I joined a few days ago and have already read a lot of the messages. I was never interested in writing when I was younger and had no idea I was any good at it. I am in my fifties now (better late than never) and want to see if I can make a decent living by writing essays on a variety of topics. I have written over a hundred so far, and my goal is to publish a collection of them. I look forward to sharing ideas and experiences with people from all over the world. I live in Connecticut, a hundred plus miles from New York City.