As an educator, I feel blessed that I usually have the same spring break as my three daughters, which means we get to spend a week of quality time off together while my wife continues to go to work to support our leisure activities. This year, while scanning Facebook to witness our friends and loved ones on exciting ski trips, vacations to Europe, and jaunts to the beach, we spent the first part of our break in a thrilling competition to see who could sleep the latest and wear the same pair of sweatpants for the most consecutive days. […]
Essays and News
As I embark into my sixth decade, I am realizing that there are certain things I really need. I prided myself for many years in being able to thread a sewing machine needle without my Dollar Tree cheaters. Evidently from the text I sent my daughter last night – “I unlicked doir” – I need my glasses all the time for reading, writing and arithmetic (especially since I’m in accounting). Last week, a friend of the family sent up a distress Facebook post needing prayer for the final weeks of her MA program. […]
The great humorist Erma Bombeck observed, “When humor goes, there goes civilization.” Allia Zobel Nolan took that advice to heart and reached out to women humorists for their best funny coming-of-age essays for Laugh Out Loud: 40 Women Humorists Celebrate Then and Now…Before We Forget. Published in association with the University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop for release during its 10th anniversary workshop, the anthology is now available on Amazon. […]
As hundreds of writers from all parts of the country and beyond gathered at the sold-out 10th Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, the University of Dayton paid tribute to the late Bill Bombeck — and his generosity.
The Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop has received the largest gift in its history — $230,000 bequeathed from Bombeck, who died at the age of 90 on Jan. 12. The Bombeck Family Learning Center, which underwent a major expansion in 2000 after receiving a $1 million gift from Bombeck, […]
Thirty-four years ago, I was a first-time mother barely surviving my liberated effort to “do it all.” I moved frantically from long days as a newspaper reporter into long nights of a colicky baby, trying to prove myself perfect in both arenas. I wanted to quit the job, but I was fighting the voices of all my journalist friends who said if I quit my job I would NEVER. BE. HIRED. AGAIN. At least not as a reporter. […]