Wanda M. Argersinger and Jody Worsham credit the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop for bringing them together to collaborate on the newly published Kin We’re Not Related To As Told By Mabel and Maybelle. Even though Jody claims, “I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthing no book,” the two have sent out a “birth” announcement. Congrats to the proud authors! […]
Essays and News
We’ve all heard them. We might have even said them from time to time. “It’s like comparing apples to oranges.” “It’s for the best.” “When God closes a door, He opens a window.” We pepper our daily conversations with a lengthy list of cliches and sayings that, regardless of our best intentions, may or may not actually make sense.
There are a few popular expressions that I hear almost daily that never fail to make me wince. […]
“Granny!” she would shriek as she leaped with abandon into what she trustingly assumed would be my waiting embrace. Her eyes would shine with joy as she anticipated playtime, Granny-style. We would collapse on the floor, surrounded by dolls and other such girlish accoutrements.
Sometimes I got to be the Mommy and she the Daddy, and when she grew tired of parenthood, she would dump her “children” in a box, and we’d dance to the rhythm of Old McDonald, […]
He was sitting on the couch, peacefully watching the reruns of highlights of an instant replay from a previously shown football game. Except for the furtive glance aimed at me, he seemed content.
I waded through the empty cans casually strewn on the floor, occasionally slipping on a loose, salted peanut . . . and then it happened. Slowly at first, I barely noticed its presence. But the crescendo rose and pulsed through my entire being. […]
Dan Zevin‘s “laugh-eliciting” pieces in The New York Times and Jerry Zezima‘s conversational, whimsical columns in The Advocate (Stamford, Conn.) took first-place honors in humor writing in large and small newspapers, respectively, at the 2014 annual column contest sponsored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. […]