WLM Spotlight Sunday – Cherie Magnus

Cherie Magnus

Victoria Twead:

Our WLM author hails from Argentina today, and will be along later. Please welcome Cherie Magnus into the Sunday Spotlight and feel free to ask her any questions you like. As usual, 2 prizewinners will be picked. Enjoy your day, Cherie! — with Cherie Magnus.

 

Julie Haigh: Hi Cherie Magnus, hope you enjoy your spotlight today! I have your book ready on my kindle but haven’t read it yet. It sounded just up my street when I read about the content-particularly the music and dancing bit-can you tell me a bit about these aspects which are in your memoir?

Woofie Wotsit: Why Argentina, Cherie?

Sandra Lee Kuns: Cheri, what made you decide to move back to L A? I lived in Buenos Aires in my early twenties and have fond memories of dancing all night with at the clubs on weekends.

Valerie Robson ‘The Church of Tango’, what a fascinating title! I am sure I will learn more as the day goes on… xxx

Judi Bedford-Keogh: What is special about The Tango?

Frankie Knight: Why is ‘Church’ part of the title?

Valerie Robson: Judi Bedford-Keogh – are you asking about the book, or the dance? xxx

Bambi Flanner: Hi Cherie, I’m glad the spotlight is on you today. I’ve read Church of Tango, and do you have plans to continue dancing in LA?

Judi Bedford-Keogh: The dance, I mean from Cherie’s point of view. What is special about it for you

Victoria Twead: Oh dear… I know Cherie Magnus hasn’t forgotten her SS, but I guess she’s lost power or the internet or something in Buenos Aires. I’m sure she’ll be along just as soon as she can. Poor thing, I bet she’ll be stressed when she finally comes online.

Valerie Robson: In the meanwhile… @Judi – to me The Tango is pure sex that anyone can watch, and really feel, the power of dance… a writer could say it better than that… xxx

Jude Mossad: Just downloaded the book and can’t wait to start it

–I love to dance too and Argentine Tango is just a marvellous expression of raunchiness

— I would love to learn to dance the tango well

–I bet you didn’t know that Judi Bedford-Keogh that Dave and I took up ballroom and latin and few years ago?

— I had to drag him kicking and screaming to the first dance lesson, but now he loves it

–Nothing nicer than being held nose to nose by someone you like x

Sandra Lee Kuns: Did you know Finns are crazy for tango even though it’s not the Argentine variety? Every July Seinajoki transforms several square blocks downtown into a four day tango festival.

Charlotte Smith: Got purple pills ready for poor Cherie

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Sandra Lee Kuns: It’s only 8:45 in Buenos Aires.

Bambi Flanner: The argentine tango is my favorite dance. I can’t do it, but I can watch like a champion. It’s beautiful in it’s communication between 2 people, it’s so complex and tells such a story!

Valerie Robson: …i knew that someone would be able to express the emotions better than me… just love the tango… xxx

Becky Corwin-Adams: Good morning, Cherie!

Cherie Magnus: Good Morning, everyone! Thanks for your time and interest today. It’s just past 9 a.m. here in BsAs, got my coffee at hand, and am eager to delve into any questions thrown at me.

Jude Mossad: Morning Cherie Magnus

–I think you might have a few questions to catch up on

Cherie Magnus: Julie, music and dance have been the themes of my life, and during the period of CHURCH OF TANGO, were what got me through perilous times.

Julie Haigh: All styles of dance? eg ballet, ballroom etc and re the music-listening to it? or do you play an instrument/s?

Julia Merrick: Don’t stress answering Cherie, you have all day

Cherie Magnus: Woofie Wotsit, tango is danced all over the world–there is almost no pocket too small to have a tango club or some kind of tango dancing and instruction. But Argentina is where it all began over 150 years ago, and where the very best tango is danced. Every serious tango dancer has to go there at one point, and since I was living in Mexico at the time, I felt I needed to continue down south to the Land of the Tango, and I was glad I did.

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Charlotte Smith: Buenos días Cherie. Hoping to read your book soon – how long have you lived in Buenos Aires and is it as exciting as I imagine it is?

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Cherie Magnus: Sandra, After a year of living in BsAs–and yes, dancing all night every night–I met my partner, Ruben Aybar in a milonga (a tango social dance) and we competed in the Tango Championships here in 2006 and were high-ranking finalists. After that, people asked us to teach, and it was an amazing experience to share our tango with hundreds of students over the years. But I had a grandson this year, and after being an expat for 15 years, I felt I need now to be with family.

–Valerie, glad you like the title. Throughout the 10 years of writing it, I knew from the start what the title would be.

–Judi, the tango is very special in many ways. First because it is the only social dance that is danced in a tight embrace, and second, because it is the only social dance that is improvised. Even if you dance to the same song with the same partner, the dance will be different. It is never memorized, not full of patterns or steps, never boring.

–The tango can be very spiritual. Cosmic things can happen during a tango, when you can feel aligned with the music, your partner, the other dancers on the floor, the universe. You can be born anew and even healed on the dance floor.

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Jude Mossad: I can’t wait to get started on your book Cherie I downloaded it this morning. x

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Cherie Magnus: Thank you, Jude Mossad. I appreciate it and will enjoy your feedback whenever you get around to it.

— For those who are joining this discussion and haven’t read The Church of Tango, please know that it is not a “how to dance” book, or a history of tango. It is about how dancing saved my life–and really, has saved so many other lives, something I see every day here in BsAs.

Jude Mossad: Yes I get the idea and I can relate

— I love dancing too

— Argentine Tango is my favourite, but alas I haven’t mastered it yet

— when we go social dancing it is my favourite to watch those who can do it

Cherie Magnus: Jude Mossad, another fabulous thing about the tango is that it can never be mastered, always more to learn about your own dance, dancing in the “ronda” on a crowded floor, the music, and making up new steps as you go along. Dancers who have been dancing in the milongas here for 50 years say they are still learning!

–Perhaps though you are watching ballroom tango, Jude?

Jude Mossad: there is one particular couple who I would say are in their 70’s and they wait especially for the Argentine Tango to be played. It is such a joy to see them dance. They love each other so much and it is so evident in their dance. They always get a spontaneous round of applause which awakes them from the trance of the dance

— No I can do ballroom tango

–Argentine is my favourite though

–this is in the north west of England

Cherie Magnus: Most people don’t understand that “ballroom” tango–whether it’s Argentine, American or International, is completely different from the tango danced in Buenos Aires, even the music is different.

Jude Mossad: do you have any links to u tube to demonstrate Cherie?

Cherie Magnus: But the point in my memoir that any dancing is good, and before I danced the tango I did country and western, belly dancing, ballet, jazz, and was a soloist in a folklore company. When I was healing from chemo I did aerobics in France.

Jude Mossad: it would be great if you have a link to your dancing

–yes I agree – dancing is brilliant

— when I was 15 I used to go to Wigan Casino to dance to Northern Soul music

— they had a all nighter on a Saturday night

–my parents didn’t know that I was going

— we would take a few changes of clothing as we would be drenched

— I think I am going to like your book

Cherie Magnus: Absolutely. Please wait a minute: Here’s one of us doing a demo on my birthday last year

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyZ3bPBDBo0…

 

Cherie Magnus:

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGBry37AOUg

 

Julie Haigh: All the time this spotlight is going on, there is a tune going through my mind-I was trying to think what it was called-I remembered and it’s Libertango played by Yo Yo Ma-do you know it Cherie? I think it’s all the talk about Tango that was making the tune go round and round in my head-I could picture you dancing to that track.

Cherie Magnus: The one above is to show us dancing in the ronda at a milonga with lots of other dancers.

— Thanks, Julie, Yes, that’s a famous tune by Piazzola used in all the tango stage shows, I love it, very exciting, but it is not used for social dancing.

Jude Mossad: oooooh Cherie that made the hairs stand up on my arms

–just lovely

Julie Haigh: That’s the one!

Cherie Magnus: Jude, that’s how Ruben learned his tango as a child–his mom would send him to pick his father up at a milonga, and Ruben would stay and watch. Later he asked his dad for a few pointers and practiced with his male friends until he was good enough. In those days the men had to enter the milonga with shined shoes, coat and tie.

Jude Mossad: yes that is the Argentine tango I was thinking of

–here in Wigan when men were learning to dance before they got good enough to dance with a lady they were taught to dance with a chair

–How old were you cherie when you first learned to dance?

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Julie Haigh: Funny how things can just make a piece of music come to mind-I didn’t even realise I had been singing it to myself until a few mins ago! I love the cover of your book Cherie.

Cherie Magnus: Ok, that’s funny, but it’s traditional here to practice with other men until they are good enough to dance with women. That’s the way we teach too–hands on. A man has to feel what it’s like to be lead so he knows how to do it.

Jude Mossad: that’s a good idea

–I get what you are saying about improvisation – you must have to be really in tune with your partner and really familiar with the music

Cherie Magnus: Charlotte, I first came as a tango tourist to BsAs in 1997, almost before there were such things. People were impressed to see foreigners in the milongas who had traveled so far to dance their tango. I kept coming back whenever I could for a week or two whenever I could get vacation time. Then in 2003 I moved here “permanently” I thought, with my expat cat Phoebe, and one year later met Ruben.

Jude Mossad: I bet that was a great experience, being able to dance the tango too

Cherie Magnus: Jude, please don’t mind my correcting you–tango has elegance and sensuality, not raunchiness. I mean, I suppose anyone can put in whatever naughty moves they like in their bedrooms, but at a milonga, the dances are all about elegance, connection, the music, improvisation, and sensuality–not sex. At least here in Argentina. Well in other traditional tango venues too–I’ve danced all over the world (you’ll see when you read CHURCH).

Jude Mossad: No I don’t mind I stand corrected and I bow to your knowledge sensuality it is x

–You are really whetting my appetite to start reading the book

Cherie Magnus: Julie Haigh, I do play the piano for my own enjoyment and have done since I was 5. I play tango too, but I don’t have the right “style” of playing the tango in the Argentine way, unfortunately. I always wanted to take piano lessons here, but I never did.

–Jude, here in the milongas some of the best “tandas” or sets are with people you don’t know, let along like. All that matters is how you dance together. You can have 10 minutes of “love” with no obligation.

— Charlotte, I’ve lived in BsAs for more than 11 years. I think it is an exciting city in many respects–in terms of art, things to do, movements. But it is a difficult place to live. And I so miss nature and green space.

Jude Mossad: I know I will find out from your book, but where do you originate from Cherie?

Charlotte Smith: I can understand that Cherie being a nature lover

Cherie Magnus: Yes, Sandra, the Finns are mad for the tango, which I understand because it is a perfect outlet for sadness and depression–and that’s why it was born in Buenos Aires. But the Finns have their own music and dance a different way.

— Charlotte Smith, what are those purple pills? My favorite color!

Susan Joyce: Good morning Cherie, from across the pond! Happy to see you in the Sunday Spotlight.

Cherie Magnus: Hola Susan, was wondering when you’d join in!

Sandra Lee Kuns: At the aparthotel where I often stay on a south Spanish coastal town a tango show is presented one night a week. The dancers are from BA and really draw a crowd! Thanks for sharing your story of meeting your partner in one of thise great clubs. I am glad you are going back to LA for a good reason. I’m looking forward to reading your memoir.

Cherie Magnus: Jude, I was born and raised in Los Angeles, which I always loved and still do. I’ve missed it and my family all these years.

Patricia Steele: Hola, Cherie..I have always loved dancing and used the refrigerator handle as a partner as a teen. The Tango has always intrigued me and I am anxious to read your book. I’m told the Tango in US wildly differs from SA.

Susan Joyce: Cherie, since we’re neighbors and know a bit about each other, I thought I’d listen in and cheer you on. I absolutely loved your book and admire you for your sheer determination and spunk to live life to its fullest. Shine on!

Cherie Magnus: I’ve danced all over the world, and let me tell you that it’s different everywhere from that of BsAs–even the tango in Argentina outside of the capital. There are pockets which emphasize the traditional tango, of the aspects I mentioned above, but most tango communities are into showing off, doing complicated steps and figures, using alternative music, with no connection to their partners. We see these folks go into shock upon arrival in BsAs when they finally see the “real” tango.

Becky Corwin-Adams: I used to be a square dancer and round dancer, does that count? I am working on a book about my experiences as a dancer.

Cherie Magnus: Becky Corwin-Adams, I just finished a prequel to CHURCH, which is about ballet and modern dance. Maybe we can do a review exchange?

–Someone mentioned the cover of CHURCH. The painting on it is by a Mexican artist, Santiago Corral, and those are my tango shoes. He painted it when I lived in San Miguel de Allende, and it hung in a museum in Queretero for a month before I brought it here to BsAs.

Becky Corwin-Adams: Sounds good, Cherie. My dance book is still in the works. I got distracted and quit writing, then I started another book about dogs. I would love to read your book!

Julie Haigh: I mentioned I loved the cover Cherie-it’s very eye-catching with the deep pink main colour too.

Cherie Magnus: Thanks, Julie. The designer used an altar cloth background, and I think it turned out perfect.

–There’s a chapter on Country ‘n Western dancing too that lots of folks found hilarious, but cowboy boots on the cover would give the wrong impression.

Susan Joyce: Cherie, knowing you are a cancer survivor I wonder if you can speak about the way dance helped you heal.

Charlotte Smith: My favourite colour too Cherie and those purple pills will do anything you want them to

Cherie Magnus: When my first breast cancer was diagnosed, it was already advanced. So I had to have all the very heavy-duty treatments that gave me chemo-brain and exhaustion. I had been dancing C&W nightly since my husband died (of cancer), and with my cancer treatments I couldn’t do anything, not even read. What saved me then was love for a Frenchman I had met in Paris when I went to France to bury my husband. I ended up having my 5th chemo in Hopital San Luis in Paris to be with Olivier. But during my recuperation in Evian-les-Bains, I was helped enormously by joining in the village gym club and exercising to traditional French music 3 times per week.

Dodie Shea: Good morning Cherie. I’ve been busy catching up. Your dancing is beautiful. I’m certain it makes everyone wish they could do the tango! I can’t wait to read your book.

Cherie Magnus: When the second cancer hit, I was living in Mexico, and flamenco was the way I kept going.

Bambi Flanner: Ah Cherie! I had forgotten Olivier. Have you heard of him, or from him?

Cherie Magnus: In 2005 I went back to France to renew the lease on my husband’s grave in Evian, and I saw Olivier then. We had lunch in Paris. I’m afraid by then he had gone completely nuts (but I don’t want to reveal any “spoilers.”)

Susan Joyce: Champagne for our Sunday Star.

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Susan Joyce And a little something to nosh on.

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Nancy McBride: Ah, the men in our lives… “…by then he’d gone completely nuts…” But then without these various traumas of loves and health debacles, where would the memoirs be? Except for the occasional alpaca or chicken, of course! Can’t wait to read it! Hugs from Maine…

Becky Corwin-Adams: I have never heard of renewing a lease on a grave. I am afraid to ask what happens if you forget?

Cherie Magnus: Hey hey, I’m ready! But all I’ve got is juice ‘n crackers!

Susan Joyce: With your imagination, you can turn water into wine, juice into champagne, and top your crackers with this spread.

Charlotte Smith: When is your birthday Cherie? Can I put the date on my WLM fireman calendar?

Cherie Magnus: Becky Corwin-Adams, usually in other countries a grave site is only leased, not purchased like in the U.S. So when the time’s up and no one comes forward to renew it, the grave is considered abandoned, and is recycled. The contents are removed to a common area inside the cemetery. Here’s a photo of my husband’s burial in France:

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Cherie Magnus: Charlotte, by all means put me on your fireman’s calendar for March 23!

Becky Corwin-Adams: Thanks for explaining, Cherie. I am fascinated by learning about customs in other countries.

Susan Joyce: Cherie, what age were your sons when your husband died?

Charlotte Smith: Thanks Cherie – here’s your fireman

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Cherie Magnus: Susan Joyce, my sons were 19 and 22, the youngest, Jason, just had returned from a 6 week tour with the Hartford Ballet dancing all over Central and South America, and Adam, from the Spoleto Festival in Italy.

Susan Joyce: Do they still dance?

Cherie Magnus: Adam is a musician, who now teaches in Northern California, and Jason is a champion in Ju Jitsu and Muy Thai.

Gramma Lupcho: Hi Cherie, sad to say I was born with two left feet, so dancing is not my forte altho I can manage a slow dance!! I am anxious to read your book. We vacationed in BA once and I was fascinated by the city and surrounds. The tango dancing we saw was very entertaining and very moving…poetry in motion.

Cherie Magnus: Gramma, it sounds simplistic, but trust me it’s true: if you can walk, you can dance tango. As Ruben says, the music enters your ears, goes to your heart, which makes your feet move–a process of gravity. Ordinary people of all ages and capabilities dance tango here in BsAs–some even with Parkingson’s, a few dance with a cane. The music fills your heart and makes you dance.

Cherry Gregory: Hi Cherie. Just been reading your thread and it’s been great to read about your tango dancing. I love dancing but I’m with Gramma…I have two left feet and I seem to dance to a different rhythm than everybody else. Luckily, my daughter hasn’t taken after me and likes to dance before an exam as she says it helps her relax and makes her brain work better.

Cherie Magnus: Dancing helps whatever ails you, but if you listen to tango music and walk to it, you are dancing it. I can’t tell you how many students we’ve had who start their lessons talking about their 2 left feet, leave the class dancing. But first there has to be the desire to do so. Everyone CAN dance, but not everyone wants to as adults. (All kids want to!)

Steven Whitacre: It’s amazing how music can heal the soul. You now have me wishing I had signed up for Tango lessons with the wife earlier this Summer (she ended up taking Belly Dancing)! We’ve learned a few other Latin dances but I like the idea that there are no set steps and you can make it up as you go along. That’s my kind of dance! (and I’m no dancer.. hated it when I was a kid and never comfortable with it as an adult)

Cherie Magnus: Steven, give it a chance, you won’t be sorry. Just be sure you study the real thing, and not ballroom if you like the freedom I described.

Steven Whitacre: Well I suspect they only teach the ballroom style here. How difficult is it to be able to switch back and forth? When we took Salsa, we learned the steps but when we went to the “salsa meet-ups”, it was pretty much a free-for-all

Cherie Magnus: Where do you live?

Patricia Steele: Just downloaded your book, Cherie Magnus and it grabbed me immediately! I feel like I am in Paris with you!

Steven Whitacre: Cherie I’m in the Seattle Area up in Washington

Cherie Magnus: Thank you so much, Patricia Steele! I hope you enjoy my story.

–Steven, you ARE in luck! Seattle has one of the most vibrant authentic tango scenes in North America! There are festivals, good teachers, and lots of milongas!

–Steven, http://allseattletango.com/ and http://www.the8thstyle.com/home

Steven Whitacre: thanks!

Cherie Magnus: My pleasure, Steven Whitacre. Our students call us the Johnny Appleseeds of tango!

Terry Bryan: Hi Cheri, I enjoyed watching the YouTube videos of y’all dancing. Thanks!

Sandra Lee Kuns: I just got back from my local community church where I was amazed to find the subject discussed was dancing. The name given to the actual sermon was “Spirit Life: Dancing in Step with God “. At the follow up coffee social I just had to tell the guest speaker about this thread. She said when I left she would be watching me, to see me dancing away instead of walking out. I did take ballet for many years but thought a pirouette might cause some cause for doubt of my mental stability from those that hadn’t heard the conversation. We ‘ll just say I exited in a graceful manner. Your videos are lovely, by the way and yes the dance group in Spain puts on more of a show than the traditional tango as danced in BA.

Cherie Magnus: What a fantastic comment! Thanks so much! Yup, pirouettes are healthy and life-affirming!

Linda Kovic-Skow: What in interesting interview Cherie Magnus. My husband and I took dancing lessons – Swing, Rumba, and Salsa. I loved every minute of it. Now that we’re in Arizona, I want to work on our ‘Two Step.’ Anyway, back to you. I too love your cover and your book intrigues me. I went to download, but got confused. Can you explain why you have two versions of your eBook available? Thanks,

Cherie Magnus: Linda, there are several ebook versions–the most popular one is for Kindle, but it’s available in other formats too. Which format do you want?

Linda Kovic-Skow: There are two versions for Kindle on the US site. Is one a newer edition? http://www.amazon.com/Church…/dp/B00K1GWTBQ/ref=sr_1_1…

–Oh, and please do tell Cherie Magnus, who’s the man with you in the picture on the boat on Facebook?

Cherie Magnus: They’re both the same price, but I would go for the first one, published by Mirasol Press. They are both the same edition.

Cherie Magnus: That’s my partner in life and tango–Ruben Aybar. People say he’s worth the trip to BsAs to dance with him, and I have to agree.

–The Church of Tango is dedicated to him.

— For those who watched some clips of us dancing earlier in this thread, here’s one from 2006 that shows how a beautiful, traditional milonga in BsAs works:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo-N38VRcqs

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Linda Kovic-Skow: Awww Cherie Magnus, how wonderful. Just downloaded your book and I’m looking forward to the read

Cherie Magnus: Thank you so much, Linda. I do hope you enjoy it.

Patricia Steele: Lived the Tango video and I am spending the day reading your book! It is already a delightful read, Cherie Magnus

Bambi Flanner: Just so I’m straight on this, once nobody shows up to pay the rent on your final resting place, you’re evicted? So, then I guess it’s a semi-final resting place. Or a pre-final resting place. They would have to evict my old bones, nobody would pay the rent! I wonder who is paying the rent on Jim Morrison’s old bones.

–So when you get back to LA will you be teaching? How soon are you leaving BA?

Cherie Magnus: I think Jim Morrison has rent paid in perpetuity–the biggest attraction of the Pere LaChaise cemetery, bringing thousands of tourists every year. My dear Jack in a little village cemetery on the shore of Lake Geneva not so much!

Bambi Flanner: I would much rather be on the shore of Lake Geneva. But maybe just sprinkled because it’s cheaper. lol

Charlotte Smith: Sorry Cherie – I’ve been busy today. Pets……do you have any?

Dodie Shea: What a handsome, elegant couple you make! That was so beautiful Cherie!

Julie Haigh: Sorry if you’ve already mentioned this-I’ve looked through the thread but can’t find it-but I thought I’ve seen somewhere about a prequel to Church To Tango? And would you be writing another memoir when you move back to LA?

Cherie Magnus: Bambi, I’m leaving July 1st–leaving a gorgeous apartment I’ve enjoyed for 9 years, leaving my partner who I adore, and leaving the unrivaled milongas of BsAs, for L.A. where I have no place to live. Sounds loco, no?

Gemma Murphy-Sanderson: popping in late to the party! Hi Cherie Magnus. loving the videos. I wish I could dance. are you going to LA on your own? x

Cherie Magnus: Julie Haigh, I have written a prequel to CHURCH, called ARABESQUE: Dancing on the Edge in Los Angeles, which will be published soon (just searching for a graphic artist)

Jacqueline Brown: Hi Cherie been busy out and about today so just playing catch up here. Looks like you have had a good day with lots of questions. Are you planning a new memoir about the move as it sounds quite an adventure?

Cherie Magnus: Gemma, yes, leaving on a slow plane to L.A. July 1st on my own–Ruben can’t get a visa even to visit.

Gemma Murphy-Sanderson: that is awful. x

Julie Haigh: Good-I will look out for that book as well when it comes out!

Cherie Magnus: Jacqui, there is a possibility of another prequel, but I don’t plan at the moment to write about this move.

— If anyone would like to be apprised on the publication of ARABESQUE, you can like the page: Arabesque: Dancing on the Edge in Los Angeles, where you also see photos, the cover, and read excerpts.

Jacqueline Brown: I can’t wait to get stuck into Tango after reading some of these posts! I’ve a couple of chapters left of the book I’m reading and then I’m diving in!

Bambi Flanner: Cherie, I’ve seen some pics of your apartment in BA, and it looks amazing. It would be hard to leave. As far as Ruben goes, what a perfect reason to visit BA every chance you get!

— I have to admit, after I finished Church I stalked your FB page to see how you were doing now. I did it to Frank Kusy as well. And that’s how I met Victoria. I can’t be satisfied when a book ends, I have to find out how the author is now. Hemingway doesn’t update his page very often. Lol.

Julie Haigh: Just liked your ARABESQUE page-look forward to that when it comes out

Jacqueline Brown: Ha ha Bambi, I’ve been known to stalk the odd author too When you get given so much of their life in a really good memoir it is difficult to let go!

Nancy McBride: Cherie, just catching up, now home from my weekend in Maine… What gave you the strength to make a choice to leave some level of contentment to move to LA? If that’s too private, please ignore.

Cherie Magnus: Bambi Flanner, sorry I’m no Hemingway!

Bambi Flanner: Neither was Hemingway. He was a womanizing drunk. He wrote some good stuff, but what he really had was a fantastic name. In my humble opinion.

Cherie Magnus: Nancy, I don’t know if I do have the strength, but I’m doing it the best I can. I’ve lived as an expat for 15 years, and it’s time I went home. I really feel the need to be with old friends and my new grandson, Greyson. The only family I have are my 2 sons and 2 grandsons, and because I was gone the whole lifetime of the older grandson, 15 years, now the urge to be with my family is undeniable. It was easier to make international moves like I did in CHURCH when I was younger (not young, but younger) and had a little savings from the sale of my house in Hollywood. Now with no cushion and so many years older, it’s really tough. Especially as so far I can’t find any pied de terre in Hollywood. It’s a very sticky wicket. But I’m doing it, whatever happens.

–Charlotte Smith, we have 2 fabulous parakeets–Coquito, who is trilingual, and Chiquita, which Ruben will keep. And we have a cat, Mirasol, who unfortunately was diagnosed with terminal sarcoma, and I don’t know what to do about her. The vet won’t put her down because she’s still eating, sleeping, etc. but no one will take a terminal pet. It’s a nightmare.

June Collins: Cherie Magnus, I read your comments and my heart goes out to you. I have two grandchildren living with me. Due to negative circumstances I will have to sell my lovely home in the future and my daughter-in-law and the children will have to rent a place by themselves. I am dreading it as I will miss my grandchildren so much. They bring me such joy. Keep us updated on your status as I will be thinking of you and sending positive thoughts.

Bambi Flanner: Oh June…..

Charlotte Smith: Oh poor little cat If I was there I would take her for you.

Cherie Magnus: So sorry, June Collins. Hang in there, and we’ll stay in touch.

–Thanks, Charlotte. I wish there were cat hospices.

Charlotte Smith: How complicated is it to get a cat from Argentina to Spain?

Cherie Magnus: No way any unhealthy or dying cat could get permission.

Charlotte Smith: So sad

Sandra Lee Kuns: Love the way the two of you are dancing together on your birthday at Club Espanol! Maybe Ruben will be able to visit you soon and then later choose to stay with you in LA. My Argentine boyfriend visited the US a few times and then changed his citizenship ten years ago.

Cherie Magnus: Thanks, Sandra Lee Kuns, but that’s not going to happen. Ruben has a huge family here in BsAs–5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren–who he would never permanently leave, or even leave for longer than a couple of weeks. In one way this is good, because he understands my need to be with the few family I have. But he also has none of the requirements to get even a vacation visa to visit L.A. Our government is so afraid of a latino falling off the radar and taking a job away from an American, even a 60 year old Argentine. So I hope I can return to visit some time–without that hope the scene July 1st at the airport would be like the end of Hamlet.

–As the sun sinks into the west in the Southern Hemisphere, I know that folks up north are settling in to their Sunday evenings. I just want to say a GRACIAS ENORME for all of the wonderful questions and the kind interest in me and my two memoirs, and a special thank you to those who have read or are reading The Church of Tango. I do love the Limelight! If you have any more comments or questions, please feel free to make them at any time. Meanwhile, a big BESO and an ABRAZO TANGUERO to you all from way, way down south!

Nancy McBride: Thanks immensely for sharing yourself with us, today, Cherie! Life? She is an adventure. Abrazos!

Sandra Lee Kuns: Oh, I understand how Ruban doesn’t want to leave because of family. Eduardo’s Buenos Aires family home with adjoining dental business was broken into by men with guns looking to steal. That terrifying experience was the deciding factor that brought him and his parents to the States permanently. He already had a sister and brother here and only has cousins left there now that he misses. I hope the future works out in good ways for both of you, whatever it might bring.

Julie Haigh: Amazing spotlight Cherie Magnus- all the very best to you, hope everything works out for you x

Susan Joyce: Thanks Cherie, for a wonderful day in the WLM spotlight! You’ve been GREAT!

Jacky Donovan: A great ‘fred’ I’ve just caught up on x

Frank Kusy: Me too. Looks like you’ve had a great day, Cherie, well done!

Terry Bryan: Cherie Magnus…terrific Fred.

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Cherie Magnus: My Jr Hi graduation present!

 

the following morning...

Cherry Gregory: Many thanks, Cherie.

Frankie Knight: Goodness me! Looks like I missed a really good thread yesterday! Still catching up on this…

Woofie Wotsit: Cherie Magnus, you have had it bleedin tough! I really admire you and I leave this comment for you.. “Is that all there is? Then let’s keep dancing… ”

Victoria Twead: Cherie Magnus, thanks so much for your fascinating Sunday Spotlight. Good luck with your books and all your life decisions! When you have a moment, please choose two winners and let me know.

Jude Mossad: Thanks Cherie for sharing with us – you are a wonderful person. I started your book last night and I am enjoying it immensely. I wish you all the very best for the future. x

Nancy McBride: Cherie, I love Woofie’s comment. It could be the title of your next installment!

Victoria Twead: Cherie Magnus has announced the winners of The Church of Tango… They are Sandra Lee Kuns and Steven Whitacre! Congratulations! I shall send you both your prizes.

Julie Haigh: Congratulations on winning Cherie Magnus’ book Sandra Lee Kuns and Steven Whitacre! Enjoy!

Steven Whitacre: Awesome..thanks Cherie! I look forward to reading it! (and getting my Tango on

Susan Joyce: Congratulations to Steven Whitacre and Sandra Lee Kuns! Enjoy, it’s a great read!

Frankie Knight: Congrats Steven and Sandra

Terry Bryan: Sandra Lee Kuns and Steven Whitacre

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Charlotte Smith: Well done Sandra Lee Kuns and Steven Whitacre

Cherry Gregory: Congrats to Steven and Sandra!

Sandra Lee Kuns: Thank you so much Cheri for giving me your church book. I feel honored and am really looking forward to reading this memoir. Thank you all on WLM as well for your contributions and congratulations!

 

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