Matthews Motors BBB Complaint

COMPLAINT ACTIVITY REPORT  Case # 11122975        Better Business Bureau

 Consumer Info:    Corbett, Constance   Clayton NC

Business Info: Matthews Motors

11315 US Hwy 70-W Business

Clayton, NC  27520

Location Involved:    (Same as above)

Consumer’s Original Complaint :

Matthews Motors had my car 17 days. They have not fixed it but want $800 for their efforts, plus $100 to $120 to tow it to someone they say might fix

My car broke down mid day Nov 3. I called my regular mechanic who is the official tow truck driver for Matthews Motors. He said since their logo was all over the car, he had to tow it to their service dept.  Pete Fowler in Matthews Motors Service Department  called Nov 6 to say it would cost $544.58 to repair it. I told them to go ahead. I could afford that. It didn’t fix it. They needed to replace more parts, they said. Every day I got a different story. Parts were ordered and slow to come in. Parts were replaced, but that didn’t fix it. Now it still won’t start, so they say, but I owe $800 for the parts they replaced, but today Pete Fowler, the service manager held the paperwork on my car in his hand while asking for $800 and he told me NO, I could not get a copy of the paperwork. I owed him $800 for all the work they did that didn’t fix the car and once I paid $800, I would need to pay another $100 to $120 to have it towed to someone who could probably fix it. He wants to send my Chevrolet to a Buick GMC Dealer, and no, he has no idea how much that place will charge because he still doesn’t know what is wrong with it and he has replaced all the parts he thought would fix it, but it still isn’t fixed. All this time I’ve been without a car, unable to work my part time job. Pete refused me a loaner car saying they don’t do loaners. I’m 67 years old, but I’m not stupid enough to pay for something that doesn’t work and I can’t even see the paperwork on? Also my car has been sitting unlocked every time I went by. The lights work on it. If I had a key, I’d try to start it. Also Pete went out of his way to get a Matthews Motors Auto Repair Credit Card for me, but I haven’t activated it. It is good for $700 and what he says he’s done, but refuses to share the paperwork on, costs $800. But the car is not working still, Pete says.  I’ve only put 5,000 miles on it in 14 months. I bought the car from them. I work part-time locally. Without being able to get to work, I may become homeless. I don’t mind paying for things, but I won’t pay for invisible, non-solution repairs. I need to be able to get to work and I think Matthews Motors wants to have the car repossessed and re-sell it. I don’t think they intend to repair it or have it repaired and returned to me. They’ve been callous in their treatment and they think I’ll charge $700 on a credit card they applied for for me so my car can be towed, at my expense, to someone they think might be able to figure out what will fix it, because Matthews Motors cannot diagnose the problem with my car. However, I should pay for the things they tried that didn’t work? And I have to pay the $800 for who knows what they did that didn’t work, before they’ll tow (at my expense) my car to someone hopefully more competent than they are.

Consumer’s Desired Resolution:

Tow my car at their expense to the place they think can fix it, since they’ve had it 17 days and cannot figure out what is wrong with it. I already paid to have it towed to Matthews Motors. Find out exactly what is wrong with my car and then only charge me for what fixed it, not all the things they replaced that they hoped would fix it. Put the old stuff back on, if it didn’t fix it when it was replaced. Get a final total amount it will cost to have my car in working order before expecting me to pay as I go for who knows what. I don’t trust them at all. 17 days of jerking me around saying first one thing and then the other was wrong with it and finally admitting they have no idea why it won’t start or what’s wrong with it, but their buddy in another town might be able to figure it out, but I have to pay to have it towed there after paying to have it towed to their service dept in the first place. And I have to pay for the things Matthews Motors did that didn’t fix the car before they’ll send it to someone they think can fix it is not acceptable.

BBB Processing

11/20/2017                web       BBB        Complaint Received by BBB

11/21/2017                EF         BBB        AB – Complaint Reviewed by Operator

11/21/2017                OTTO   EMAIL     Inform Consumer

11/21/2017                OTTO   EMAIL     Inform AB Business of Complaint

12/06/2017                OTTO   BBB        AB- No response to first notice to business

12/06/2017                OTTO   EMAIL     Consumer – Have You Heard From the AB Company

12/06/2017                OTTO   EMAIL     AB-Resend Complaint to Business

12/06/2017                              BBB        MORE INFO RECEIVED FROM THE CONSUMER : I was able to have the car towed at Chevrolet Headquarters expense to a respectable dealer. Parts that should have been working well had been replaced by Matthews Motors. The new repair shop is trying to figure out how to fix the damages to my car.

12/07/2017                WEB      BBB        RECEIVE BUSINESS RESPONSE : Our mechanics spent 15-20 hours trying to fix the cranking problem with Constance’s vehicle. They were unable to fix the problem. We discounted our service to cost, unfortunately in this situation nobody wins. Once the vehicle arrived at Deacon Jones (to be checked out), it started as the tow truck driver was unloading it. I have called Constance and am waiting for a response.

Sincerely,

Steve Matthews

President

12/07/2017                EF         EMAIL     Forward Business response to Consumer

12/07/2017                WEB      BBB        RECEIVED CONSUMER REBUTTAL : Steve Matthews at Matthews Motors has offered to rent a car for me for seven days while the other repair shop attempts to repair the car. The other place is replacing the pcm and then says they will have to backtrack over what Matthews Motors mechanics did to try to make sure everything is right before I get my car back. Matthews Motors charged me $802 for replacing a battery and whatever else they did that did not fix my car. I didn’t realize when I was talking to Steven Matthews that the rental car was to be his only response to my complaint. Matthews Motors had my car a total of 25 days. They said they didn’t have any loaners. For 25 days they held my car and replaced perfectly good parts with used parts. No, a one week car rental will not satisfy me. I am calling Enterprise and canceling the rental. I thought Steven Matthews was trying to do what was fair. Every other place I’ve spoken to says if their efforts do not fix the vehicle, they “eat” the costs. The customer is not charged. The new place, which is a GM certified repair shop, says the check engine light is on (it wasn’t before Matthews Motors worked on it) and the steering is rough (it wasn’t before Matthews Motors worked on it). One day when I called, Pete Fowler said they were working on the steering column and I told him then the car steered just fine. Why? Why mess with the steering column? Now it doesn’t steer smoothly. I don’t know what was done to that. No. I am not satisfied with a one week rental when they had my car 25 days without fixing it and when they replaced good parts with used parts. No. It’s not the response I requested and I’m not satisfied. I contacted Chevrolet Headquarters and THEY paid to have the car towed to a GM Certified Repair Dealer. If Matthews Motors had had their way, it would have cost me $120 to have it towed elsewhere. As it is, I had to pay $802 just to get them to release my car to another repair shop after they’d had it for 25 days without fixing it.

12/07/2017                EF         EMAIL     Forward Consumer Rebuttal to Business

12/08/2017                WEB      BBB        RECEIVED FINAL RESPONSE FROM BUSINESS : I believe my response to pay for a rental car was more than fair. Constance seemed to be pleased with this. We figured her car should be ready by then. They were delivering the rental to her.

12/08/2017                EF         EMAIL     Forward Final AB Response to Consumer

12/08/2017                WEB      BBB        RECEIVED CONSUMER’S ADDITIONAL RESPONSE : (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)

My car was repaired by Deacon Jones in Smithfield NC for $270 and ready Thursday afternoon, Dec. 7. I did not need the rental car and had already canceled it. Matthews Motors charged me $802 for repairs and replacement parts that did not fix my car. They claim they worked on it for hours, but I was at their lot four different times and the car was always parked in the back corner of the lot and did not appear to have been moved at all. I took pictures of its location. I think they should not expect me to pay for their repair attempts that did not fix my car. I paid Deacon Jones $270 and my car is running again. I did not realize when Steve Matthews was offering me a rental car that he thought that would resolve this problem. The problem is a charge of $802 for a car his company did not repair, and they kept the inoperable car for 25 days, and MADE ME pay $802 before they would allow it to be towed to another repair shop that was able to repair the car. The car had to be TOWED off Matthews Motors Lot. Matthews Motors said I had to first pay for their attempts at repairing my car at the exorbitant rate of $802 before they’d allow it to be towed somewhere else and IF they towed it for me, they wanted $120 more in towing fees. They charged $115 to tow it there in the first place which is very expensive for a 3 mile tow. They have tried to wring every penny out of me that they can and have given me nothing in return but almost a month of days of stress and emotional distress. Unless they cancel the charges for their attempts at fixing my car, I have no other recourse but a lawsuit against them. I do not owe them for not repairing my car. Twenty-Five days I was told first one thing and then another. Twenty -Five days they kept my car parked in the back corner of their lot and did not fix it. Twenty-Five days I did not have use of my car while they took parts off – perfectly good parts – and replaced them with used parts that did not fix my car. They did not return the new, good parts they took off my engine but said they didn’t have them anymore. No. A rental car I do not need for a week does not resolve this business’s mistreatment of me.

Matthews Motors BBB Complaint

COMPLAINT ACTIVITY REPORT  Case # 11122975        Better Business Bureau

 

Consumer Info:    Corbett, Constance   Clayton NC

Business Info: Matthews Motors

11315 US Hwy 70-W Business

Clayton, NC  27520

Location Involved:    (Same as above)

Consumer’s Original Complaint :

Matthews Motors had my car 17 days. They have not fixed it but want $800 for their efforts, plus $100 to $120 to tow it to someone they say might fix

My car broke down mid day Nov 3. I called my regular mechanic who is the official tow truck driver for Matthews Motors. He said since their logo was all over the car, he had to tow it to their service dept.  Pete Fowler in Matthews Motors Service Department  called Nov 6 to say it would cost $544.58 to repair it. I told them to go ahead. I could afford that. It didn’t fix it. They needed to replace more parts, they said. Every day I got a different story. Parts were ordered and slow to come in. Parts were replaced, but that didn’t fix it. Now it still won’t start, so they say, but I owe $800 for the parts they replaced, but today Pete Fowler, the service manager held the paperwork on my car in his hand while asking for $800 and he told me NO, I could not get a copy of the paperwork. I owed him $800 for all the work they did that didn’t fix the car and once I paid $800, I would need to pay another $100 to $120 to have it towed to someone who could probably fix it. He wants to send my Chevrolet to a Buick GMC Dealer, and no, he has no idea how much that place will charge because he still doesn’t know what is wrong with it and he has replaced all the parts he thought would fix it, but it still isn’t fixed. All this time I’ve been without a car, unable to work my part time job. Pete refused me a loaner car saying they don’t do loaners. I’m 67 years old, but I’m not stupid enough to pay for something that doesn’t work and I can’t even see the paperwork on? Also my car has been sitting unlocked every time I went by. The lights work on it. If I had a key, I’d try to start it. Also Pete went out of his way to get a Matthews Motors Auto Repair Credit Card for me, but I haven’t activated it. It is good for $700 and what he says he’s done, but refuses to share the paperwork on, costs $800. But the car is not working still, Pete says.  I’ve only put 5,000 miles on it in 14 months. I bought the car from them. I work part-time locally. Without being able to get to work, I may become homeless. I don’t mind paying for things, but I won’t pay for invisible, non-solution repairs. I need to be able to get to work and I think Matthews Motors wants to have the car repossessed and re-sell it. I don’t think they intend to repair it or have it repaired and returned to me. They’ve been callous in their treatment and they think I’ll charge $700 on a credit card they applied for for me so my car can be towed, at my expense, to someone they think might be able to figure out what will fix it, because Matthews Motors cannot diagnose the problem with my car. However, I should pay for the things they tried that didn’t work? And I have to pay the $800 for who knows what they did that didn’t work, before they’ll tow (at my expense) my car to someone hopefully more competent than they are.

Consumer’s Desired Resolution:

Tow my car at their expense to the place they think can fix it, since they’ve had it 17 days and cannot figure out what is wrong with it. I already paid to have it towed to Matthews Motors. Find out exactly what is wrong with my car and then only charge me for what fixed it, not all the things they replaced that they hoped would fix it. Put the old stuff back on, if it didn’t fix it when it was replaced. Get a final total amount it will cost to have my car in working order before expecting me to pay as I go for who knows what. I don’t trust them at all. 17 days of jerking me around saying first one thing and then the other was wrong with it and finally admitting they have no idea why it won’t start or what’s wrong with it, but their buddy in another town might be able to figure it out, but I have to pay to have it towed there after paying to have it towed to their service dept in the first place. And I have to pay for the things Matthews Motors did that didn’t fix the car before they’ll send it to someone they think can fix it is not acceptable.

BBB Processing

11/20/2017                web       BBB        Complaint Received by BBB

11/21/2017                EF         BBB        AB – Complaint Reviewed by Operator

11/21/2017                OTTO   EMAIL     Inform Consumer

11/21/2017                OTTO   EMAIL     Inform AB Business of Complaint

12/06/2017                OTTO   BBB        AB- No response to first notice to business

12/06/2017                OTTO   EMAIL     Consumer – Have You Heard From the AB Company

12/06/2017                OTTO   EMAIL     AB-Resend Complaint to Business

12/06/2017                              BBB        MORE INFO RECEIVED FROM THE CONSUMER : I was able to have the car towed at Chevrolet Headquarters expense to a respectable dealer. Parts that should have been working well had been replaced by Matthews Motors. The new repair shop is trying to figure out how to fix the damages to my car.

12/07/2017                WEB      BBB        RECEIVE BUSINESS RESPONSE : Our mechanics spent 15-20 hours trying to fix the cranking problem with Constance’s vehicle. They were unable to fix the problem. We discounted our service to cost, unfortunately in this situation nobody wins. Once the vehicle arrived at Deacon Jones (to be checked out), it started as the tow truck driver was unloading it. I have called Constance and am waiting for a response.

Sincerely,

Steve Matthews

President

12/07/2017                EF         EMAIL     Forward Business response to Consumer

12/07/2017                WEB      BBB        RECEIVED CONSUMER REBUTTAL : Steve Matthews at Matthews Motors has offered to rent a car for me for seven days while the other repair shop attempts to repair the car. The other place is replacing the pcm and then says they will have to backtrack over what Matthews Motors mechanics did to try to make sure everything is right before I get my car back. Matthews Motors charged me $802 for replacing a battery and whatever else they did that did not fix my car. I didn’t realize when I was talking to Steven Matthews that the rental car was to be his only response to my complaint. Matthews Motors had my car a total of 25 days. They said they didn’t have any loaners. For 25 days they held my car and replaced perfectly good parts with used parts. No, a one week car rental will not satisfy me. I am calling Enterprise and canceling the rental. I thought Steven Matthews was trying to do what was fair. Every other place I’ve spoken to says if their efforts do not fix the vehicle, they “eat” the costs. The customer is not charged. The new place, which is a GM certified repair shop, says the check engine light is on (it wasn’t before Matthews Motors worked on it) and the steering is rough (it wasn’t before Matthews Motors worked on it). One day when I called, Pete Fowler said they were working on the steering column and I told him then the car steered just fine. Why? Why mess with the steering column? Now it doesn’t steer smoothly. I don’t know what was done to that. No. I am not satisfied with a one week rental when they had my car 25 days without fixing it and when they replaced good parts with used parts. No. It’s not the response I requested and I’m not satisfied. I contacted Chevrolet Headquarters and THEY paid to have the car towed to a GM Certified Repair Dealer. If Matthews Motors had had their way, it would have cost me $120 to have it towed elsewhere. As it is, I had to pay $802 just to get them to release my car to another repair shop after they’d had it for 25 days without fixing it.

12/07/2017                EF         EMAIL     Forward Consumer Rebuttal to Business

12/08/2017                WEB      BBB        RECEIVED FINAL RESPONSE FROM BUSINESS : I believe my response to pay for a rental car was more than fair. Constance seemed to be pleased with this. We figured her car should be ready by then. They were delivering the rental to her.

12/08/2017                EF         EMAIL     Forward Final AB Response to Consumer

12/08/2017                WEB      BBB        RECEIVED CONSUMER’S ADDITIONAL RESPONSE : (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)

My car was repaired by Deacon Jones in Smithfield NC for $270 and ready Thursday afternoon, Dec. 7. I did not need the rental car and had already canceled it. Matthews Motors charged me $802 for repairs and replacement parts that did not fix my car. They claim they worked on it for hours, but I was at their lot four different times and the car was always parked in the back corner of the lot and did not appear to have been moved at all. I took pictures of its location. I think they should not expect me to pay for their repair attempts that did not fix my car. I paid Deacon Jones $270 and my car is running again. I did not realize when Steve Matthews was offering me a rental car that he thought that would resolve this problem. The problem is a charge of $802 for a car his company did not repair, and they kept the inoperable car for 25 days, and MADE ME pay $802 before they would allow it to be towed to another repair shop that was able to repair the car. The car had to be TOWED off Matthews Motors Lot. Matthews Motors said I had to first pay for their attempts at repairing my car at the exorbitant rate of $802 before they’d allow it to be towed somewhere else and IF they towed it for me, they wanted $120 more in towing fees. They charged $115 to tow it there in the first place which is very expensive for a 3 mile tow. They have tried to wring every penny out of me that they can and have given me nothing in return but almost a month of days of stress and emotional distress. Unless they cancel the charges for their attempts at fixing my car, I have no other recourse but a lawsuit against them. I do not owe them for not repairing my car. Twenty-Five days I was told first one thing and then another. Twenty -Five days they kept my car parked in the back corner of their lot and did not fix it. Twenty-Five days I did not have use of my car while they took parts off – perfectly good parts – and replaced them with used parts that did not fix my car. They did not return the new, good parts they took off my engine but said they didn’t have them anymore. No. A rental car I do not need for a week does not resolve this business’s mistreatment of me.

 

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Stating the Obvious

Is it just me, or do news stories and articles now mostly state the obvious? I see titles of articles all the time that to me shouldn’t even be subject matter. Who wrote these and why did anyone think it was something anyone would read? Are the younger generations not able to form such ideas in their own heads without having to read about it? Maybe it’s my age, but I often cringe when I read some titles and wonder who the target audience is?

Here’s an example from today’s offerings on an online site:

“Month after Harvey, debris piles show recovery takes time”

The wording is nice, but all it’s going to explain, if you take time to even read the article, is that it takes a long time to clean up after a hurricane. Do people not realize this? Are there actually people in the world who can watch the videos of sideways rain and howling winds and projectiles being blown about by the force of a hurricane, who could not figure out, for their own knowledge, that the clean-up from hurricanes takes a long time?

This is Working

I’m rewriting the story that won an honorable mention in an international short story contest in the mid 1980’s. I was married then. Since that time, I’ve moved frequently and divorced and the story has gotten misplaced. Back in the 1980’s when I was writing, I used a typewriter and carbon paper to make copies. There was no copy on a computer file. The file holding this story must have gotten left behind or tossed away. But I do remember the plot. Right now I am taking time to jot down the story quickly. I can go back and edit it before I submit it to Glimmer Train at the end of the month.

What I’m finding is that because I do have a time limit, I am working on this story daily. I do other writing as well, but I start my writing day by working on this story. This technique is going quite well. It’s day 3 of my writing and I have over 1000 words so far.

This was one of my favorite stories. I enjoyed writing it. I’ve always liked O’Henry and this story has a “twist” in it that I found delightful.

I’m going to continue working on this story. When I get the words down, I’ll go back and edit it.

Once this story is completed (again!), I’ll start typing up Leaving Luther. That was another story I really liked as well.

 

Slogging Along

Two infected teeth have come between me and writing. I had a root canal on one of them last week. I feel better, but I have one more tooth to deal with.

I went to the oral surgeon and hey, let’s just get the second one out. He wants me to try to save it, but he didn’t offer any financial support.

My primary care doctor says I must do something about these teeth. I’ve suffered with them long enough and it is affecting my general health.

During all this time, I’ve done a little writing, but really felt too bad to do much.

This past weekend I got a notice from Glimmer Train. They are having a contest and the deadline is October 31 for entries. Years ago I wrote a story that won honorable mention in an international short story contest. Of course with all the moving I’ve done and the upheavals of my life, I have lost that particular story. I still remember it and am trying to rewrite it with the hopes of entering it.

If you have interest in this contest, I will include the details. There is an $18 entry fee. I think two times a year Glimmer Train accepts submissons with no entry fee. Not sure, but you can read as well as I can, so if you have any interest, go to their website and check it out.

http://www.glimmertrain.com/index.html

 

 

What’s Your Talent

I believe that each of us is gifted with a talent when we are born. By talent, I mean something we’re naturally good at that can be cultivated and used to make the world a better place.  It’s something that comes easy to us and we enjoy doing it. I’ve often wondered what the world would be like, if we each were able to pursue our own natural talent for all our lives?

I would say that my greatest talent is writing and perhaps more specific than that, it is writing poetry. I love to write poetry and when I’m inspired, the words come more quickly sometimes than I can put them down.

I like writing nonfiction. Whenever I find out something new, I usually end up sharing it with at least one other person. Sometimes what I’ve learned is so unusual or outrageous that they doubt I know what I’m talking about. This is frustrating when I’ve done the rsearch and know exactly what I’m saying.

Sometimes I can be funny. I have dry wit. Many people have told me I should be a comedian and I do enjoy making people laugh, but I can’t do it all the time. I can sit down and write any minute of any day.

If you are reading this, and have time, will you please leave what you think your major talent is? I’m sure we all have more than one, but which one, given the choice, would you do all your life as your life’s work and it not feel like work to you?

Thank you for your reply.

Career Ideas

My family is getting more supportive of my writing career.

I raised three sons alone and it was not easy. From time to time I’d submit something I wrote to a magazine and 80% of the time it would get accepted. I knew I had some talent, but I also knew I had three sons to feed, clothe and take care of. A freelancer’s salary would not do during those years.

Now I’m retired from my day job and looking at writing and different ways to write and publish. My sons are encouraging me to do different projects. They know more technologically than I do what is available to writers today.

I think any writer with a family needs the support and encouragement they can get from their family. I think four heads are better than one and I am using my sons’ susggestions to improve my writing career.

Emotional Upheaval In America

I check stories in the news daily. I do most of this checking online.

I see stories with emotional tugs in many categories.

It is my belief that the media works hard to keep Americans so distracted and worried about world or local events that Americans are unable to focus properly on their lives and situations.

No matter how bad a citizen has it, the media can shout that someone else has it far worse! Are you worried about weather, pets, famous people, celebrities, what Melanie is wearing, what Trump tweeted, the cost of products, the lack of income increases, crimes and criminals, terrorists, diet, exercise, diseases . . . whatever is your “trigger” for worry and agitation, you can find a dose of it daily in “news” stories.

News stories now not only tell you what to worry about, but they tell you why to worry. They give opinions, not just facts.

Is it a conspiracy by the government to keep citizens in check? If you are too emotionally involved in worry about certain facets of life, you will not be able to worry about things near and dear to you that might need to be noticed.

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Retirement

It wasn’t planned. It wasn’t anticipated. It wasn’t welcomed.

I was working in 2015 for one of the two best principals I ever had when the school was shook up by my principal being transferred out and another principal being transferred in to her place.

At the time I was teaching Reading Intervention and I enjoyed it immensely!

I worked with struggling readers in Kindergarten and First Grade. I viewed each as potentially successful readers before I even began my instruction. I tailor made lessons with each child’s needs in mind.

I love puzzles and children who have problems learning to read usually have just missed one or two key concepts, and if I can figure out what it is, I have them reading on grade level within nine weeks.

My principal, who was transferred elsewhere, understood my methods, and I was free to work with the children using research based methods that were both from today and from years past.

The new principal came in and took an instant dislike to me. I understand she’s in her forties and doesn’t like “older” people. Everyone she hired was fresh out of college and eager to follow her lead.

She was eager to get rid of me.

I was working with 35 children a day in ten different groups. I walked up and down the hall collecting my groups all day long. I was happy. I was successful. I got results. As I’d bring a child up to grade level, I’d meet with the classroom teacher and we’d decide to leave that child in the classroom and replace his or her intervention lessons with another child who was below grade level in reading. I worked in a school with many needy children.

The new principal sent me an email her second day there and told me to “get with the kindergarten teachers and add 13 more children to my roster of students”. That meant I’d meet with 48 children a day. I could not make any more groups because my day was filled with ten groups. The size of the group does affect outcomes and for 5, 6, and 7 year olds, it’s best to have groups of 3 or 4 at the most.

I emailed her back and told her that was a very heavy workload. I suggested she look at my record on the children I had served. I told her the old principal had me bring children up to grade level and then switch them out for a child who needed help. It was only the beginning of March and I had time to get all the K/1 children up to grade level. Would she please reconsider the increase in my workload?

She emailed me back that she would discuss my workload when I discussed my absences with her. ???? Did she mean when I was out the December before having test after test for what the doctor feared was either blood clots in my lungs or lung cancer? Did she want to discuss that with me on her second day at the helm? I emailed her back and told her I had been out a lot the previous December, but I had discussed that with the previous principal and I was fine now. (It had turned out to be a very stubborn lung infection.)

I contacted my Reading Intervention supervisor who had been upset when I had four children in most groups and I told her about the sudden increase in workload. She said there was nothing she could do about it.

I kept coming to work and trying, trying, trying to see every child assigned to me. My health began to deteriorate and by the end of April, I had to go out on disability leave.

I’d been contemplating retirement in June, but really had hoped to work one more year. I needed five more months to qualfiy for the retirement program. I never made it.

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Had to Buy a New Wider Binder

Title just about sums it up. I’ve printed out more pages of the Blindman book and they will not fit in the binder I’ve been putting the paper version of my book in. I went out today and bought a binder that’s twice as wide. I probably should have bought more printer ink. Mine will surely run out soon.

The new binder is bright orange and trimmed in gold foil. It’s certainly eye-catching and I’ll notice it daily. I certainly noticed it in the store. I realized this week that I needed a wider binder. As I passed by the school supplies in Walmart, this binder called out to me, “Hey, haven’t you been looking for me?”

I also got a Planner. It’s for July 2017 to June 2018. I know I’ve missed two months of this thing, but I will probably use it backwards anyway – charting my daily progress on all my writing projects.

I also started something called a “Capture Book” this week. Mine is just a red composition book I bought to use for that purpose. Stephanie Winston writes about it in her book, Organized for Success. A Capture Book is explained in Part II, Chapter 5 of her book.  I found her book in Goodwill last week. I’m always trying to find better ways to do things and looking at other’s ideas and how they accomplish their goals. I looked that book up and it also is selling on Amazon.com. Copyright date is 2004. I could beat myself up for not finding it sooner, or I could be happy I did notice it last week. I think I’ll do the latter.

I’m tired of the Blindman book. I’ve worked on it for years. I’m ready to see it in print and hope people buy it. I’m skimming it as I print it out. Serious editing will happen when I get the whole book printed out. I think it’s well-written. I think the story will hold the reader’s interest. I hope it will change things. That’s why I wrote it. Pen mightier than the sword and all that kind of thinking . . .

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Well Written Piece about Charlottesville Va Events

There was a demonstration at Charlottesville, VA sometime recently, and it has brought out strong feelings from nearly everyone I have seen comment or write on it. I am aware there were people who openly identify as white supremacists in attendance. While I disagree with their defining viewpoints, I do not want to see their […]

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