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by David "Cat" Cohen
Published: 2014-10-19

Greetings!  I hope everyone is enjoying the arrival of fall, such as it is.  This is a short communication in between my regular newsletters with a few things I’d like to share with you. Feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested.

 

Here’s a bit of weather news and some personal October happenings in my desert turf.  Feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested.

 

At long last, the crispness of autumn weather has arrived

After the most humid summer I remember in my over six decades of California living, I’m welcoming the cooler, dryer climate of fall.  Finally, the parade of Mexican tropical monsoon weather into our midst has been reversed.  This week, the jet stream dipped south of us for the first time in months and brought us some much-needed relief.  At my elevation of 3000 feet, the nights have gone down to fifty degrees.  I’m starting to make the transition from air conditioning to heating.  Fortunately, I have almost a cord of lumber stacked waiting for my wood-burning stove.  I know better than to think that hot temps are over.  We still have a few weeks of gyrating weather patterns common during this time of year, but at least the nights will cool off.

 

It’s my birthday and I’ll celebrate if I want to

On October 1st, I will be 68 years young.  For some people, becoming a year older is a drag.  For me it is a privilege.  I have a unique perspective having been told by my doctors almost 30 years ago that I would be lucky to live to the age of 40.  During the AIDS epidemic I saw many of my friends and two long-term partners succumb to this disease.  I am a testament to survival skills and a positive attitude. 

 

October performances for my One Man Orchestra

 

Oct 3 – I’ll be playing jazz, blues, country, and international favorites at Rose & Buster’s Wine Tasting Room at 55834 29 Palms Hwy in old town Yucca Valley.  I’ll be tickling ivories in their recently redecorated establishment from 6 to 9 pm.  I get to perform some of my higher brow repertoire for the mixture of young and aging hipsters that congregate there.

 

Oct 6 and 27 – I’m presenting classic pop favorites from yesteryear as pop music therapy for the residents and patients alike at High Desert Continuing Care Center in Joshua Tree.  I’ve added some old standards such as “Birth Of The Blues” and “Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries” to my show complete with printed lyrics for everyone to follow and sing along.   This will be at its usual slot on Mondays from 2 to 3 pm. 

 

Oct 20 – I’ll be channeling Mitch Miller as I lead a sing-along for the folks at Santa Fe Assisted Living in Yucca Valley.  Since many of the residents are memory-impaired, I challenge them to name the tune, who recorded it, and what movie it was featured in.  At my last performance, a new audience member in her 70s came over and hugged me, saying that she hadn’t had so much fun in a long time.

 

I invite one and all to visit my author’s page at amazon.com

This URL showcases all eight of my self-published books.  You can find it at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00GG0QB74.  It won’t be long until my novel, The Longer Road Home, will be added to this list of available works.

 

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The Palm Springs Writers Guild launches its 2014-2015 season on October 11th

After our usual summer hiatus, the Guild resumes its general membership meetings and workshops.

 

Saturday, October 11, 2014?

?2:00 PM - 4:00 PM?

Rancho Mirage Library, Rancho Mirage CA?

 

Writing and Speaking the Truth

A Journalist’s Experience 

presented by

Fariba Nawa.

 

There will also be or first workshop entitled

The Power of Professional

Communication Skills for Writers

presented by “Creative Fireball” CINDY CARPENTER to be held on October 18th.  For more info contact the Guild’s website at www.Palmspringswritersguild.org.

I’m still consulting for songwriting clients in person in LA and over the phone 

Contact me at 818-645-4078 or 760-363-3371.  I commute to LA every other week to meet with clients, usually on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  But if we can skype or telecommute on this, I offer discounts since I don’t have travel time or gas expenses this way.  

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Keep sending me emails with your events and accomplishments and I’ll try to post them in future newsletters.  Keep making this a joyous, creative, and fulfilling 2014!

 

Ciao and meow for now,

 

[David] Cat Cohen

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