“Walking with Fay – My Mother’s Uncharted Path Into Dementia” by Carolyn Birrell

Carolyn Birrell

Carolyn Birrell retired to Bonners Ferry, ID, in 2006, after living in Atlanta, GA, for 20 years where she worked for the American Cancer Society National Headquarters and then as a real estate agent and a new home builder. She began caring for her aging mother shortly after her move and started chronicling her journey.

What began as a written collection of her mother’s difficult behaviors during dementia’s earliest stages quickly turned into a comprehensive book that she continued to update until the inevitable end of her mother’s disease.

In this interview, Carolyn talks about her years long journey with her mother and Alzheimer’s dementia, and how her journals turned into a book.

An estimated 6.2 million Americans aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2021.

You can find Carolyn Birrell’s website here carolynbirrell.com.

You can find the full interview on your favorite podcasting platform on the Billy Dees Podcast. For your convenience the full interview is here along with the webcam version.

Jerry Zezima “One for the Ageless How to Stay Young and Immature Even If You’re Really Old”

Jerry writes a humor column for Tribune News Service, which distributes it to papers nationwide and abroad. Jerry is also the author of six books, “Leave It to Boomer,” “The Empty Nest Chronicles,” “Grandfather Knows Best,” “Nini and Poppie’s Excellent Adventures,” “Every Day Is Saturday” and “One for the Ageless.”

Jerry Zezima

Jerry has won many awards including seven for humorous writing from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Jerry maintains a social media presence, has made many TV and radio appearances, is a popular public speaker, and is currently writing a sitcom.

You can find out more about Jerry on his blog or follow him on Twitter.

You can find our podcast interview with Jerry on your favorite podcast platform. For your convenience the Spotify podcast is playable in this post. We also have the videocast version available on YouTube.

HumorOutcasts Interview with Donna Cavanagh “Ramo to the Rescue”

“Ramo to the Rescue”

Some time ago, many years ago actually, I crossed paths with Donna Cavanagh on Twitter. We were both part of the Twittersphere for blogging, humor, and related subject matter. We say “content” now by the way.

Post 2012, podcasting was ramping up as high-ranking politicians were giving interviews and major crime investigations were finding an audience on the medium. Twitter is built for authors and podcasters. Donna, being the consummate book marketing specialist that she is, was one of the publishers who first recognized the connection.

This was circa 2011 and HumorOutcasts was in its early days. I started doing some writing for the site and most of my audio production at that time was in traditional media forms. Podcasting existed back then but was nowhere near the powerhouse it is today. I was one of the early adopters of podcasting as it was a natural fit for me.

Donna Cavanagh

This was a great opportunity for me. By the time 2016 rolled around, Donna and I were producing author interviews regularly. I have made some wonderful associations and friends working with the talented group of HO writers.

Donna has now written and published a children’s book, “Ramo to the Rescue.” The book tells the story of a lifeguard through the lens of a child and is written in poetry style rhymes. The book was inspired by a chance meeting with a lifeguard which Donna describes during her own podcast interview. She also credits many of the people who helped her produce the book including Hannah Farr, who created the illustrations.

You can find the full interview under the Billy Dees Podcast on your favorite podcasting platform. We also have a Spotify player for you in this post as well as the webcam version on YouTube.  

Ken Stark, Award-Winning Horror Writer, Talks About What Makes a Good Scary Story

Ken Stark

Our guest on this episode is award-winning horror writer, Ken Stark.

According to Ken’s Twitter bio he is a questionable painter, unapologetic nerd, and committed beer enthusiast.

During this episode Ken shares many of his insights into writing, the importance of relatable characters, and what makes a good scary story.

Ken Stark’s books are available on Amazon including, “Arcadia Falls.”

You can find more about Ken Stark on his website and on Twitter.

You can find the Billy Dees Podcast on nearly all of the major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.

For your convenience the episode is right here, just hit play.

You can watch the webcam version of the podcast episode here on YouTube.

Samuel Moore-Sobel “Can You See My Scars?”

Samuel Moore-Sobel

Billy’s guest on this podcast episode is Samuel Moore-Sobel, an author, speaker, and columnist. His debut memoir, “Can You See My Scars?” is the story of a harrowing encounter with sulfuric acid, trauma, and severe burns.

Samuel writes about his experience as a burn and trauma survivor. Samuel has a degree in government and international politics and currently lives with his wife in Northern Virginia.

You can find Samuel’s website here www.samuelmoore-sobel.com and his Twitter account here @smoore_sobel.

This episode may contain triggers for survivors.

You can find the Billy Dees Podcast on nearly all of the major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.

For your convenience the episode is right here, just hit play.

The webcam version is here on YouTube.

HumorOutcasts Interview with Deborah Fezelle Author of “Full Circle”

On this episode, we are talking to Canton, Oh native and Juilliard alumni, Deborah Fezelle who recently released her new book, “Full Circle.” This is her third installment of the Nick McDeare suspense book series; the previous books being, “The Evil That Men Do” and “A Walking Shadow.”

During this discussion Deborah talks about her childhood, her career as an artistic creative, and her writing style.

For your convenience you can listen to the interview at the bottom of this post. You can also find it under the Billy Dees Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and most other major podcast platforms.

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The episode is listed on these platforms as, HumorOutcasts Interview with Deborah Fezelle Author of “Full Circle.”

Kevin Barhydt Author of “Dear Stephen Michael’s Mother: A Memoir”

Kevin Barhydt is the author of, “Dear Stephen Michael’s Mother: A Memoir.

The book is a memoir of how a young boy who was abandoned, abused, and addicted; transformed into a man with the hope, courage, and resilience to seek his biological mother.

At 45 and after many years of recovery, Kevin began a painful journey to uncover his origins and search for his mother. A quote Kevin often uses is,

“When the bird falls out of the tree, the bird is traumatized.

So is the mother.”

Kevin now leads a happy and fulfilling life. He does interviews to help fight stigmas that plague survivors of various hardships and conditions.

You can Find Kevin Barhydt on YouTube.

For your convenience the podcast interview is available below on Spotify. Just hit play.

The webcam version of the podcast is also available here.

Underprivileged Overachiever – A Crenshaw Story

Our guest on this podcast is Yohance Salimu who is the author of, “Underprivileged Overachiever – A Crenshaw Story.”

The book is his memoir chronicling Yohance’s journey from youth at Crenshaw Senior High School in California to his study of Geospatial Science at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Yohance speaks openly and candidly about his experiences and hardships on his way to success as a fighter and a survivor.

“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same… you’ll be a Man, my son!” – Joseph Rudyard Kipling

For your convenience the interview is available below at the bottom of this post. Just hit play. The podcast episode is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and many others under the Billy Dees Podcast.

The episode is titled on these services as:

Yohance Salimu – Underprivileged Overachiever – A Crenshaw Story

The webcam version of the interview is available here on YouTube.

HumorOutcasts Interview with Concha Alborg – Author of “My Mother, That Stranger, Letters from the Spanish Civil War”

Concha Alborg CoverThis episode is an interview with Concha Alborg who is the author of “My Mother, That Stranger, Letters from the Spanish Civil War.”

This interview was done with our partners at HumorOutcasts.com.

Concha Resize1This book is a memoir about Concha’s mother based on the letters her mother wrote to her fiancé who was fighting against Franco’s forces during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).

During this fascinating interview Concha talks about the scope of the Spanish Civil War, the plight of immigrants, and how she rediscovered her mother by researching and writing this book. We also discuss how certain historical elements and past political ideologies have relevance in today’s world.

You can find out more about Concha Alborg at ConchaAlborg.com.

Concha Resize2For your convenience the interview is available below at the bottom of this post. Just hit play. The podcast episode is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and many others under the “Billy Dees Podcast.”

The episode is titled on these services as:

HumorOutcasts Interview with Concha Alborg Author of “My Mother, That Stranger, Letters from the Spanish Civil War”

HumorOutcasts Interview – Patricia H. McLoud author of “The Green Goddess of Gardening”

Pat McLoud CoverOn this episode we talk with Patricia H. McLoud who is the author of “The Green Goddess of Gardening.”

This interview was done with our partners at HumorOutcasts.com.

This book describes exactly how and what to do to develop gardens and then care for them. It is a concise resource regarding the most important steps to achieve a beautiful garden in easy to understand terms. The book teaches the reader how and when to water, fertilize, prevent bugs, prune, and many other topics of interest to the aspiring gardener.

The book is written in dark print, good sized lettering, and is easy to read and understand. During our interview Pat addresses topics such as how the book is different from other gardening books and the proper containers for container gardening.

For your convenience the interview is available below at the bottom of this post. Just hit play. The podcast episode is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and many others under the Billy Dees Podcast.

The episode is titled on these services as:

HumorOutcasts Interview with Patricia H McLoud “The Green Goddess of Gardening.”