I Get By With A Little Help From My (Famous) Friends

My most famous friend of all, Lucy with her new hedgehog “baby”


Happy Friday!

I’m sitting at a table at La Placa Bakery. La Placa is an amazing pastry/gelato wonderland recently purchased by a family from Sicily. It’s responsible for my gaining at least ten (maybe 12 15) pounds. Yes, it’s all La Placa’s fault I gained a muffin top, certainly not mine.

Anyway, last week I was having a blah day. I jumped online for a teeny, tiny hit of serotonin that supposedly activates when one checks Twitter. (Please correct me if I’m wrong.)

Imagine my astonishment when I noticed the comic/actor/author Jay Mohr had tweeted this gem to his 333 thousand followers!!!



While Jay’s generous, wonderful tweet didn’t result in an immediate explosion of my book sales, it didn’t matter. His belief in my book and his contribution of the preface are two of the best gifts I’ve ever received, bar none. 

Jay’s at the helm of a couple dynamic podcasts on Podcast One—America’s Lakers and the acclaimed Mohr Stories 

Speaking of podcasts, I want to promote my friends Rebecca Lombardo and the holistic psychiatrist Dr. Denise McDermott.

Rebecca, who has bipolar disorder is an author, podcast host, and a mental health advocate, plus she has a social media promotion business. I’m sure I’m leaving something important out about her, but please trust me when I say she’s super cool! She’s a big Twitter fan; follow her at: @BekaLombardo. Rebecca will be a guest on the Dr. Denise Show podcast, which premieres tonight, and I encourage you to listen! Dr. Denise is also a Twitter fan and tweets many positive and beautiful messages—follow her at: @DrDeniseMD

Rebecca Lombardo, co-host of Voices for Change 2.0 with her husband Joe

Twitter: @Voices4ChangeRJ 

The vivacious, progressive Dr. Denise and her magnificent dog Boomer

Here’s the link to the Dr. Denise podcast.

I apologize for this post being rushed. I’m sure there are typos galore, but at least it will be much shorter than my usual novella.

In twenty minutes I’m meeting with the facility coordinator who manages the venue where I’ll speak in December. My next talk will be slightly different than my October library presentation. I need to jazz it up a bit! (But I draw the line at pole dancing or hula hooping.) I’m not sure what I’ll be doing just yet, but I’ll do my best to get it recorded so you can see what I wind up doing.


Okay, it’s WordPress publication time, but before I press that little blue “Publish” button I have a little more to write. I know the start of the holiday season is rough for most of us and most likely that’s putting it mildly.

Ever since my father died in 2009, Thanksgiving has not been the same. He loved that holiday so much, so I miss him more during Thanksgiving than the other days of the year.

If you’re going through a similar struggle, I send you an extra big hug, and no matter what you’re facing, I implore you to take care of yourself. Thanks so much for reading and for taking time to “like” and comment.

Lots of love,

Dyane “Typo Sinner” Harwood

Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder With a foreword by perinatal psychiatrist and author Dr. Carol Henshaw, now available on Amazon.

18 thoughts on “I Get By With A Little Help From My (Famous) Friends

  1. Congrats on that great tweet! I will have to go on Twitter & retweet that (in case you haven’t noticed, I’m not really a Twitter person). I’m looking forward to your Dec 7th event. In the meantime, Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family!

    • Thanks so much, Martha! I never thought I’d be a Twitter person, LOL!. Then I became addicted to it. Don’t worry about retweeting because you do more than enough things to help me. I’m super-lucky! When I told Marilla you plan to join us at the Dec. 7th talk,, she was happy!!! ! I’ll never forget how wonderful it was to meet you at the library talk. I wish you Thanksgiving blessings too; have a beautiful celebration! XOXO

  2. Congratulations on that amazing tweet! That’s fantastic!

    In sadder news, I’m so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. That must be so difficult, especially around the holidays. Many hugs to you and yours.

    • Thanks, Cass! You are so kind and compassionate; I’m very fortunate you take time to comment because your words never fail to brighten my day. I know that sounds a little bit like lyrics to a Helen Reddy song, but I really mean it!

      I wish you and your family a great Thanksgiving!!!💞

  3. Dyane “Typo Sinner” Harwood: This makes my weekend and I love her so. That was cool of JM to tweet so to his thousands of followers indeed. I keep you under my warm radar during thanksgiving and the talk in december. Thanks for retweeting my photolog of yesterday lol

    • Yes, I am the Typo Sinner, ha ha ha! 😛

      My friend Sara Gethin, an author, read this blog post and I couldn’t believe it but she wrote that she didn’t spot any typos – hurrah!

      Please keep me under that warm radar, my dear one. I’m sorry I don’t retweet everything of yours, but I’ll do better! 👍

      Sending you lots of love, Marie – you’re a true friend! 💗❤️💖

      • Oh lady don’t be sorry, I meant you did so much as it and that made me real warm. I mean you even rt the tweeky one about my groove lol. Like I was tipsy when posting that hahaha

  4. Wonderful endorsement! And so well deserved…Big hugs back to you. The holidays are wrenching for me, too…missing my departed family fiercely! Much love and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    • Thanks so much, beautiful Merry! While the holidays are sucky (yes, I’m such a sophisticated, classy writer!) I’m thankful for Craig & the girls and for my furry Scottish lass Miss Lucy!
      And I’m also grateful for YOU!!!!!!

      Lots of love to you ❤️now 💗and 💚always,

      Madam Honey Pot

  5. What a wonderful endorsement! Your book definitely deserves it. And pole dancing hahaha 😂 With your amazing energy, lovableness, and humor (still laughing at the pole dancing 💃🏻 😂) you’re not only going to give a wonderful talk but live a wonderful life as well. Tons of love. 💕🤗💕🤗

    • Dearest Lady Samina,

      I’m so thrilled you got a kick out of the pole dancing idea! 😛- thank you from the bottom of my ❤️ for all the lovely, lovely words and for being loyal and authentic, you beautiful friend. I’m going to go catch up at your blog now!!! I know a lot is gong on for you and I want to support you however I can. 💖

      • You are so welcome! I love all your blogpost!!! So alive and with so much humor! You brightened a dark day for me! Love you my beautiful and brilliant friend. 💖🤗💖🤗💖🤗

  6. What a fantastic surprise and treat to find on your twitter feed! It’s lovely that you have such great supporters, Dyane, as you are a wonderful supporter of others yourself.
    All the best for the holiday season. I hope it’s filled with beautiful memories of your dad, and with lots of love and hugs from your nearests and dearests xxx
    P.S. I didn’t spot any typos!

    • Sara, when I read that you didn’t notice any typos, I was full of glee! I wish I had contacted you to be a beta reader for my book! 😉 You would’ve been a most excellent reader!

      As I write this reply to you, I notice I’m smiling (and it’s a real smile, not a superficial one) and the reason I’m smiling is because of your wonderful friendship across the miles & your all-around coolness.
      Thank you for being YOU! ♥️

  7. Congrats on Jay Mohr’s Twitter promotion of your book and on you upcoming NAMI author presentation! I’m sure you’ll do great, putting your Toastmasters skills to use.

  8. Oh, what an honor to be shared with so many! That’s a happy surprise, make no mistake. And don’t rule out the hula hoops just yet–just get Lucy involved and it’ll be adorable, O Empress Percolatia. 🙂 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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