Welcome to www.ScottsChoice.com
After retiring in 2019 from 45 years of a career in IT, I have begun a second career as a writer and author. I have a proven record in technical writing, documentation, and training. Since January of 2020 I have been writing news and commentary articles for newspaper publication. I have been published in a nationally distributed magazine with about 600,000 readers. I have two books published to date. As a former City Councilman, IT professional, adjunct professor, and otherwise I have given numerous speeches and talks; I can help you prepare a speech or agenda. I am looking for opportunities to further my new career and to be as successful as a writer and author as I was in my first career. I have the breadth of experience and level of insight to figure out the best way to present subject matter to your audience, in the appropriate format, formal or informal, given the intended medium, whether it be books, newspapers, custom handouts, electronic media, or from the podium. Contact me for your authoring and writing requirements.
Scott and Rhoda
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January 2023 issue
Rhoda's Recipes – Spinach Salad
Finance – The Federal Reserve and the Economy
Investors Column – Should You Buy Into IPOs?
December 2022 issue
Greenville Is Building F-16s!
Rhoda's Recipes – Ham and Chicken Superb
Investors Column – Is Any Stock Worth Buying?
Finance – The World's Biggest Ponzi Scheme
November 2022 issue
The Best Music Around
Rhoda's Recipes – Chocolate Eclair Cake
Investors Column – Stocks to Consider
Finance – for You and Your Family, part 2
October 2022 issue
Travelogue – Finding America, part 3
Rhoda's Recipes – Swiss Bliss
Investors Column – Caution: Probable Recession Ahead
Finance – for You and Your Family
September 2022 issue
Travelogue – Finding America, part 2
You Only Get One Chance to Make a First Impression
Rhoda's Recipes – Apple Dumplings
Investors Column – Take Control of Your Retirement
Finance – When Government Disrupts the Economy
August 2022 issue
Travelogue – Finding America, part 1
Rhoda’s Recipes – Chicken 'n Cheese Enchiladas
Investors Column – Bear Bubble or Bull Recovery?
Finance – Politics: Impacting the Economy
July 2022 issue
Rhoda’s Recipes – Chocolate Mousse
Investors Column – Recession! What Do I Do?
Finance – The Pursuit of Happiness
June 2022 issue
Rocket Attacks and Bursting Bombs
Rhoda’s Recipes – Stuffed Bacon Rolls
Investors Column – Investing by Age Group
Finance – Boomers and Millennials
May 2022 issue
Rhoda’s Recipes – French Quarter Cheese Spread
Investors Column – Review of the Basics
Finance – What Is Profit?
Like Mother, Like Son
Additionally, this month's Sentinel includes an article on the Gala fund-raiser for the Mauldin Cultural Center (with a photo of Rhoda and Scott), and an accompanying article by Scott, as the President of the Mauldin Cultural Council, about the Cultural Center's new lobby.
April 2022 issue
Rhoda’s Recipes – Shrimp Creole with Cheese Rice
Investors Column – Everyone Is Doing It
Finance – How to Cause Inflation
Why CRT and Woke Are Bad for You
Note; The article refers to a leaflet, but the newspaper chose not to include it.
To read the leaflet, click here or on the pages at right.
March 2022 issue
Investors Column – Recessions and You
Finance – Lies, Worse Lies, and Statistics
Rhoda’s Recipes – Macaroni and Cheese
Additionally, as the Chair of the Sheriff's Community Relations Council, Scott is quoted in the article,
Greenville County Community Relations Council meets at LEC.
February 2022 issue
Driving 201 – Beyond Getting a Driver’s License
Investors Column – Recession … and P/E
Finance – Politics Trumps Economics, Again
Rhoda’s Recipes – Chicken Puff
January 2022 issue
Valentine’s Day Is Just Around the Corner
Rhoda’s Recipes – Chocolate Delight
Investors Column – Don’t Take Anyone’s Word for It
Finance – What’s In Store For 2022?
December 2021 issue
Rhoda’s Recipes – Chile con Carne
Investors Column – Brokers’ Stock Ratings
Finance – How Badly Can the Government Screw Up?
November 2021 issue
America Through a Refugee’s Eyes
Rhoda's Recipes – Bourbon Sweet Potatoes
Finance – On a Roll for Now!
Investors Column – Tracking Your Stocks
This article includes a
Portfolio-tracking sample spreadsheet
you can download to study and modify for your own use (directions included).
October 2021 issue
On the Front Page! —
Simpsonville City Council Candidates
On Page 3 —
Fountain Inn City Council Candidates
Rhoda’s Recipes – Chicken Roll-Ups
Investor's Column – Is the Bloom Off the Rose?
Finance – Fleeing Hong Kong
September 2021 issue
Mauldin City Council Candidates
Rhoda’s Recipes – Carrot Cake
Investor's Column – Market, Limit, and Stop; Margin; IPOs
Finance – It’s the Economy, Stupid
August 2021 issue
Wings of the City
Rhoda’s Recipes – Hawaiian Beef Loaves
Investor's Column – Investment Strategies and Techniques
Finance – Inflation: How Much? For How Long?
July 2021 issue
Lives Don't Matter to Marxists
Rhoda’s Recipes – German Potato Salad
Investor's Column – Company Takeover
Finance – Taxes Destroy
Additionally, as President of the Mauldin Cultural Council, Scott is quoted in the article,
Mauldin Cultural Center annual fundraiser… a huge success.
June 2021 issue
Let’s Go Flying – On Mars!
Rhoda’s Recipes – Best Ever Cheese Cake
Investor's Column – What are Mutual Funds?
Finance – What is Stagflation?
May 2021 issue
Mauldin Goals and Budget for 2021-22
Rhoda’s Recipes – Ritz Chicken
Investor's Column – Investment Strategies and Goals
Finance – Teach Your Kids Finance
April 2021 issue
The Play’s the Thing! … Strike Up the Band!
Rhoda’s Recipes – Layered Taco Dip
Investors’ Column – Politics Trumps Economics
Finance – What Is Wealth?
March 2021 issue
Groundbreaking Held for New Mauldin ALDI Discount Supermarket
Rhoda’s Recipes – Mom Crosby’s Butter Cookies
Investors’ Column… Taxes and Other Things
Finance – Solving Too Much Debt
February 2021 issue
Welcome to the Reedy River Missionary Baptist Church!
Presidents’ Day – Remembering the Baby-Boomers’ Presidents
Investors’ Column – What Stocks Should I Buy?
Finance – As Goes January ...
January 2021 issue
Education – The Missing Link of American Freedom
Investers' Column – Getting Started
December 2020 issue
The Earth is Getting Greener!
November 2020 issue
DOT Yields to Historic Mauldin Landmark
Editorial – “Standing Up for the Constitution and Freedom Is Work That Lies Ahead for All Americans.”
October 2020 issue
September 2020 issue
The Mauldin Art Trail continues to expand
August 2020 issue
It's the American Way
What Should You Do If a Protest March Came Down Your Street?
July 2020 issue
What They Didn’t Teach You About Slavery and Racism in School
June 2020 issue
Mauldin City Center – What’s Going On?
Let’s Spend a Day at the Beach!
May 2020 issue
It’s Budget Time for the City of Mauldin
April 2020 issue
Mauldin, South Carolina, and the Coronavirus
March 2020 issue
Mauldin Traffic – SCDOT's Way, or Our Way?
February 2020 issue
Mauldin’s City Center. . . What Is It?
Scott's latest book: From Savagery to Greatness – Stair-steps to Humanity
From Savagery to Greatness — Stair-steps to Humanity
presents a history of humanity from its origins in prehistoric times. It begins with humanity's earliest ancestors about 5,000,000 years ago, and follows humanity's progress down through historic times, to the present day.
The book focuses on explaining evolution generally, and in particular the mental evolution of Homo Sapiens and of its ancestral species, away from animal instinct and towards the ability to think and reason. The book describes each stair-step forward – as well as the regressive steps backwards to a more barbaric and even primitive existence.
The book also recounts the many migrations which pushed humankind's spread across the continents of the world, and what drove those migrations; a fascinating story in itself.
That fascinating history also includes the context of the continual climate changes which have not only been an ever-present factor, but which have had a significant and substantial impact on our ancestors’ evolution and migration. Climate changes have often been the driving causes of evolution. This book strives to describe that impact and relationship in a clear, easily-read, and easily-understood perspective.
The stair-steps to humanity presented in the book include the identification of humanity’s key achievements, as well as its stumbles backwards, as cultures and civilizations have risen and fallen from prehistoric times down to the present day.
From Savagery to Greatness is unique in its identification of the stair-steps of mental evolution, and in putting that in a combined perspective with prehistoric and historic physical and social evolution.
From Savagery to Greatness is intended as an easy-to-read book for anyone interested in a comprehensive overview of our past. No special knowledge is needed, beyond an interest in knowing our beginnings, our history, and what drove it.
Easy-to-understand explanations are included throughout its 130 pages, along with pictures, illustrations, an easy-to-follow timeline chart, an index, and a bibliography.
The intent was to make this book a real page-turner, as intriguing as a good mystery novel. But this is real-life. This is what happened, and why. More than once our ancestors were on the brink of extinction. The plot is complex and improbable, but not impossible, or we would not be here.
Don't miss the ultimate success story!
published November 2019
When it comes to thinking, Scott wrote the book.
published May 2018
Let's Go Fly! – Scott's experiences as a pilot
is the story of how Scott's mother, once a pilot herself, learns that he has become a pilot — and takes her first flight in 40 years.
The story appeared in the November 1998 issue of AOPA Pilot, the monthly magazine published by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, with more than 600,000 members.
other flying stories by Scott,
taken from more than thirty-five years and 2,600+ hours logged of piloting his airplanes.
Finding America — 6,641.1 miles around the country through 21 states in 25 days
7-31 July 2022
The Historic Depot Museum, in Rushford, Minnesota
12 July 2022
Poetry   by Scott
Poetry should make you feel what is real.
If I Only Had a Plane
Recent Speeches, Classes, and Presentations
2022 November 13 – Charlotte Conference – "Climate, Chaos, and Politics"
2022 September 14 – Triple Tree Aerodrome – Annual Fly-In – Flying in Weather (PDF)
2022 March 5 – Political Luncheon – spotlight on specific local, state, national, and international political issues
2022 February 24 – Press conference held by Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis,
announcing the formation of the
Community Relations Council – Chairman's speech
2021 November 6 – Charlotte Conference – "Three Heroes – Archimedes, Hypatia, Boethius"
PowerPoint Slides (PDF)
2021 October 10 – Greenville Tech Charter School – Careers in Aviation –
Introduction to Navigation
2021 September 25 – Triple Tree Aerodrome – Annual Fly-In –
Making Sense of the Weather (PDF)
2021 September 14 – Upstate Aviation Club – Weather Made Simple
2020 March 7 – Political Luncheon –
The Foundations of Freedom
2019 November 16 – Charlotte Conference – "From Savagery to Greatness - Stair-steps to Humanity"
Class Outline (PDF),
Presentation Slides (PDF), and
Class Handout (PDF)
Scott's book: "From Savagery to Greatness - Stair-steps to Humanity"
2019 September 9 – First Monday Luncheon, Poinsett Club – Mauldin is Growing
2018 May 26 – Charlotte Conference – "Applied Epistemology" –
Presentation Notes (PDF),
Class Handout (PDF)
Scott's book: "Techniques for the Operation of the Mind"
2016 December 5 – First Monday Luncheon, Poinsett Club –
The Presidential Election - What Happened?
Résumé – Career Highlights
1967-current – Writer and Author
1998 – first article published in nationally-distributed magazine: Generations
1986-current – Investor
2012-2019 – Councilman, City of Mauldin, two terms
Elected 2011 – Committee Chair, Building and Zoning;
Committee member, Economic Development, Finance
1974-2019 – Project Management, employment interviews, performance evaluations;
Business Requirements Analysis; Applications Systems Analysis, Design, Development, Maintenace;
Data Requirements Analysis, Design, Maintenace; Database Analysis, Design, Administration;
Technical Writing; Training; Quality Management and Process Improvement
1987 – U.S. Patent 5,113,493: Full Speed Animation System for Low Speed Computers
1987-1989 – Adjunct Professor, Limestone College
1970-1974 – Bachelor of Science, Mathematics; Bachelor of Science, Computer Science; Dual Degree
1986-ongoing – Private pilot, IFR rated, 2,600+ flight hours logged; checked out in 5 aircraft types
Study of Meteorology, Weather, Climate
1976-ongoing – Study of Philosophy, History, Economics
1962-ongoing – Study of Politics
Contact Scott for your authoring and writing requirements.
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