Peggy Rowe has written and published her first book, a humorous memoir. “It only took me 80 years,” she says. Almost 8,000 copies of About My Mother… True stories of a horse crazy daughter and her baseball-obsessed mother have already sold on eBay. Her celebrity son Mike Rowe shares the positive reviews and reads a thank-you letter and humorous story from Peggy on his podcast, “Mondays with Mother.” […]
Essays and News
Cindy Ratzlaff and Kathy Kinney (aka, “The Queens”) are superstars in our book for the way they empower writers.
In their “How to Uncover Your Own Voice and Get it Down on Paper” workshop this spring, writers knocked out humorous stories in seven minutes flat. Kathy’s hysterical voice-overs in these short videos bring to life a series of absurd stories written by some talented attendees. (By the way, you may recognize Kathy’s voice. […]
Cautious to avoid red tape and complicated forms, prospective pet owners often steer clear of adopting shelter dogs. However, the process is no more difficult than purchasing a pair of last season’s jeans that, without your intervention, would have been euthanized.
Budleigh is our first shelter dog. Previously, our dogs were factory-produced schnauzer/poodle mixes and, in one case, a complicated terrier thing that embarrassed the breeder. Budleigh is a composite of several kinds of terriers with maybe a border collie thrown in to run the controls. […]
Writer, columnist, former Chicago reporter, humorist Dave Jaffe has written for online, print, television and radio. Creative, clever, witty — these are traits that kept Dave in detention for most of the eighth grade. But as an adult those skills led to multiple award-winning columns and commentary, numerous published articles and essays, and even sketches for Bozo the Clown. Dave’s blog, Sleeping between Giants — which explores life, if you could call it that, […]
Bare midriffs, high-cut legs revealing cellulite thighs, visible rolls of flesh everywhere. Is there a woman alive who does not loathe swimwear? It’s made for shaming.
I’ve managed to avoid this fashion nightmare due to a lifelong pathological fear of drowning — a strategy that served me well for over 50 years until my left knee stopped working. The usual remedies and exercises offered little pain relief, so my physical therapist recommended aquatic therapy. He promised the buoyant effect of water would help me strengthen the muscles supporting my knee. […]