That's Life

Lois Richter’s format for That’s Life is mostly interviews. Recurring topics include Davis activities and groups; work and life choices; philosophy and theory; plus birding, cooking, art, and other passions. Lois occasionally breaks into music -- from ballads to the slack key sounds of Hawaii to golden oldies rock 'n' roll -- but mostly we just talk.

If you want to suggest a topic for discussion or a person to interview, text Lois or leave a message in the comments here.

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That's Nikki Shannon Smith

Well-loved children's author Nikki Shannon Smith chats with Lois about her books, her career, and life in general.  The book in hand is "Charlotte Spies for Justice: A Civil War Survival Story", which is one of the books in the "Girls Survive" series.  That series has different authors sharing survival stories from different times and places. Nikki's two books are about the Civil War and the sinking of the Titanic.  These books have fictional girls inserted into historically accurate stories; so doing the research for each book is quite a chore.

From life lessons to details of writing, this is a wide-ranging interview.

That's Jeff Kubiak

Another fine author -- Jeff Kubiak -- tells us about his children's book about kindness, his process, and where he's going now.  "One Drop of Kindness is all it takes to fill a heart with love!​"

From his website at we learn:

"Jeff taught for ten years as an elementary school teacher in grades 4, 5, and 6 and has eight years of administrative experience. Jeff loves children's literature and "One Drop of Kindness" is Jeff's first published children's book. He hopes to continue writing books that bring about character change and inspiring others to help make our world a better place." and 

That's Edna's Gift by Susan Rudnick

Susan Rudnick has friends in Davis and is using her visit with them to also have a book signing at Avid Reader -- which is how Lois connected with her.  So Lois' first guest in this new "local author" series is actually from  New York!  

Susan is on a tour to promote her new memoir "Edna's GiftHow My Broken Sister Taught Me to Be Whole".  This book recounts not only many experiences of Susan and her younger sister Edna, but it also delves into the effect their relationship had on Susan all her like.  While never living a "normal" life, Edna lived a life full of joy and inspiration.  

That's Jessica Kelly

Yes, that's the famous Jessica Kelly you hear laughing with Lois today!  Perhaps she might be known as Jessica Rosso-Kelly-Smythe-Jones in the future?  Okay, so that's an "in" joke.  But YOU TOO can be in the "IN" crowd by listening to this program.  

As Jess Goddèsse (Go-DAY), she has a KDRT radio show called "Divine Intervention", and that was supposed to be the topic of today's episode.  And, yes, we do eventually talk about hte show.  But mostly we get cheerfully sidetracked and spend a lot of time laughing. 

Hope you'll join us for some laughs.  Enjoy!

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I love listening to your Hawaiian music choices and your comments on Hawaii when you play Hawaiian music. :-)

-- Arielle

I forgot about all this great music...thanks for reminding me.

Great show! Never knew so much about green building...great guest. [Casa Verde]

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