Mad Hatters' Review
 
Working Stiffs
Carol Novack, Editor and Publisher
Michelle Watson, Associate Editor
Tantra Bensko, Art Editor Don Bergland, Director of Digital Multimedia Fusions
Amy Marie Bucciferro, PR Director
Donia Carey, Editor
Peter Dolack, Editor Brentley Frazer, Australian Editor Marja Hagborg, Cartoon Editor Brian Hutzell, Editor
Bergland Bucciferro Carey Frazer Hagborg Hutzell
Liesl Jobson, Editor
Steve Kane, Editor
Guthrie Lowe, Music Editor
Marc Lowe, Editor
Matt Maxwell, Editor DK McDonald, Art Editor Benjamin Rush Miller, Music Editor Suchoon Mo, Music Editor Phil Nelson, Cartoon Editor Peter Schwartz, Art Editor
Jobson Kane Lowe, G Lowe, M Maxwell McDonald Mo Nelson
Carl Basile, Editor Elizabeth Smith, Editor Paul A. Toth, Editor Ben Tyree, Music Editor X-8, Art Editor Marty D. Ison, Contributing Artist Tony Juliano, Contributing Artist Paul Slapion, Contributing Artist Shirley Harshenin, Webmaestress  
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Carol Novack, Publisher & Editor
photo composite by Marcel DeClercq  

Carol Novack, Publisher & Editor

Carol is a re-emerging, angst-ridden writer of sociopolitical neuroerotic rants and raves, comic emails, and image drenched, lyrical whatnots. In her yute, she actually managed to get someone to publish a book of her poems, Living Alone without a Dictionary. She also prevailed on the Arts Council of Australia, where she lived for several years, to give her a writer’s grant. Eventually, Carol returned to her native NYC, where she became a people’s lawyer, representing all sorts of alleged miscreants, including street artists arrested for selling their works without a vendor’s license (she fought City Hall and won the case on First Amendment grounds). Recently, Carol pursued a Masters degree in social work and managed to trap it. Needless to say, she’s doing absolutely nothing with it. Allegedly, she’s working on a novel.

Carol's frequently enigmatic and totally misunderstood yet obliquely meaningful writings have appeared in anthologies, including The Penguin Book of Australian Women Poets. Her alien creatures have been or will be sprouting all over the place, including Action Yes, American Letters & Commentary, Anenome Sidecar, Big Bridge, BlazeVOX, Cardinalis, Cellar Door, Del Sol Review, Diagram, Elimae, First Intensity, 5_Trope, Kickass Review, La Petite Zine, LIT Magazine, Milk Magazine, Mindfire Renewed, Mobius, Muse Apprentice Guild, Newtopia, Noo Journal, Notre Dame Review, Opium, Orphan Leaf Review, Pindeldyboz, Retort Magazine, Ravenna Hotel, Segue Journal of the Arts, Sein und Werden, SmokeLong, Staccato, The Angler, Unlikely Stories, Unpleasant Event Schedule, Wild Strawberries, Word Riot and Yankee Pot Roast.

Karaoke + Poetry = Fun at CLMP's All LIT up Festival

Carol's been nominated for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2007 and Best Non-Required Reading 2007. She's still waiting to hear if her earthshakingly brilliant but thus far unappreciated piece ("Interview with a Lonely Horny Bitchy Tasty Housewife") will be published by Mad Crone's Magazine or The Journal of Geriatric Playgirls. One of Carol's prose poem narratives, "Destination," was selected as a best of Web Del Sol fiction.

Hear Carol and editor Elizabeth Smith recite Carol's Playpoem on a Jean Arp collage at BlazeVOX.

Carol blogs here carolnovack.blogspot.com and there: nowwhatblog.blogspot.com. She's the co-editor of an anthology of fresh ("innovative") fictions and a fiction-writing instructor at The Women's Studio Center in Long Island City.

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Alla Michelle Watson, Associate Editor

Alla Michelle Watson, Associate Editor

Alla Michelle’s writing is both spontaneous and predictable. In her stories, someone usually 1) speaks Russian or Ukrainian, 2) eats borsch, pickled mushrooms or blini, 3) rides public transport, bribes somebody or sings obsolete, heart-warming songs. When not writing, she likes to philosophize about water stains that bloom every spring on her ceiling. Despite the above (or maybe because of it), she has been published in numerous fine e-zines, such as Muse Apprentice Guild, Skive Magazine, Salome, Long Story Short, and others.

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Tantra Bensko

Tantra Bensko, Art Director

Tantra Bensko is in the current issues of www.spartandog.com and www.mannequinenvy.com. "October 7, Tantra's image, semi clad, with reptilian wings, and bound to the cross, yelling, was banned from the Vallejo Art Show at the Historical museum, but did show at the Artist's Guild Show, however. In collaboration with Steve Jacobson, this image is one of a set that is written about in the current issue of www.mannequinenvy.com by art critic Alexandre Nodopaka."

I am well displayed and published internationally as an artist, (http://lucidvision.mosaicglobe.com & www.artbeacon.com/Tantravision) and I live in San Francisco by the ocean. Meanwhile, my solo show, Reality Burn! is travelling through Spain, where an article is coming out about my art as a revolution of the imagination. I have an MFA in poetry from Iowa, won the Academy of American Poet's Award, and have published in numerous magazines such as Southern Poetry Review, Carolina Quarterly, and the Iowa Journal of Literary Studies, where I won their award. I love to dress up in ridiculous costumes and do absurd things.

Visit Tantra's Websites: The Art of Tantra Bensko | Lucid Fiction
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Don Bergland, Director of Digital Multimedia Fusions

Don Bergland, Director of Digital Multimedia Fusions

Don Bergland is an artist who attempts to displace the timing of human consciousness through striking arrangements of archetypal metaphors entwined in myth, metamorphosis, resurrection, and regeneration. Former Director of Visual & Audio Arts for Electronic Arts, Don now creates visionary icons portraying human emergence. He is currently Associate Professor of Digital Arts at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada. He has won over 25 creative & professional awards for his art, video installations, and audio productions. He maintains an active exhibiting career and has featured his work in 118 major exhibitions and performances throughout the world. His artwork is represented in major corporate and private collections in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

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Amy Marie Bucciferro

Amy Marie Bucciferro, PR Director

Amy Marie Bucciferro is a poet, comedian, and free-roaming critic of the arts. Born on the beautiful Thousand Islands, she grew up in New York’s Capital Region (Albany/Schenectady) and hung around in Washington, DC after attending The George Washington University and before launching her phantom career in New York City. In the past she performed with the improv and sketch comedy troupe Capitol Goga and edited the literary journal The GW Review. Her poetry has been published in a smattering of student and international journals and she has received awards from the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Academy of American Poets.

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Donia Carey, Editor

Donia Carey, Editor

Donia Carey has always loved listening to stories, telling them, and writing them down. But she has a degree in music and was a professional singer, teacher, music director and organist for most of her life. She also spent five years as editor of a scholarly journal.

Once she sang for e.e. cummings. It was a private command performance of settings of his poems, and Mr. Cummings hummed some snatches of the songs as he left to bail a friend out of jail. That was long ago, and now she's singing less and writing more.

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Peter Dolack, Editor

Pete Dolack, Non-Fiction Editor

After a long career as a newspaper journalist, in the mid-1990s Pete Dolack decided to switch careers and do something more honest, and became an activist and a poet. He's since added essayist and photographer to his portfolio. Although early in his poetry career he often penned political satires, which frequently took the form of monologues in character, he increasingly tinkers with different styles and subjects but often integrates a story-telling style layered with humor that is sometimes subtle, sometimes caustic and sometimes both, with a range of voices to burrow into the fault lines of contemporary society and the inside of his head. As an activist, he has worked with several groups, including the National People's Campaign, New York Workers Against Fascism, the Brooklyn Greens and the environmental organization No Spray Coalition, of which he was one of the founders. His first full-length book of poetry is, he hopes, forthcoming from a publisher to be determined, and he is also working on a book examining the history of the 20th century's socialist experiments and the lessons that can be drawn from them when the next attempts to transcend capitalism emerge. He is also the publisher of Eastwaterfront Press, www.eastwaterfront.com, which has evolved from a vehicle to self-publish two titles into a small press that intends to publish some of the best emerging poets in New York City.

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Brentley Frazer

Brentley Frazer

Brentley Frazer - Poet living and working in Melbourne Australia.
Has poems in mnay reputable international publications including
Rattapallax Magazine, Fuse Box, The Moosehead Review, Thylazine,
Exquisite Corpse Journal Of Letters, Nth Position, Identity Theory
Get Underground, Tiger Magazine, The Age, The Courier Mail

and many others. Brentley keeps his finger on the pulse as
publisher and editor of Retort Magazine. More information is available at www.brentley.com

Read Brentley Frazer's Antepodean Antics Editorial Selections.

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Marja Hagborg, Cartoon Editor

Marja Hagborg, Cartoon Editor

M.H. is a very shy character living anonymously in Chicago's downtown with a taciturn husband and an arthritic gray tabby.

She has studied the secret lives of kitty cats all her life and become friends with them all, everything from successful artists to less successful poets and writers to drunken sailors.

Her cartoons tell some of the stories of her mysterious friends.

Tristan, Miss Julie & Steve Comic Strip

She is currently working on a picture book about six Japanese cats.

 

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Brian Hutzell

Brian Hutzell, Music Editor

Brian is a Renaissance man. He is actively involved in all aspects of theater, from writing/composing to acting to music directing. As an artist, he has participated in many solo and group shows, and his drawings can be seen on clothing as well as on walls. He has been the subject of a local TV spot for his eccentric habit of walking everywhere barefoot. In addition, Brian is a bibliophile currently studying for a Master of Library Science degree.

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Liesl Jobson, Editor
Photo © Estelle Jobson

Liesl Jobson, Editor

Liesl Jobson teaches music at Johannesburg's Sacred Heart College. Her poetry has appeared (or forthcoming) in New Coin, Fidelities, LiPS, Green Dragon, Carapace (SA), and internationally in The Journal, Aesthetica, Bonfire, Brittle Star (UK), The Christian Communicator, Oasis, Prairie Dog 13 and Ink Pot (USA). She is the featured poet in Timbila 2005 and The Hiss Quarterly. She won the poetry section of the People Opposing Women Abuse Women's Writing Competition 2005 and was a finalist in the HSBC/ SA PEN Literary Award 2005. Her poetry is showcased online at Southern Rain Poetry.

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Steve Kane, Editor

Steve Kane, Music Editor

Steve Kane is a writer and composer from the UK of questionable talent and unequalled idleness. He employs many a cunning ploy to avoid doing anything remotely productive such as harvesting organs from the homeless to sell to Turkish sailors and hunting geography teachers for sport. He was once elected President of Azerbaijan by mistake. Although only in power for twenty minutes, he made peep-hole bras mandatory attire for all men under the age of forty-seven. He is currently serving a two year prison sentence for buggering a haddock. Visit www.steve-kane.co.uk for more gibberish.

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Guthrie Lowe, Music Editor

Guthrie Lowe, Music Editor

Guthrie Lowe has been a professional musician for 21 yrs and composed orchestral and piano music for 11 yrs. Currently, he is writing music for independent films and various other projects. For more information, music samples and to contact, please go to: www.guthrielowe.com


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Marc Lowe, Editor

Marc Lowe, Editor

Marc Lowe is an at-times reclusive nomad who has recently returned to the U.S. from Japan, where he spent his days/nights teaching English, reading experimental European literature in translation, and writing things very few American journals seem to be interested in. Nonetheless, a handful of his fictions, hybrids, and essays have appeared in innovative online journals (such as the one you are now looking at), and he was the featured experimental writer for the winter 2006 issue of Mindfire Renewed. Work has also been accepted for two forthcoming print anthologies: "Butterflies of Vertigo" and "The Dust Girl." Marc completed a fractured "detective" novel[la] entitled To Speak is to Not See in late 2005, and is currently working on an even more hallucinatory follow-up. His corner of the web can be visited at malo23.com.

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Matt Maxwell , Editor

Matthew W Maxwell, Associate Editor

I graduated from college with three useless degrees and have worked meaningless jobs that I detested. I am employed and employable merely because the people and companies I owe money expect restitution. I have more interests than time to master them and none of the money required to dress the part. At any social gathering, if you happen to see the sneering, mute wallflower, envious eyes openly mocking the privileged, that might be me. If you notice me, then I need to work harder on being invisible.

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DK McDonald, Art Editor

DK McDonald, Art Editor

DK McDonald is an award-winning artist residing in the mountains of southern Colorado. Working primarily in watermedia and collage, her commissioned works and series are held by collectors across the US.

Possessing an innate and inexplicable fondness for classical literature, ancient greek philosophers, and obscure Catholic poets, her figure work and abstracts are heavily influenced by her readings of the same.

Fresh off her solo show "Figuring Ground," she was invited to exhibit at the Colorado Springs Airport starting October 1, 2006. More information about the exhibit can be seen at www.flycos.com

When not in the studio, she spends her time hiking Colorado's numerous mountain trails, camera in hand. More of her work can be seen at www.artbeacon.com/dkmcdonald

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Benjamin Rush Miller, Music Editor

Benjamin Rush Miller, Music Editor

Ben has composed, recorded and performed music for a number of years focusing on atypically structured songwriting, freeform-based improvisation and notated scores in quasi-tonality. Current projects include the rock band Third Border, with their recent debut release "Sun of Water, Sea of Light" on Radial Records, as well as solo performance; prepared stereo electric guitar w/electronics, saxophone and occasional spoken word. He is a contributing writer at www.burningword.com, and featured in www.bigbridge.org Issue #6 "Export: Writing The Midwest". For information on discography, upcoming shows, products for sale, and other projects,

please visit www.benmiller.info

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Suchoon Mo, Music Editor

Suchoon Mo, Music Editor

I am a former Korean Army Lieutenant and a retired academic living in the semi-arid part of Colorado. I write poetry and music, not necessarily in that order. My poems appeared in East and West, Bitter Oleander, Spillway Review, Quill and Ink, Religious Humanism, Tryst, Subterranean Quarterly, Underground Window, Sage of Consciousness, and others.

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Phil Nelson

Phil Nelson, Cartoon Editor

Phil Nelson is an amateur doodler who likes to draw pictures of himself frolicking on the beach. He taught himself to read by staring vacantly at Marvel comics and paperback collections of Peanuts. At the age of 6 he created a crude comic strip called Coconuts as a rip-off of.....tribute to Charles Schulz. He attended the Philadelphia College of Art from 1983 to 1984 or 5 when he was forcibly expelled by the students and faculty because they were all jealous. After despairing away in dank, sweaty, poorly-ventilated print shops for 20 years, he decided to try drawing again. He is still trying.

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Peter Schwartz, Art Editor

Peter Schwartz, Art Editor

Peter Schwartz has over 150 poems published, some of them in nationally-distributed journals, some printed overseas. He has stories and paintings published on and offline as well as his own somewhat controversial journal that can be sampled at: www.watchtheeye.com. He's also an associate art editor for Mad Hatters' Review and co-founder of www.sitrahahra.com. He lives almost silently in the forests of Maine.

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C.B. Smith

C. B. Smith, Editor

An artist since birth he is well past the point of no return.

Tethering the high wire between nirvanic ascension and thermonuclear destruction, he churns out work after ignoble work amidst a clatter of brain-noise, astro-gastric-rumble, and fetid creatures called "house-pets." He perseveres undaunted, knowing that one fine day his cataclysmic subversion will be overlooked in a publishing quest for lower art forms.

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Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith, Associate Editor

Elizabeth Smith juggles being a writer, artist, and teacher, and
sometimes gets confused about what role she is playing which day. She has several short stories published in e-zines and magazines, including Starry Night Review, Terrain, Carve, and Citizen magazine. She has an extensive collection of pulp Westerns from the fifties, and her own writing and visual artwork often dip into the genre’s style. She has been a featured reader at the Phoenix reading series, Sunday Salon, and the Atomic reading series. She has been the recipient of residencies and fellowships for her work on her novel, Loveland, and she really hopes that she can finish it soon and begin work on the next one.

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Paul A. Toth, Editor

Paul A. Toth, Music Editor

Paul A. Toth lives in Michigan. His novel Fizz is available from Bleak House Books. Fishnet, his second novel, was published in July 2005. Toth's short fiction has appeared or will soon appear in Night Train, Iowa Review Web, Antigonish Review, Barcelona Review, Mississippi Review Online and many others.

'Fishnet' by Paul Toth
 
 
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Ben Tyree

Ben Tyree, Music Editor

Guitarist, electric bassist, composer and producer Ben Tyree began his musical journey in Washington, DC. After attending a Frank Zappa concert with his mother at age 7, he began playing piano and, shortly following at 9, violin. After hearing groups like Led Zeppelin and Nirvana at age 11, he enthusiastically switched to the electric guitar. While attending the Duke Ellington School of the Arts for music, Tyree formed his first group, the post-punk psychedelic blues band Purple Legion releasing two self-produced albums and receiving praise from fans and critics alike. Also performing with funk group Hidden Image, Tyree played his first gig in New York City, at the age of 17, at the Apollo Theatre.

Tyree later studied jazz performance, composition, and classical guitar at Howard University. During this time, he honed his guitar skills in the jazz and classical traditions and spear-headed the seminal-DC Type 1 Information project Miscellaneous Flux . The unique fusion of musical styles (jazz, hip hop, funk, rock, and classical) attracted a large and a committed following compelling the band to record a self-titled EP (2000), the critically acclaimed Dead In Dreams (2002, received 5 Washington Area Music Association Award ["Wammies"] nominations and received award for best hip hop/ rap duo/group), and the Live Flux EP (2004). By this time, the band had performed many gigs on the East Coast, appeared on MegaHertz (MHZ) TV (DC), and had relocated to New York City ultimately changing personnel and going on a hiatus of indefinite length.

Ben Tyree is currently working with Boston Fielder's MuthaWit; the improv jazz / electronic / drum and bass trio Chaos Frame; as well as several other intermittent projects. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and freelances, in situations of all genres, plays gigs and studio sessions on guitar and electric bass; composition/ sound design / production / film scoring; writings for Ugly Planet Media and Modern Guitars Magazine; freelance and personal graphic design; and practices an idiosyncratic form of Chaos Magick.

Tyree has also performed or jammed with Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Delfeayo Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Graham Haynes, Grady Tate, Keter Betts, Warren Smith, Greg Bandy, Chip Crawford, Stacy Dillard, Greg Lewis, Craig Magnano, Raymond Angry, and The Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber to name a few. He has studied guitar with Rachel Cross, Tom Newman, Gerry Kunkel, and Mike Stern as well as participation in several workshop intensives/ clinics with Russell Malone, Greg Osby, Rick Stone, Allan Holdsworth, Elvin Jones, and Victor Wooten.

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X-8, Art Editor

X-8, Art Editor

The Los Angeles artist X-8 began creating abstract paintings utilizing mud, hair and blood in 1981.

In 1993 he began creating 'exorcistic' works, utilzing macabre and internal imagery. His work is ultimately cathartic and therapeutic.

He currently creates large scale works based on mythology, decay and isolation.

He is represented in the UK by the Henry Boxer Gallery.

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Honorary Working Stiffs
 
Marty D. Ison

Marty D. Ison

Machines are now surrogates for almost everything human. The standardized initiations of mass culture are replacing our intimate journeys of perception. Technology alienates us. Arts that inspire discourse unite us. So remember, create something that people will talk about.

Marty is a painter, a poet, storyteller, parent, peace propagandist, and general purveyor of prevarications that enrich the lives of others. An Ohio native, he was transplanted in the Florida sands of the Gulf of Mexico where he studied fine art at St. Petersburg College. His novels With a Glass Hammer, Zero's Lizard (coauthored with Ron Barnhart), Taste of Pennies, and Servicing the Machine: a Postindustrial Nightmare are available to interested agents and publishers. Among other places, his words appeared in the Painted Moon Review, Frigg Magazine, the Beat, the St. Petersburg Times, and the bathroom walls of Wendy’s fine restaurants everywhere. You may view some of his plastic work at www.martyison.skyedragon.com a website graciously provided by the playwright poet Paddy Gillard-Bently.

 

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Tony 'Baloney' Juliano

Tony 'Baloney' Juliano

Award winning satirist artist, Tony "Baloney" Juliano is not your normal painter. With his single, panel, lush comic like paintings dealing with quick puns, whimsical sayings, ironic sadness, and his penchant for parodying other famous artists, Tony makes art laughable in colorful complementary painted frames. Tony has had shows all over the US and the UK such as John Slade Ely House, Hygienic Art Gallery, CB's 313 Gallery, Artescape Studios, MoCCA, DeCordova Museum, The Walker, and lots more!

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Paul Slapion, Editor

Paul Slapion

As far back as I can remember I’ve been involved in creative pursuits. Photography has been at the core of most of it, and it’s been a real journey of expansion. I grew up in New York City, the Bronx, to be exact, went to college in Washington D.C. ( GWU BA psychology ), returned to live in Manhattan for a few years before moving across the Hudson River to New Jersey, where I’ve lived for many years, way too many to count ‘em all. Straight photography was my primary creative outlet in the beginning until a friend taught me the silkscreen process, and that process changed my work in a major way. I did screen prints, and multi-media pieces based on my photographs, and earned a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship on the merits of that work. I’ve been lucky enough to have participated in a few museum and gallery shows, both group and one person. I’ve shown at the OK Harris gallery in NYC and at the Noyes and Jersey City museums in New Jersey as well as a few other galleries in New Jersey, Washington D.C., and California.
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While photography still remains as the primary source of all my work, for the past three or four years

I've turned to the computer as a tool for working with my images.

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Webmaestress
 

Shirley Harshenin, Webmaestress
Shirley Harshenin, Webmaestress

Our fabulously talented and saintly web designer survived and escaped the transgenerational satanic ritual abuse cult of childhood to serve Mad Hatter madness, and that of her much loved family (husband, 3 kids stretching from age 3-20, 1 cat presently on prozac, 1 brute of a dog that the littlest of the household knows mostly as "That Damn Dog", and the newest addition “Fluffy-Softy”). When she's not at the beck and call of her clients and others above, Shirley does a little dabbling in water colors, and paint shop graphics, and not so much writing as she would like, although she does insist she will complete her novel in poetry for young adults one day. She also takes pleasure in freelance word puzzle assignments for the big guys like KAPPA, Highlights for Children, and Penny Press... . Busy busy busy. It's probably a good thing Shirley doesn't have much idle time, 'cause when she does she tends to engage in strange debates with committees of wildly diverse persons…all within her own head. Welcome to the madness.

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