hit me up if you need travel arrangements.  Let’s talk about it.




Monday, January 15, 2024

I found a another new podcast that I like ...


I found this new podcast with Angela Rye, Tiffany Cross, and Andrew Gillum called Native Land Pod.  I listened to the first episode and it was honestly a great podcast.  Talked about lots of good topics and hitting many concerns of the day.


Very plain spoken and to the point.  I hope they do well!

I must say I don't agree with some of their views-- for instance I think there are choices outside of Joe Biden and Donald Trump, and wish they would acknowledge it. But, besides that it was a pretty good listen.  Check it out.