Essays and News
When you watch “head humorician” Patricia Wynn Brown tease the audience with her Hair Theater performances or if you’ve ever experienced her special wit at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, you know this woman is flat-out funny. She’s the author of two books, Hair-A-Baloo: The Revealing Comedy and Tragedy on Top of Your Head and Momma Culpa: One Mother Comes Clean and Makes her Maternal Confession, and a three-time winner of the James Thurber Summer Writing Contest. […]
Angie Klink‘s new book, The Deans’ Bible: Five Purdue Women and Their Quest for Equality, will be published by Purdue University Press. It’s received a resounding endorsement from Ilene Beckerman: “Angie Klink has woven the lives of these remarkable, courageous women educators into an inspiring narrative — scrupulously researched, wonderfully written. A compelling story and a joy to read.” Angie writes biographies, histories, children’s books, essays and ad copy. […]
Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig. I’ve been besotted by them ever since I heard them purr, “Bond. James Bond.” I’m a sucker for men with British accents. And men who look good in tuxedos.
What’s not to like? Bonds are like wild, exotic animals. Elusive, dangerous, powerful, elegant…sexy. One kiss from them and you’re sure to be swept off your feet faster than you can whisper “Shaken, not stirred.” 007 has skills. […]
Sunday nights meant only one thing when I was a child: a drive to Lorain, Ohio, with my mother and father, to visit my Sicilian grandmother.
Grandma Monia, my mother’s mother, was a widow who lived in the family home with the youngest of her four children, my unmarried Aunt Helen. Grandma spoke very little English; she had arrived at Ellis Island, as did so many immigrants, early in the 20th century.
An only child, […]