Interview: Mike Friedman

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Introducing Mike ....

I first met Mike on another writing site several years ago. That ended up being quite a fiasco actually and "would make for a good hub" one day!

The wonderful news is that I made a lifelong friend! In addition to being one of the most creative writers I know Mike is a real teddy bear. He is protective, caring and supportive to all the women of HubPages who frequent his Quinn Moosebroker Mystery series.

Mike is a consummate gentleman, and it is my privilege indeed to present this amazingly insightful interview with mckbirdbks.

Congratulations to Mike for being named The Best HubPages Fiction Writer in the 2013 and 2012 Hubbie Awards...!



California Mission

Kate and Mike Friedman, 1996, 4th Grade Project
Kate and Mike Friedman, 1996, 4th Grade Project | Source

The Times I'm Most Joyful


If you asked every member of my family and extended family this question about me, no one could provide an answer. Recently my youngest posted a photo on Facebook of ‘our’ fourth grade ‘California Mission’ project, which sixteen years later resides at the same school it was submitted to. That it still exists and that she cared enough to share it brought me joy.

Something I'd like to learn to do... Ciao, VORREI imparare l'italiano

The times I'm most creative are... 10 pm to 6 am

If You Peeked in my Closet

Coming Out of the Closet
Coming Out of the Closet | Source

My Favorite Book

and why... Easy question. “Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert A. Heinlein is my favorite book. Why? Now that’s tougher. It arrived in my possession the second week of basic training. I spent many an hour with it in between running up and down hills with a full pack and KP duty. It taught me that it is better to laugh at things. The message was important to me then as it is now. It taught me to question things people told me. It provided my first adult conversation.

Where Did I Put that Book?
Where Did I Put that Book? | Source

Best Advice to a New Writer

This is a really tough question. Any answer I give makes it sound like I might know something. I think two things would stand as advice. The first is to write what you know about. The second in the value of quotation marks; anything between quotation marks is exempt from all the rules of the language, because people do not always speak ‘by the rules’. And this is not a rule, but I suggest that you write for yourself first.

About Writing...

What subjects / genres are you best at writing/ about? I am known on hubpages for writing a story about things that ‘might could’ happen at a Texas Cafe, a roadside stop just off the highway, on the way to nowhere. I have been told that I write about the mundane. That the story is about ‘nothing’, but to me the story is about life, and about good people.

Whether I am best at this genre or not is questionable. My view is that the more compelling stories are ‘better’.

About the poetry: A quote from an anonymous source called me a ‘rhymer’, which is just not fair, can’t help that I’m square, held up in this lair, eating a pear, which is neither here nor there, ok I’ll stop I swear, because I can just not bear to be this debonair.

What would be a subject/ genre that would challenge your current writing efforts? Or are you perfectly happy with where you are...

Some writers are in tune with themselves; they easily draw from their emotions and can get their thoughts and feelings onto paper. I place myself at a distance, as the narrator, the characters have their thoughts and their feelings. An odd thought, I am not the hero in my stories.

Can you take us to your favorite piece of writing on HubPages...

Genna East has cut words from stone as fine as any diamond cutter in her “Daniel of Lucid Dreams…A Poem” her metaphor is of the highest caliber. Her images are sublime and Mickey Dee’s, “Semper Fi Rodney Watson – The Duke of Earl” is a work of art that has left a lasting impression. I feel each of these works is award worthy and well worth your time to read.


Song(s) That Tell Us About You

No one song defines me. Not even close. Nothing could sum me up in three and a half minutes. I have selected a song. It is a recurring theme in the least significant part of my history.

Johnny Paycheck: Take this Job and Shove it

This is the music I would pick for the DVD that will eventually be made.

Mason Williams: Classical Gas

Taking the picture with one hand while balancing the belt was a trick in itself ....
Taking the picture with one hand while balancing the belt was a trick in itself .... | Source

My Secret Talent

Oh, that I had a secret talent. OK here it is. I can take a piece of wood, balance it on the tip of my finger, extended away from my fingertip with a man’s leather belt draped over the piece of wood and the piece of wood nor the belt will fall to the ground thus defying gravity. The trick amazes those under eight years old.

Some advice to my younger self...I don’t feel that I wasted much time as a young adult, the Army was kind enough to give me a full time job right out of high school, then my oldest daughter came along and demanded to eat every day, and so my adult history began. To be more concise, if there was a time machine available I would make a few minor adjustments to my decisions and instill the fact that time is very precious and should be spent wisely.

The best part of getting older... Someone can mention the name Carol Burnett, Phil Silvers, Buddy Hackett, Johnny Carson, George Burns, Dom Deluise, Steve Allen, Jonathan Winters, or Red Skelton and I know who they are talking about.


My Dream Dinner Date

There are several possible categories to this question. “Amorous-wise” - given the loan of a proper time machine that I can hop a ride back 25 years then take a second hop back again, so I don’t show up in the past from my future golden years… see it gets so complicated, what’s the point showing up as a five year old. Barring that, lunch at a nice Café, with lots of terrific people would be just fine.

My favorite vacation spot... paradise destination... I have travelled quite a bit. But have only taken a couple of what are referred to as vacations. Of the places I have been, Italy is the most beautiful and welcoming. I likened it to walking around inside a painting. There was art, architecture, beautiful people, and three hour dinners.

In Florence I walked down a narrow passage and heard an operatic solo coming out of a nearby studio – someone just practicing for her performance.

I smoked a Havana cigar while standing at the edge of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. My shadow danced on the Adriatic Sea, across the bows of the moored gondolas in a choppy tide.

In Rome I had dinner in a restaurant that every inch of wall space was covered with oil paintings from local artist. It was a restaurant where the locals ate. It was a community as well as a place to eat. There was incredible energy.


Something I Got Rid of and Never Missed

This is a straight line worthy of Gracie Allen. And the answer is, quoting Johnny Carson as Carnac, opening the envelope, “My first wife.”


Something I fear... I have told my daughters ‘Don’t dig a hole so deep I cannot save you from it.’ I am afraid of deep holes. Things I can’t fix, when they go wrong. The ‘unknown’ would be a likely answer, but I have been so many places that the things they have in common are more abundant than how they are different. I visited London, driving in the back of a taxi I passed a Safeway Supermarket, Starbucks and McDonalds, just like Central Avenue in this town.

What I most despise in others... I don’t much like the word despise. Arrogance, and the “There is nothing you can do about it”, attitude evokes a Mr. Hyde instinct in me.

Best Gift I Ever Gave Someone

I teamed up last Thanksgiving and gave a young man and his family in Texas a turkey at Thanksgiving with Sunnie Day.

Best gift I ever received from someone... As a father my answer is ‘daughters.’ If you are referring to a material thing, then about twenty-five years ago, I received a watch that had my initials engraved on the back. It had modest value, but it took some time and thought to acquire. At the time that touched me. Come to think of it where is that watch?

The Temptations: Psychedelic Shack

Thanks, Mike ....

I selected this Temptations song just for you, Mike!

"The Psychedelic Shack" is the closest thing I can find to Millie's Cafe... what do you think? Can the jukebox handle it?

Thanks for this interview information. It was so cool getting to know you even better.

© Maria Jordan (updated October, 2014)



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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Bravo, mar and mck. Wonderful hub, just where is a picture of him though? I still have no idea what he looks like. My guess is Mr. Normal with glasses and slightly receding hairline. Love mck and the Cafe. Love his other stories also. I loved 'Braids' too.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Aha, My favorite restauranter..I love going to his little cafe, 'Emerald Wells ' where i meet the best people on the planet. The food is delicious. The juke box rocks, we've been known to have parties and dance all night long. He's been known to cheer me up a few time when i was feeling sorry for myself. I consider him a friend. Great interview Mar. Put the coffee pot on Mike, we'll all be there soon...


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Bravo!!!! Great interview with one of the most beloved, down to earth, supportive and excellent male writers on HubPages. Mike's delightful, charming, supportive, funny and engaging personality really shines through in the answers.

I especially enjoyed his descriptions of traveling through Italy and would love to read more about his many travels in future hubs.

Voted up across the board.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hi mar. Thanks for inculding me in your series.

Hello Becky. You get a bunch of points for mentioning 'Braids'. Thank you.

Hi Always. You have brought so much fun to the Emerald Wells Cafe. Folks are still talking about the VFW dance.

Hello Happuboomernurse. Your comment is so complimentary. I'm speechless.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

Bravo! You did wonderful on this interview with one of my favorite people! I loved your questions and I learned much. I voted up and shared. I look forward to reading more of your interviews? I am sure you have many we can get to know better. Take care & wishing you all the very best! :) Shalom.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I feel delighted to know the personal side of the writer I have been reading on Hubpages. It is good that I'm connected with this wonderful man on social media.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Shalom Jo. Thanks for such a nice response.

Hello Vinaya you have started a hub trend. Thanks for your kind words.


Breen 4 years ago

This was a real delight. I agree with everyone that Mike is one of a kind. He remembers everyone and gives from the heart...a very witty and gifted writer...always supportive and interested.

I also consider him a good friend.


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empire mike 4 years ago from empire, colorado

i already liked mike for several invalid reasons: we have the same name, nellieanna likes him, he's from texas. i love mockingbirds, and their songs cannot be heard up here except in my memory. every time he pubs a new hub and i go to check it out, it's at the emerald wells cafe, and sense i never started it , i refuse to start on chapter 253 or where it is now. however, my friend i have already determined to start and catch up even if it takes the rest of my like. the valid reasons i like mike, is from what i have read about him, that he has actually written 796 chapters of a story, and that he called me a genius in my interview. that in itself proves to me that he's a little "off", if you know what i mean, and i think you do. i also think classical gas is one of the best pop scores ever written. and most of all we gave almost the exactsame answer to the question: what i got rid of and never regretted. this in itself proves he is likewise genius. mike, i look forward to my trip to emerald wells. see you there.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

A fabulous interview with one of the most popular and loved male hubbers - Mike has a heart of gold, a wonderful sense of humour and is so supportive.

We all know and love the Emerald Cafe series - but my favourite piece of writing is 'Ohio Tom'

Thank you Mar and voted up across the board.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Thank you Breen. That is very kind of you to say. Your support is always appreciated.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

empire mike, your comment has more words than your interview!

Thanks for the visit. The Emerald Wells Cafe series has been a treat for me. Not really the writing, but of the wonderful people who have arrived and made it a community.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Lesley thanks for your continued support. When you arrive at the cafe the place lights up. Thanks for mentioning one of my more serious pieces of writing. That one ranks amongst my favorites also.

If any of you missed, Mickey Dee’s, “Semper Fi Rodney Watson – The Duke of Earl”, treat yourself to some deeply felt writing.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello mar. I hope you don't mind me hogging the comment section. LOL


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Since advice given to me by Mike Friedman - something in the line of ‘Do not control your characters with your personal inhibitions; let them go all the way, even completely crazy for the sake of the story’ - I am able to write fiction a little better. I always keep his advice in mind when I write; therefore my characters do things I will never do myself – for example spraying clove oil in the eyes of men who cannot see what they should see.

Mike also taught me how to accept with dignity the fact that I will never be able to please and/or impress everybody in my working and social environment; some people will like me and others will despise me, and all I should do about it is nothing but keep on being just myself. Fact is: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Mike’s writings are always a pleasure to read. The opportunity he offers to the writers of HubPages in his series ‘Emerald Wells Café’ – to support and encourage each other – is to be admired and appreciated.

Maria, once again, all thumbs up for a remarkable interview with one of HubPages most respectable writers. The music in here is beautiful :)


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Martie. I understand that you have launched your own Hubpages Soap Opera that has taken hubpages by storm. I am going to admit, that you have also taught me things. Your writing skill is top notch. (No thanks to me though.) Thanks for your kind comment.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Well isn't this special! Getting to know Mike Friedman is a treat. You guys rock! Love it...Regards, snakeslane


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello snakeslane. Hey everyone pop over and read snakeslane. "When All the World Was Young: a poem for my Dad"


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Voronwe 4 years ago

Great hub, Maria! Like your series very much. What a delightful interview to read, Mike! I enjoyed reading your wonderfully engaging and very insightful answers...thank you. Happy Fathers' Day to you!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Voronwe thanks for the Father's Day wishes. I think mar pushed the publish button then left town. lol I appreciate the visit to this hub and your kind comment.


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Car51 4 years ago

Marvelous interview of Mike! The Emerald Wells Cafe series is fun to follow! Happy Father's Day to him and all the Hub Dads!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Car51. I am sure mar will be here any moment. Thanks for the visit and the Father's Day wishes.

And yes, thank you for your Happy Father's Day wishes to all the fathers of hub pages.


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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

A very touching tribute, marcoujor.

Mike is a character extraordinaire, isn't he? Mike has hidden talents, but some of them are hidden in our personal correspondence.

For example, a talent to interpret art.

Congratulations on such a wonderful piece and a piece of advice that nobody asked me for

Mike, if you wish to learn Italian, why don't you?

You know where to find books (audio books) and all it takes, ten minutes a day to begin with?

I started my Spanish finally (not that it goes smoothly), but I will even if it will take me half my life. I simply enjoy it.

You have to listen and repeat and before you know it, you will be spitting out one Italian phrase after another,

listen to the songs, watch movies (songs are kind of shorter! and catchier! though)

Anyway,

Happy Father's Day,

Happy "I am a Featured Author Day" and a song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99HYNUlBg44

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Si vede aprire piano pian

qualche finestra da lontan,

c'è chi s'affaccia ad ascoltar

e sospirar.

È una semplice canzone da due soldi

che si canta per le strade dei sobborghi,

per chi sogna, per chi spera, per chi ama,

è l'eterna dolce storia dell'amor.

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I think it is so you, Mike.

Congratulations!

Awaiting your Italian to bloom.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I was in Italy in 1997, and we visited much the same places and were equally enchanted.

Emerald Wells is a real place in a thousand rural communities, and I grew up listening to the wisdom of those I met there. Too bad some of our big city political elitists were never educated at Emerald Wells. If they had been, they would understand the heart of America a little better.

Maybe if they just read Mike Friedman...!


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

What more can this poet say about Mike Friedman above my comment box? Well let me for the record thank Mike again for being the first fellow hubber to give me a glowing review on my first book of poetry "In Absinthia" selling as an Ebook at Amazon. btw Mike, your interview seems to have disappeared:-) I guess it was so good it made other writers jealous and they complained to Amazon? LOL Also Mike strongly suggested that I keep my pen name Vincent Moore and not to change it, I'm thankful for that Mike as Vincent is beginning to receive notice, maybe more so after he has expired and joined other Poets on the other side of this plane.

Mike is a kind, considerate and very generous writer when it comes to writing as creatively as he does, not doubt his Emerald Cafe is the viral talk on the Net and I'm so happy that he has captured the audience and attention it so deserves.

Mike also has left me many complimentary comments in my scribes, which I have certainly humbly accepted with gratitude. I am so pleased when I see a comment from Mike, he rocks big time for this poet. Maria you did a wonderful job of portraying a true artist in his own rights and a most generous and kind human being. Blessing to you Mike and Maria.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

kallini2010 thank you for the Father's Day wishes. I like your advice. 'just do it' regarding the Italian. Very nice of you. The minute I have the room to myself I will visit the youtube that you recommend.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Will, thank you very much. It would be easy to teach politicians, it appears they don't know too much.

Italy has a natural beauty to it. Even on the train going through fields of sunflowers I was spellbound.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Vincent. I think you (Vincent) were the first to follow me on hubpages. Then you disappeared or rather became saddlerider1. I will have to trackdown the book review, I may have it and can repost. I did not think the reviews expired.

We are kindered spirits, who to our credit, have traveled far from our beginnings. You writing has set the goal high for all of us.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Another great interview Maria. Thanks for the intro to Mike. Enjoyed this lots. Can't wait for the next interview.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Yikes, Mike... I might need a cheese danish and a strong coffee to get through these comments... now I feel like you at the Cafe, wow!

This is an amazingly wonderful response... why was I away, you might query? I was busy loading the 1956 EWC jukebox with the perfect responses for these lovely comments.

Becky-- "FROM THE CANDY STORE ON THE CORNER", we gab most every day before heading to the cafe.

Ruby-- I can usually find you singing at the "HEARTBREAK HOTEL".

Gail-- Italy feels like "TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS" but I know Mike could make a magical story.

Speaking of which, Jo, "YOU'VE GOT THE MAGIC TOUCH" in leaving awesome comments.

Vinaya-- Thanks for your support. You are "MR WONDERFUL".

Breen-- "MY PRAYER" is to hang out with you in one of those quiet bungalows by EWC... good thinking, Sista.

empiremike-- You think you are "THE GREAT PRETENDER" yet rumor has it you are a real sweetheart!

Leslie-- I smile whenever I see "A SWEET OLD FASHIONED GIRL" like you around my corner!

Martie-- "HOW LITTLE WE KNOW" of the influence our positive and constructive feedback can have on each other. Thank you for your insightful remarks.

snakeslane-- Thanks for joining this "ROCK AND ROLL WATLZ" of an interview of our friend Mike.

Voronwe-- "HOT DIGGITY", it's always so nice to see you!

Car51-- It always feels like a "PICNIC" when you stop by with your cheerful comments!

kalleni-- It will indeed be great to hear "MORE" from Mike when he has had a chance to try his hand at Italian. Thanks for stopping by.

Will-- "NO NOT MUCH" difference in two such fine gents! We will be thrilled to see your interview (spoiler alert...)!

Vincent-- You are certainly not "SINGING THE BLUES" in this gorgeous comment to Mike. Love it, cowboy!

Gypsy-- "ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE", everyone sure must be nice... I know you are, girlfriend!

Hope y'all are enjoying your day however you are spending it.

Hugs, Maria


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Gypsy Rose Lee thanks for the votes. I am sure mar appreciates your visit to her hub.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Oh my what can I say about Mike. He is truly the best friend one could ever want. What you see is what you get and then some! He blesses everyone he comes in contact with and you Mar, have captured the man so well. I am honored to know him and also, like you, call him my lifetime friend. Thank you for sharing this story of such a wonderful man.

Love

Sunnie


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Firstly Happy father's day Mike, I am assuming it is still Sunday over there. Lol

You did a wonderful job Maria, and it is nice to know a little more about Mike. His Emerald Wells Cafe series is more than a hub, more that a contious story, it is a community. Many of us take our troubles there and Mike is always there to listen and offer advice, on gardening, fixing cars, you name it, he is always ready to lend a hand. He is also ready to share and celebrate our individual milestones both on HP and in our personal lives. He even thew us a special birthday party in February for all of us born that month. How thoughtful was that. :)

Thank you mar for this wonderful interview.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Sunnie. You are very kind. Thank you. It is my privilege to call you friend.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Rosemay. Thank you for the Father's Day wishes. We just walked in the door from our usual Sunday evening dinner with my youngest. We babysat her dog today. Her dog weighs 1/4 of the girls we have here and they get along well.

Rosemay, you are a big part of the community at Emerald Wells Cafe. Sometimes it is tough to know which meal you have arrived for, while I am serving breakfast, you are ready for dinner. LOL Very nice to see you here. Mar is doing a great job with her series.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I enjoyed getting to know you better, Mike. I appreciate your follow and your nice comments to my work. I promise one of these days, I'm going all the way back and catch on the Emerald Wells Cafe. I feel terrible that I haven't done that yet!!!! I hope you had a wonderful Father's Day. Goodnight, and my best.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello mary615. Thanks for the Father's Day wishes. We had diner at our usual place. Wow starting back at the first episode of the Emerald Wells Cafe. A few people have done it. I enjoy your creative hubs.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Good Morning, Y'all,

Adding a few more songs to the 1956 jukebox at Emerald Wells Cafe, as I thank each of you for stopping by:

Sunnie-- It is "TRUE LOVE" when we have a visit from you. Thank you for posting this fabulous interview on your Pen to Post Blog.

Rosemay-- "I WANT YOU, I NEED YOU, I LOVE YOU"... no matter what our time zones are when we meet up at the Cafe. I love 'breakfast for dinner'!

Mary-- I also started the EWC series after quite a few episodes were written. My attitude was "GO ON WITH THE WEDDING" (Em & Harold, btw, but you'll catch on quickly)...

Mike-- Now you know I "LOVE ME" some Emerald Wells Cafe... but I confess to the newcomers who might be daunted by the number of episodes they need "to catch up...", marcoujor has not read the entire series! G A S P... I suggest y'all read Mike's first three installments and the two I have linked in this interview... then you can keep up with each month in the "here and now" and slowly go back and catch up... as I am doing now. The most recent chapter may be 'right up there' in one of the most dramatic and will leave you wanting to catch up as your time permits...

Have a happy and peaceful day, y'all... Hugs, Maria


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello mar. GASP indeed. Thanks for allowing me to be part of your interview series. From all accounts it is a big success. Your poor email inbox must be flooded with comments from all directions.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi Momma! Mike aka Mckbirdbks, is a phenomenal writer. I look forward to reading his great "Emerald Wells" series. Even though he is wonderful and well-known, he takes time to read my work. He is an inspiration to many.

Thanks for this great interview!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Dexter. Thanks for the visit. I often kid you that we are both our stories take place in the kitchen. Your series is so-so popular. I appreciate when you stop by Emerald Wells Cafe.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Hi Son, I am so happy to see you back in HubVille, have been thinking of you a lot. You are so gracious with your remarks.

Mike, glad to see you too... hope you are having a peaceful day.

Hugs, Maria


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I was not familiar with Mike, so I am glad I read this interview you had with him. I will check out his HP profile. Well done with the hub organization too.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello ChistyWrites, thanks for taking the time to stop by this interview. mar has a series going that I am happy to be a small part of.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Christy-- How lovely to meet you and thanks for stopping by. I believe you will greatly enjoy a visit to mckbirdbks's 'neck of the woods'. I will enjoy visiting yours as well!

Mike-- Traffic seems to be picking up at the Cafe... I will be heading there shortly to get "my good seat"!


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2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

We've often had the pleasure of receiving comments from mckbirdbiks - good to know something about the person behind the name.

We'd love to see that balancing trick one day....


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

2patricias Thank you. You are the first to ask about the balancing trick. I often stop by your place. You have such an interesting set of hubs from Hotels to travel.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

2patricias-- I would be "THE HAPPY WHISTLER" walking along the streets of Italy after reading your travel hub... nice to meet you both!

Mike-- You seem the juggling sort... you know all those orders we fling at you at the Cafe... you 'will' have to show us this balancing trick sometime.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Funny you say that mar. There is a hub buried somewhere called

Practice my flaws, that talks about juggling 45's.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Some have called me funny, Mike...

I love your writing and plan to check this out. I feel as though I may have already... but I will check again.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Haw! what a time to read abook about questioning things people tell you while in basic training. Consummate gentleman and creative genius with capital C's are Mr. Mike Friedman. We get plenty of 'grit' - which Mike is great at- but reads like the Emerald Cafe are rare gems indeed in this cruel ol' world. I've told him more than once he's writing a new 'Waltons' for the 21st century. Okay mck, I'll cool it with the praise but you deserve it. Truly awesome interview Nurse mar, just well may be the all-time fave HP one here!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Alastar. The book was the perfect escape from the ever-present hurry up and wait the U.S. Army offered. Thank you for such an upbeat comment. Mar has created an interesting series of her own here with these interviews. A great deal of work goes into coordinating all the different people who she is in contact with.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

She has at that Mike. It's a shortcoming on my part that it was taken for granted Mar knew all her many talents and admirable efforts were recognized and appreciated here. And you sir are still the consummate gentleman like Nurse mar wrote, whether in the cafe or anywhere else so don't give me anymore lip soldier LOL!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

LOL thanks Alastar. I mean "Yes SIR!"


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Good Morning, Mike and Alastar!

Your comment stream (just thinkin' we could have started another hub here, Mike?) is strong support for my allegation that there are beautiful gentlemen on both the West and East Coast. Thank you both so kindly for your words of support for this series.

I am greatly enjoying showcasing some of our finest writers. I also know some other fabulous writers who do not prefer this style of sharing/ so I wanted to acknowledge that as well...

I think I will add this song to the jukebox today in honor of you both: "A ROSE and A BABY RUTH..."

You are both the greatest! Hugs, Nurse mar


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Just had to come back and say that there is no other who gives and keeps on giving. Mike is my kind of guy. He is always there when you need him. He has the ability to make it all ok when you think it's all going downhill, But that's what friends are for and he's a friend i cherish..


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Always. What a very nice thing to say. I very much appreciate you stopping back. You are a big part of the Cafe, the place would not be the same without you.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Ruby,

"A TEAR FELL" in reading your heartfelt comment as you came back to visit Mike's interview. I couldn't agree with you more.

Yet, actually, I agree with what Mike said about you... fancy that (I'm not typically this agreeable?! LOL)

May you both have a lovely weekend and please save me a seat at the Cafe!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Good morning mar. Here is some coffee and toast. Hey wait, I'm on the wrong Hub.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

That's OK, Mike... while you're here, I would kill for a nice cool glass of juice... I dunno, do you have any mango...?


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Let's see mar. There is Mango-Orange and Mango-Peach, do you have a preference? Oh, and Mango-Strawberry.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Oh Mike... how lovely to have a choice! I'll have to go with the Mango-Strawberry... although they all sound so tempting.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Maria, I picked this a my first read because it was Mike you fingered. I have much respect for Mike, he helps me in ways he doesn't even know, I imagine, he's the crutch when I need a leg, most often in our spurratic emails, that we trade and stop and later begin again. This week past has been one of those times that I learned some from Mike, didn't know he was an Army Vet. He just seems to be there in some kind of understanding way, that's quite hard to describe, he just is, and unlike anyone I've never met.

I like the cafe series and stopping in for a scattered visit is always a great way to touch base with many I have met and care for.

Thanks for the entertaining opportunity to contribute,

Peace and blessings,

dust


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

mar, please field this one.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

50, I just turned 50...so you know that's your name to me, baby!

Mike, now you asked for it... I'm "fielding" this one....................................

Dear 50,

Let's sit on "BLUEBERRY HILL" and talk about stuff... like our mutual friend that we both think so highly of. I would love to get to know you better or we can just hang out at the Cafe.

I have long loved the way you end your comments... 'peace' is my thang!

A million thanks for stopping by this 'super cool' interview.

Have a peaceful evening. Hugs to you both, Maria


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Dear Sista,

I thought I had already written a long winded comment on this wonderful hub, but scrolling through the thousands of comments it received, I don't find it. Must have been a dream.

Thank you so much, Mar, for this enlightening and entertaining interview with our fabulous Emerald Wells Cafe host Mike. I love his choice in music selections, also 3 of my very own favs (particularly Johnny Paycheck, I drempt for 5 years of singing that to a former boss) and your addition of the Psychedelic Shack video was perfect.

Your questions to Mike gave me insight on several burning mysteries and posed questions as well. How DOES that belt stay on that little piece of wood? And how can it defy gravity like that?

Mck is a source of sage wisdom and much needed encouragement and compassion to those of us who dine at his table. It is a beautiful thing to see him featured in your "It's Raining Men" series. Beautiful and uplifting!

Nicely done, Sista.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Peg, thank you very much. I give an explanation to the trick. It is linked in this hub. (That hub does not explain the psychics of the trick.) How gracious you are. I have left every job with that tune in my head. lol


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Peggy--

Thanks for PROCLAIMING such PRAISE on the PRINCE of the Emerald Wells Cafe. I was PLEASED to link Mike's "secret talent" to this Interview-- what a PRODUCTION!

Mike-- Thanks for MAKING the time to write such MEANINGFUL comments.

Hope you both have a peaceful night. See you at the Cafe. Hugs, Maria


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

I can not believe I haven't responded to this. I suck...

Mike is an intelligent, funny, perceptive man. One of the first conversations we had was regarding basic training, as we compared experiences. A man with superior intellect, but not condescending. He doesn't need to be everywhere at once, but patrols on the off chance a friend may require his assistance. The Emerald Cafe is another world all togethor, and one can leave their dauly existence and go be happy and amongst friends. I am honored to be a part of his circle...


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

AAZ, It's never too late in my hood to come by. Thanks for your AMAZINGLY ACCURATE ACCOLADES about Mike.

Hope you have a wonderful week, Maria


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello A.A. thanks for your continued support for my writing and you always brighten the Cafe up when you stop by.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Always MARVELOUS to see you, Mike... but I see where AAZ's MESMERIZATION with your secret talent MAY require a sequel...

he has MOXY, I'll give him that! Hugs to you both, mar


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I was away for a couple of months, and I have only recently caught up with this series. Excellent piece, Mar, as is the entire series. I’ve enjoyed this immensely. Mike, thanks so much for that shout out; I was honored to read your gracious and kind words.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Genna. You are so welcome. The question was: Can you take us to your favorite piece of writing on HubPages.. so I did.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Genna,

I speak for many of us when I say that you are always worth the wait. You are, without a doubt, one of the most gifted writers on HubPages.

Our lives come first. I am always thrilled when you visit, both my work and the Cafe. Hoping you will join the "Fall in Love" with the Ladies of HubPages series in September/ October.

Hi to Mike as well and see you both soon... great day for the movies and popcorn! Hugs, Maria


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

hi mckbbks, can't get the sound to work on this computer (not mine, so I can't watch Around the World until I get home to my laptop.


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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I have just noticed under which category this hub is (and, probably, the whole series, I did not check) and I thought maybe it is better to classify it under "HubPages & Community" -- "Favourite Hubbers"; thus, people who are looking for the best writers to read have a better chance finding those who have such a good and established reputation.

It is only a suggestion, of course.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello snakeslane. Too bad that you could not play the movie on the big screen. Enjoy the movie when you get home.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Thank you kallini.


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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

De nada.


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Mar;

I'm honored at the invitation, and humbly accept. I'm kinda shy about this sort of thing, but since it's you, it will be fun and interesting.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Hi Y'all,

snakeslane, Hoping you get to check out the movie soon. I'm enjoying it greatly.

Kalleni, A million thanks! This was a new category for me and most applicable... I am changing all of them in my interview hubs at your helpful suggestion.

Genna, You have no reason to be shy. I am so happy and will be in touch.

Mike, Good to see you... need to swing by the Cafe and check out that Pastry dome!

Hoping everyone has a lovely evening. Hugs, Maria


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Thanks Ms Mar, I accidentally posted here, mckbbks was flying all over the place and I clicked on the wrong thread. but not really I guess, because now I get to talk to you too.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

My Dear snakeslane,

I love any chance to say HI to you and I will catch up with you shortly at the Cafe...hope all is well, "REELY" I do...! Hugs, Maria


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Wow this is a great way to get to know one of our best writers... things you find on hubpages are so interesting- so glad you honored Mike in this way...I for one really loved getting to know Mike and it's easy to see why he is so loved...excellent writing style Mar, so very enjoyable & entertaining...cheers


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear carter,

So lovely to see you here and I had much fun getting to know the "man behind the Cafe" a little better! I am also looking forward to getting to know you better, as we already have our love of music and sweets in common!

Have a great day and SYS. Hi Mike. Hugs to you both, Maria


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Mary. Thanks for the visit here and for leaving such a nice comment. It was a privilege to be part of this series.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hi Mar,

Last night when I couldn't sleep I began reading your story on Mysterious and Miraculous. Wonderfully captivating and beautifully written. You are amazing.

I love this hub and just added the link to mine - I Should Have Told Him.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Peg,

Thank you for stopping by this cool dude's interview as it appears I need to update Mr Friedman as the Best Fiction Writer for 2012 AND 2013.

Thank you for linking this and for reading my story. You are a beautiful friend. Love, Maria


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

I just found this hub Maria. Great interview. I know a lot more about Mike now, and was impressed by his answers. Well done.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Thanks, John. Mike is great and this is a wonderful interview for sure.

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