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09 Dec 2016

Gift ideas

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Not sure what to get someone, a special person or the one who's hard to buy for? Consider a numismatic gift.

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07 Dec 2016

I can dream, can't I?

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Whenever I'm downtown--and I go as often as I can--I enjoy stopping into my favorite coin shop and looking in the windows, browsing, talking about coins. It's a nice place for a longtime collector to dream.

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02 Dec 2016

A great Christmas gift

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I was inspired when I was on Twitter yesterday. Two beautiful photos of 1881-S Morgan dollars were posted. As a longtime Morgan dollar fan, I know this particular coin is one of the most attractive in the set. Strike is good, eye appeal is usually high. Many are available in Mint State. It's not an expensive rarity. It's an old fashioned silver dollar, over 130 years old.

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28 Nov 2016

Women in the hobby--my story

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There are many more women involved in numismatics than when I started. I was 11 years old when my grandmother gave me 2 silver dollars for Christmas. One was a 1921 Morgan, the other a 1922 Peace. Only a year apart, but the designs were so different. I decided to learn all I could about these coins. Thus began a lifelong interest.

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23 Nov 2016

Eyes of a collector

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Some years ago, I suffered a detached retina in my right eye. I lost much of the distance vision in that eye, although my activities of daily living are fine.. I can read and write and examine coins as well as I ever did.

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19 Nov 2016

Unexpected benefit of writing

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Ideas can come from anywhere. A few years back, I attended a major convention and got the idea for a novel that became "Wild World."

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18 Nov 2016

Large cent love

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If I had another collecting life, I would spend it collecting large cents.

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16 Nov 2016

Self-publishing?

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I dreamed of putting words on paper and writing books when I was a teen, working in a record store. You couldn't tell me otherwise. I had that confidence that only a 17-yr-old has. Then real life interfered with the dream. College, a social life, and a succession of "real jobs" did that. One job in particular took so much out of me, I stopped writing for seven years. But in 2004, I came back.

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14 Nov 2016

This career lasts decades

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I'm an avid football fan. I even attended a Super Bowl, years ago. There's an expression, NFL stands for "not for long." The average NFL career lasts about four years. How long does a career last for the regular guy? Perhaps you began your work right out of college. That means about forty, forty-five years. That's if things go according to plan. Layoffs, changes, life changes happen. Maybe your job becomes obsolete. Maybe you don't have a real career, and just work at a series of jobs, a few years at each.

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