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Saturday, 19 April 2014

“finding vivian maier”

Finding Vivian MaierFinding Vivian Maier is riveting.

Back in 2007, young historian John Maloof bought a box of negatives at auction in hopes of finding pictures to illustrate a book he was writing about Chicago. What he discovered, instead, was one of the best street photographers of the 20th century. read full story »

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

Wednesday

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 »

and in the end …

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

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
Note: I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer Network campaign for Depend. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are, as always, my own. I am in no way affiliated with Depend and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.
 
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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