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Feb.25.2014
The news of Shirley Temple Black’s passing wasn’t only sad, it was eerie. It arrived as I was about to ship off the last Shirley Temple doll I was selling from my late mother’s vast doll collection. Not only was it the last one, it was the best one. The incandescent 35" life-size Ideal Playpal...
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Feb.25.2014
My P.O.V. on online dating after trying it for a year. Published in the Northwest Observer 1/17/2014. Comments and fix-ups welcome (as long as I can google the latter beforehand). Click on the image twice then enter Ctrl+ to make it larger, Ctrl- to make it smaller.
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Feb.25.2014
Tommy Hays is the author of the 2006 novel The Pleasure Was Mine which was selected for several community-wide reading programs in various cities and counties, including Greenville, SC and Greensboro, NC. His other adult novels are Sam’s Crossing, which has been recently...
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Sep.29.2013
 Let me explain why I was so determined to outwit the squirrels stealing birdseed from the wild birds I'd attracted to my yard. Of course they didn't see it as stealing. It's their natural right to snarf up anything they can. And boy are they smart. Ultimately though, I won this war. Last year...
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Sep.12.2013
From Lady Banks Commonplace Books ("Front porch literary gossip from your favorite Southern bookshops") where I explain the difference between a Yankee and a Damn Yankee, and more. This is part of the Authors Round the South's "Author 2 Author" series. Thank you Nicki Leone and Susan...
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Jul.29.2013
In my novel Opposites Attack, our heroine Alyce slays a wild boar in self-defense, has a butcher cut it up and invites over a large group of students from the French school she’s attending for boar daube (the French version of stew). It’s a turning point for her. While intrepid in many ways,...
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May.08.2013
  Ten years ago, when my mother was in the throes of dementia, I left New York, bought a home in North Carolina near my brother, and moved her in with me.  Mama Jo, as she was known, was a hoarder who had been living in Virginia with a collection of more than 700 dolls that she referred...
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Apr.07.2013
Photos of me by Mama Jo To commemorate the anniversary of my mother's heavenly ascent, I thought I'd introduce a Forever Home Photo Contest using photos sent to me by new “moms” and "dads" of her dolls. Mama Jo loved to take photos. Many were of her/our dolls. Whimsy was never in short...
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Mar.24.2013
  Part 1 of my interview with New York rock DJ and Led Zeppelin expert Carol Miller ran in the New York Times. Click here to read it and listen to the accompanying audio clip. Behind Carol’s glamorous life is more than forty years of dealing with familial cancer. 5 % of...
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Mar.05.2013
  Rock DJ goddess Carol Miller winding up another segment of "Get the Led Out" on her weeknight show on Q-104.3FM in New York City. I've known of Carol Miller since the day she spoke her first word on the New York airwaves in the 1970s. I was an aspiring DJ myself then. There were so few...
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Feb.25.2013
I've been a fan of Janis Owens since we met at the Bookmarks Book Festival in 2009 -- and that was before I knew of the accolades Pat Conroy had bestowed upon her. Her new novel AMERICAN GHOST (Scribner, hardcover) is a must-read. Without giving away too much, it's about...
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Oct.25.2012
  Two trips to Paris, ten years apart. Two different men, both named Peter. They even shared the same initials. Peter #2 unknowingly booked the same flight over. The similarities ended there. Peter #1 was a rich rascal who took me to Paris for a first (and last) date. It was the best of times...
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Oct.11.2012
The trumpet flower, so big it covered my face.
I wanted to spend a month but couldn't swing it. So I boarded a flight from New York City to Nice, France, and enrolled in a French total-immersion school in Hyeres (ELFCA), two hours south of Nice, for two weeks. I entered speaking like a one-year old and left speaking like I was two. Still, it...
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Sep.13.2012
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Photo by Mike Smith/At Home Gallery He almost went into the freebie pile. He stands 7 1/2 inches tall. I should say he measures that tall because he can't stand on his own. His clothes are moth-eaten. His feet look too wide and big for his short legs. Yet there was something about him...
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Sep.13.2012
I took the long, scenic route to getting published. Fifteen years, seven other books, and four literary agents preceded the publication of When I Married My Mother. Whatever success my writing brings me is the result of working with great editors and agents, taking criticism extremely well,...
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