AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Born in suburban New Jersey, Fry wanted to be a cowboy when she grew up. Instead, she flipped hamburgers for White Castle, taught horseback riding at summer camp, sold subscriptions to Life magazine door-to-door, and spent a year in a Maya Indian village in Belize teaching children to read. At age 8, she wrote a book called “Silver the Wild Horse” – all in capital letters because she didn’t know how to work the shift key on the typewriter. The illustrations were in crayon. Since then Fry has sold hundreds of articles and short stories to newspapers and magazines. Fry’s books are “The Beginning Dressage Book,” first published in 1981 by Arco Publishing and republished in 2003 by The Lyons Press, and “Backyard Horsekeeping: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need,” published by Lyons Press in 2004. She is wrapping up “How to Cook a Mountain Cow,” a culinary memoir of her stay in Belize 42 years ago. On Feb. 12, Deanne Stillman will speak on “The Power of Place,” explaining the role of landscape in narrative nonfiction. Stillman is the author of “Twentynine Palms: A True Story of Murder, Marines, and the Mojave,” published by William Morrow. On March 12, Dorothy Howell will talk on “Fighting For Your Dream.” Discouraged from writing, she gave it up as a stupid dream, then found someone who supported her and she decided to go for it. Her 20th book, “The Hired Husband,” came out in November. She has three more books planned for publication through 2006. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Free monthly lectures will introduce professional writers to the community. The Meet the Writers talks will be hosted by an organization called Antelope Valley Writers on the second Sunday of each month. Local author Joan Fry will be speak on “How to Turn Your Hobby into a Money-Maker: Write about it,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Cedar Centre Galleries, 44851 Cedar Ave. Fry, who is on the faculty of the Antelope Valley College, is a longtime freelance writer with more than 1,000 published articles. She started by writing for the speciality markets, which in her case was horse and cooking publications. Her horse hobby has produced two books and she has a culinary memoir in the works.
Scott Parker has announced his retirement from professional football.The former England international’s contract with Championship club Fulham has expired and he has decided to call it quits at the age of 36.It brings to an end a 20-year playing career, which began with Charlton Athletic and took in spells at Chelsea, Newcastle, Tottenham and West Ham.A consistent Premier League performer, Parker was named the Footballer Writers’ Player of the Year in 2011 during his four-season spell with the Hammers.He won 18 caps for England and was part of the squad which competed at the 2012 European Championship.“The decision to retire has not been an easy one for me but having thought long and hard over it, and having discussed it with those closest to me, I believe that now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career,” Parker said.“When I started my career at Charlton Athletic all those years ago I could only have dreamt at that time just what was to follow over the next two decades.“I feel incredibly honoured and proud to have enjoyed the career that I have and I’ve loved every moment of it.”Parker made 31 appearances for Fulham last season, with his last professional outing coming as a second-half substitute in their 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday on the final day of the Championship season.He was an unused substitute in both legs of Fulham’s play-off defeat against Reading.His his professional career began as a teenager for Charlton in 1997. He made nearly 150 appearances for the Addicks before Claudio Ranieri took him to Chelsea for £10million in January 2004, shortly after Roman Abramovich had taken over the Stamford Bridge outfit.The midfielder, however, found opportunities at the Blues hard to come by and was sold to Newcastle the following year. Parker captained the Magpies after Alan Shearer retired -but following 55 Premier League appearances on Tyneside he headed back to London to sign for West Ham.Parker became an integral player for the Hammers, making more than 100 league starts, before he handed in a transfer request following their relegation to the Championship.Tottenham would be Parker’s next stop. He enjoyed two seasons at White Hart Lane but signed a three-year deal at Fulham in 2013 which expired this summer.He played every match of England’s Euro 2012 campaign under Roy Hodgson and featured for the Three Lions at all age levels. His last international appearance was as a second-half replacement for Frank Lampard in England’s 8-0 World Cup qualifying victory at San Marino in May 2013. Scott Parker 1