Miss Nackawic Meets Midlife has been described as “a mashup of Ellen Degeneres and Erma Bombeck” as it offers “a slow roast of everyday life as seen through a would-be pageant winner who dreams of bigger things.” Canadian author Colleen Landry is a humor writer whose articles have appeared in Canadian Living, The Globe and Mail and The Irish Times. She is also one of the co-authors of Follow the Goose Butt, Camelia Airheart! and Take off to Tantramar. […]
Essays and News
According to an old saying, which I just made up, when one door closes, your finger will get caught in it.
That’s what happened to me recently, which is why I became unhinged. The door didn’t, but it did lose its weatherstripping, so my wife, Sue, and I went to a home improvement store to buy not one but two (because they come in pairs) French doors.
The old doors, which led from the family room to the backyard patio, […]
Forget cook-it-yourself meal boxes bursting with spiky, hairy vegetables that scare the cat. Every tired woman knows the best path to dinner involves minimal preparation, especially in summer when our hot flashes could power a dozen induction cookers and the A/C is on the fritz again.
Our lives would be all sunshine and salsa if a food truck bearing tacos and nachos made the rounds through the neighborhood like the ice cream man did when we were six. […]
In speaking with my children about a myriad of topics, my mouth is like a runaway train, delivering too much information. Understandably, I’d rather other children hear it from their own parents, so I don’t get in trouble for educating the neighborhood.
For instance, I have described the chaos of labor, because everyone loves a good story. I’ve given accounts of how I bit their dad’s hand repeatedly because he never found a sturdy stick for me to chew on; […]
This summer my wife and I traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, to collect my second leg lamp for humor writing from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists at the annual conference.
The conference itself was outstanding, and it was a privilege to meet Pulitzer Prize-winning columnists Clarence Page, Rochelle Riley and Connie Schultz, who write about important topics like truth in journalism, race in America, and the struggles of underrepresented populations. Disheartening self-comparisons were inevitable, though, […]