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Thursday, 17 April 2014

thank you, erma bombeck

Erma sign

I laughed so much at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop last weekend that my stomach still hurts. Since the next one isn’t until 2016, I figure I have two years to recover – and to come up with a book proposal. And if you’re considering going, well, I highly recommend it as both a literary lovefest and a great ab workout.  read full story »

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

midweek at the oasis: four must-see videos


Yep, it’s Wednesday again and that means it’s Midweek at the Oasis. Go grab a cup of coffee or a Diet Coke and settle in to watch these four videos. They are the best of what’s going around the internet this week. read full story »

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

and in the end …

Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesdays

I was so sad when Jen Kehl announced that today would be the last Twisted Mixtape Tuesday for a while. Granted, I only discovered it a few months ago and have missed many weeks along the way, but being part of this passionate-about-music group has been such a great and meaningful experience. read full story »

laughing my way to erma bombeck writers’ workshop

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Erma Bombeck on TimeI could never have imagined when I was young and wishing I could write like Erma Bombeck that the prestigious organization continuing her work would name me – me! – Humor Writer of the Month or that I would be attending an actual Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop with some of the best in the business. read full story »

midweek at the oasis: matthew mcconaughey, april fool’s day, baby elephants and believing in good

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

birthday books

How can it be Wednesday again? Time to celebrate midweek at the Oasis! read full story »

the genius of song lyrics

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesdays

As a writer, I love words and am obsessed with song lyrics. When I was in school — from elementary through college — I included song lyrics in all my papers and projects because there was always one that expressed exactly how I felt or what I was trying to say.

So, even though I am trying to get a ton of work done right now, preparing to leave for the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Conference on Thursday, I have to participate in Twisted Mixtape Tuesday because the theme is “These lyrics are genius.”

I don’t have time to really sit and think too deeply about this one so I’m going to take the first songs that come to mind. Here we go! read full story »

damn you, kia!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Kia K900 note

I may be writing this post from Utah now. Or Wisconsin. Or even Nashville, Tennessee. I’ll never tell.  read full story »

win a copy of “the other typist” by suzanne rindell

Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Other Typist

After finishing the jaw-dropping epilogue to this fast-paced and increasingly chill-inducing novel, I immediately Googled “The Other Typist ending,” and spent an hour reading a fascinating variety of theories about what actually happened.  read full story »

let’s talk about depend

Friday, 4 April 2014

Laugh so hard plaque
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Honestly, I almost turned down this project because, like so many people, I found the whole subject of incontinence embarrassing.
The more I researched it and spoke to people who live with this issue, though, I realized the worst thing we can do for it – or any issue, for that matter – is keep it hidden. 

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jane goodall: lessons learned from “jane’s journey”

Thursday, 3 April 2014

jane's journeyToday is Jane Goodall’s 80th birthday, and she is still making a difference. I’m re-posting this from 2011 as a tribute to this amazing woman.

My friend, Susan, and I went to see Jane Goodall Live last week, which featured the must-see documentary, Jane’s Journey.  We were so inspired by the whole evening, it’s amazing we’re not writing this from Africa right now.

Here are some of the facts that surprised me, and how I’m going to act now that I know them: read full story »

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