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James and Lois Cowan

James and Lois Cowan
Key West, Florida, USA
July 07
The paramedic and writing team of James and Lois Cowan lives and works on a tramp steamer in Key West and in the summer off the coast of Maine. Advice columnists and authors of some dozen titles, they're at work on "Naked Love" and "The Fiend in the Cellar"—a nonfiction mystery that unfolded in Boston in 1849. They are the ghosts for Touchstone Press's book by Levi Johnston: "Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin's Crosshairs."


JANUARY 7, 2014 8:24PM

Lois Cowan


Lois (Rich) Cowan died Sunday, November 17th, 2013 in her home at TLC Farm, Islesboro Island, Maine. Her husband and partner of 28 years, James (Terry) Cowan, and two daughters, Jill McCoy of Sausalito, CA and Elana Kehoe of Islesboro were at her side. Other children in her large familyRead full post »

JANUARY 7, 2014 8:24PM

Lois Cowan


Lois (Rich) Cowan died Sunday, November 17th, 2013 in her home at TLC Farm, Islesboro Island, Maine. Her husband and partner of 28 years, James (Terry) Cowan, and two daughters, Jill McCoy of Sausalito, CA and Elana Kehoe of Islesboro were at her side. Other children in her large familyRead full post »

It’s curious how Levi Johnston, a son of the North Star and known for his connection with the Palin family, describes his home state. We, ghostwriters for his coming-of-age book, were intrigued when he told us to visualize Alaska as a roundish-squarish giant blob, with two dangling penin

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Happy birthday Bristol Palin! Governor Sarah Palin's daughter issued a 21st birthday statement this week; actually Bristol's representative did and it turns out that that's an important distinction:



"While some young adults might consider celebrating their 21st birthdayRead full post »


Teen boys who have impregnated their girlfriends—as if the females had no part in the sex—are uncaring and stupid. Once the baby is born, all they’re interested in is worming out of their responsibilities. Correct? Of course not.


The Baby Daddy BrotherhoRead full post »




It's curious that Levi Johnston was damned for posing for Playgirl as he used his proceeds to mainly cut $1600/month child support checks payable to Bristol Palin for the care of their son Tripp. 


Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is touting his Cosmo shoot as a stude/Read full post »

Levi's ghosts and the author himself   

Ghostwriters James and Lois Cowan, and prodigy Levi Johnston 

Joe McGinniss' book, "The Rogue", brandishes false information about the Palins; this is according to Levi Johnston who should know, who was there. The made-up McGinniss volume nonetheless is reviewed by eveRead full post »
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 7:02AM





The contention Sarah Palin has the mini-city of Wasilla under wraps is silly. We’re here to say Wasilla lips would sink ships when it comes to Palin-scuttlebutt. 




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Register marks are the art on the Governor Palin’s PalinPAC map singling out districts, and their representatives. 


Register marks line up overlaid trace paper pages—a check that numerous pages of plans are aligned. These circles with a right-angled lines within them arRead full post »


Governor Sarah Palin targeted Representative Gabrielle Giffords in March of 2010 using a graphic released by Palin PAC prior to the November elections.

Governor Palin alerted the public that she was setting her sights on specific lawmakers and had overlaid gun sight-art on their districtRead full post »


Dear Gritty, 


I’ve got a beef with this premature ejaculation scam. My lady friend wants me to see a doc because I come before she’s ready. What the hell? How has it become a male medical problem and not a female issue, or maybe no one’s illness but

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Will they turn their backs on free healthcare that comes with the job?

The democratic Public Policy Polling [PPP] says 53% of voters feel the foes of federally-mandated health coverage—senators and representatives who campaigned against it—should put their money where their mouthsRead full post »


"Take her anti-obesity thing that [Michelle Obama] is on,” says Sarah Palin.” ...She cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children….”



Sarah Palin delivers trays of cookies to a private school when she speaks there—to graphically deniRead full post »

                                                                    Letty Nowak 


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NOVEMBER 18, 2010 2:07PM

Bloggerbabble: Are Bloggers Longwinded?


by Lois Cowan



With the Internet, no one cares about the length of a post.  Words used to cost money. Ink and paper were expensive. If you wrote for a magazine or a book, the length was stipulated. A discrepancy could result in rejection. 


As print journalistsRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 15, 2010 7:03AM

"SARAH PALIN'S ALASKA" Recap/Week #1 Bear-ly Believable


The Palins: Track, Piper, Willow, Bristol, Sarah, Trig, Tripp, Todd  

Adam Olszewski //Read full post »


Photos: TLC/Gilles Mingasson


We need to get over the wink, those dropped g’s, her creative syntax. Move beyond tittering about her tweets and focus on the lock she has on Independents. Tea Partiers, Republicans. And, yes, some Dems. Never forget: almost 60 million of them&mRead full post »

                                                                    Letty Nowak 



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OCTOBER 25, 2010 1:12PM



Sarah Palin envisions President Obama following her lead. At her Oct. 23rd Orlando rally, she hawked her upcoming Sarah Palin’s Alaska docu-reality show, then added that, come November, 2012, the president would be out of office and starring in his own TV series.


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The old CPR involved breathing into an adult victim’s mouth, then pressing on the chest in a complicated timed manner. 

As of October, 2010, those confusing American Heart Association guidelines are history. 




Chest compressions make sense when a heart… Read full post »

  Letty Nowak 




Advice from the Other Side



Dear Gritty Guru, 


My brother’s wife has two years to live. Before she dies, she wants a baby. She made me promise to keep this news

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Michaele Cooke Photography 



You might add years to your life if you juice up things you now do unconsciously.


FLAMINGO FOOT  The goal is balance. When standing, place weight on one leg, lifting the other just off the floor. Bonus: Come across as laid/Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2010 1:22PM


 James Cowan




 Cowan Pond with Rocking Chair Island





Why would four horses be so centered on one scrawny tree? There are a thousand trees on our Maine spread. Spruce, white pine, fir. Whenever we go into our forest, we’d see evidenc/… Read full post »

A brisk stride, a firm handshake, a quick stand-up and good balance tell you something about how long you’ll live, claims Rachel Cooper in the September 9th, 2010 British Medical Journal.
Cooper looked at 33 studies to reach her conclusions, considering sex, age—most but not all p… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 12, 2010 2:21PM



—a continuing series— 


Science is a search for proofs; journalism aims to get attention. Exaggerated claims increase readership; research studies are more finely nuanced. We seek the common ground. 



The bedrock of… Read full post »