www.inspiration-for-singles.com is the creation of Jack Zavada.
This is the page where you learn who writes this stuff, what my qualifications are, and whether you want to stay here or move on.
My name is Jack Zavada and I'm 70 years old. That's a recent photo of me. You can see why I have never once been mistaken for Brad Pitt.
I have never married, which means, for you, I have about 50 years' experience in the single life. On this site, you will learn from my many mistakes, so you can avoid them, as well as the positive lessons I've picked up along the way.
Here's what you can expect here:
"Inspiration-for-singles.com is not about me. It's about you. After 15 years of visitor feedback from single people all over the world, I'm more convinced than ever that we all share the same problems: loneliness, disappointment, rejection, and frustration. Everybody on earth, married or single, is looking for someone who will listen to us, understand us, and love us.
"This is not a dating site. You can find that elsewhere. Instead, I try to share the lessons I've learned in being a single adult for over 50 years. I've made plenty of mistakes. If you can learn from them here, you won't have to go through the same pain I did. Our unofficial motto is, 'My pain, your gain.'
"I've done some things right over the years, too, and I pass those along on the site. The single life is uncharted territory for all of us. If you can learn from some of the things I've done right, so much the better.
"You'll notice this site has a decidedly Christian slant. Throughout my life, I've been searching for the truth. I am firmly convinced that Jesus Christ is that truth. If fact, he said so himself:
"I am the way and the truth and the life." (John 14:6)
"Look, if you're a cynic, skeptic, or hater, this site is NOT for you. But if you have an open mind, I think you'll be intrigued by what you find here. I don't claim to have all the answers, but I do have some. We all learn as we go along, and at 69, I've probably been going along longer than you have.
"My promise is to always tell you the truth, even when that truth may be unpleasant or hard to take. I will not lie to you for any reason.
"I think you'll find the site quirky, fun, and I hope, helpful.
"Thank you for visiting i-f-s.com. I hope you come back often, because we're always adding new material. This site, like your life, is a work-in-progress. I'm always trying to improve it and appreciate any comments you want to make.
"If you find inspiration-for-singles useful, the best way you can thank me is to tell two of your single friends or relatives about this site.
"I don't have a budget for advertising, so the most effective way to get the message to more people is through word of mouth and email by visitors. Could you please do that? Thanks very much!
"You'll find over 350 pages of information, inspiration and fun here. Please explore."
I earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English from Illinois State University and have worked as a newspaper reporter, technical editor for the U.S. Department of Defense, publications editor for a utility company, and communications director for a national nonprofit organization. I am a two-time cancer survivor.
Among my interests are photography, landscape painting, reading, the Old West, and the music of James Taylor, AJ Lee and Blue Summit, and Alison Krauss.
I am the author of four published western novels: Rebel Town, The Wolfer, Penwhistle's Prize, and West of the Pecos. In my career, I have had more than 3 million words in print.
Louie the dog (at left) and I make our home in Streator, Illinois, USA, a small town of about 15,000 people, located on the Vermilion River, 90 miles southwest of Chicago.
New from amazon.com is my paperback book, Hope for Hurting Singles. This expanded, completely revised edition is filled with practical, down-to-earth advice on building a positive life as an unmarried person. Based on my 50 years as a single adult, it gives insights into how to handle life's challenges to emerge happier, healthier, and closer to God.
Hope for Hurting Singles offers helpful strategies to fight loneliness, depression, fear, anger, and rejection. It's written in a clear, conversational style, backed by biblical principles.
I serve as an elder at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
Unless otherwise attributed, all articles and poems on www.inspiration-for-singles.com were written by me, Jack Zavada.
Photo of Jack: Copyright 2016 by Lifetouch
Do you hate spam? Phew! It stinks!
Unfortunately, if we listed our email address on the site, we'd be so buried under spam that we'd waste all our time deleting it and wouldn't have time to reply to legitimate emails from you.
See, spammers have little program bots that prowl the 'Net, harvesting email addresses listed on web sites. Then these cyber-skunks stink up honest folks' inboxes with their creepy ads. Hand me that bar of soap!
The only way to avoid it is to use a Contact Form instead. Your email through this form will get to me just the same, but the spam won't. So that's why we have to use the form.
So we'd appreciate hearing what you like--or don't like--about what you've read here. Tell us if a specific page was worthwhile for you or what other topics we should cover.
We're always changing and adding to the site, so let us know what's most relevant to your life as a single person.
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