Archive for December, 2017

See You Next Year

2017 has nothing to apologize for. It’s not the year’s fault that we lost my father in it. That blame goes to Parkinson’s Disease which robbed us of him even before it took his life. This is our first Christmas... Continue reading
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A closeup of us in a hug. I'm wearing a leather jacket and Derek has riding gear on including a red bandana around his neck.

Throwback Thursday – Eight Crazy Years

Lisa
If ever you think life is predictable and boring, consider the case of Derek and Lisa. They were friends long ago and far away. And then they weren’t. That estrangement lasted for a long time and was considered permanent. Their... Continue reading
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Bad Santa DVD cover features Billy Bob Thornton and the other stars

Christmas Classics

When the holidays roll around, what’s your go-to show or movie? Ken and I had this discussion on the air last week. He doesn’t stray from the time-tested classics: It’s A Wonderful Life, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.... Continue reading
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cover of The Fatness features french fries used as marks on a wall to count the days in prison

Review – The Fatness by Mark A. Rayner

I’ve been a fan of Mark A. Rayner’s writing since his bizarre and delightful novel, The Fridgularity, in 2012. What would happen if the Internet disappeared, but one web-enabled fridge had delusions of grandeur? That’s a glimpse into Rayner’s mind.  Continue reading
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Shot of a cleared sideway as a person with a snowblower works up ahead

Good Fences Shouldn’t Fall Down

Lisa
The cold or the heat – neither is good for the mood if you don’t enjoy it. Continue reading
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blue-grey couch with a brown/cream cushion on it and a cream throw

A Blue-Grey Christmas

Have you ever heard of the poem, When I’m An Old Woman, I Shall Wear Purple? It was an award-winner when it came out in 2001 and started conversations about aging. It’s about throwing away convention and refusing to fade... Continue reading
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Red heart in a grey background

Throwback Thursday – My Little Prince

Lisa
Ryker’s first school picture. A throwback to September.  Continue reading
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Write With Me

Back in September, I posted a blog about what potential radio guests should know before they pitch an idea. (Want to Attract the Media? Follow These Tips!) It was shared several times on social media and some people messaged me... Continue reading
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A Veteran Writer

I haven’t met him in person yet but Eddie Rhodes is a new pal of Derek’s. Eddie is a 90-year-old veteran of WWII who lives close to London. He has written the first of what he hopes will be several... Continue reading
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Santa Claus in a relaxing moment

My Christmas Wish

…is for writers to stop putting an e on the end of Claus as in Santa.   Continue reading
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