Thomas Ott earned his Ph.D. in Caribbean History from the
University of Tennessee and is the author of The Haitian Revolution: 1791-1804
and Saturday and the Witch Woman. In 2010 he retired from the University of
North Alabama to write the story of Saturday, a slave on the French side of his
ancestors and a participant in the world’s greatest slave rebellion. He joins me
from North Alabama.
Mansfield joins me again to talk about her new book The Narcissist’s Wife. This is Laura’s second book. For this
episode, we found more common ground and talked about our own experiences with narcissists,
how to protect ourselves and our loved ones from becoming enmeshed with narcissists,
and that it is possible to have a fulfilling life after we remove the toxicity in
Three songs that
would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Breathe (2
AM)” by Anna Nalick; 2nd song: “Love in the
Dark” by Adele; and 3rd song: “This Is the Sea” by The Waterboys.
Jody Clark joins me again to talk about The Ring on the Sill the final book in his trilogy “The Soundtrack to My Life.” Jody grew up in the Kittery/York area of southern Maine and his books are based on his experiences growing up in a beach town. Jody talks about his recent launch party, meeting John Cusack, his writing habits, and what’s next.
The three songs he shared: 1st song: “With or Without you” by U2; 2nd song: “I Melt with you” by Modern English; and 3rd song: “Wild Irish Rose” by The Push Stars.
David Hanrahan is back for his third appearance. David is a former Boston trial attorney and now the author of three novels. He just released his latest novel, Sanctuary: A Catalyst for Murder. David talks about his new book, a book club in Florida he visited, when he was on the NYC television show “So You Want to be a Star,” and a few near-death experiences.
1st song: “Tired” and 2nd song: “You’re in Heaven When You’re in Love.” Both songs sung by David Hanrahan and written by fellow students at Brooklyn Technical High School, William Goldenberg and Robert Hanning.
3rd song: “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord,” sung by “The Choirmen” at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Abington, MA performed for a special celebration of Cardinal Cushing’s 75th birthday (David is the soloist).
4th song: “Oh Lord I Am Not Worthy” sung by David Hanrahan
Amanda Woods is an author and illustrator of children’s books, the vice president of the board for the York Region Chamber of Commerce, on the board for the York Education Foundation, and the “powerhouse” at the Wiggly Bridge Distillery. She was born in Manchester, NH and currently lives in York, Maine.
She shared how she got started in the publishing world and the stories behind her children’s books, the foundation she wants to start, and what it means to her “to go all in.”
Three songs she would include on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw; 2nd song: “From the Ground Up” by Dan & Shay; and 3rd song: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis.
Laura Mansfield is the author of Geezer Stories: The Care and Feeding of Old People, a book that was birthed from a series of Facebook posts she originally shared to help her cope with the frustrations, heartaches and small joys of caring for her aging parents. Laura joins me form East Tennessee. She talks about the response to Geezer Stories and shares some statistics that has created “The Taffy Generation.”
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Child of Mine” by Carole King; 2nd song: “Tennessee” by Mindy Smith; 3rd song: “Golden” by Ruth B.
Excerpt from a blogpost: “Pretty Fly (for an Old Guy)”
Gentle readers, you will recall from my previous Geezer Story, that DooDaddy and Gmamma left the old homestead in a bit of hurry, since it sold in a week. We thought there’d be months to pack and sort through the accumulated detritus of decades, from National Geographic magazines to debutante dresses. DooDaddy brought along armloads of Gmamma’s clothes but forgot everything in the hall closet when they refugeed to the Old Folks Home.
So we’ve been gradually replenishing his wardrobe. Last year it was a handsome topcoat. This year it was a leather jacket. Oh the trials and tribulations of shopping with geezers. Lord have mercy! Don’t get me started on trying to buy granny panties for Gmamma. I literally can’t even. http://www.geezerstories.com/2016/01/pretty-fly-for-an-old-guy/
Paula Sarver is a new author who fell into the publishing world when, after moving her mother into an assisted living center for Alzheimer’s, she discovered her mother’s prayer journal. She turned that journal into An Introspective Journey: A Memoir of Living with Alzheimer’s. Paula joined me from Knoxville, Tennessee and shared a few excerpts from her book. Her mother’s words shed light on the pain and confusion that someone living with the disease feels, and Paula’s experiences help caregivers understand and support our loved ones.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “I Won’t Give Up” by Trisha Yearwood; 2nd song: “Annie’s Song” by John Denver; 3rd song: “joy.” by for King & Country
Aaron Shaver is an author, actor, storyteller, husband, and father. He also creates introspective video essays based on popular movies or TV shows and connects them to the way the themes show up in real life. He joins me from Nashville to talk about how he found his love for storytelling, how he created The Gentleman Bard, and what it means to him to go “all in.”
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life: 1st song: “Under Pressure” by Queen; 2nd song: “Some Kind of Wonderful” by Grand Funk Railroad; 3rd song: “Ring the Bells” by Johnnyswim with Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors.
Mike Parker is a stage and film director, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, actor, and the founder of WordCrafts Press. He joined me from Middle Tennessee where he lives with wife, author Paula K. Parker.
Mike talks about his journey and how he started his publishing company; marrying his high school sweetheart and the secret to marriage; his time as an officer in the famed 5th Special Forces Group; what compels him to want to publish a particular book; some projects near and dear to his heart; how he juggles all his roles; what it means to him to go all in; and the mantra that helps him overcome struggles.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life: 1st song: “Heart of the Matter” by Don Henley; 2nd song: “Nights in White Satin” by The Moody Blues; 3rd song: “Dancing in the Minefield” by Andrew Peterson.
Chris Ledoux is a Portsmouth resident, an engineer, owner of Seascape Landscape, and now, a published author. The Burnt Sunset was just released June 21 and is a post-apocalyptic novel, featuring Chris’s sketches and lyrics. Chris talks about an accident that changed his life, his son’s bout with cancer, and how all of it led to his new writing career.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life: 1st song: “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight” by The Beatles; 2nd song: “All I Wanted” by Paramore; 3rd song: “Everlong Acoustic” by Foo Fighters.