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    Musing: Spare Change: A Royal Family Tell-All

    Prince Barry, the third cousin twice removed from the heir apparent to the British throne, released his long-awaited Royal Family tell-all, Spare Change.

    In the unflinching memoir, Prince Barry reveals the challenges of being raised as the 432nd in line to the British Throne. “You have no idea how tough it is growing up surrounded by such opulence, but knowing you will never be in charge.”

    To help us grasp the hardscrabble life, the tale begins in the early days of Barry and his older brother, Walter, called Wally outside of public view. They were raised by Pa and Ma, the Duke and Duchess of Kettle, with only a minimum number of servants to cater to their needs.

    In their youth, the brothers were close, bonded by the demands placed on them. Wally, though, was 431st in line, and that higher ranking pressured their relationship. An early altercation set the stage for their split.

    “When I was three and Wally was four, we were playing in one of the castles. I hid one of his favorite toys—just as a joke—and he was outraged. He picked up a pillow cushion and swatted me with it so hard it knocked me down and I cried. Can you imagine? Brothers just don’t fight in normal families, right?”

    Barry’s dissatisfaction with royal life extends well beyond sibling relationships, though. He still suffers from the memories of life at the elite, private schools he attended. “They actually expected me to attend classes. Not every day, of course, but at least once or twice a week. Always keeping up appearances, of course.”

    As Barry entered adulthood, his dating choices drew scrutiny from the family. On his wedding day, they all pretended to be happy, but underneath, they seethed.

    “They thought my decision to marry Mabel was an insult to the family. First, of course, she was from the states. An American! How dare I?”

    But it wasn’t just that she grew up in a former colony. “She was a hairdresser. Wally was sure I did that on purpose. Look, it’s not my fault I still have my hair, and he doesn’t.”

    The question for Barry, of course, is why reveal all these family secrets? Why write such a book? His answer in the riveting TikTok shorts, Barry and Mabel, deflects the question. “I didn’t actually write it, of course. That would be beneath someone of my stature. They hired a ghostwriter, but I had to sit and tell him stories. Utterly exhausting work.”

    When pressed, though, he finally shares the ultimate reason. “For my privacy, of course. When you’re a Royal, there is no way to avoid the spotlight. I’m so tired of everyone knowing every little detail about my life. All I want is for the attention, the cameras, the press, and everyone else to just leave us alone. What better way to accomplish that than to produce a book and do a series of interviews?”

    Which leaves just one last question for us to ponder. Fortunately, Barry tackles that head on when asked if the title of the memoir is a searing indictment of life as a modern-day Royal. “Have you tried living on a few million a year? It’s excruciating, so I needed a little extra money. The title says it all.”

    Spare Change, the newest release by Randy Pigeon Publishing, is on sale everywhere.

    Enjoyed the Story? Try a Short Story

    Secrets, passions, and a reunion that changes everything

    Benjamin Walsh sees his wife, Nicole, walking down a city street. With her busy schedule at work, he doesn’t know how she found time to get away, but tries to catch up to say hello.

    To his surprise, she greets an old friend of hers, Eduardo Rivera. Eduardo left town two decades earlier to pursue a theatrical career in New York. What is he doing back?

    Benjamin is shocked when Eduardo and Nicole embrace. They disappear through a door together. With understanding of what is happening, Benjamin realizes he has only one choice.

    Publication Date: February 6, 2024

    Format: E-book (EPUB, MOBI, PDF)

    Pages: 38

    Price: Pay what you want (Minimum 99¢ to cover processing costs)

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    As an avid early riser, I’m always curious who works early and who prefers late, so I asked my readers whether they were morning people or night owls. The results are in.

    With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I surveyed my readers to ask what the perfect gift is. Please take a moment and record your own answer in this month’s survey.

    Gratuitous Dog Photo: Dancing With Delight

    The joy of seeing your human

    The problem capturing photos of Roscoe P. is the second he sees his human, he bounds over for his hugs. This photo was taken quickly before 55 pounds of wriggling happiness landed.

    Until Next Monday

    May you never suffer the hardship of having to live in an uber-wealthy family.

    See you next Monday.

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    1. Jean Burkhardt on January 16, 2023 at 6:27 am

      That book about the royals sounds interesting!

      I love the way Roscoe P is just running with joy to see(and pounce)on his human!! To be loved by a dog-nothing better.

      • D.K. Wall on January 16, 2023 at 6:36 am

        That book bears no resemblance to any actual book, of course!

        • Jean Burkhardt on January 16, 2023 at 11:09 am


    2. Marilyn on January 16, 2023 at 8:52 am

      What a happy boy! I love the flip at the end of his tail.

      • Jan Jasa on January 16, 2023 at 11:42 am

        Enthralling book! Currently reading it myself.
        Can’timagone growing up in such an emotionless, no contact to show any affection type of environment. It’s very sad. But a good glimpse into what those on the outside never see or could ever know happens.

    3. Claudia Williams on January 16, 2023 at 9:43 am

      LOL Love it! Such a hard life, poor boy.

    4. Julie on January 16, 2023 at 11:02 am

      Haha! Enjoyed this!

    5. Padma Bending on January 16, 2023 at 11:13 am

      Great photo. Thanks for the morning smile.

    6. S Deaver on January 16, 2023 at 2:25 pm

      Wondering if a royal Queen Mum would roll in her grave, probably not – not done, or haunt the beleaguered unhappy, entitled, spoiled brat, gently admonishing him….Might make a good short story, ha ha!

    7. Bronwyn Matthews on January 16, 2023 at 5:40 pm

      A pretty good summing up. Amusing too but without malice. I do appreciate that in your writings.

    8. mary michaud on January 16, 2023 at 6:13 pm

      I agree with Jean, nothing better than to be loved by a dog! Beautiful picture of Roscoe; he looks so happy

    9. Mrs Teresa Gaither on January 16, 2023 at 8:19 pm

      Haha – I needed an amusing story today! That was great! It must be awfully difficult to be 432 in line to wherever you want to be;)
      Thanks for the fun spin!

    10. Karen on January 19, 2023 at 12:32 pm

      This was perfect!

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