Episode 86 – “Juvenile Hall, Dungeons And Dragons With Hank Mattimore!”

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Hank Mattimore

The author is a parent, foster parent and a surrogate grandpa for twenty-four abused and neglected kids. A long-time newspaper columnist and author of four books, his career includes working with children, older adults and persons living with AIDS. He writes from a spiritual perspective about life,love and the human condition.

Books include: Grandpa to a Children’s Village
Figuring It Out as I Go Along: Thoughts on Kids and the God Within
The Priest Who Couldn’t Cheat
Life’s a Growin’ Thing
Hank is also a former priest who wrote about that experience in The Priest who Couldn’t cheat.

I’ve been considering Natalie Goldberg’s idea that writing is a form of meditation or even a way to access the spiritual side of our lives, what do you think of that idea?

You self publish and use small presses, what has your publication experience been?

When did you start writing? What was that process like for you?

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Peeping Tom

(PEE-ping tom)

noun: Someone who gets sexual pleasure from secretly watching others; voyeur.

From the legend of Lady Godiva who rode unclothed through the streets of Coventry, England to persuade her husband to lower taxes on the people. All the townfolk shuttered their windows, except for a tailor named Tom who couldn’t resist and watched. Earliest documented use: 1769.

“A peeping Tom who used a stealth camera to photograph up the skirt of a cabin attendant during a flight last month has avoided charges.”
Airborne Peeping Tom Photog Slips Through Jurisdictional Cracks; The Japan Times (Tokyo); Oct 13, 2012.

Tortured sentences

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