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Saying Goodbye to a Friend (with the help of Classic TV)

I would be remiss if I didn’t take a minute today to say goodbye to a friend. An entity really. If you’ve been reading ODNT for a while, you might remember the Trifecta writing challenges I used to participate in pretty regularly. Long story short, Trifecta is an obsessed-with-all-things-in-threes website run by a handful of literary aficionados in the hopes of inspiring ambitious, fledgling writers.

And inspire it did.

I’ve never seen a writing link-up with a larger, more constant and fiercely loyal following. There, I was introduced to scores of great people including (yep, you guessed it) my friend and frequent writing partner, Mel at AccordingToMags.com. Additionally, Trifecta also prompted me to write several slices of flash fiction of which I’m especially proud. Among them …

Oh, and if you’re looking for a new link-up…

Check out KetchupWithUs!


Hosted by fellow Trifectan Mel and myself on the 1st and 15th of every month, KetchupWithUs is always flexible and always fun. Stop by when you can. One of our link-ups might just be live right now.

So thanks for the inspiration and the great company, Trifecta. I wish you guys good luck in whatever your future endeavors may be. And now, while you ride off into the sunset, I’m going to play you out with one of the biggest closing themes of all time. In the (36, so close to your beloved 33) words of Carol Burnett …

I’m so glad we had this time together
Just to have a laugh, or sing a song
Seems we just get started and before you know it
Comes the time we have to say “So long”

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A Thank You Note from Johnny Depp

I heard back from my friend, Johnny, about the birthday party we threw him the other night.

Dear Michele,

Oh, my God! I had SUCH a good time at the party last weekend. You guys rock for going to all that trouble for me. I knew it was going to be epic but I still can’t believe you actually got Tim & Helena to fly all the way over. Did you see them when they got up to sing Ebony & Ivory? They were freakin’ hilarious. PLEASE tell me someone was videotaping the karaoke stage. (Or … on second thought … maybe not. Can you imagine if some of that stuff got on YouTube? LOL!)

And you’ve got to tell your friend that her cake was incredible. I totally want her recipe. Except I’m going to sub out the walnuts for pecans. What do you think? I want to make it for the 4th of July party on the boat next month. Tell Dean & Viv we’re going to have a chocolate fountain, too. And TONS of fireworks from my cousin, Eddie. You guys better come!

Hello? And before I forget …. Happy Birthday to YOU!!!! I love that we get these three days to celebrate together every year. But seriously … next year, instead of two separate parties, let’s just have a big one together. But, this time, I’m hosting it. On the island, okay? We’ve got plenty of room for everybody to stay a few days. But everyone needs to bring his own pillow. (You know me and shared pillows. Soooo gross.)

Call me when you guys are ready for your big birthday dinner tonight. And ask Dave what he’s wearing, please. I might want to borrow a jacket from him. Maybe the light brown one. Think he’d mind? I rented the entire upstairs at Antoine’s so bring whoever you want. We can stay all night.

Talk soon,


P.S. Keith took this picture of us during our Grease Medley. Right before he passed out on your sofa all night.


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Feeling nostalgic?

Last year, we celebrated a whole mess of June birthdays.