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Welcome to my blog

 

I joined the ranks of published freelance writers in 1990 with the printing of my first op-ed pieces in several major American newspapers.

 

Besides an occasional business-related item, I also plan to add some pieces here on music, fitness, and national issues. These pieces will give you a feel for my original writing and style. I hope you will come back and visit often.

 

J. H.

By Jim Hastings, May 7 2015 03:45PM

"How can you listen to such exacting music?"


My big brother, 6 years my senior, once asked me this when he and I were still in school. As far back as I remember, our parents played classical music on radio and recordings. They didn't ram it down our throats. They just happened to like it. So did I. For me, hearing it was a normal part of life -- like walking and breathing -- not strange or exacting. … Read more.


By Jim Hastings, May 5 2015 12:34AM

The opening of Youfit in Huntsville, September 15, 2014, at the former Gold's Gym location, 7900 Bailey Cove Road, was a most welcome event for this workout enthusiast.


I was there on opening day, resuming my split routine -- currently Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. I'd recently taken … Read more.


By Jim Hastings, Feb 27 2015 03:19AM

Ever since my freshman year in high school, I have felt the need to write -- and not just to fulfill course requirements. Of course, this work takes a lot of thought, as other writers know. I don't consider myself the super-literary type. I don't write for the sake of writing. I do it because I feel strongly on certain subjects and have something to say about them -- no matter who hears.


Still, when the creative muse has hold of me, I sometimes wonder: "Do I really want to work this hard? Does anyone else revise and edit their own work as much as I do?"


Then I remember how Signor Verdi and Herr Beethoven, whose output I greatly admire, frequently revised and tweaked their musical scores before going public with them. Often they made some fine-tuning adjustments after premiering a work. With this in mind, I tell myself: "I'm nowhere near their level of genius. But if these guys had to take such pains, then should I be at all surprised when I have to go through similar agony?"


The subjects I will contribute to my blog aren't just those related to my own business or line of work. You'll see other topics as well -- music, fitness, national issues. If it's a matter I feel strongly about, you'll hear from me on it.


At present, I am moderating comments -- but not to censor anyone. I welcome comments, dissenting or concurring. I just want to be sure that the feedback stays within reasonable length, on topic, and free of taboo words -- the sort broadcasters would delete.


So stay tuned. I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you -- and reading your thoughts in return.


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Selected excerpts from my blog: https://jimtc.wordpress.com. Besides business, I write on music, fitness, and national issues. These posts will give you an idea of what's on my mind and what my writing is like. -- J. H.