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One American Writer
South Carolina, USA
Donna D. Buskirk, freelance writer/trainer lived all over the US and landed in a friendly South Carolina suburb near the capitol, Columbia.
Interests: Writing, small-town journalism, family life, church family, and all-around American fun!
Recent Activity
I am not ashamed to admit that I shop at Goodwill stores when I'm between jobs and when I am very (praise God) gainfully employed. If I can pay $70 or $4 for a really-good-brand-name tunic, I choose to pay $4! Smart, right? And because I shop there, and because... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Jobs Lost and Found
Page 59 of the June, 2016 issue or Reader's Digest ( has one of those short boxed items about surviving a layoff. To paraphrase, it says that participating in sports like soccer, tennis, or ping pong can increase your happiness three times more than losing your job reduces it. For... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Jobs Lost and Found
If churches and social organizations offer any job-search resources like support groups and networking meetings, they must need help with search-engine optimization (SEO) because I can't find them. If I do find them, I'll help them with their websites — because if they exist here in the Columbia, SC area... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at Jobs Lost and Found
If you're not in panic mode over losing a job, this book might — and I say might because I haven't read it — inspire you: The Joy of Losing Your Job; Hope Beyond Blood Sweat And Tears by Christina DeOliveira just published on April 15, 2016 by Coche Press.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at Jobs Lost and Found
OK, I'm guilty. Even as I typed the headline about overcoming procrastination during your job hunt I was thinking about you, not about me. But my contract ends in less than six months so I should be investing some of every day making connections, researching companies, and looking for my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at Jobs Lost and Found
This morning I was thinking about job-loss panic. Saturday, at the Lexington Word Weavers writers' conference in Lexington, SC, I met author and blogger Tim Suddeth, who used to work for the Workforce Investment Act - now the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (found at for South Carolina: Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Jobs Lost and Found
Yesterday I saw a man in a conference room, sitting in a chair, and his legs were going 90 miles an hour. He was sitting with his hands in his lap, but his knees were doing that nervous bounce - and I wondered if he was being interviewed. It made... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Jobs Lost and Found
I want to stay right where I am, but what if no one in my area is hiring a technical writer when I need a new job? More and more companies hire remote workers, so to broaden my search, I use and use "remote" as the location. (Some job-search... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Jobs Lost and Found
Hundreds Sleeping On Queens’ Street For Shot At Plumbers Union Program « CBS New York. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Jobs Lost and Found
When you are losing your job, it's important to know what you are not losing. When you may lose your home, it's important to know what you won't lose. I don't like to think about or talk about families losing their homes. It's scary and we - I - don't... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Jobs Lost and Found
Today I am searching for places where I can vent about the job search and read others' stories. Searching on "frustrated with the job search" returns articles, primarily, but I did find this below. I'm not going to say more about it just want to share this: 25 Reasons the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Jobs Lost and Found
When Microsoft laid me off I was optimistic, upbeat, and certain — really, really sure — that I would find a job quickly. There was no question in my mind. I had been laid off twice before, and had never used unemployment benefits, even though it took me several weeks... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Jobs Lost and Found
I was hoping this was local (Columbia, SC, USA), but I love this job-resource site I just found (link below). I just learned that a couple of friends are losing their jobs, and I thought about what I would want if I were losing mine today. I would NOT want... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Jobs Lost and Found
The kids and puppies are still sleeping, so I swiped the tea kettle off the burner before it could whistle. If I don't watch out - if you don't watch out - might we be taken before the fire has a chance to finally make us sing? Don't waste the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at I Can Work for Myself
I enjoy the honeymoon benefit of his weekend visits, but I want him home full-time. A year after being laid off at Microsoft, I landed a contract job writing Army proposals and that work is ending. I plan to aim high. I don't want to earn only enough writing income to replace my own corporate salary -- I want to earn enough so that my husband can stay home and tend our vineyard, too. (See Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2011 at One American Writer
We goofed. We're sorry we forced slavery (horribly sorry) and the North is sorry for its treatment of the South after the war, and we're sorry today there is no safety net for families losing their homes. I'm sorry I don't know the second verse of "America the Beautiful." Watching... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at One American Writer
New book available soon! Author Donna D. Buskirk provides updates, motivation and news in her Kick-in-the-Pants list. Sign up for updates today. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2010 at One American Writer
It is apparently possible to be a basket case and still be a corporate success. Take away the corporate success, and you are left with the basket case. Don't ask me how I know this. I know writers, artists and other humans are subject to ups and downs, but in the corporate world, the need to function in polite society (admittedly, in many cases, disfunctional polite society) paints a glossy sheen over the mood dips. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2010 at One American Writer
My 14-year-old is sick so my 28-year-old wants me to watch my grand-baby at her apartment. "But, what can I do there with no Internet?" I asked. "Oh," I answered myself doubtfully, "I could write." Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at One American Writer
Posted Aug 3, 2010 at One American Writer
This is how, when you work for yourself, you can end up in your robe at noon. OK, it's only 10:30, but to someone who likes to get up at 4 or 5, 10:30 might as well be lunchtime. So when a friend says, "I'd love to work for myself -- I can stay in my robe until noon," secretly smile and knowingly nod. Let her find out the hard way. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2010 at One American Writer
He said yes, she said no. Author Ralph Keyes said I can offer workshops based on his book, "The Courage to Write." Plans are in the works -- there is a lot of local interest. A story subject for the newspaper said she's far too busy to let me take... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2010 at One American Writer
Yes, Sir! We're just getting it going. See the Divinity Vines Facebook page here:!/profile.php?id=100000946272513 Thanks for visiting. Soon we'll have a list for folks who are waiting to learn about our first crop and label.
This just in: "Venture capital investments surge to highest levels in nearly two years" Be encouraged! Every biz-starter must write well or hire a writer. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2010 at One American Writer