Freelance writing, blogging, and social media for Project Management, Motorcycles, Technology, and Travel – it is all here. I have 20+ years of experience and have written, worked, and consulted within these industries…you may even find a poem or two here.
Before the term content marketing became popular, I was publishing a variety of material on software, technology, motorcycles and travel. These included regular newsletters to subscribers and very active on a wide variety of forums. Training and many presentations on project functions and PMP (certification) were also often created and presented for project personnel.
It is broad term to cover a lot of different performance areas and functions, however, I provided a significant amount of help and support for various organizations over the years. Specifically, I helped Department of Energy, Department of Justice, CDC/NIOSH, and a variety of commercial/government and many universities, independent motorcycle dealerships and consumers.
I have several years (well over 10+) of graduate education including:
W. Grant Norman, Ed.D, MSSE, MSIMC, PMP
But I prefer to go by just Grant
I have a broad background of conference presentations with a number of presentations for Software Engineering Process Group, National Defense Association, and others too numerous to list. Topics have covered initiating software process adoptions, managing a biometrics testing lab, managing software development teams, technical team training for project management, and many other topics and presentations as needed.
With so many years experience, I have delved into many writing and life experiences. I have researched and written on numerous topics:
Poem of dreams not spoken
Short Story on Ditzy Girl
A kindled karma
Been so long...
Short Story - Crashed along road
Words keep spewing
Walk in the desert night
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Television developed, bought 1st color TV 1960. Margaret and Dad in Culver City - Grandma and Grampa Caster.
Arvid Emanuel Norman - Born 1905 - came to U.S. In his early 20's - around 1928-1929?
Nuns - looked down on studio people - looked at school in Pomona - good behavior from catholic school
Decide to be a nun
Decide to be a nun
Arvid preferred to work nights
Compton Junior College Moved to Manhattan Beach
VE Day. WWII over
Flint ridge. 1932 Long Beach earthquake
Watching airplane take off. Endurance flights
Busted water line. Swimming at beach
Lapel pin Q-Bird...for dead stick landing
Toughest kid...bully...parents didn't want her playing with. The canals at Venice
Aunt Nettie...Big Santa Aita canyon...hike from bottom of mountain..7 mile hike
First time aware of politics 1928 - Herbert Hoover
Board track - wooden track
Rose Hills grammar school - walk 3 miles
Dad and his cars
Model T and Model A
Living with Margaret and auction bridege. Country club...run of the country club
Going to silent movies in late 20's
Ran away from home
From birth until 1960, I lived at 514 W. Oak Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245. My mother and father bought it in 1941. They also bought the lot next door with my grandfather. It was a new house that people had bought and owned for only a few months they bought it from them for $5,000. Their mortgage payment was around $35.00 a month.
I’m not sure how much the lot next door was, but it was pretty good sized and fortunately for them, provided a huge vergetable garden (victory garden) during WWII. They also raised rabbits and chickens during then.
They sold the rabbits, to local grocery Penny Profit and they paid them a dollar less than they sold them for. My parents killed and skinned the rabbits and dried the pelts in garage and gave them to military as part of war effort. According to my mother, the military used rabbit fur to line flier’s jackets.
The house was small…only 2 bedrooms. I don’t remember my mom and dad’s room, but they probably had front one – right window in picture – then my sister had other room- down the hall from them.
My brother probably shared room with my sister, they were born Signe, 1942 and Mike, 1944 …and then 5 years later, 1949 I was born and probably also in there for first years until about 4. Then my father built on an addition to rear of house of 2 more bedrooms, a den, a bathroom and larger laundry area.
By age 5 or 6, I shared room with Mike and my dad had one of the new bedrooms and my mother the other. I was too young to understand any significance of this – never thought about mom and dad having separate rooms – he always worked swing shift or midnight shift, so he slept much of the day and was off to work again.
My mother would stay up and watch TV in evenings or sometimes go out to poker games (again, I was too young to understand how much drinking and gambling meant to her). Many times, we went to her friends Evelyn and Paul Mayer’s house – they had nice heavy leather chairs and sofas – I’d usually fall asleep on couch and would wake as she carried e to car after the game (maybe 12 or 1).
I liked going to games with her – usually, for first half hour or so I’d get some treats (bridge mix mostly) but sometimes more exotic snacks they had like chocolate covered bee’s or ants. Always also got a coke to drink – big deal fo a 4 or 5 year old then.. plenty of poker games – plenty of getting woken up on leather couch to go home late.
Many organizations (and project managers) feel the project starts with Initiating Phase – a lot needs to happen before then! A Merry Christmas Cart A
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