Allia Zobel Nolan‘s favorite books are those that “make people laugh and those that bring folks closer to God.” A former senior editor at Reader’s Digest and a prolific writer, she’s written nearly 200 books. She’s currently collaborating with the EBWW on publishing Laugh Out Loud: 40 Women Humorists Celebrate Then and Now…Before We Forget. The humor anthology will feature a mixture of Zobel Nolan’s essays and “fall-on-the-floor-and-roll-around-in-stitches” humorous, […]
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I love book fairs. At least I did until recently. I used to really enjoy discovering all the new titles; what’s hot; what’s not, meeting with publishers and editors, exchanging chit chat and business cards with new people and connecting with old friends, hugs all around, as they gave me the once-a-year update about their cats and kids.
Sadly, that’s a thing of the past — at least for the present. Why? Because a bunch of sickly hogs with colds didn’t cover their mouths when they said “Ah-chooo,” and we’re all left with the consequences: Swine flu. […]
Come April every year, at businesses and corporations around the U.S., you’ll hear the excited chatter of little girls taking part in a neat event called “Take Our Daughters To Work Day.” It’s meant to show young girls they are valued as much as boys, and give them an introduction into the work world. I think the idea is great, but I have a dilemma. My daughter, Colleen Fiona, is a cat.
That doesn’t mean she couldn’t profit from the experience. […]
If my brother or I complained that we were bored as children, my mother went off on a tear. “You aren’t bored. You are boring. Look around you. You have every possible way to entertain yourselves from dozens of toys to the great outdoors.” (Or something like that.) Her point was that being bored is a choice and a luxury.
So, I put Barbie in a Keds shoebox with GI Joe (my brother’s toy) and sometimes Johnny West (but never the three of them together) and watched what happened. […]
I admit it. I’m a worrywart. And I’ve been one all my life. In fact, worrying is my life. From the time I put my foot out of the bed, to the moment I lay my head on the pillow, I’m a bundle of nerves.
Of course, recent world events haven’t helped matters. And COVID-19 has me off the charts with anxiety. Admittedly, I was always near the edge, on high alert for earthquakes, tornadoes, […]