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In order to play this video podcast, please hit "PLAY IN POPUP." Awhile ago, an ego bloated guy walked up to a pressman and said, "I'm going to put you out of business." Of course, he was joking. He was a blogger with only snippets of posts --opinions on stuff he had caged from other blogs. While blogging has seriously made a dent in the newspaper business --I could go into what Warren Buffett wrote in his annual report about their future, perhaps most bloggers don't understand that much of what they write about is gleaned from journalists who either still work for the newspapers, or did.

Anyway, here are some photos of the LA Times Pressmen. Many of them were laid off this week, and it's amazing to look back in the day when the newspapers --both morning and late afternoon editions were our primary source of information (other than the radio and TV). Here are some photos of them, their history. While blogging might take the place of some of it, I can't help but think how great it was to have camaraderie of this closeness, as most bloggers sit alone at their computers with nary a person to talk to and aren't necessarily working for some common goal.

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It's been so long, so let's not waste any time. Here's something around 7 minutes long that I think you'll like.

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Water On Glass

This is a favorite poem I wrote many years ago. Those who have known me long enough might have heard it at a reading or seen it in print in a chapbook. I still like it very much.

The Story Of Red

Golly. This is my very first podcast. Exhausting. Please, I'll take the gin. This is a story about a girl named Ava, who goes from childhood through adulthood with her mother and three aunts and their obsession with the color red.

Get your coffee and croissant now ...or your gin. Sit back and listen. It's about 12 minutes or so. Enjoy! I'll post it on The Storytellers Blog as soon as I figure out how to do it.

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Leave it to Kim Ayres of Scotland to get me to open up Garage Band on my Mac. Mind you, I've had Macs for ages, but never saw any reason to venture into yet another program I'd have to figure out.

Until Kim, the pirate-guy with the voice that sounds like it should be purchased by some swanky company to sell luxury automobiles, came up with The StoryTellers Blog.

He's done an incredible amount of work with Eryl Shields to get this audio blog going, and you'll enjoy hearing the stories on there. My first podcast will be a 12 minutes reading of my flash fiction story, "The Story of Red." Flash fiction here in the USA means anything less than 2000 words. Which, by the way, is the usual length of time for an aural tale, so this fits nicely over there. I'll post my first attempt at podcasting soon. It's a bit more complicated than I thought. Garrr....