One Thing or Another Podcast: An Interview with Author Michael Craft


It’s a great pleasure to welcome author Michael Craft for the latest One Thing or Another interview. I’ve known Michael for several years now, since his short story Frog Legs appeared in an anthology I published and edited. It was also my first encounter with his characters Marson Miles and Brody Norris, who later became the central characters in his novels Inside Dumont: A Novel in Stories, and his latest, the murder mystery FlabberGassed: A Mister Puss Mystery.

Listen in as we talk about Michael’s life, career, books and plans for the future.

Author Michael Craft

Enjoy an excerpt from FlabberGassed read by the author. Click below or HERE.


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One Thing or Another: The Big Six-Oh

It’s always One Thing or Another… a lighthearted look at life, aging, and the absurdities of it all.

By Mark McNease

“Maybe we’ll do a cruise around the world for my seventieth, although that might feel too much like a farewell tour.”

It’s been almost a month since I turned the corner into another decade. I remember thinking once how old forty seemed, back when I was filled with twenty-something angst. As happens, forty came and went. Then fifty arrived with a cruise and a presidential election while we were somewhere in the Atlantic ocean. Now I’m officially in my sixties, celebrated once again with a cruise, this time for two weeks. They seem to get longer as I get older. Maybe we’ll do a cruise around the world for my seventieth, although that might feel too much like a farewell tour.

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One Thing or Another Podcast: An Interview with Dave Hughes of Retire Fabulously


By Mark McNease

I’ve been a fan of Dave Hughes and his RetireFabulously.com website for the past five years, devouring and recommending his advice columns to everyone who’s listening. Dave has two books out that are indispensable for those in retirement and those of us (ahem) hoping to retire soon: Design Your Dream Retirement: How to Envision, Plan For, and Enjoy the Best Retirement Possible and the followup, Smooth Sailing into Retirement: How to Navigate the Transition from Work to Leisure.

It’s always a pleasure to chat with Dave, and a delight to have him on the podcast. On this outing we talk about retirement (of course), why LGBTQ/gay safe spaces can be a factor in vacation planning, and a topic dear to both our hearts: writing! Sit back, adjust the volume, and fasten your headphones.
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The Twist Podcast #80: Hashtag Colonoscopy, Weirdest Town and City Names, and the Week in Headlines


Join co-hosts Mark McNease and Rick Rose as we talk about the importance of colonoscopies, endoscopies and preventive care, weirdest town, city and place names, and the week in headlines.

Enjoy The Twist on LibsyniTunesSoundCloud, Stitcher, Castbox and TheTwistPodcast.com. Subscribe to the podcasts HERE. Comments, questions or suggestion to: TheTwistPodcast @ Outlook.com

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Lee Lynch’s Amazon Trail: Going to the Doctor’s

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The Amazon Trail: Going to the Doctor’s
By Lee Lynch

“Visiting the doctor doesn’t have to be all gloom and doom,” said my sweetheart. “We can make it fun.”

Remember the all-powerful, usually white male doctors of childhood? From the waiting room you could hear kids scream. Vaccines were terrifying. You had to undress. Sometimes my mother would take me for a milkshake afterward, yet, to this day, my blood pressure is higher (and I always weigh more) in the examining room.

I was seeing a hand surgeon for a left thumb brace to balance the one I wear on the right. I have Eaton stage III thumb CMC arthritis bilaterally, etc., blah, blah, blah, blah. Which means arthritis with a capital “A.”

As with most things in our rural area, the surgeon is located a bit over an hour from our home, but, oh, the hills and valleys we pass! Someday, we agreed, we would explore them. It’s hard to pry us from our cozy nest on weekends, but until my sweetheart is hired for a so-far elusive new job, she’s free. A lightbulb went on for her: why not explore those hills and valleys on the way to the doctor’s?
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