Archive for September, 2008

BailOut Bill

September 30, 2008

Tuesday, September 30, 2008: In order to pass, the bailout bill should definitely include the people. The people like me who have lost our homes and our savings and are struggling to get started again. Wall Street needs to keep functioning, yes, but we need to live too. We have to be able to pay our bills. If there is no us, no people, there is no economy.


Paul Newman

September 29, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008: I was very sad to learn of the death of Paul Newman. He was one of the last movie legends from Hollywood’s Golden Years. I think he was a true gentleman, a very good actor and very good looking.And he was a faithful husband. A human being to be truly missed.

Affordable Publicists

September 26, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008: How can a publicist not provide affordable service to those authors in need of it? Why not make their services within reach and not so expensive that very few are able to afford them?

Letter to Newspaper

September 24, 2008

I don’t think that the government is addressing my issues. I don’t believe that Barack Obama or John MacCain will do anything about the mortgage crisis. That crisis has affected me personally. I lost my condo in Atlanta, GA to mortgage fraud back in November 2005. I had relocated from Manhattan to GA and hooked up with a realtor who gave me bad advice. The experience has ruined my credit and caused me a great deal of stress. Just a few weeks ago I was living on the streets of Manhattan with my little cat.I could not sleep and there was no place for me to take a shower. If it hadn’t been for a kind person, I’d still be out there on the sidewalks. I have been trying to start all over again, but it has been an uphill battle. My age is against me, since I am no longer 20 or 30. Not only did I lose my home, I also lost a lot of money, money that has been so far impossible to get back. I feel that whoever becomes President in November should do something so that we, the borrowers who were duped by loan officers, can get our hard earned savings back. It is important that the laws change to make the taxpayer not be held responsible for a foreclosure. I was stuck with a tax bill in the amount of $2,145.85 in 2005. The debt forgiven me by the lender of my condo was money I never saw or was able to use.

I also believe that older workers should be given a fair chance. I don’t think that they are. We have to eat and pay our bills and feed our families just like everyone else.
I would vote for either candidate if I knew he would start doing something so that my needs (and the needs of other people in my situation) were going to be met. Right now at this point and time, that is the most important thing to me. Eugenia Renskoff


September 23, 2008

The IRS stress is unbearable!

New IRS Letter

September 23, 2008

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008: I have written yet another IRS letter in response to their second certified commmunication. Too much!

Vanity Press? Please!

September 20, 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008: Yesterday I had an appointment with a publicist in Manhattan. We talked about my novel, Different Flags, and frankly, I was a little humiliated when she thought that DF had been published by a vanity press. No, I told her as politely as possible, though I was raging inside. I don’t go near vanity presses with a ten foot pole. The publicist and I didn’t come to an agreement because she charges $1,500 a month as a retainer, plus $200 an hour for consultations. It was insulting that she would think such a thing when I gave her the place on the Internet where Different Flags is for sale. There are a couple of sites that have it for whoever wants to buy it.


September 19, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008: What is it that one needs to be visible? Good looks? Luck? Money? I don’t know anymore. I do know that I am getting tired and more tired.

Letter to Starbucks

September 16, 2008

September 15, 2008




Starbucks Coffee Company

Attn: Customer Relations

PO Box 3717

Seattle, Washington 98124-8891





Re: Starbucks Location at East 51st, between Park and Madison Avenue, Manhattan



Dear Starbucks,


I would like to tell you about the excellent service I have been receiving at your Starbucks location on East 51st. Street. Your employees are very friendly and caring. I am especially grateful to Eric, the manager, who was most kind to me and my little cat. I  was homeless due to unfortunate circumstances in my life and the Starbucks location on 51st. Street became my oasis. Eric treated me like a human being and he as well as his staff showed me the best side of New Yorkers. In the afternoon, I would go to Starbucks, buy myself a little ham-filled muffin or a bagel and sit outside on the patio with my little cat inside her carrier. That was just about the only place I felt like a person.


Sometimes Eric offered milk for my cat and a cup of coffee for me. I really appreciate these gestures and have told him so. Now I am hopefully on my way to getting back on my feet. That is why I am taking the time to write and tell you about that particular Starbucks location. I will always be grateful to Eric and his employees and to Starbucks for hiring them.




                                                      Eugenia Maria Renskoff










Sleepless IRS Night

September 16, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008: I could not close my eyes last night. Lauchita, my little cat, stayed next to me on the bed and comforted me without knowing why she was comforting me. The IRS letter. That’s all I could think about. That is the main thing on my mind and will be until this is resolved. I don’t like to do this, but I am asking for donations. This is a very stressful time in my life and I need to move on with my life.