In eighth grade I entered a Haiku poetry contest on WBAI radio in Detroit. My poems won two weeks in a row and were read over the air. The prize for the monthly winner was an all-expenses paid trip to Japan. Two out of four; I figured I was a shoo-in. I practiced bowing graciously to imaginary crowds of admirers waiting to greet me in Tokyo. But when I went to WBAI to pick up my prize for the first two poems (an elegant Japanese tea set) the woman sitting at the desk looked skeptical. […]
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(Editor’s Note: Recently named “Atlanta’s Funniest Lawyer,” Lori B. Duff is a national award-winning author of four humor collections, including the soon-to-be released If You Did What I Asked in the First Place. In a Q&A, she reflects on finding the funny in life.)
How does a lawyer, which some would argue is one of the least comical career paths, become a humorist?
I find it necessary to balance out my Karma. […]
Halfway between my engagement day and my wedding date I had a realization: I was probably a dream bride from the male perspective, but for my mother, female in-laws-to-be, girlfriends, aunts and little girls…I left a lot to be desired.
For example, three months out from the nuptials, I had yet to pick my dress.
Apparently, I was supposed to have done that already. Instead, I was stewing about the Spotify playlist. We were getting married in Nashville, […]
Yes, the shoe you are chewing on probably does taste bad, and if you don’t stop bending your foot up to your mouth in that way you are going to need a chiropractor.
Keep your clothes on during math class.
Keep your clothes on during every class.
Noticing that your mom signed “Jason’s Mom” on your report, I wonder, is she familiar with her own name?
Holding intelligence contests among your peers to determine the lucky winner of “who’s allowed to tie my shoelaces for me throughout the day, […]
When I was in high school, I had a friend tell me, “Hillary, you’re kind of smart, and kind of dumb.”
Not having a habit of arguing with the truth, I didn’t deny it.
I was reminded of her comment just the other day on a field trip with my son. I had to fill out a parking permit for my van, complete with license plate. After I dropped my payment in the park’s drop box, […]