WLM Spotlight Sunday – Barbara Alfaro

Alan Parks:

Good Morning. Todays Spotlight Sunday author is from Maryland in the US, so she will be along a bit later. Please give a warm welcome to Barbara Alfaro! Her memoir is called Mirror Talk.

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Julie Haigh: Good morning Barbara Alfaro! Hope you enjoy your Sunday in the Spotlight! I haven’t read your memoir yet but am looking forward to it. Does the ‘mirror’ bit have significance in the book? I’ve looked at a resume on Amazon and it says about your life in Theatre and behind the scenes with actors etc-I would like to know more about all this.

Frankie Knight: Welcome, Barbara! Hope you enjoy your day as much as I did. Will be popping in and out today as I have a lot to get done. I also worked in theatre and actually trained way, way back, so will be looking forward to hearing some of your stories.

Valerie Robson: Yes me too, lots of am dram when I was younger… backstage doing lighting, follow-spots mostly! Loved the theatre, so am looking forward to your story… xxx

Diane Eliott ExperienceOlvera: Good morning Barbara. I’m not sure what time it would be in Maryland. Small world frankie isn’t it, my husband worked as a sound and lighting tec. In a theatre for 14 years! Will pop in and out today depending on signal and Hugh’ battery. Looking forward to hearing the stories

Tanya Stevens: Morning Barbara Theatrical people usually have some great stories to tell

Karen Knight: Good morning Barbara Alfaro. Very interested to read your memoir, as I won it this week. Looking forward to receiving it. I too am interested in amdram. Have been on stage and behind the scenes doing makeup and lights

Jo-Anne Himmelman: Hello Barbara Alfaro! Haven’t read your thread yet. Been too busy complaining about the bass fishermen and their extremely noisy toys. I will do it right away and be back to you.

Valerie Robson: So, who did the not seen and supportive side of am dram? the visible actors always get the ‘encores’ but they could not be there without the backstage peoples? I loved my years in the theatre… xxx

Bambi Flanner: Good morning Barbara. It’s just now 0720 in Florida, so It’s early yet! I hope you have a great day in the spotlight. I will be in and out also, so I’ll catch up soon.

Barbara Alfaro: Good morning.

Lucinda E Clarke: Good morning Barbara, what time is it there with you? We are about to have lunch here in Spain.

Barbara Alfaro: Julie, I think the mirror has to do with reflections but there is also a remembrance of my mother’s jeweled hand mirror on her silver vanity tray that made a strong impression on me as a child. As for my theatre experiences, I graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and worked as a young actress. When middle-aged, I had moved to Maryland and did direct in semi-professional and community theaters. Eventually, writing won over theatre though I still occasionally write plays.

–Hi Frankie, I studied theatre “way, way back” too though I’d been theatre mad since I was seven years old.

–Yes, Valerie, there is nothing like theatre. People who couldn’t stand each other all through the rehearsal process coming together on opening night and in other performances in a genuine sense of community.

Susan Jackson: I like to go to the theater, I loved it while living in England and then I would go to NYC. Chicago was great as well but I live in Tampa now and they have all the great plays here at either the Straz or Mahaffey theater.

Barbara Alfaro: Hi Diane, It 7:55 am here in Maryland. I’m always awake at 7 am whether I slept well or had a bout of insomnia. The lighting and sound engineers make the magic happen. And, in community theatre, more than once save an actor’s fanny when he or she has gone up on lines.

–There are some funny stories in my memoir that weren’t funny “at the time.” My favorite is when I was a very young actress and cast in an experimental play. The director told me the character I played “represented man’s inhumanity to man.” I weighed 98 pounds!

Diane Eliott ExperienceOlverar: its been hilarious over here as my husband has been recalling different stories of theatre while we were milking this morning. have you ever heard of the DFA button on the sound desk?

Barbara Alfaro: Hi Karen, Hope you enjoy MT. Are you writing your own memoir? (I’m new to WLM).

–Valerie, I totally agree. The “stars” (though in theatre they are called actors!) shine because of their talent AND the talents of the lighting, sound, costume, makeup people and the stage crews. Did I forget anyone?

–Hi Lucinda, It’s 8:10 am (almost) here in Maryland. I’ve had my breakfast. Have a lovely lunch.

Diane Eliott ExperienceOlvera: DFA button is when a singer gets very nervous in rehearsals and says ‘darling sound all wrong, more in the left speaker and monitors NOW please’ husband to assistant ‘ hit the DFA button Dan’ ‘done it Pete’ actor/singer. ‘ now that’s perfect’. DFA stands for does f**k all!! sorry but it made the singers happy

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Susan Joyce: Good morning Barbara, from Uruguay!! It’s still early here also. Welcome to our SS-Star seat! Hope you’re enjoying your day. I’ll read through the thread and get back with a question or two.

Victoria Twead: Morning Barbara, sorry to make you work so early on a Sunday. So. Diane, a DFA is a placebo button! Gosh, you really learn stuff on WLM.

Susan Joyce: Barbara, did you meet your mate in theater? You look to be a happy couple.

Barbara Alfaro: Hi Victoria, I’m an early bird anyway.

Bambi Flanner: I need a DFA button in my daily life. lol

Barbara Alfaro: Victor and I have been married 26 years plus 1 year “living in sin” and yes, we are happy. We met when we were both counselors on a phone crisis hotline. We started out as “just friends” and much more.

Susan Joyce: Barbara, sounds like my relationship with my hubby. We were friends first and then realized how much we liked each other. A phone crisis hotline? That’s even more dramatic than theater.

Barbara Alfaro: The crisis hotline was “dramatic” but also tremendously sad. I burned out after a little over a year. But a lot of counselors were tougher-skinned and in it for the long haul.

Susan Joyce: I’d love to hear about your win in 2012 as winner of the Indie Reader Discovery Award for Memoir. Congratulations!

Barbara Alfaro: I stopped entering contests or competitions years ago. I’m a poet and I realized I was often paying entry fees of $20 or more to have my poems rejected and that didn’t work for me! But for some reason, in 2012, I thought what the heck, I’ll enter my memoir in the IndieReader competition and see what happens. Naturally, I was walking on clouds for days after winning the award.

Karen Knight: Hi Barbara, no I am not, or haven’t written a memoir. I am too busy reading everyone else’s! What is your favourite book? X

Barbara Alfaro: My favorite book is Jane Eyre. I think if Charlotte Bronte had lived longer her works would be considered as great as those of Dickens.

Susan Joyce: Barbara, I share your sentiments about entering competitions. Good thing that you listened to your still, small voice and entered that one. Timing is everything—in theater and in life.

Karen Knight: Wow, that is also my all time favourite. It was the book that sparked my love of reading. Charlotte was very brave to actually write about her relationship with Mr Rochester, and also to touch on the subject of mental illness.

Valerie Robson: Anytime now my little phone will put me on ‘last two comments’ syndrome… but I will follow as best I can! lovely reading so far and have fun with WLM!

By the way I am the ‘official rep’ for Zimbabwe… xxx

Susan Joyce: Barbara, would you like a champagne, or coffee?

Barbara Alfaro: Karen, I read Jane Eyre when I was very young and then again very recently. It just knocked me out with its courage and beautiful writing.

Karen Knight: What is your favourite production that you have seen at the theatre?

Barbara Alfaro: Susan, As it’s 9:20 am here I’ll go with coffee and thank you!

–Karen, My favorite play is probably a production I saw years ago at the National Theater in Washington, DC. Derek Jacobi played Cyrano. He was stupendous!

Susan Joyce: Barbara forgot to ask how you like it? Here’s black. Cream? Sugar?

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Barbara Alfaro: Cream & sugar & thanks again.

Susan Joyce: Barbara, how’s this? A fancier cup also.

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Julie Haigh: Ooh, that looks nice Susan, one for me too please

Karen Knight: If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Susan Joyce: Coming up Julie. Barbara, from your life story who is the most fascinating person you’ve ever met and why?

–For Julie Haigh!

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Julie Haigh: Thank you!

Karen Knight: Pool can I have one too x

Susan Joyce: For Karen Knight!

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Julie Haigh: There you go Karen, coffee by the pool-I’ll join you ha ha!

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Barbara Alfaro: Wow! Susan, whipped cream too. Life is good.

Karen Knight: Needed mean pool meant, oooo. But that will do nicely, please do join me, the more the merrier xx

Susan Joyce: Muffins anyone?

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Karen Knight: Yes please Susan. Thank you they look lovely xx

Barbara Ann Geiger: Hi, Barbara. Besides sharing a first name, we evidently share an attraction to the sparkly magnetism of a silver vanity tray. As a young girl, I loved looking at my grandmother’s tray with all the products she used to make her look and smell so lovely. The mirror on your book cover is wonderful!

Nancy McBride: Good Morning, all, and especially Barbara! I am curious about the plays you’ve written. With your theater background, what skills learned there, assist your script writing?

Barbara Alfaro: Thanks Barbara for your comment about the cover. There was a lot of going back and forth with the artist but eventually she got exactly what I’d hoped for. I want a dreamy, surreal feel to it.

Karen Knight: If you could talk to someone/anyone in your mirror who would it be and why?

Barbara Alfaro: Good morning Nancy. I’ve written quite a few ten-minute plays that were produced at small professional and semi-professional theaters in Washington, DC. I’ve also written a one-act comedy and a full-length drama. The full length play is called Dos Madres and it won a Maryland State Individual Artist Award. It was given a staged reading by Source Theatre in Washington, DC. I’m hoping to get a full production of it but as I don’t have an agent, it’s been slow going. And yes, definitely, being around and in theatre so much contributed to my writing plays. But, again, as I am primarily a poet, I see in images and images translate to scenes in writing plays. At least, that’s how it works for me.

–Karen, That sounds very paranormal? Talking to someone in my mirror. I hope I don’t sound a bit daffy when I say it would be my guardian angel. I truly believe I have one. And as for why, it would be to thank him or her or all the years (I’m a retired lady) of protection and guidance. I suppose I’d also rather selfishly ask for some help with my creative writing!

Bambi Flanner: I think that’s a wonderful thought Barbara. Saying thank you to your guardian angel. Is there any particular reason you believe you have one, or does it just make sense that you do? I think maybe we all have some extra help/protection when we need it.

Barbara Alfaro: Hi Bambi, I’m assuming you are also a writer and also know those quiet moments of inspiration. I think often, but certainly not always, those exceptional thoughts are messages from one’s guardian angel. There is a wonderful book titled “Lifted by Angels” by Joel J. Miller that says all this much better than I am doing. As why I believe in angels, it just is.

Bambi Flanner: Sometimes that’s all you need. Is the belief that it just is. I believe that’s called faith? I’m a bit of a writer, not an author yet. Maybe one day.

Barbara Alfaro: Bambi, Yes, definitely faith. Did you ever see “Wings of Desire?” The whole film is a poem. And there is this scene in a library where the angels (wearing overcoats not wings) whisper to people those reading. To me, that’s what inspiration often looks like. Beautiful and gently exciting. It slays me that today some people are willing to believe in demons and devils but tthe same people think it crazy to believe in angelic intervention.

Bambi Flanner: Exactly! Eager to believe in the negative, scoff at the positive. Or maybe afraid to hope for the positive. I believe everyone would like a guardian angel, but it sounds like stuff of fairy tales. However, I believe firmly that I haven’t been alone on my journey.

Barbara Alfaro: Oops! I can see from all my typos in last post I need to take a break for a while. Will be back soon. And thanks for such interesting questions.

Susan Joyce: Bambi, Barbara, My father was a fundamentalist minister and we were raised to believe and have faith. “Faith as small as a mustard seed … and you can move mountains.” Although most of what I was taught didn’t ring true, this thought did and that faith of “I can.” has helped me move mountains.

Diane Eliott ExperienceOlvera: phone now low on battery will recharge when I get home this evening and catch up. I believe in guides and angels too. blast my battery!!!!

Susan Joyce: Barbara, from your life story who is the most fascinating person you’ve ever met and why?

Jo Howe Holloway: Hi everyone, and welcome Barbara! And, ooooh, I missed coffee and muffins! Never mind, here in Spain it’s Sangria time … lol!

–Join me?

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Dodie Shea: Good morning Barbara Alfaro. Am enjoying your fred. Congratulations on your 2012 Indie award! Do you have another memoir in the making?

Julie Haigh Sangria looks good to me Jo Howe Holloway-I’ll partake with you thanks

Barbara Alfaro: Thanks, Dodie. No, not another memoir at least yet but I am working on a novel.

–Paris for the first time or Tuscany for the second time.

Julie Haigh: A novel sounds great Barbara, what genre?

Frankie Knight: Think the brandy’s were also bit slow in coming forward today!!! Nearly time for dinner here on my mountain. Seems odd hearing from people so far away. It still blows my sox off – if it wasn’t too hot to wear any. Yoo mention that you’ve worked with ‘stars’. Are you prepared to talk about them and name names? I do love a bit of goss! I started onstage at about age 7 as my mother was an actress. It was the only thing I ever wanted to do. Even when I ‘retired’ I still carried on in Am Drams for many years until I realised I could no longer remember lines. I’ve not read your book Barbara, doe sit cover the theatrical side of your life?

Susan Joyce: For Frankie!

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Susan Joyce: Champagne for us all! Cheers! Barbara thanks for a great thread!

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Barbara Alfaro: I lost my place. Susan, the most fascinating person I’ve met is Barbara Walters. I worked as a production secretary at ABC and Barbara Walters was always extremely generous and thoughtful.

Susan Joyce: Thanks Barbara! Seems Ms Walters is still a powerhouse.

Barbara Alfaro: Julie, The novel I’m working on falls into the paranormal genre.

Janet Givens: Ah, Susan Joyce, I thought we might be kindred souls.

Barbara Alfaro: Hi Frankie, I didn’t say I worked with stars. I haven’t, just some actors who thought they were stars. I did extra work in movies (exhausting but the union pay is good). John Travolta (very much the star) and Joaquin Phoenix (very much a regular guy).

Jo Howe Holloway: I’ve just read down the thread (between other things I’m doing so I’m a bit disjointed, lol!) … Sounds like you’ve had a fascinating life, Barbara. I spent over 25 years in the film and television industry, script writing and production managing among other things, and I grew up with parents who were totally into AmDram … took on a new meaning in the small towns of Africa in the 50’s-70’s, I can tell you! … I must find time to go get your book. I’m a publisher now, so I do a lot of reading, and finding time to read for pleasure is difficult. But doable! (You SHALL climb that hill, little grasshopper!) …

Janet Givens: Hello all. Just lugged off the remains of a big birch we took down yesterday, and can sit down for a bit and chat. I’ve caught up a bit. Loved the discussion on angels. And now to Barbara Walters. Barbara Alfaro, did you work with her before “How to talk…” Or after ? (I think that was the name of her book)

Barbara Alfaro: Jo, Hope you enjoy my memoir.

Susan Joyce: Barbara, is your novel set in the past, present, or future? Or all of the above? Who are the main characters?

Janet Givens: Ok, I’ll bite. What’s Am Dram?

Jo Howe Holloway: Just bought the Kindle version, Barbara. I’m sure I’ll love it!

— Janet – AmDram is Amateur Dramatics.

Barbara Alfaro: After “How to Talk to Almost Anyone” but I read the book. She was/is interesting. We’d get so much hate mail at the station and a lot of the male producers were furious at her high salary. But she took it all with great grace and certainly had the last laugh.

–Jo, Thanks for the sale.

Janet Givens: Is Am Dram like community theater?

Barbara Alfaro: Joyce, The novel includes past and present (like memoir) but I’m one of those superstitious writers who doesn’t like to talk too much about what they are currently working on.

Janet Givens: Barbara, I can so appreciate that position.

Susan Joyce: Barbara, I understand. But don’t stop talking to your mirror.

Barbara Alfaro: Susan, I see now the title Mirror Talk is misleading. I don’t talk to my mirror in the book. Though not that long ago someone published another book titled Mirror Talk and I was somewhat annoyed that she couldn’t come up with another title. I know titles can’t be copyrighted but really! And from the description of her book, I think she talks to people in her mirror. If she’d talked to me in her mirror I would have said, “Hey, I’ve had the Mirror Talk title for years, can’t you come up with something of your own!”

Janet Givens: Barbara Alfaro, I see you live in Berlin, Maryland. I’ve hot a house on Chincoteague. Go down twice a year. Hmmm. Thinking another meet up may be on the horizon. When and how did you decide to write your memoir?

Barbara Alfaro: Janet, We are nearby. I know I’ve said this in other interviews but the turning point for me was when I read “Are You Somebody” by the late Irish journalist Nuala O’Faolain. Her memoir was so truthful and had a strong dose of humor in addition to the sadness. I wanted to see if I could write a memoir in that same honest way. And, I had had several essays published that were pure memoir.

Janet Givens: How long did the memoir take to write ? And did you pull from journals or letters, or was it all memory?

–And, did I miss it? Sorry if you’ve answered this already, I looked but didn’t find any summary (elevator pitch) for your book. Can you give us one?

Barbara Alfaro: A little over two years. Some of my journals but mostly from memory. I remember almost everything — not always a good thing.

Bambi Flanner: I agree. You have to take the good memories with the bad, and sometimes they pop up at the worst times.

Barbara Alfaro: This is from the back cover of the paperback edition — “A Catholic girlhood, New York theatre, marriage, and the healing power of humor are interwoven in Mirror Talk’s lyrical and often witty reflections.”

Janet Givens: Ah. That helps. Thanks. I grew up 45 minutes west of NYC. And lived there three years. We probably passed each other on the sidewalk a few times. Small world. Would you say your memoir has a single, universal theme and if so (of course) what is it?

–Ah. Hubs just brought lunch. Be back in a bit.

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Susan Joyce: Barbara, were you raised in a strict Catholic environment? As a child?

Barbara Alfaro: Janet, We probably did pass one another on the sidewalk. My memoir doesn’t have “a single, universal theme,” it’s more a coming-of-age memoir about loving theatre and poetry — and learning from my mistakes (there were quite a few of these!).

–Yes, very strict but I’ve let go of that by now. It seems useless to blame older generations for having older views.

Susan Joyce: Barbara, did any of the teachings ring true for you?

Barbara Alfaro: Yes, quite a few. The business about forgiveness and the golden rule.

–I’m going to take a break. Will be back before long.

Becky Corwin-Adams: Sorry I missed the party. I was out getting a new tattoo. My son lives near Hagerstown. His house is actually in WV. Is that near you?

Julie Haigh: Wow Becky, is that your third now?

Susan Joyce: Barbara, I must say, I’m blown away by the attitude of US churches regarding the influx of young immigrants into the US. If churches (most are financially well off) encouraged members to practice what Jesus taught in the Golden Rule … “do unto others” … surely Americans would welcome these innocent children with open arms. Wish more people realized the importance of kindness.

Becky Corwin-Adams: Yes, Julie, my third in 30 days. I think it is my way of dealing with grief. I want to get one more sometime – a stack of books.

–Susan, our local mayor is trying to get some of the immigrant children to come to Dayton. It has caused a huge debate and there have already been protestors from across the state show up in Dayton.

Linda Kovic-Skow: Hello Barbara Alfaro. Your story sounds very interesting and it’s obviously well-written – congratulations on your IndieReader award! You and my daughter share the love of the theatre. She’s currently working in Hollywood as a coordinator for television commercials. Do you have children of your own? Are they interested in the theatre too?

Janet Givens: Oh Susan, you have touched on a topic that breaks my heart. Obama has asked my state how many we can absorb and our governor I s looking into it now. It may well be that we’ll build a new underground RR system, like we had in the 1800s

–Wow, Linda. I missed the IndieReader award. Barbara Alfaro, can you tell us how that works? Nominations? Entry fees? Annual? So many questions. So little time. And, congratulations!

Nancy McBride: We, in Massachusetts, are also considering taking in some of the children. We absorbed lots of folks who were refugees after Hurricane Katrina, too.

–Barbara, tell us more about your Mother and your feelings about her mirror.

Janet Givens: Great question, Nancy. Barbara is taking a little break. I’m also eager to hear more about her memoir.

Diane Eliott ExperienceOlvera: goats back early so I could re charge Hugh. is it wine ‘o’clock yet???

Julie Haigh: Definitely wine o clock-we’ll just have a quick snifter while Barbara get’s back

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Julie Haigh: Any requests? we’ll have a quick singsong while we wait

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Bambi Flanner: Diane Eliott ExperienceOlvera you should get those little goats some little backpacks and have them carry wine around for you all day.

–Julie,how about something bluesy?

Valerie Robson: Hi there all, power went off a few hours ago so went and had a little nap… Got up and lit the candles etc and guess what? Yesss, it came back on yay. so will watch what is happening xxx

–PS it is 8pm here if anyone was at all interested… xxx

Julie Haigh: Like Stormy Weather, My Funny Valentine or St Louis Blues or something Bambi?

Bambi Flanner: Maybe some St. Louis Blues. We’ll take a short intermission.

–Entertainment is here.

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Nancy McBride: Barbara! Come back, soon! We need you!!!

Diane Eliott ExperienceOlvera: good idea Bambi. bluesy ‘Georgia, Georgia, the whole day through’ can’t remember the rest! or ‘ you are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey, you never know dear how much I love you, please don’t take my sunshine away’. boom boom, best add water with the wine!

Bambi Flanner: Lady sings the blues!

–NO water with the wine, methinks.

Barbara Alfaro: Becky, I’m not too near WV. I’m minutes away from Delaware.

–Susan, I totally agree with that.

Nancy McBride: Welcome back! Check back through the thread (affectionately called fred), and fill in the cracks for us?

Barbara Alfaro: Becky and Susan, It would be helpful if some would stop referring to people and children as “aliens.”

–Hi Linda, Sadly, no children. But lots of wonderful pets (none have expressed an interest in theatre!).

Nancy McBride: Its a terrible situation. these kids are already totally traumatized.

–Barbara, we’re a bunch of pet lovers, on WLM, tell us about your tribe!

Barbara Alfaro: Janet, Go to IndieReader.com for the whole story. The entry fee is pretty hefty but might be worth it. It is an annual competition. Thanks for the congrats!

Janet Givens: Oh dear. The party has started up again, just as I’m called back outside. No rest for the yadda, yadda, yadda. Hope you’re still going string in a few hours. Barbara Alfaro, did you know you signed up for a marathon? Two hours. I’ll be back.

Bambi Flanner: Barbara, what kind of pets do you have?

Nancy McBride: What was the most difficult part of writing your memoir? And what was the best part?

Susan Joyce: Good question, Nancy!

Bambi Flanner: Barbara, can I get you some wine? Or perhaps something a bit stronger?

Barbara Alfaro: Nancy, My mother was very sweet by nature. She had a beautiful singing voice, probably could have sung professionally. Here’s an excerpt from my memoir about the mirror – “I can still see my mother’s jeweled comb, brush, and hand mirror on her silver vanity tray. How special they seemed to me as a child. How special they seem to me now. I remember being afraid to touch these objects because they seemed so beautiful and so only for grownups.”

Bambi Flanner: Beautifully written. Have you turned out like your mom do you think? I swore I would never be like my mom, but every day I’m more and more like her in spite of myself.

Nancy McBride: My mom had one, too! And I admired it, but never touched it. She was such a lady, with a delightful sense of humor. Tell us more about your mom.

Barbara Alfaro: Nancy, I think I’m catching up but if I missed anyone’s question, perhaps they could post it again.

–Bambi, That’s quite a question. I think I’m like in some ways, maybe gentleness? But I also think I’m much more independent than she was. Yes, I think this is so.

Nancy McBride: We asked about your pets/tribe… tell us about them!

Barbara Alfaro: Okay, almost always cats but my husband is allergic to cats so after he and I were together for two years, I had to give my darling Russian Blues up for adoption. Victor’s joke was he was afraid it would be like “Sophie’s Choice” and he wasn’t sure I’d choose him. After all, I knew my cats Tania and Puck for 10 years and I only knew Victor for one. The cats were followed by a little pug mix named Ollie who was the calmest little guy in the world. After Ollie came Pip, the little chap in the profile photo with me and Victor. Pip passed away last month so I’m crying a lot.

–Is there any chilled white wine available?

Susan Joyce: Barbara, happy to get you some.

Nancy McBride: so hard to lose a beloved pet. Thanks for sharing that… Getting another dog?

–I’ll bet Victor is relieved, but still tough choice…

Susan Joyce: Wine time! Help yourself.

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Julie Haigh: There you are Barbara-dive right in there’s plenty!

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Susan Joyce: Losing pets is difficult. They’re wonderful teachers. Speaking of pets, it’s time to walk dogs here. Barbara, thanks for your time today. I’ll be checking out some of your plays. I’ve written a couple for children, so am curious to read some of yours. Back in a bit.

Barbara Alfaro: Susan and Julie, Thanks for the lovely wine. And everyone, thanks for the great questions. It was fun!

Bambi Flanner: Thank you for spending part of your day with us today Barbara. It was great to get to know you better. You’ve been wonderful.

Victoria Twead: Barbara Alfaro, thank you so much for the chat, and for taking the time out to talk to us. Always lovely to get to know our authors better. When you have a moment, please choose and announce two prizewinners for your book.

Diane Eliott ExperienceOlvera: still practicing my tap dance for the entertainment break thank you Barbara for your time

Bambi Flanner: I’ll tap with you Diane, we can have a duo! But I insist we get those neat hats. And maybe a cane?

–Shuffle ball change, shuffle ball change.

Julie Haigh: Thanks very much Barbara, hope you have enjoyed your day in the Spotlight.

Diane Eliott ExperienceOlvera: ‘ I got rhythm, I music’ oh yes Bambi we are hot to trot

Bambi Flanner: Who need fire twirlers when you have us? We’ll entertain the troops.

Nancy McBride: The Europeans, with exception, fade out about now, but the Aussies, Sa and USA are still here!

–Where do you get your inspirations for your plays? And tell us more about your poetry!!!

Bambi Flanner: Nancy McBride? You still here?

Janet Givens: Two firs down and hauled off to the bonfire site (some year I’ll have a big bonfire party), my bench seat at the pond weeded and mulched, and a few areas mowed. I’m back. Where’d everybody go?

–Hey Bambi. That white wine looked quite good. Have more?

Nancy McBride: I pulled bolted cilantro and dill until it got too hot. later I’ll plant new lettuce and Swiss chard… anon…

Victoria Twead: Barbara Alfaro has officially left the building but has promised to choose two prizewinners for Mirror Talk.

Bambi Flanner: The white whine was fabulous! I drunk it all. I’ll see if I can find more. Diane and I are going to tap dance for you lot soon, so don’t drink too much.

–Nancy, can you tell us about the lettuce? How much will you plant?

Nancy McBride: New thread?

Janet Givens: Yes. I do believe ill chat a bit with my hubs who’s worked hard today. So, ta at all.

Karen Knight: Thank you Barbara for a very interesting Fred. Xxx

Nancy McBride: Yes, thanks, Barbara.

Bambi Flanner: Bye Janet.

Victoria Twead: Barbara has announced her WINNERS! They are Linda Kovic-Skow and Janet Givens. Congratulations! Barbara Alfaro will be in touch with you via email.

Karen Knight: Congratulations to Linda and Janet x

Julie Haigh: Congratulations Linda Kovic-Skow and Janet Givens-you are winners! Enjoy!

Susan Joyce: Congratulations to our winners, Linda Kovic-Skow and Janet Givens! Enjoy!

Good night all! Thanks Barbara for your time!

Barbara Alfaro: Susan, It was great fun!

Janet Givens: I’m thrilled to have won a copy of Barbara’s book. Barbara, I’ll DM you. Thank you.

Susan Joyce: Congratulations to Janet Givens and Linda Kovic-Skow! You’re winners!

Bambi Flanner: Congratulations Nancy McBride and Linda Kovic-Skow! Lucky girls!

Nancy McBride: I wasn’t one, Janet and Linda Kovic-Skow were! XO

Bambi Flanner: Oh, my bad. Lucky girls!

Terry Bryan: Janet Givens and Linda Linda Kovic-Skow

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Linda Kovic-Skow: Wow! I’m so honored Barbara Alfaro Thank you so much for a copy of your book. I can’t wait to read it! I’m sure my daughter will be interested too!

Frankie Knight: Congratulations, Janet and Linda!!! Wooo Hooo!

 

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