Smut + L Marchell: Afterlife + Podcast: N Cotticollan Self-Published

Blog title over photo of blog guest Lori Marchell and a black labrador dog.

Writing & Self-Publishing in South India: Nadira Cotticollan Happiness Between Tails

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Do you believe an afterlife exists? Today holds more than enough for me to agonize over… though sure it would be nice if my dearly departed ones dropped by now and again… if I’m going to consider that, should I dwell on how I’ll be remembered?…

Last week, when I mentioned a “dirty” (what is “dirty”?) book, Bojana (a great writer with a wonderful personal blog — maybe if you ask her nicely in the comments below, she’ll let you in?) enlightened me about James Joyce. The author is so revered that I want to read his tome called Ulysses, but even his own adoring wife wished his books were easier to get through. 

Thanks to Bojana, I now see he also wrote some pretty easy-to-understand stuff. After he and his beloved wife passed away, some of his letters to her were discovered inside of the sleeve of an old coat. They were odes to loving his wife — in the context of explicit sex.

Obviously, they were meant only for her eyes.

Author James Joyce and his wife, Nora Barnacle.
Author James Joyce and his wife, Nora Barnacle.

Years later, the aftershocks continue of publicizing them. To name only a handful of the issues they bring up, there’s everyone sensationalizing them, the public’s far-ranging reactions, the fact that writers can and do experiment with many kinds of writing… questions like whether it’s important or mere avarice to reveal private details of people once they’re dead.. and if it’s okay to do with some, how do we differentiate?… 

Note: proceed at your own discretion.

You can read them

Or you can listen and see some photos of the clothed couple looking staid…

Today’s guest, Lori D. Marchell, is an artist of many talents and lives in Southern California. She also works in the healing arts…

Chert Dog’s Greatest Gift: Quantum Leaps of Faith, a synopsis by Lori D. Marchell

Chert Dog came into my dad’s life after the sudden passing of my mom. In his book entitled “My Father’s Greatest Gift: Life Lessons From A Black English Labrador Retriever,” he conveys his mission and purpose as to bring unconditional love and forgiveness to all he encounters with the main objective in healing my dad’s broken heart. This Black English Labrador Retriever accomplished this in his 14 years life span. 

With Chert’s deep inspiration and connection to Spirit, he came to me in a dream three months after he crossed over and asked me to walk to watershed where the cover photograph of his book was taken. After walking around the park, as I began to leave, I heard a crying sound. When I approached the tall tree where this sound was coming from, I looked up and a yellow and white kitten was crying for help. After over an hour and a half, the kitten finally listened to me asking it to jump to a lower branch where I could reach him and that is where Jaco’s story begins.

Jaco Kitty has five toes on all four paws, with actual thumbs on his two front paws. His healing energy and leaps of faith into all areas of his life have taught me about the importance of listening to your intuition and taking on new adventures. Through his growing-up years he has taught me about standing up for myself and making new friends which brings in Tigger. About a year ago, Tigger, a brown and white tiger cat began visiting Jaco. Through a gradual bonding process, Tigger and Jaco are now best buddies. And added to this, Tigger’s family have become friends as well.

Check out my website, where you’ll find links to my father’s book and videos of Chert Dog’s and Jaco Kitty’s original piano music theme songs, along with various excerpts of their stories on my blog.

Whose life do you think is fair game for public exposure after they die?

18 thoughts on “Smut + L Marchell: Afterlife + Podcast: N Cotticollan Self-Published

  1. walkingoffthechessboard October 17, 2022 / 12:21 pm

    I had never seen that clip before of Paget reading those letters. At the end of the day, those who have departed the Earth could care less, because they are (hopefully) on to bigger and better things. In this instance, if I had found them I just would have returned them to a family member. That would seem to me the decent thing to do.

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    • da-AL October 22, 2022 / 4:28 pm

      me too – tho I think it was a family member who found & publicized & sold…

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  2. DutchIl October 16, 2022 / 5:59 am

    Thank you for sharing!!.. I don’t believe that anyone’s life is far game unless they wish for it be and if there is a “afterlife” and I manage to go there, I will have moved on and not likely care about what was being said about me… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May the dreams you hold dearest
    Be those which come true
    May the kindness you spread
    Keep returning to you
    (Irish Saying)

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    • da-AL October 15, 2022 / 9:22 pm

      much appreciate your linking to this!

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  3. Infidel753 October 13, 2022 / 6:02 pm

    Obviously, they were meant only for her eyes.

    I find it rather sad that this was not respected. Probably all of us have had sexually-explicit conversations with a spouse or significant other, which we would definitely not want the whole world to be able to listen in on. I don’t see why it’s any different just because the conversation in this case was by letter rather than verbally. I believe in giving others the same respect for privacy in such matters that I would want for myself.

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    • da-AL October 15, 2022 / 9:07 pm

      it’s an example of how one person could have made all the difference – the first person to find them…

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  4. mydangblog October 9, 2022 / 6:53 am

    I love James Joyce. The Dead is one of my favourite short stories. John Huston made a great film of it as well!

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    • da-AL October 9, 2022 / 4:28 pm

      ooh – that sounds wonderful – how could anything with Angelica not be?

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  5. annieasksyou October 8, 2022 / 2:28 pm

    Whew! Quite the video, da-AL! The reader’s appearance and affect created an interesting atmospheric. I had the good fortune to read Ulysses with a college English class, enabling me to grasp more of its brilliance than I think I could have on my own.

    One wonders how Joyce and/or his wife would have felt if they’d known the public had access to these letters. My sense is neither of them would have given a (expletive deleted).

    As for an afterlife: sure. Life will go on after I’m no longer here.

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    • da-AL October 9, 2022 / 4:15 pm

      great & true line, Annie 🙂

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  6. Blogging_with_Bojana October 7, 2022 / 12:36 am

    Basta! Basta per Dio! lol

    Isn’t he something? You just can’t stop reading him…

    I warmly recommend A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dubliners and, of course, Ulysses! Enjoy, my dear.

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    • da-AL October 9, 2022 / 4:15 pm

      thanks much, Bojana — I have Portrait audiobook on order from library just because its the shortest

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  7. Shaharee October 6, 2022 / 10:54 pm

    I can relate to Bojana’s experience: I also was also inspired by the format of Ulysses for my own pentalogy (nothing to do with Homer’s Odyssey) and my own wife finds my art (in whatever medium) difficult to access. And I don’t give any damn about an afterlife. When dead happens to be the final closure, I’m good with that thought. If there comes something more, I will deal with that when it happens.

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    • da-AL October 9, 2022 / 4:13 pm

      but still she was his muse & they had a great, passionate marriage ❤ wishing you the best with your creative endeavors 🙂

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    • da-AL October 9, 2022 / 4:01 pm

      lololol good one, Geoff 🙂

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