Meet the Writer

We hosted the first "Meet the Writer Luncheon" January 31, 2012 at OasisCloud Café. James Tipton suggested this idea to us and he was the author for our first luncheon. We hosted 42 luncheons over the next 3 years and had many memorable moments in the process.

We hope to have details and photos about all 42 luncheons here on the site soon.

Meet the Writer luncheon with Jim Rambo

Life, Love, and the Law

Jim Rambo is a retired chief prosecutor for the Attorney General of Delaware whom, among his other efforts, tried forty murder cases on both the defense and state sides of the law during his thirty-year career. Jim was born and grew up in Wilmington, Delaware during the 1940s and 1950s. A number of the stories in his book, “Let My Record Reflect” are grounded in that “city kid” experience, his later legal life, and finally, his retirement to the Mexican mountains. Jim is the winner of a number… Read more »

Artists' Philosophies with Lois Schroff

Physical and Spiritual Experiences of Color: Theapeutic and Artistic Aspects

Lois Schroff

From the pages of my new book, Physical and Spiritual Experiences of Color: Theapeutic and Artistic Aspects, I have chosen two artists to highlight. Goethe, the literary giant, best known as the creator of the two-part play, THE TRAGEDY OF FAUST. The other is artist Rudolf Steiner, public speaker, philosopher, painter, writer of books and plays, sculptor, architect, founder of new arts of dance, of agriculture, of drawing, of education, of Christian ritual, and of social reform. Each of these… Read more »

Meet the Writer luncheon with David Bryen

An Erotic Encounter with the Divine Feminine

David Bryen

David Bryen will read from his book: “The Man Loves the Wine She Serves Through Her Body: An Erotic Encounter with the Divine Feminine”. Emerson wrote “In silence we must wrap up much of our life, because it is too fine for speech, because also we cannot explain it to others, and because we somewhat cannot yet understand.” David Bryen retired to Ajijic three years ago from a 36 year practice as a depth psychotherapist and marriage counselor. His book celebrates the struggle and ecstasy… Read more »

Meet the Writer luncheon with David Adamson Harper

How Teddy Took Panama

David Adamson Harper

"How Teddy Took Panama" is an historical novel about the original (1903) Panama Canal Treaty and the secession of Panama from the United States of Colombia that made it all possible. In a novel form it answers the questions that historians have only been able to postulate. My hero Jack Quinn works directly for President Teddy Roosevelt as a secret service agent and the secession of Panama from Colombia is managed by them. Along the way Jack falls in love with a beautiful Panamanian woman and… Read more »

Meet the Writer luncheon with Bill Sanders

Crossing Borders (and Other Boundaries)

Bill Sanders

On the surface, this is the story of an Arctic-to-Cape Horn journey the presenter took with his first wife in 1970-71: rollicking stories, cultural insights, arresting vignettes around numerous bends in the road. On a deeper level, it's a story of difficulties on many levels – and of two individuals' attempts to deal with them. Ultimately, it's a story of human growth – and, at crucial times, the lack of it. The presentation will include nine (mostly brief) snippets, preceded by background… Read more »

Meet the Writer luncheon with Gary Fuller

Writing With Emotion

Garry Fuller

Dr. Gary Fuller will be discussing “Writing With Emotion,” and will read examples of various techniques from his current novel, “Lethal Conspiracy”. Writing with emotion is not just writing about or describing emotion, but creating images and conveying feelings in the reader’s mind. Dr. Fuller has a BA in Journalism, has been published in many newspapers and several magazines in the U.S. He completed an internship in both radio and TV broadcasting with ABC News. He served in the U.S. Air Force… Read more »

Meet the Writer luncheon with Robert Drynan

Fiction must tell Truth

Robert Drynan

Robert Bruce Drynan's writing career began at age fourteen with a history of the American Civil War. Later, he destroyed his first literary effort. One of his characters in this collection comments, "Telling a story is never enough if the writer hasn't experienced life." Experience began with failure: flunking out of college, and the loss of an athletic scholarship. But things quickly changed for the better ... military service in Germany at the peak of the Cold War, redemption, a graduate school… Read more »

Mel Goldberg

After earning a BA and an MA in English, Mel taught literature and writing in California, Illinois, and Arizona and as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher at Stranground College in Cambridgeshire, England. His first book of poetry and photography, The Cyclic Path, was published in 1990. In 2001, he published Sedona Poems for the Sedona, Arizona, centennial. In 2003 iUniverse published his first novel, Choices. His stories and poetry appear regularly in print and online. Mel and professional artist Bev… Read more »

Meet the Writer luncheon with Rosemary Dineen

Welcome to the Unknown

Rosemary Dineen

We hosted our third "Meet the Writer Luncheon" with Rosemary Dineen on Wednesday March 22. We had a packed house again, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed Rosemay's presentation and readings from her book "Welcome to the Unknown". Rosemary is a new and distinctive voice among Lakeside poets, one deserving of our attention and respect. Much of the strength in her voice derives from the person herself, for she is a marvel. Here is a woman who had the audacity and courage at the age of 76 to leave her… Read more »

Meet the Writer luncheon with Michael Warren

A Particular Blue

Michael Warren

We hosted our second "Meet the Writer Luncheon" with Michael Warren on Wednesday February 22. We had a full house on Wednesday, February 22, and everyone enjoyed Michael's readings from his book, "A Particular Blue", as well as new unpublished poems. Michael Warren grew up in London, England, on Baker Street where Sherlock Holmes used to hang out. He moved to Toronto in 1972, and then to Ajijic in 2000. Michael was a member of the "Blue Asterisks" poetry workshop for 7 years in Canada, and also… Read more »