First, thanks to you all for your attention and kind words over the last five years, especially those who’ve commented on the recent changes in my life.
Thanks even to those with less than kind words because you kept me on my toes, got my juices flowing, and gave me the pleasure of meaningless, misdirected, and, I think, harmless anger.
I’ve loved writing this column/blog more than anything else I’ve ever worked on, including myriad TV series, a few feature films, hundreds of short stories and magazine articles, and, yes, even my poetry books.
If there’s one thing I absolutely do not want to happen in my life, it’s lose the communication I’ve had with all of the LIVE! FROM PARADISE! readers. So here’s the situation.
Gwen and yours truly Larry B are comfortably ensconced in Paradise Sound, and my health is about 90% normal. Basically, I feel great.
Because I feel great, and because Gwen loves it here so much, I’m going to take the time here – as I did in Arkansas – to not write about our new digs (don’t yet know if we can call ‘em a new home or not) until I’ve lived here awhile and gotten to know enough people and places, and had enough adventures (and misadventures) to make what I’ve got to say interesting.
In the Ozarks, that took 2 and a half years. I’m hoping to be able to shorten the time span this time around because I’m 65 years old, have had two heart attacks (32 years apart!), and, well, you know.
In the meantime, I’ve created a blog on Salon.Com and will be reposting the material from this site there a couple of days a week. Re-edited so that, I hope, various typos and grammatical misconstructions and the weird characters that seem to show up on Word Press from time to time will be gone. And when I start writing more about our new lifestyle I’ll post it there too.
The URL for the Salon.Com blog, called – how shocking – “Larry Brody’s LIVE FROM PARADISE” is http://open.salon.com/blog/larry_b and I hope you’ll all visit there and rediscover old Paradise friends as well as find new ones.
Special thanks to my friends at Gannett Newspapers who made the original column possible: Betty Barker Smith, Janelle House, and Sonny Garrett.
Special “warning” to all who read this: I’ve created an e-mail list of everyone who has written, called, or otherwise contacted me about LIVE and will be keeping y’all informed on what’s happening via it. Starting (and this is the real warning) today when you’ll get this same info in your e-mail box so you know what’s up.
Back in the 1950s, the musical duo of Mickey and Sylvia sang, “Love is strange.”
Here and now, in the 2010s, I’ve learned that life is stranger still.
Wouldn’t have it any other way.