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Special Episode #13: Mother’s Day 2017

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A little history of the No Extra Words podcast and a story I really want to share with all of you.

“Mother’s Day in the NICU,” by Kris Baker Dersch, is copyright 2015. I shared the true story from this time in my own life on the New Parent podcast back in April. This is the fictionalized version.

Happy listening and happy Mother’s Day,

Kris

Episode 81: You Looking at Me?

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Do you think the cop in your rearview mirror knows you are “Tipsy?” By T.E. Cowell, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read T.E.’s bio.

Lunch with a friend teaches us that in so many ways there is a “First Time for Everything.” By Amanda Staples, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Amanda’s bio.

What’s truth and what’s fiction in “The Afternoon Sleepwalk?” By Cara Lopez Lee, copyright 2012, used with permission. Visit Cara’s website.

Back for Episode 82, Writing Spaces! Past contributors share with us where they write. First up is Charles O’Hay, who shared his poem with us back on Episode 45. Click here to see his writing space. Next up the master storyteller Eldon Reishus from Episode 71 takes us into his world. Click here to see his writing space.

Coming next episode! A two year anniversary and a jam-packed episode with 11(!) stories. Let us know what you want to know about No Extra Words history.

Happy listening,

Kris

Episode 80: No Matter Where I Am and No Matter When I Am

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Everyone’s on some kind of a journey today.

No border wall could ever keep out the “Dust.” By Patty Somlo, copyright 2009, used with permission. Visit Patty’s website.

Episode 67 contributor and poet Anuja Ghimire is our guest on the Poets’ Corner today. Born in Kathmandu and always seeming to visit her homeland in periods of great tumult, she tells us how poetry and place entwine in her life and shares with us some poetry. Read Anuja’s bio.

A brief encounter reveals so much of “The Fishermen of Dragon-Tooth Beach.” By Michael Paul Hogan, copyright 2001, used with permission. Read Michael’s bio.

Not all journeys are long or grand. Sometimes it’s the small distances that mean the most, like the search for the “Thrush.” By Norbert Kovacs, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Norbert’s bio.

Happy listening,

Kris

Episode 79: Poetry Month Field Trip

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For those who love books, they become almost human beings standing there in their “Dust Jackets.” By Samantha Dutton, copyright 2015, used with permission. Read Samantha’s bio.

Some things just cannot be escaped, especially “The Curse of the Virgin.” By Richard Sensenbrenner, copyright 1992, used with permission. Read Richard’s bio.

In the first ever installment of our Poet’s Corner segment, Kelli Russell Agodon invites me into her office where she shares poetry and we discuss poetry, small presses, and the importance of finding your voice. Visit Kelli’s website or the website for Two Sylvias Press.

Leaving the ferry dock:IMG_0009

View from the ferry upper deck:IMG_0008

In Kelli’s office: a typewriter! Very close to what I use at home.IMG_0013

View of the ferry dock and Sound from Kelli’s window:IMG_0012

All editors are the same, such sticklers about reading the “Guidelines.” by T.E. Cowell, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read T.E.’s bio.

Happy listening,

Kris

Special Episode #12: Baseball Opening Day 2017

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A literary celebration of a national pastime.

Come with Shawn Aveningo Sanders for “One Final Inning in St. Louis.” Copyright 2011, used with permission. Visit Shawn’s website.

Susan Vollenweider was with us back on Special Episode #3. She is back with a special guest telling us how she came to know “Baseball: My Way.” Copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Susan’s website.

Niles Reddick’s famous name has him throwing out a “First Pitch.” Copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Niles’s website.

In a brand-new segment, we are diving into the archives to bring back Angela Lombardo’s story from last year’s baseball opening day special…a gift for you Cubs fans. Copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Angela’s bio.

Most of us had someone who helped us learn to love the game. In Bill McStowe’s story, it’s “Astrid from Sweden.” Copyright 2017, used with permission. Check out Bill’s previous contribution to No Extra Words and visit his website.

You never know what will help you in this game. Carolyn Martin tells us why “It’s Good I’m Slow.” Copyright 2011, used with permission. Read Carolyn’s bio.

Stay tuned to the end of this episode to hear about Attagirl: your women and girls in baseball podcast. Visit the website or find Attagirl in your favorite podcast app.

Happy baseball season!

Kris

Episode 78: I Simply Don’t Like People

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Somehow life got “Lost at Sea.” By Drew Lovell, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Drew’s website.

Can’t go gator hunting without “Gator Bait.” By Paul Rousseau, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Paul’s bio.

Sometimes life puts you in just the right uncomfortable place, and in this case it involves “Bodily Fluids” By Ron Riekki, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Ron’s website.

Don’t forget to share podcasts with your family and friends and us the hashtag #trypod all March long.

Writing Spaces has a sponsor for this episode! Visit Matt Keefer over at the Ravings of a Mad Music Man blog to hear his Writing Spaces essay.

Jen McConnell, Episode 54 contributor shares all about where she writes. Click here to see her writing space.

Marina Frances Mularz is behind “What We Talk About When We Talk About Homer” from Episode 20. She shares all about where she writes. Click here to see her writing space.

Happy listening,

Kris

Episode 77: Kiss it All Better

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It really can all change in “One Moment.” By Amanda Staples, copyright 2016, used with permission. Visit Amanda’s website.

If only all fairy tales ended like “The Frog Prince.” By Clive Collins, copyright 2014, used with permission. Read Clive’s bio.

Back for Episode 77: Writing Spaces, featuring No Extra Words contributors. Pat Obermeier was with us back on Episode 36. Click here to see her writing space. Joan MacIntosh was featured on Episode 57. Click here to see her writing space.

Happy listening,

Kris

 

Episode 76: You Don’t Believe in the Morning

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No matter how far you run away, you never escape who you are and what your past is.

After not being able to slow down a friend who is struggling, those left behind must deal with the fact that there was “Nothing They Could Do.” By Kim Farleigh, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Kim’s bio.

New segment today! You Be the Producer, with No Extra Words contributor Arden Wren Sawyer. Arden wrote “Caffeine, Cancer, Coco, Candida,” copyright 2016 and used with permission, with a special secondary character. Read Arden’s bio.

It’s not always your choice, sometimes it’s “Policy.” But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t haunt you. By Timothy Boudreau, copyright 2016, used with permission. Read Timothy’s bio.

Happy listening,

Kris

Episode 75: Be Just Like Him

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No one knows life in the ring like “The Undercard.” By David Whippman, copyright 2000, used with permission. Read David’s bio.

“First a Woman Then a Man” is a fictional story about the real-life Guevedoce of the Dominican Republic. By Justin Fenech, copyright 2016, used with permission.Visit Justin’s website or read more about the Guevedoce.

Writing Spaces returns this episode featuring two more previous No Extra Words contributors. Korey Wallace was featured on Episode 52. Click here to see his writing space. T.J. Peters was featured on Episode 43. Click here to see his writing space.

Happy listening,

Kris

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