Barbara Taub’s New Book

The birth of a book – Boomer on the Ledge™

I told Donna Cavanagh, my publisher, that I felt like I was waiting for the birth of a baby as I prepared for the release of my book, Boomer on the Ledge™, an adult picture book that explores the antics of an aging boomer. Some discomfort, difficulty sleeping, needing to pee all the time. Oops! That last one is normal for me.

Anyway, the birth analogy seemed even more appropriate when I realized that time of conception to release was about forty weeks.

The idea of a book started about two years ago, but I had the usual arguments against it. The timing wasn’t right. I didn’t have enough money. I didn’t know anything about it. I’m lazy. But my writer’s clock was ticking, and as I approached my mid-60’s, I realized there was never going to be a perfect time to become a first-time author.

So I pitched my idea to Donna at Humoroutcasts Press and Shoreline Books, and I alternated between excitement and nausea when she said, “Yes!” Donna’s mission is to help humor writerspublish their work because she believes in the healing power of laughter, and she delivers terrific service at an affordable price.

As the project progressed, I had a shocking realization. I was going to have twins – not only a book but a little doll, too. How would I manage two products when I didn’t even know how to handle one?

I designed the doll over a few months, and my doll maker is a gift from God. No really. I was sitting in church when our minister, Reverend Kate, announced that our beautiful new altar cloths were courtesy the handiwork of Brenda DeRoche, and it hit me like a divine thunderbolt. Brenda! A friend, neighbor, and talented seamstress. She said,”Yes,” and the doll development began.

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The luxury of time

I started to feel better after I knew I had someone who could make the doll, and adjusted to the idea of the arrival of two creations. I comforted myself with the knowledge that there were several calendar pages to turn before October, the month we targeted for release. I had work to do, but it was summer, and the living was easy.

Sure, I had occasional moments of hyperventilation, but Donna talked me off the first author’s ledge admonishing me to practice my Lamaze breathing. Patrick went about the business of helping me see this as a business and started working on boring details like bank accounts, how to accept credit card payments, and a file system for keeping records.

The release

Very few people knew details of the project, and there was safety in that status. Even though there were no tangible rewards for my efforts, there were also no hungry mouths, crying for attention, demanding 24-hour care. Did I mention I am lazy?

My insomnia kicked into high gear as I imagined releasing my neophytes into a world full of cruelty and misunderstanding. How would they cope with the inevitable scrapes and bruises that life brings? Would they live up to my hopes and dreams? How much labor would this entail? What kind of crazy person gives birth to twins at 64 years old?

But in the light of day after a couple of hours of sleep, I realized it took more than six decades to reach this level of insanity. And I returned to my reason for writing humor – to help smooth out life’s rough edges and bring laughter into a world that is sad, scary, and broken. If I can give one person a moment of escape from this madness, it will be worth it.

Welcome to the world, baby book, and boomer doll. Together let’s incite a laugh riot!

Boomer on the Ledge™ book is available in paperback and kindle on  Amazon.com or on my secure website when I have the store up and running which will be soon since now I am an online store wizard. You can purchase the handmade doll with the book on my website, too. Soon. I promise.

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THOUGHTS ON THURSDAY

I seem to be stuck on Mother’s Day this month and the yin and yang of it.  Judith Voirst is one of my favorite writers.  What follows is an open letter she wrote to her son and was published by the New York Times in 2005.

That extravagant expressions of affection

Do not necessarily mean that our children adore us,

Or that their failure to write or phone or do lots of lovely things for us

Means that they don’t.

I am, in addition, well aware

That most of the wise, mature, sensible women I know

Have nothing but disdain for Mother’s Day,

Which they rightfully declare to be a crass, commercial way

Of getting guilty children to spend money.

Furthermore, I am hoping that I

Will turn into one of those wise, mature, sensible women

Long before this current decade is through.

But meanwhile, if you know what’s good for you,

Send flowers.

SENIOR SALON 2017

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We have walked our paths a long time and have a lot to offer. Come and reveal your artistic vision.

The SENIOR SALON is dedicated to showcasing the talents of the post 9 to 5 generation. The generation who finally has time to get in touch with the right side of their brain.  The SENIOR SALON features art, music, writing, poetry, photography, creative cooking, creative fashion, and anything else that you can dream up.   Allow YOUR muse to guide you into a new creative endeavor or enhance an existing creative endeavor.

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SENIOR SALON 2017

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art-ad-creativity

We have walked our paths a long time and have a lot to offer. Come and reveal your artistic vision.

The SENIOR SALON is dedicated to showcasing the talents of the post 9 to 5 generation. The generation who finally has time to get in touch with the right side of their brain.  The SENIOR SALON features art, music, writing, poetry, photography, creative cooking, creative fashion, and anything else that you can dream up.   Allow YOUR muse to guide you into a new creative endeavor or enhance an existing creative endeavor.

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SENIOR SALON 2017

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We have walked our paths a long time and have a lot to offer. Come and reveal your artistic vision.

The SENIOR SALON is dedicated to showcasing the talents of the post 9 to 5 generation. The generation who finally has time to get in touch with the right side of their brain.  The SENIOR SALON features art, music, writing, poetry, photography, creative cooking, creative fashion, and anything else that you can dream up.   Allow YOUR muse to guide you into a new creative endeavor or enhance an existing creative endeavor.

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SENIOR SALON 2017 – WILL GO LIVE AT 6:40 AM

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SENIOR SALON

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We have walked our paths a long time and have a lot to offer. Come and reveal your artistic vision.

The SENIOR SALON is dedicated to showcasing the talents of the post 9 to 5 generation. The generation who finally has time to get in touch with the right side of their brain.  The SENIOR SALON features art, music, writing, poetry, photography, creative cooking, creative fashion, and anything else that you can dream up.   Allow YOUR muse to guide you into a new creative endeavor or enhance an existing creative endeavor.

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SENIOR SALON#52 🎂

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                        Revealing the beauty and truth of life through the eyes of our elders.

Welcome back to week 52 of the Senior Salon. When I started this project a year ago, I suspected that you talented people were all out there in the blogosphere and I hoped you would find me, that I would find you, and that you would find each other.  The reality of your participation exceeded my dreams.  Thank you my friends. You all have a huge amount of talent and have shared so much of your artistic vision.

More than ever I believe that we have walked our paths a long time and have a lot to offer to the world.

Now any pleasurable experience repeated with regularity can become old and stale.  I am worried that after a year this may be how you feel about participating here.  I immensely enjoy putting up this post every Wednesday and look forward to reading everyone’s contributions but….  So, I am asking you readers and participants for your thoughts on continuing.

So for the very last time in 2016, I ask you to just tap on this button to link your blog. After tapping you will be led to a page with a few things to fill out and then a snapshot of your blog will appear on this page for anyone to tap onto and read. THIS LINK WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY and depending upon your responses may reopen in 2017.

TAP ON THE FROG TO PARTICIPATE AND POST YOUR BLOG.

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SENIOR SALON#51

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                        Revealing the beauty and truth of life through the eyes of our elders.

Welcome back to the Senior Salon. I am so excited about the huge amount of talent that has come together to share their artistic vision. It is my pleasure to invite you once again to link your blog to mine today and reveal your artistic creations in any field: fiction writing, nonfiction, poetry, photography, painting, pottery, cooking.

I want to mention to anyone who is reading this, that you do not need an special invitation from me to participate.  Please feel free to add your link and join in the fun.

After linking to this blog, in the true spirit of a salon, please take the time to read someone else’s blog and comment and offer encouragement on their artistic endeavors.

We have walked our paths a long time and have a lot to offer. Come and reveal your artistic vision.

Below you will find the button to link your blog. Just tap on this button to link your blog. After tapping you will be led to a page with a few things to fill out and then a snapshot of your blog will appear on this page for anyone to tap onto and read. THIS LINK WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY.

TAP ON THE FROG TO PARTICIPATE AND POST YOUR BLOG.

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A SLIPPERY SLOPE – #WRITEPHOTO

 

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A SLIPPERY SLOPE

Life is a slippery slope

so they say.

The nearer your destination

they more you slip slide away.

(Apologies to Paul Simon)

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This post is written to a photo prompt.  The above prompt can be found at: Thursday photo prompt – Cracked Ice – #writephoto, at svincent.com.

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