Tonight on the Write Stuff — A Dirty Shirt in God’s Country with Jim Landwehr

Family memories, childish antics, and a father’ s departed soul collide in a wonderful memoir of living in God’s Country.

Jim Landwehr and his brothers pursue their love of the outdoors by tackling some of the country’s most remote terrain, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. While encountering crazed loons, widow-making portages, and temperamental automobiles, they also discover more about each other and their long deceased father. In recent years, with a desire to instill their love of the area into their own children, they include them in their voyages, and the legacy continues. Their exploits are woven throughout with humor, emotion, and warmth.

Join me for a wonderful discussion with author Jim Landwehr as we discuss his book, Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir.  You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device to listen in. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/8315507. Tune in!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is a mystical, wild place of beauty with its crystalline lakes and untouched forests. In the late 80’s and early 90’s my brothers and I went there seeking adventure, restoration, and solitude. Our adventures were numerous, and along the way we discovered that we were more like each other and our long-deceased father than we could ever have imagined. Through fellowship, laughter and the occasional argument, we saw glimpses of him and forged lifelong bonds between us.

In 1991, the BWCA tradition died for nearly twenty years while we pursued careers, marriages and children. Almost twenty years later, we decided it was time to pass the torch on to our children. A new generation of tradition was begun, but before long, tragedy struck and our collective world was turned on end.

So, come along into the thundering rapids, the bug-riddled portages, and the long rides in a vehicle ready for the junk heap. Experience the exhilarating adventure of the Boundary Waters. It will be a trip you will never forget.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Landwehr5Jim Landwehr enjoys writing creative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. He has released two books, Written Life, a collection of poetry and, Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir. Both were published by eLectio Publishing. He has non-fiction stories published in Main Street Rag, Prairie Rose Publications, and others. His poetry has been featured in Torrid Literature Journal, Wisconsin People and Ideas Magazine, and many others. He enjoys fishing, kayaking, biking and camping with his kids in remote regions of Minnesota. Jim lives and works in Waukesha, Wisconsin with his wife Donna, andtheir two children Sarah and Ben. For more on Jim and his writing, visit: http://www.jimlandwehr.com

Tonight on the Write Stuff — Special Edition of the Parker J Cole Show–I Miss You

*****SPECIAL BROADCAST*****

I aired this show on the Parker J Cole show about ten days ago. It has quickly become a show that has been listened to over and over again. Even through the holidays, people are grieving and dealing with pain. I hope this show encourages you as it has me.

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The past several shows of the Parker J Cole have focused on dealing with difficult times during the Christmas season. This episode rounds it all up with a single phrase — I Miss You.

When a loved one has passed away it’s very difficult to get into the holiday spirit. The grief you may experience can be insurmountable, crushing you. It’s a black hole sucking the joy from your heart. It’s a tiny whole in the fabric of your universe siphoning away the happy times you’ve shared with you loved one.

All in all, you miss them.

How do you survive the holidays?

Join me with a survivor and author of the book “I Miss You: A Holiday Survival Kit” Gary Roe as he helps you to survive grief during the holidays. Call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/8174321. Tune In!

ABOUT THE BOOK

thumbLosing a loved one is painful. Life will never be the same.

And if this wasn’t hard enough, the holidays are bearing down upon you. What in the world are you supposed to do?

You need a grief survival kit designed for the holidays. That’s why I wrote Surviving the Holidays without You: Navigating Grief During Special Seasons.

As a hospice chaplain, I’ve had the honor of walking with thousands of hurting people through deep, dark valleys of grief. From my personal grief experiences and theirs, I’ve gathered some tools that can help you not only survive the holidays, but heal and grow through them.

Even though these holidays will be different, they can still be good – very good.

In Surviving the Holidays without You, you’ll discover the answers to these questions:

• Why are the holidays so hard?
• How can I manage my own and others’ expectations?
• Is it possible for holidays to be good this year? How?
• Sometimes I feel misunderstood, judged, and alone. How do I handle that?
• How can I grieve and celebrate at the same time?
• I need to make wise choices about what to do, when, and with whom. How do I do that?
• I don’t know how to move on. What does moving on look like?
• How can I use the holidays to grieve well, honor my loved one, and love others?

Give yourself the gift of navigating grief well this holiday season. You’ll be glad you did.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Gary Roe has been a campus minister, church-planter in Japan, and pastor in Texas and Washington. He currently serves as a writer, speaker and chaplain with Hospice Brazos Valley in Central Texas.

He is the author of four books, including Heartbroken (Amazon Bestseller, 2015 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist) and Not Quite Healed (co-authored with New York Times Bestseller Cecil Murphey, 2013 Lime Award Finalist for Excellence in Non-Fiction). With more than 250 articles in print, he is a popular speaker at a wide variety of venues.

 

Looking Back — Eleven Days of Write Memories

The best gifts are the ones you don’t always see until you look back on them. During the next twenty two days before Christmas, I’m going to look back on the Write Stuff and share some insights I’ve learned over the years. Primarily, I’ll be highlighting some shows but other little tidbits too. This isn’t to say some shows were better than others. Quite the contrary. I’ve loved all my shows the Lord’s blessed me with hosting. But the gift of it is looking back and seeing how far I’ve come.


VIRTUAL BEST FRIENDS

bestfriendI wonder what studies will show years from now about the relationships we form through our online interactions. Growing up, all my friends were real.  I could touch them, go over their house, have a party, and gaggle as young girls are wont to do.  In fact, over the weekend, I helped my best friend move some furniture with the hubby’s truck. I’m godmother to her kids, and she has my everlasting devotion.  She’s stronger than me in both mind and body.  The bond we formed as children has grown into womanhood. As we change and grow, maturing over time, that bond grows with us.

In the beginning, I was highly skeptical that online relationships could matter in the same way a ‘real’ relationship could. After all, I don’t know so-and-so really from the man on the moon.  Yet, there’s one person I call my friend, who I met a scant three years ago via an online group whom I love dearly as a sister in Christ and a friend.

No one has to do anything for you. I think the younger generation has delusions that they’re ‘owed’ something based on the virtue of being themselves.  So imagine my surprise when a woman who I didn’t know critiques my first book, Many Strange Women, for me. She wasn’t paid. I didn’t offer to do anything special, just hey, I’ll critique your book and when it’s my turn, you critique mine.

From that moment on, I found the woman who helped me to become a better writer, who gave me the name of my agent, who worked tirelessly with me. And in return, when her moment came, I was able to do her show, detailing her story of how she went from writing erotica to writing sweet.

It took her over a year to get her first non-erotica book completed. I remember once reading one version of her ‘script, and laughing, I said, “Ally, please get these characters off the wall.”  She had a difficult time keeping the sex out her stories but over time, she did although the steam is still there.

But she’s my best friend and I love her dearly. When I did this show, it was my way of saying thank you in more ways than one. You’ll hear and notice how our conversation may be a bit more casual than I usually am, but when you’re hanging out with your best friend, you don’t need to be formal.

 

I love this cover!

Go ahead and show my friend some love!

 

Looking Back — Thirteen Days of Write Memories

The best gifts are the ones you don’t always see until you look back on them. During the next twenty two days before Christmas, I’m going to look back on the Write Stuff and share some insights I’ve learned over the years. Primarily, I’ll be highlighting some shows but other little tidbits too. This isn’t to say some shows were better than others. Quite the contrary. I’ve loved all my shows the Lord’s blessed me with hosting. But the gift of it is looking back and seeing how far I’ve come.

EXPOSING MYSELF

brokenheartWhen I first started this show I wanted to keep it focused on the author. Showcase the author, their works, their books, their hopes and dreams. I’d, of course, mention about my books (nothing wrong with a little self promotion) but for the most part, keep it centered on the co-host.

Over time, I realized I’d become more open about aspects of myself.  Perhaps its the medium itself, my listeners who like listening to me! Yet this particular episode, Empty Womb, Empty Tomb was especially difficult for me.

Behind the scenes of this show, my co-host was scheduled to come but through no fault of her own,  she wasn’t able to make it. I really wanted to interview her about this topic because it would be easy to focus it on her experiences and not mine. But sometimes, we’re put in a position where we have to open about our pain, even when we don’t what to. Secular or Christian women alike, when the womb is empty it tears at the heartstrings. When you have a desire for a child and for whatever reason, you hear no, it’s hard to deal with.

One thing this show taught me was that the show must go on. I ended up doing this entire show by myself, exposing my pain to my listeners. It was difficult and afterward I was a little sad.

Yet the promises of the Lord remain true: Delight thyself in the Lord and He will give thee the desires of your heart.  Over time as we focus on Him, our desire is for His will. Eventually we say, I desire whatever You desire.  And if that’s to be childless or to be a mother, Thy will be done. It’s a hard lesson to learn, even harder words to read, but nevertheless it’s true.

10645158_1086891637991553_4704045195294183955_nEmpty Womb, Empty Tomb shows us how we can triumph through infertility by the Cross. Get your copy today and show my friend Quiana some love!

Looking Back — Fifteen Days of Write Memories

The best gifts are the ones you don’t always see until you look back on them. During the next twenty two days before Christmas, I’m going to look back on the Write Stuff and share some insights I’ve learned over the years. Primarily, I’ll be highlighting some shows but other little tidbits too. This isn’t to say some shows were better than others. Quite the contrary. I’ve loved all my shows the Lord’s blessed me with hosting. But the gift of it is looking back and seeing how far I’ve come.


RECONNECTING TO THE INNER CHILD

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Fifth grade!

The Wall and Beyond was the first time I’d ever had a poet on the show. I’d been trying to get them for a while but one wonders if poet’s are shier than writers. Perhaps, as I discovered from the episode, a poet has a unique way of expression. Poetry is an expression of the heart. A subtle song of ideas, impressions, and feelings to describe the world around them. But it’s more than that.

Another thing this show did was take me back to my high school years. Back in high school, I was into the vampire trend then. So one of my poems were called, ‘When the Vampire Drinks’, a rather macabre thing. I wrote it when I was fifteen I think. Maybe fourteen. Then I wrote a poem called, “Whatever Happened to the Love for my Mother?” This particular verse was dreary and sad as the narrator reflects on whether or not she loves her mother. I recited the poem at a school function but someone made sure to let the audience know the poem wasn’t based on real life (seeing as my mother is alive and well and I love her quite fanatically) and it was a tear jerker. Then, the last poem I’d written was called “Death and the Dancer.” It was based off a painting an artist had drawn. The figure of Death was looking back at a Dancer bathed in light. He was licking his chops, a hungry gaze in his eyes. The image affected me so that I spent a week writing the poem.  The words took a note of sensuality and seduction.  After that, I stopped writing poems.  I don’t know if I’ll ever pick it back up again but the poet’s heart expresses.

The gift I received from this show was reconnecting to a childhood passion.  It brought back a lot of memories, and not just of poems but of reading books, writing short stories for class, and other great past times. I wish I had that unfettered free time like I had then!

uic-readJoanna Kurowska’s poems can be found int several books. In this interview, Joanna discusses her two favorite subjects she likes to reflect on — silence and nothingness. They seem like synonyms but as you listen, you discover they aren’t. Make sure you show her some love and buy her books today.

Looking Back — Eighteen Days of Write Memories

The best gifts are the ones you don’t always see until you look back on them. During the next twenty two days before Christmas, I’m going to look back on the Write Stuff and share some insights I’ve learned over the years. Primarily, I’ll be highlighting some shows but other little tidbits too. This isn’t to say some shows were better than others. Quite the contrary. I’ve loved all my shows the Lord’s blessed me with hosting. But the gift of it is looking back and seeing how far I’ve come.


IGNORANCE IS NOT (ALWAYS) AN EXCUSE

confusedThe drama behind this show is intense. It was probably one of the first major screw-ups I’d done when it came to scheduling and making sure one’s P’s & Q’s are taken care of. In this case I hadn’t. The week before, I spoke with my guest’s media rep and had recorded a mini-interview to be played. But not being on point, I forgot to upload it and during the show, it never came up. The media rep was concerned. So then  had to call the guest that I had slotted for the next week and beg, plead and cry that she postpone her interview for another day. She had no problem with that.

Thinking on the topic for this show, I looked for an appropriate picture to caption the show with. I found it and used it in my blog posts. About two months later, I got a strange email with a woman calling for my blood for using her picture.  This was my fiery baptism in looking for images on the Net. I quickly apologized and she threatened me some more about legal actions but I never heard from her again.  However, to this day, I can’t help but think if you didn’t want anyone to use the picture, why did you put it on the Net?  O_o.


New Picture (4)Daddy(less) Little Girls touched on a sensitive topic about fatherhood and the place of fathers in a little girl’s life. I want to thank Lynn Bruce for sharing her story. Check her out and show some love!

 

 

 

Looking Back — Nineteen Days of Write Memories

The best gifts are the ones you don’t always see until you look back on them. During the next twenty two days before Christmas, I’m going to look back on the Write Stuff and share some insights I’ve learned over the years. Primarily, I’ll be highlighting some shows but other little tidbits too. This isn’t to say some shows were better than others. Quite the contrary. I’ve loved all my shows the Lord’s blessed me with hosting. But the gift of it is looking back and seeing how far I’ve come.


SPREAD TOO THIN

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I couldn’t find a clip art of butter sandwiches. I tried!

I like butter sandwiches. I’m not afraid to admit it. Sometimes, when you got to get the stick of butter (after pulling it out the freezer and letting it thaw) and try to spread it on the bread, you either get one glop of butter in one place or the butter spreads thin. A massacre of a beloved sandwich!

 

 


During my first year, I was so excited to host that I went ahead and tried to interview four people in one show.  I think it went well for a while but as I was sitting behind the scenes, it came to head it was hard to make sure everyone had a chance to say something and had equal air time.  But the show must go on and it did.  However, I learned to keep the guests to a maximum of two people.  When I get feedback from guest, they tend to like the intimacy of our conversations. The one on one.

So Sweet, Gentle, Romance was the only time in the show history I had four guests at one time. They’re all great writers too.  Click n the pictures and show my peeps some love!

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