Friday, April 19, 2019

Meet Margaret Schindel, Review This Roving Contributor

I’m delighted to be joining the Review This! team, pinch-hitting for our regular weekly and bi-weekly contributors as needed.

My professional writing experience dates back to the 1980s and spans a wide range of topics and formats, from executive speeches to corporate video scripts, training materials, blog posts, white papers and articles. My career began in fashion retailing in New York City, where I started out as an assistant buyer and later took over the company’s executive training program. I have been involved with the Internet since the mid-1990s, when I worked for IBM on their first e-business and e-commerce initiatives not long after Jeff Bezos launched Amazon. Back then, nearly everyone who’d actually heard of the internet was sure it was a flash in the pan, a fad that would last a few years at most. It was the Wild West days of the web – exciting times! I’ve also worked at marketing and public relations agencies.

Designing and making one-of-a-kind jewelry is one of my passions. My favorite jewelry making materials include vintage beads, gemstone beads, Swarovski crystals, polymer clay and silver. I create many of my jewelry pieces using metal clay, a unique form of silver, gold, bronze, copper or steel that can be manipulated in ways that traditional milled metal cannot. I was not only a contributor but also the senior editor and technical editor of Metal Clay Artist magazine.

A lifelong “foodie,” I love cooking and baking (and eating!) and enjoy developing and adapting recipes. I love music and sang in clubs in my late teens and early 20s. My favorite author is the brilliant, witty and prolific British satirist Terry Pratchett, whose hilarious and thought-provoking Discworld fantasy novels have brought me countless hours of reading and listening pleasure in both print and audiobook formats. My husband and I are also big fans of Hayao Miyazaki’s beautiful movies.

Most of all, I enjoy sharing my special finds, from my favorite cookbooks to my favorite jewelry making tools – with others. I’m looking forward to sharing them with you here on Review This! You can also find my articles on HubPages and its sister sites, FeltMagnet and Delishably.


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17 comments:

  1. Margaret...you are a delightful addition to Review This. I look forward to reading your articles. Welcome Aboard!

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  2. Thanks so much for the wonderful welcome, Mary Beth! I’m thrilled to be joining such a terrific team of writers here.

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  3. Margaret, I am beyond thrilled that you have joined us here on Review This! Your talents and interests are fascinating. I would love to hear you sing. For many years, I have adored your handmade jewelry and been intrigued. Even though I love crafts, I have never ventured into the jewelry making world. You have published, and I have read, several excellent jewelry making tutorials. Every time I see one, I am encouraged to purchase the supplies and get started. I remember one tutorial where you twisted the link or connector (not sure of the correct term) and I loved the resulting look. Quite beautiful. You clearly have an eye for beauty that is not only apparent in your jewelry, but also in your food decorating. Many times I have admired your food decor and presentation. You must have a great deal of patience! Welcome to Review This, my elegant friend! I look forward to your upcoming reviews!

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    1. Oh my goodness, Mouse, I am overwhelmed by your extraordinarily kind words! I was honored to be invited to join this wonderful team of writers and hope my experience and perspectives can provide a good complement. Thank you so much for making me feel so welcome!

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  4. So delighted to have you on the Review This! team, Margaret. You have an interesting background in both writing and crafting, plus your interest in the foodie world, and in music, movies and books. That includes most of the categories Review This! presents, thus you are eminently qualified to write about many subjects. I very much look forward to reading your articles. WELCOME! ~The Elf

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely welcome, Elf! I am looking forward to being part of the team.

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  6. Ah Margaret, it's so nice to know a little more about you. I look forward to reading some of your reviews and I'm sure I will learn lots of new things from you too! Welcome aboard!

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    1. Thank you very much for the warm welcome, Olivia! I'm so pleased to have been invited to contribute here.

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  7. Well, now, I have just learned what a renaissance woman you are! I was unaware of your singing background and some of your areas of professional expertise. I've always loved your jewelry creations. Really looking forward to your next article here on Review This. Welcome to our tribe, Margaret. We are blessed to have you here.

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    1. Diana dear, thank you so much for your very kind words! It's great to be among such wonderful friends.

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  8. Welcome Margaret to the team! Your background is extensive and interesting! Your professional input has been very helpful to me as well. I remember the early days of the internet as well and wondering if amazon would be a flash in the pan as well. Do you remember their first website, lol. When PayPal was just a baby I actually called them up and suggested they expand into Canada, because 'I thought their service was an excellent idea and would catch on' - haha, can you believe that. The 1990's were quite something. Wish I would have bought loans dot com or something!

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    1. Thanks so much, Barbara! Yes, I can definitely believe that re: your suggestion to PayPal. When eBay went public, I told everyone so knew that if they had any money to invest, they should buy eBay stock. My dad’s reaction was, “Why would anyone us anything from an online garage sale?” I wish I had had a little money to invest then- I’d be a wealthy woman today, lol! Thanks for the wonderful welcome.

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  9. Welcome Margaret, really looking forward to reading your reviews.

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    1. Thank you very much, Louanne! I’m very happy to be part of this team!

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  10. Welcome to the Review This! family. I am excited to get to know you better and reading your reviews. I think I didn't know about your jewelry. I just took a peek at your clay polymer beads - gorgeous !

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    1. Thanks so much for the wonderful welcome, Dawn, and for your kind compliment on my beads! I'm looking forward to getting to know my fellow contributors better as well.

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