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Originally I was going to have Tim Vandehey one of the co-writers of “The Chimp Who Loved Me” instead it went one better when I had on tonight’s “A Book and a Chat” the other co-authors whose real life stories go to make up a truly humorous and enjoyable book, Veterinary Chiropractioner, Farmer and chat show host… “Annie Greer”.

Let’s face it, when you read under your guests description that they have “always been English” and the first question they ask you on your show is “PG Tips or Typhoo” (that tea), followed by “love or hate marmite” you know it’s going to be a show that would be filled with a lot of laughter and so it was.

The Chimp Who Loved Me is a collection of very funny real-life accounts of Annie’s strange life with animals. The stories are “laugh out loud” funny, with some slightly strong language, but then these are true stories from real life… it shows the wonder of animals from the dogs and cats we’re all so familiar with to the cougars and wolves and chimps that come into our lives from time to time

You know it’s going to be a fun read, when for instance you read from the first story about Sammy the chimpanzee…

All I could think was, ‘Oh God! I’m going to be sexually assaulted by a chimp!’ I pictured the 911 call. I saw the operator laughing so uncontrollably that she forgot to send help. I tried to peel Sammy’s pinching, prying hands off my naked, wet body and realized that I had to get some clothes on.”

The show as you can expect is full of laughter, English humour and stories about Annie’s animals, including how a person tried to steal her flying squirrel by stuff it down the front of their trousers.

About The Chimp Who Loved Me

The Chimp Who Loved Me is a collection of true stories from the life and times of Annie Greer, a veterinary chiropractitioner, animal healer, radio host, speaker, farmer’s wife and all-around magnet for bizarre animal behavior. When Annie and Tim Vandehey, a professional writer, met in 2006 and began talking about Annie’s endless trove of strange and pants-wettingly funny tales about drill sergeant sheep and insane veterinary clinic customers, a book was born.

Infused with Annie’s trademark dry English wit and Tim’s storytelling panache, The Chimp Who Loved Me is a sort of twisted love child of Dave Barry, David Sedaris and James Herriot of All Things Bright and Beautiful fame. If you’re sick of the treacly sweetness of animal books like Marley and Me or Dewey and crave twisted tales of sex, poop, pee and death, where apes throw donuts at chefs during dinner parties and stoned veterinary students dispense bizarre advice to puzzled dog show contestants, then you won’t be able to put The Chimp Who Loved Me down…until it hits you in the nose because you’re reading in bed, silly.

It is a great book, a must to be left in the bathroom for visitors, whom you know are enjoying the stories when you hear the sounds of laughter coming from the smallest room.

So listen to an interesting and hugely entertaining show as I spend thirty minutes sharing “A Book and a Chat with Annie Greer

Barry

Direct link to the show
“A Book and a Chat with Annie Greer”.

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from
“Annie Greer”

You can find out more about my guest and their books at:
“Annie Greer – The Chimp Who Loved Me”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

My Blogs:

Book Information and Things UK – Across the Pond

Book and a Chat Radio Show Guests – A Book and a Chat

Funny, Weird Or Just Interesting News From Around the World – Laugh I Thought My Trousers Would Never dry

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Connie Joy makes a welcome return visit on “A Book and a Chat”, author of the terrific “Tragedy In Sedona. After a little early trouble with both of our phone connections, Joy made today’s “A Book and a Chat” a truly fasinating show”.

With the current trial of “James Arthur Ray” she has been hitting the chat shows and blogs telling of her life in James Arthur Ray’s inner circle.

Raised in a very religious Roman Catholic family, Connie had a near death experience which put her on a lifelong path as a student of spirituality. During a truly fascinating show we discussed such things such as past life regression, and how from learning self hypnosis to try and help with her sleep issues suddenly she discovered a past life.

She belonged to several spiritual groups, including leading a Sylvia Browne study group, and was trained as a Practitioner of Hypnosis with emphasis in past life regression.

After watching the movie “The Secret”, Connie attended one of James Arthur Ray’s seminars in 2007 with her husband Richard and signed up for his Harmonic Wealth Weekend (HWW) event held in February, 2007. Over the next three years, Connie and Richard participated in or volunteered for 27 James Arthur Ray seminars and events.

Connie shared with us how what started off as perhaps a path to enlightenment in the end became obvious to be perhaps nothing more than a scam by a super salesman. Money in the hundreds of thousands paid out by people like Connie, instead of going to do good, seemingly found its way into James Arthur Ray pocket.

From walking on fire and glass to the tragic deaths caused at the “Spiritual Warrior” retreat conceived and hosted by Ray at the Angel Valley Retreat Center, Arizona, where two people died and many others were hospitalized after a “Sweat lodge” exercise.

Connie’s book “Tragedy in Sedona” is a fascinating read. We learned how attendees, who had paid up to $10,000 to participate in the retreat, had fasted for 36 hours during a vision quest exercise before the next day’s sweat lodge. During this vision quest, participants were left alone in the Arizona desert with a sleeping bag, although Ray offered them Peruvian ponchos for an additional $250. With these same items on sale at under $30, it makes you wonder where the money went to?

We spent some time updating on the current trial James Arthur Ray, best-selling author and self-help guru, who mixed New Age philosophy with Native American ritual, who is currently the center of a reckless manslaughter trial.

It is very hard to understand some of what went on not only went on before the events on October of 2009, when 55 participants paid $10,000 each to join Ray near Sedona for a week of meditation, which was to be followed by a “rebirth” during a sweat lodge ritual. The event lead to three tragic deaths and several others very seriously injured, to the indifference of the event leader.

There is so much to hear about what went on, so my advice is listen to the show, but more importantly read Connie’s great book, you will be shocked at some of the things you learn.

So sit back and listen to today’s interesting and entertaining show as I host today’s “A Book and a Chat with Connie Joy“.

Barry

Direct link to the show
“A Book and a Chat with Connie Joy”.

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from
“Connie Joy”

You can find out more about my guest and his books at:
“Connie Joy – Tragedy in Sedona”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

My Blogs:

Book Information and Things UK – Across the Pond

Book and a Chat Radio Show Guests – A Book and a Chat

Funny, Weird Or Just Interesting News From Around the World – Laugh I Thought My Trousers Would Never dry

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