Anyone who watched the ’80s chick flick “Steel Magnolias” is familiar with Shirley MacLain’s character “Weezer” when she wanders into Dolly Parton’s beauty salon, armed with a bag of tomatoes and a scowl that would make Scrooge look like Glinda the Good Witch. When Sally Field’s character calls her on it, MacLaine, belching after a long swig of coke, blurts: “I’m fine! I’m an old Southern woman! We’re supposed to grow vegetables in the dirt and wear funny hats. […]
Essays and News
Anna Lefler, author of The CHICKtionary: From A-Line to Z-Snap, the Words Every Woman Should Know, will be offering humorous takes on motherhood on a new Nick Jr. show that launches Oct. 1.
“Parental Discretion With Stefanie Wilder-Taylor” airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. (PST) and 11 p.m. (EST). It’s repeated on Fridays at the same time. The show is part of a new block of comedy programming on Nick Jr. […]
eBookMall.com has launched the first annual “America’s Next Author” competition, one that’s modeled after the popular “American Idol.”
In the search for new talent, the digital book retailer is reinventing the standard writing contest. Readers judge entries even before the official jury, and authors will get valuable feedback about their writing.
“This is not your average writing contest. In most writing contests, authors are left in the dark without ever knowing what other people entered or why they didn’t win,” […]
CAUTION: Rant ahead.
There are days when I just want to throw everything in our apartment away. And I mean everything. But that is not the generation my children are growing me up in.
I have always thought of myself as a good citizen in recycling terms. I’ve rinsed the bean and tomato residue out of thousands of tin cans and tossed hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles into blue bins.
But that was when it was easy. […]
It seems I’m allergic to my house. I had a feeling I was, and now my worst fears are confirmed. I’m allergic to dogs, cats, dust, mold and dust mites.
Ick. Dust mites? You don’t take that one seriously until the doctor shows you a photo of a mite enlarged 100 percent. I’m surprised their office doesn’t have more people fainting.
Suffering from vertigo, clogged ear (try to imagine what it would feel like to have a very full water balloon stuffed into your ear), […]