Margaret was listening to the radio this morning and she heard a band performing live. The singer's voice was fresh and fetching, and the music was smooth and sweet. The band is Lily & the Parlour Tricks. One of the songs they performed was The Storm. Their music vaguely reminded her of an old tune that she enjoys by Mary Hopkin, Those Were the Days. Margaret suggests that you take a look at their website or Youtube to hear more from them, she is going to.
In the late 80's I had the pleasure of seeing Motley Crue perform live a few times. Seeing them again now was not the same, but I don't know if that is due to changes I have gone through in my life, or changes they have gone through, or maybe a bit of both.
I thought the song selection could have been better. They played some songs that I did not recognize, and I used to know all their songs. I think those songs were from their later albums. However, they did play a lot of their good stuff; Live Wire, Wild Side, Girls, Girls, Girls, Smokin in the Boy's Room, etc.
Overall it may not have been the same, but it was still good to see them one last time. They closed the show out strong playing some of their most popular tunes, and then returned to the stage for an encore with Home Sweet Home, which was very well done.
Alice Cooper opened up for them. I had never seen him play live before and I am sorry I missed him on tour when I was younger. He was entertaining and theatrical.
A very enjoyable evening.
touching movie, hard not to think about Robin Williams' recent demise
while watching it. Well acted, good cast. I enjoyed the beginning
when they showed how angry he was, it was relatable, though Robin
Williams expressed his anger in a much more animated way than I do.
It was a simple story, a man is diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, and
only has 90 minutes to live. Whatever he wants to do with the rest
of his life, he must do it quickly. It had a good ending. The movie
invokes a range of different emotions. (7)
Do you ever imagine
what your own funeral will be like? I imagine that mine will be
solemn, just a handful of people there. The older I get, the less I
need other people around. Besides, I enjoy my privacy, time to
myself, my seclusion. Perhaps even a little reckless seclusion would
The wake, on the
other hand, should be a celebration. I want to go out Irish wake
style. My coffin in the living room, everyone with a pint in hand,
celebrating, laughing, and maybe even a little dancing. Feel free to
rest your pint on my coffin, but please don't forget to pour a bit o'
Guinness on my grave when you bury me.
I would like to be
set free into the river, or a lake, and then burned upon my wooden
raft. Unfortunately, society's laws now probably deem this illegal,
and thus I will have to settle for a simple cremation.
A lot of people
have music played at their funeral. I have been listening to “If I
Die Young,” by The Band Perry lately. It is an excellent tune, and
fittingly appropriate for a funeral.
I think I will die
at a fairly young age. Ernest Hemingway died at the age of 62,
though my time will probably expire a lot sooner than that. Alfred, Lord Tennyson lived to the ripe old age of 83, however.
Summer Shorts II : Best Kept Secrets
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A varied collection of short stories from a great group of authors.
Something for everyone to enjoy.
I am pleased to be part of this collection. I hope you enjoy it!
Looking for a good new read this summer? Check out Summer Shorts II : Best Kept Secrets, due out June 21st. My work, as well as work from a number of different writers, will be included in this collection.
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Thanks for stopping by, Margaret really likes it when she has company.
Enjoy your holidays!
the late ‘70s/early-‘80s, Kenny Rogers had a major hit with the
song “The Gambler”. I remember that song well, even though I was
very young when it first came out. The lines to the chorus are
running through my head right now as I type this: “You’ve got to
know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk
away, and know when to run…”
cover for BELIEVE
was the first one that I ever tried to create for myself. It was
good, I thought. Other people said it was nice… But when I compared
it to the covers of the bestsellers out there, there was something
that was missing. I finally put my finger on what it was – the
taken a gamble in developing my own cover, and after a year or so, it
became clear that BELIEVE
needed a professional face lift; that is, this became clearer to me
once I started working with professional artist Barbara Ivie Green on
a cover for another one of my books (my upcoming historical novel,
was instant, love at first sight. Barbara took my story ideas, and
she made my characters come to life right before my eyes. I was
amazed and so excited. I couldn’t wait to share this amazing cover
with the rest of the world. So, without further ado, here it is.
fairs are a potentially lucrative source of sales that are neglected by many
indie authors. They don’t have to be! If you’ve got a physical book, book
exhibits are a huge source of potential book sales. Book exhibits serve
libraries and booksellers, and are regional, national, and international. Let’s
start with libraries. With over 117,000 public,
school, and college libraries in the United States, libraries are estimated to
be a five-billion-dollar market. But you can tap the international market, too.
You’re probably asking, “How do I do that? I can’t possibly visit all of them.”
Right, you can’t. But what you can do is show your books at library shows.
These shows take place at regional,
State, and national conventions. The national conventions have huge foot traffic,
affording your book visibility. Libraries specializing in a specific niche are
likely to send representatives seeking books in that niche, a boon to you if
your book fits the bill. The regional and State shows have less attendees, but
those who do attend are usually the acquisition librarians, who have the
authority to make purchases. Regional and State shows include the California
Library Association, Michigan Reading Association, and the Pennsylvania School
Library Association, to name a few. National shows are the American Association
of School Librarians, the American Library Association, the Public Library
Association, and the National Education Association.