The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe, Review The Purloined Letter  by Edgar Allan Poe is a short story that I found at American Literature. Early this year, I read a blog post, and in it the blogger commented that reading a short story each day helped to improve his writing. As a writer, there is always room for improvement so that I can become better at my craft. But, the reason for reading the short stories is that they present opportunities for me to practice my speed reading drills while getting access to works by a variety of writers. If you use a speed reading bookmarklet to read the story, you can complete it in eight minutes or … [Read more...]

Maude Abbott, International Authority on Heart Disease

Maude Abbott

Maude Abbott, International Authority on Heart Disease Name: Maude Abbott Birth Date: March 18, 1869 - September 2,1940 Job Functions: Medical Doctor & Curator Fields: Medicine Known For: Heart Disease Specialist Maude Abbott and her sister Alice were raised by their maternal grandmother after their mother died from tuberculosis and their father abandoned them. Their grandmother legally adopted them at the age of 62 and gave her granddaughters her surname. In June 1885, Maude received a scholarship to attend McGill University, which recently started to admit girls. In fact, Maude Abbott was a part of the third class of women … [Read more...]

The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde is not a book, but a short story. In the mornings when I am practicing my speed reading drills using bookmarklets, I have been doing so with short stories that I find on the American Literature website. I have found and read some excellent short stories on this site. Please also read my review of Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost. I found The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde very touching. Oscar Wilde wrote an amazing start for this story, “Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the … [Read more...]

James J. Kaufman, Attorney, Former Judge, Businessman, and Author of The Collectibles and The Concealers

James J Kaufman

Interview with James J. Kaufman, Attorney, Former Judge, Businessman, and Author of The Collectibles and The Concealers  Invisible Mentor: James J. Kaufman Company Name: The Kaufman Group, Ltd. Website: http://jamesjkaufman.com, http://www.thekaufmangroupltd.com  Part One: Introduction Avil Beckford: In a couple of sentences, tell me a little bit about yourself. James J. Kaufman: I am an attorney who has practiced law for over thirty-five years, was judge for fourteen years, interim CEO of Riveria Yachts of the Americas, an Australian company doing business in 29 countries, and Chairman and CEO of The Kaufman Group, Ltd., a … [Read more...]

Do you let doubt stop you in your track?

Doubt

Do you let doubt stop you in your track? Doubt can be both good and bad. Good, because it makes you question things. And bad because it can prevent you from doing important things. This morning as I was practicing my speed reading drills I had an epiphany. When you use speed reading bookmarklets, the words of the text you are reading flash across the screen, and you can adjust the settings to how many words at a time that you want to flash. You can also adjust the words per minute at which you would like to read. Depending on the speed reading bookmarklet, there could be other functionalities as well. There are three things that … [Read more...]