Michael Bell

Content Strategist

My Pen Best Writes Feature Stories and Personality Profiles

Words, vocabulary and writing have been chief personal interests to me since an early age.

When in 1960 a 5th grader, absorbed and astonished, I read the paperback version of Edward Gibbon's history ''The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.''

In 1966 when a junior in high school, I felt gifted to have achieved a verbal usage score ranking of 98%---the average score 59%---in the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test.

I felt exceedingly honored to have been selected for the Phoenix
Newspaper, Fall 1983 Best Feature Story award. The Department of Journalism at San Francisco State University presented the award at a ceremony to recognize talented student journalists. My feature story was entitled ''Renegade houseboats struggling to survive in Sausalito.''

The following letter to the editor of the St. John Valley Times, in Madawaska, Maine, for which I reported, was printed in the paper and I quote its entirety.

''To the editor,
Vive la difference! I would like to compliment your reporter, Michael Bell, for his innovative style with that special taste of New York!
My husband, who is native to the Valley, and I, who have visited there since 1949, greatly enjoy his by-lined articles of the personalities in charge of affairs in this very special area of Aroostook.
Bell does not duck the hard and sometimes controversial questions when interviewing his subjects. He does manage to communicate to us, his readers, both far and near, the philosophies and value judgments as well as the modus operandi of the present members of the power structure in the St. John Valley. He asks the questions we would ask if we were there and then lets the chips fall where they may. Bravo!
Subscribers, the Burns Patrick Savages of Longmeadow and Springfield, Mass., greatly appreciate the professionalism and this journalistic style of reporting. Mr. Bell gets an ''A'' in our book for his objectivity.

Roberta Jane Nodurf Savage
East Longmeadow, Mass.

Journalism suits my interests in politics and government, as well as words and writing.

Another congratulatory letter which made my day was addressed to me when I worked in 1985 to report for the King City Rustler in King City, CA.

Dear Michael:

Your article titled ''La Buena Esperanza, Part of an American Dream'' exceeded my expectations. It captured the true spirit of the project. This article will remain forever a part of my scrapbook.

Thank you.


J. Vasquez Jr.
Single Family
Housing Development

In my career life besides writing as a reporter, I worked as a professional furniture finisher and re-finisher. I learned the trade inside and out because I felt much satisfaction from turning old, dismembered furnishings into pieces of furniture fit for the drawing rooms of elegant homes. I utilized my experience, in September 1992, to write an article for the San Francisco based Antiques West newspaper titled ''Restoring Oriental Lacquer and Paper Screens.'' Similarly I re-finished a reconstructed copy of a 17th century Queen Anne tea table, and wrote content and shot photos of the work in progress from initial stripping to final waxing. It appeared in my blog ''Me Speaking.''

The story is at http://www.freelancewritingjournal.com/ , the blog I started in November 2013, continuing on to write fifty published posts until July 2016. I enjoyed the writing--- book reviews, movie reviews, history, stories based on childhood memories, opinion and thoughts about culture and society. The practice of writing not only served to polish my skills as a writer, but also management of the blog taught much to me unfamiliar about computer technology. I plan to take the blog off its hold to craft more posts beginning this year.

My love of words eventually grew into the field of writing poetry. The National Library of Poetry, based in Owings Mills, Maryland, sent an inspiriting letter to me, dated June 15, 1998, to inform as quoted below:

''Dear Michael,
Over the past year we have been reviewing the thousands of poems submitted to us, as well as examining the poetic accomplishments of people whose poetry has been featured in various anthologies released by other poetry publishers. After an exhaustive examination of this poetic artistry, The National Library of Poetry had decided to publish a collection of new poems written by the most Outstanding Poets we have encountered.

I am pleased to tell you that you have been selected to appear in this special edition.
Outstanding Poets of 1998

Congratulations on your accomplishment, Michael. Only a small percentage of individuals whose poetry we have examined was selected to be part of this distinguished group of Outstanding Poets.''

...''The poem which you will submit for this edition has already been selected for publication on the basis of your previous poetic accomplishments...We believe you to be one of the most interesting poets we have encountered...''


Howard Ely
Managing Editor

My first book of poetry, in June 2018, was published on Amazon, at this link,

I'm currently writing poems for my second book, and I look forward with great anticipation
to writing for customers on Clear Voice.

Content Types
Article, Interview, Blog Post
More Information
San Francisco State University, BA in Journalism
City College of San Francisco, Paralegal Certificate

Published Content

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The Town Manager of Fort Kent, Maine, Claude Dumond, recounts his 30 years' experience as a key leader of this town in the St. John Valley of Northern Maine.

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Brentwood City Council members object to new Brown Act regulation that is felt to discourage open discussion about proposed ordinances.

Blog Post
Me Speaking

This feature story on Polish born photographer Marianna Tarcznska highlights her transition from an expert in computer software, and work in international business, to doing her most fulfilling passion---creatively shooting pictures of artistic beauty.

April 1st, 2015
Blog Post
What's the missing ingredient in our politics?

What has been lost to so major a degree in American politics and society is respectful civic discourse. How did this come to pass and how can it be repaired? In this opinion piece I suggest that it is the loss of a simple courtesy.

January 9th, 2014
Blog Post
Five Duties that a Man Owes to Himself

A summary of top five requirements needed for an individual to be sane and balanced.

April 28th, 2016
About the existence of Israel.
March 18th, 2014
Me Speaking
October 26th, 2015
Blog Post
Rome and Carthage: What might have been.

Western Civilization is based on Roman laws, ideas, language and cultural attitude. It could very well have been different. Carthage, Rome's chief rival, could have been the mother of our civilization, a civilization Punic in origen. How would the West be different today if Carthage had supplanted Rome?

June 26th, 2014
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