“Watch out! It’s a live mic!”
You know it’s a new year, right? 2018 is already off to a great start. I’m living in our house in the New Jersey woods, loving life, and making plans. One of them is to get back to a favorite pastime: interviewing interesting people. I’ve been doing it for years, both written interviews and in podcasts. I just like talking to people, and sharing them with readers and listeners. So, here we go, the first Live Mic with Mark McNease podcast for a year that promises to be fascinating.
Watch out! It’s a live mic!
Join me as I welcome back Dave Hughes, founder and publisher of RetireFabulously.com, to the Live Mic podcast. Dave’s columns from his site have appeared here at lgbtSr as our way of sharing his advice, insight and experience with … retiring fabulously! They now appear at U.S. News & World Report as well as his flagship website.
This week I spoke with Dave about entering my own renaissance with the end of my office job, as well as changes in his life and the realities of needing to generate income beyond the security of a 9-5, something many older people now face – many with trepidation and uncertainty.
Watch out! It’s a live mic!
It’s a pleasure to welcome author, educator, Huffington Post blogger, mover and motivator Grace Anne Stevens to the podcast. Grace’s most recent book, No! Maybe? Yes! Living My Truth provides readers a first-hand tour of change, renewal and authenticity. We spoke about her writing, her journey and her mission of helping others to live their most authentic lives.
I finally had the pleasure of speaking with author Grant Spradling for a podcast chat from his home in Mérida, Mexico. His book Palenque Murder is set for release by Humaca Press and takes the same three bumbling detectives, who solved the crime in Maya Sacrifice, from Key West, Florida, to Xalapa, Mexico, Tlacotalpan, Villahermosa and Palenque in search of who killed Rage Stone. A dyslexic, Grants says, “The computer, spell-check, the cyber age and the help of friends have opened a whole new world in my later life.” He and his his partner, Clifford A. Ames make their home Amarillo, Texas and Mérida.
Since meeting Michael Broder at 2013’s Rainbow Book Fair, we’ve become friends and I’m delighted to have him on the podcast again. Since our last podcast, Michael launched the HIV Here & Now Project that includes a significant presence on Facebook. The Project combines poetry with HIV advocacy and serves as the platform for an upcoming anthology.
The seed of this project was an LGBTQ reading I participated in during AWP 2015 in Minneapolis in April. Some of the poets, particularly the gay male poets, were reading poems about HIV or AIDS. Not poems about the beginnings of AIDS or the devastating havoc, personal and communal, wreaked by AIDS in the 1980s and 90s. But about HIV now, being HIV-positive, often for a long time, being on lifesaving meds, getting your life back, wondering what your life meant, what your past meant, your present, how to process having lived through that and living in this life now …