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“My Lovers #1-5, or Why I Hate Kenny Rogers”

A short story written by award-winning author Donna Baier Stein and narrated by Laurel McHargue

Show Notes with Links:
– So happy to narrate Donna’s “My Lovers #1-5, Or Why I Hate Kenny Rogers”!
– I met Donna Baier Stein in Leadville several years ago. She came to Leadville to talk about her novel The Silver Baron’s Wife, a story about Colorado’s Baby Doe Tabor. It’s an exquisite novel!
– After purchasing and reading Donna’s short story collection Sympathetic People, I knew that someday I’d have to find ways to share these unusual tales with others. This is my first attempt at finding my voice in her words! I do hope you enjoy “My Lovers…” and support this crafter of stunning narratives!
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Donna and yours truly at a local Leadville restaurant (October 2016)!
My OLD recording space!

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Welcome to My Closet!

My first episode of 2020 is recorded in my closet! Let me know what you think of the sound quality!

My own little corner and my own little chair…in my very quiet closet!
My OLD recording space!

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A Waterwight Christmas

How about a NEW Christmas story?

Join Odin and many of the characters from the Waterwight trilogy as they rediscover a message that stands the test of time!

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Leadville People

The Lead Ass Inn…is now for sale.

Show Notes with Links:

  • I share a piece written by Marcia Martinek, Editor of Leadville’s local newspaper The Herald Democrat. The piece is called “Describing Leadville.” The paper is looking for reporters!
  • I talk about my life in Leadville for 12 years, our home The Lead Ass Inn, teaching, and finally becoming a published author
  • Community involvement, Leadville’s Boom Days Pack Burro Race, my piece Everybody Loves a Donkey Tale
  • My writing group and author mentors Carol Bellhouse and Stephanie Spong, and photographer friend Elise Sunday
  • The Historic Tabor Opera House and the (almost wicked . . . wicked good!) Calendar Girls of Leadville project!
  • Overcoming ego (I haven’t yet) and physical challenges
  • New challenges in a new home!
My new studio in Salida, CO!

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Friend Requests and Scams!

First weekend at the Georgetown (CO) Heritage Center for the annual Christmas Market!
My episode about nefarious friend requests and scams!

Show Notes:

  • My piece on friend requests, scams, and recommendations for culling “things”!
  • My piece “Seven Days to Sanity” about deleting my FaceBook presence a while ago!
  • Georgetown Heritage Center and the Georgetown Christmas Market Bighorn Book Nook
Day 2 at the Georgetown (CO) Heritage Center for the annual Christmas Market!

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Two Tiny Tales

Who knew I’d love to write horror and other tales with bizarre, creepy, surreal elements? Well, I did love watching shows like The Twilight Zone(which first aired the year of my birth!) and Dark Shadows back when I was a youngster, so perhaps it makes perfect sense!

In any case, if you’re into those sorts of tales, you might enjoy listening to my latest two microfiction tales. Fitting an entire story into fewer than 250 words is a challenge, believe me, but a truly fun challenge–at least from my perspective!

Here they are:

I’m a nice person…really I am!

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A Confession!

Alligator Preserves Episode 72–“Lounge or Lunge“–includes a somewhat embarrassing confession, although I do wonder how many listeners out there might be able to relate!

Let me know! (and do check out my other episodes . . . #70 is a beautiful story of a home birth, #71 is a Veterans Day reflection from my West Point mentor, COL (Ret) Pat C. Hoy).

Happy Holidays!
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Alligator Preserves Episode 67: Rituals

Routines, when performed with thoughtfulness, can rise to the level of ritual. In this episode, I share some special rituals and talk about how they’ve changed since our recent move.

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Missing my furry walking buddy. RIP, Ranger. Listen to Don’t Forget the Dog to learn about losing our beautiful boy. Photo by Tonya’s Captured Inspirations LLC

Show Notes with Links:

  • I read a piece I wrote in 2014
  • Link to The Turnaround Tree (Episode 25)
  • Update on move and new routines
  • The passage of time
  • NaNoWriMo and story inspiration
  • Taunting llamas
  • Tell me about your rituals!
  • Greeting the day
When we’re able, we also watch the sun set over the Sawatch Mountain Range.

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Alligator Preserves Episode 63: Author Helen Starbuck

Award-winning author Helen Starbuck writes romantic suspense mysteries and has a third book coming out soon! Visit with us as she shares writing tips and her experience with research, planning, marketing, and more!
Award-Winning Author Helen Starbuck (photo by Mariah Ehlert)
My Interview with Award-Winning Author Helen Starbuck
Visit with us on YouTube for an up-close-and-personal, unedited interview!

Show Notes with Links:

  • How she chose a career in nursing
  • What she learned from writing her first book
  • Shout-out to her editor and to Jerry Fabyanic
  • Lessons in publication
  • 2nd book harder to write than 1st
  • What about Diet Coke?
  • Personal experience and required research
  • The unreality of T.V. “injuries”
  • Character relationship between Annie and Frost and the importance of secondary characters
  • The Ian character and belief in backstories
  • Planner of pantser? Shout-out to Annalisa Parent
  • Colorado Independent Publishers Association and EVVY Awards
  • Marketing strategies
  • www.helenstarbuck.com
  • Tattered Cover Bookstore and Big Horn Book Nook
  • Scariest thing that ever happened
  • Reviews on Amazon
  • What’s next?

Book 3 in the Annie Collins Mystery Series:
“A thriller that offers a master class in suspense” —Kirkus Reviews

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Alligator preserves episode 62: Author Miriam Green on Alzheimer’s Disease

Author Miriam Green’s important book–The Lost Kitchen: Reflections and Recipes from an Alzheimer’s Caregiver–combines memoir, recipes, and poetry associated with the author’s changed role as a caregiver for a mother with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Author Miriam Green with her mother, Naomi. Photo courtesy of Miriam Green
“Audio only” version of my visit with Author Miriam Green
YouTube visit with Author Miriam Green

Show Notes with Links:

  • How Miriam was able to incorporate memoir, recipes, poetry, and education on Jewish tradition into one book, and her mentors.
  • Traditional family roles and how they change with an Alzheimer’s patient.
  • “Walking on eggshells” around her mother, and the feeling of being “unbalanced” and confusion experienced by her mother, and evidence Naomi knows things aren’t quite right.
  • The challenges of living in the moment, The Power of Now, and Miriam’s TEDx Talk: Finding Joy in Alzheimer’s at Shenkar College
  • “When in doubt, sing!” Music and healing, and Oliver Sacks’ Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain.
  • The impact of color (specifically red) on the brain and behavior. Boston University Arts and Science Study If you couldn’t see your mashed potatoes, you probably wouldn’t eat them by Jeremy Schwab
  • Miriam suggests tips for reducing stress when visiting with an Alzheimer’s patient.
  • Fear, both for her mother and for herself, and the changes she has made to reduce her own risk of developing the disease.
  • “Working body, wandering mind. Was that better than keeping your mind and losing your body?”
Author Miriam Green, photo courtesy of Reena Tasgal
  • Miriam reads her poem “Alzheimer’s Lens” and talks about how the disease is like books on a bookshelf
  • Miriam talks about finding a “lost” song.
  • She talks about how her mother’s disease has changed her own world.
  • She talks a little bit about recipes and her most frequently made one.
  • Advise to other caregivers.
  • She talks about how her father, Jack, is coping with his new world.
  • What’s next for Miriam?
  • Miriam’s website thelostkitchen.org
  • Shout-outs and Black Opal Books
  • Miriam’s father, Jack Cohen, also wrote about his experience in his book Life on Planet Alz: Songs in Captivity
  • To find out more about this disease, visit Alzheimer’s Association

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