And of course, Thank You to Active Rain.

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services

I am not sure if I post a Thank You to Active Rain every year when we are giving thanks as a challenge but if I don't I should and here is why:

I used to love writing in my High School years and I excelled at it. Honestly, I was so good at it that my Creative Writing teacher, Ms. Peggy, stole about half my work. With a little modification she later published it as her own. I was in love with Ms Peggy (whole nother story) and I'm thankful for her as well.

The main reason I quit writing was that PC's and spell check were not yet invented plus life was happening and I was struggling to pay the bills... no time to write. Back to PC's and spell check. Although my mother was an artist and writer in her own right she had a horrible blind spot. I would come home on a fantastic high because I knew I had written a great story. Ms Peggy would be near orgasmic over my work and I couldn't wait to show my mom the masterpiece I had created.

What was my mom's reaction: "Bobby, this is spelled wrong, and this is spelled wrong, and this and this and what the heck is this word" Not one mention of the story and my creativity. I just quit writing.... for about 50 years.

And then along came Active Rain. What a GREAT concept! I could advertise my business for free. I could learn tips from actual pros on how to up my game. I was learning more about the profession then any State licensing agency could teach me, even more than all the CE courses I had taken. Even better, I was making friends from all over the country. I was writing again... and you liked it and rarely did anyone complain about my spelling.

Another bonus to my marriage with Active Rain is the photography. A BIG thanks to Roy Kelley in this area for his inspiration to hone our photography skills as well as to just get out there and do photo walks as I did this afternoon. I ran into Teddy on my walk today. At 10 degrees Fahrenheit he looked a little cold.

Thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS for issuing the challenge to share our thanks over the last ten days. It's truly been a pleasure.

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WARD COUNTY NOTARY SERVICES

ROBERT L. TIMM, OWNER

201 Main Street South, Suite 116

 Minot North Dakota 58701

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Comments (20)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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Nov 25, 2021 02:04 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

At this time of Thanksgiving, wishing you and yours all the best in life.  

Bob

Nov 25, 2021 06:20 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you Bob Crane and I wish you and your family the same. Bob, I must say that I have always envied your line of work.

Nov 25, 2021 06:52 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, don't you hate it when your thoughts have been squashed, Bob? I'm so thankful you found AR and were able to spread your writing wings - and hone in on your photography as well. Life is good!

Thank you so much for participating in this month's challenge - another great share from you, Bob!

Nov 25, 2021 08:07 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Bob- Happy Thanksgiving!!!  It's so important that parents support their children, isn't it! I'm glad you found your love of writing again. 

Nov 25, 2021 08:12 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am glad to see that you are again more active in the Rain, I enjoy your posts and comments on my posts!

Nov 26, 2021 05:02 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm glad you were able to write again, even if there was a gap of many years. It's terrible when our dreams are squashed, but wonderful when we can pull them out and dust them off and get started again!

Nov 26, 2021 05:04 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Bob... I'm thankful that I did not struggle with spelling and my ability to spell without needing to refer to spellcheck also comes from 3 years of Latin in high school. I might not have appreciated Latin classes back then, but now I do. 

Nov 26, 2021 05:16 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - your post brought back memories of "white out" that I used when I first learned to type on my Grandmother's old clunky manual typewriter which I was quite thankful for receiving.    Of course, that method never worked on the computer when they first made their appearance so I was grateful when I discovered 'spell check'.   ActiveRain has continued the thankfulness with exposure to so many aspects of the real estate industry as well as humankind(and quite a few furry friend examples too).  

Nov 26, 2021 05:21 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. Active Rain introduced me to you and your talented son Timmothy. Nuff said! Enjoy your day.

Nov 26, 2021 05:33 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS the pleasure has been all mine. I really enjoy sharing my thoughts here and reading others as well.

Nov 26, 2021 08:14 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It really is important that parents support their childrens goals and asperations Kathy Streib . My mom probably thought she was helping me but in reality she truly crushed my joy and excitement about writing.

Nov 26, 2021 08:18 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

The feeling is mutual Brian England . I hope I can keep the interest level up and also keep up with a post a day.

Nov 26, 2021 08:20 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It is especially hard when your dreams are squashed by a parent Kat Palmiotti . My next step will be to start writing the short stories I loved writing in the past.

Nov 26, 2021 08:23 AM
Kat Palmiotti

I hope you do!

Nov 26, 2021 12:11 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Nina Hollander, Broker that is really cool that you studied Latin in High School. Aside from you my Pastor is the only other person I know who has studied Latin.

Nov 26, 2021 08:26 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Bob "RealMan" Timm hi Bob... back in 1965, you couldn't get into a real competitive university without two years of Latin on your transcript. Sadly, they've pretty much stopped teaching it.

Nov 26, 2021 08:32 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Spell Check really has been a godsend to me Michael Jacobs .  I did use a typewriter much other than for school papers BUT I did purchase one of the first word processers out there, a Canon Cat, and it had all the bells and whistles. It was a real life saver.

Nov 26, 2021 08:30 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Timmothy and I are very thankful for your support Wayne Martin and I am looking forward to making out to the Chicago area to meet soon.

Nov 26, 2021 08:31 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I think that statue is of Teddy Roosevelt?  But, I don't know for sure!

Nov 27, 2021 03:19 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Bob, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Nov 27, 2021 03:29 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

You got it Myrl Jeffcoat . Teddy is big in the State of North Dakota as he spent quite a bit of time here, especially around Medora ND which is in the Badlands on the western edge of the State.

Thank you for the feature.

Nov 27, 2021 03:47 PM