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 there is just talk.

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

Lois seldom (but occasionally) updates her other website. Check it out at 

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That's Blue Music


Sitting at my computer   ...    browsing the songs in my iTunes Library   ...   trying to figure out what to feature next  ...

I decided to be COLORful !!!  So this show is the color "BLUE"!

Not jazz-blue, nor blue-grass, nor being-sad-blues.  BLUE is in the name -- of the song, of the album, or of the artist/band.  And I have so many "blue" choices, that I am making TWO shows this color!   So here it is --  "Blue, part one"!

That's Staying Music


Songs of homecoming and staying, travelling and returning.  From the Civil War, the 1940s, the 1960s, and on up to modern times -- here's another selection of songs from my own collection.  Fewer jazz/blues songs in this group; and more country.  With (of course!) one by John Denver!

This is the other half of my Coming and Going pair of shows. (This time I searched for: come, stay, home, travel, arrival, etcetera.)

That's Really Gone Music

"Okay, Lois; think of a topic for the next show. ...  Or maybe a THEME? ... "

Now that many folks are thinking about coming and going, how about a show featuring music with those words?

I looked thru my personal collection and found a great many songs by searching for 'coming', 'going', and similar words .  TOO MANY songs, in fact, to fit into just one show.  So here  is "Going, Going, Gone"  --  the first of my pair of Coming and Going shows. 

Lots of different albums, singers, and styles here -- including Lena Horne, The Beatles, John Denver -- and with song dates ranging thru the Civil War, the 1940s, '60s, '70s, and even some this century!  Hope you enjoy this eclectic selection ... with love, Lois.

That's Life with David Paskin

David Paskin, or Rabbi David as he is often called, is an accomplished spiritual leader, a singer/songwriter, a Jewish futurist, a social activist, an award-winning Jewish edutainer, and your Torah Tech Guy.  He's also the "Rock-n-Roll Rabbi".  AND he has published several books.  AND he is a speaker/presenter both online and in person.

AND, most importantly, he is a friend and a wonderful human being.  

Join your That's Life host, Lois Richter, as she get the story from David.  And then another story.  And another.  These two can really talk!!!

Hope you enjoy the show.

That's a Quaker Response


In late February, Russia invaded Ukraine.  One Quaker's response was to start a daily Meeting for Worship to Pray for Peace in Ukraine -- on zoom and open to everyone in the world.  Why did she do that? How did it happen? Is it still going?  Julie Harlow from Davis is that "one Quaker" and she joins me today to talk about her involvement with Quakers, Ukraine, and "Friends House Moscow".

What different kinds of Quaker are there in the world and how have they responded to the war in Ukraine?  Julie helps us understand.

A Friend from the Quaker Meeting in Davis, Julie has been part of my community and my life for over 40 years.  She is someone I admire greatly. I'm glad she came to talk with us today.

That's Paper Quilling with Sophy

The company Sophy Lakshmanan created for making and teaching Paper Quilling is "Miss Paper Craft", and Sophy had a booth at the Whole Earth Festival -- which is where Lois met her --  selling quilled earrings like the ones she is wearing now.

What is Paper Quilling?  It is the technique of rolling thin strips of paper to form different shapes and designs.  

On her website Sophy says: "I stumbled upon Paper Quilling in 2012 and ever since it has been my goto craft for making handmade gifts for friends and family. When I moved to the US, I noticed that Paper Quilling was not as common as it was back in India. From there one thing led to another and "Miss Paper Craft" was born."  Her company was born in 2021.

When Lois was  her booth at WEF, Sophy had a demo table and gave visitors the materials and instruction to quill a small item.  It was FUN!  

That's LOIS' Life!


Turning the tables!!  Guest-Host Mitch Hill  interviews Guest-Guest Lois Richter! 

Ever wonder who's behind the voice on That's Life?  Here's your chance to listen to some stories from Lois.

On the last show she got many details out of Mitchell  and THIS time he draws out many stories from her.

Both have done radio shows; both grew up in the 1970s; and both are part of the After Hours / Office Hours community.

Oh, yeah; and both like to talk.  A LOT.  And crack jokes.  


That's Life with Mitch Hill

The Radio Guy. The Video Guy. The Voice-over Guy. 

They are all the same guy -- Mitchell Hill.  And, I'll add, a Good Guy to have as a friend!  (Also a guy to ask to be a Guest Host on the next show.  He said YES!)

Mitch is a main-stay on the Office Hours panel; sometimes being the "Reader" -- the person who reads each question for the show.  And I guess that makes sense because Mitch has a very good, well-trained voice and knows how to use it.  Today's show is most a 'getting to know Mitch' show.  With lots of voices thrown in. Or thrown around. Or just thrown.

Expect to be ...

Well, just expect the unexpected.  

That's Life with Ray Franklin

Long-time media man Ray Franklin has retired. 

Well, sort of.  What he actually did was create a new career teaching company execs how to be more effective in their in-person presentations and on-line meetings.  And, yes, he wrote a book about it.  

We first met on Office Hours and After Hours.  Ray has also come to many of the rehearsals for "Birding With Lois" since we started practicing in February.  In the course of being a stand-in for not-yet-acquired panelists,  Ray got to pose questions and get answers.  Then he started upgrading his systems for birding in his back yard -- new birdfeeder, new understanding of some of his feathered neighbors, and a new interest in the life around their Florida lake-side home.

Lots of rambling stories in this episode.  Lots of laughter also.  Hope you enjoy!

That's Life with Don Saylor


Todays conversation is with Don Saylor who, in addition to all his years of serving the public, hosts a delicious fundraiser each year for a community non-profit organization.  2022's beneficiary is Davis Media Access (DMA).  This is the last year Don will host "Soup's On" because he is retiring this year.  Today was my chance to ask about Don's history, his present, and his future plans.  

Information about 2022's "Soup's On" is available at


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

-- Arielle

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 11/15/2012 - 1:16pm

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

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/16/2009 - 10:42am

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

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 08/24/2009 - 10:31am

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