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BlogHer ’12

31 Jul

DO THE MATH!

4,000 bloggers, 3800 of them women, 3 days, 5 billion cups of coffee, 10 million chocolate chip cookies, 2500 pairs of Spanx, 6600 sore feet, 3500 PMS cravings, 7500 killer cramps, 1,200,000 clever business cards, hundreds of dozens of deals, a multitude of parties, enough swag to fill five aircraft carriers, enough estrogen and “you go girl” power to charge India’s electricity grid.

ANY advice?  Survival tips?

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Weekend Funny 5

27 Jul

Annie Wood

Annie Wood (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are some quick cures for the summer blues and blahs…

 

Comedy Writer, TV/Film actress Annie Wood at http://www.anniewood.com   Annie is the host/co-producer of the national game show, #BZZZ! Actress #GoodLuckChuck #MySistersKeeper Guest on #TheTonightShow, WGA Writer, TV ♡er. http://www.comediva.com  in Anniewood, California

 

Humor columnist, Jen X’pert Jenny Isenman at The Suburban Jungle  and at The Huffington Post Women

 

DOG LOVERS! New book coming out!  Rabid: Are You Crazy About Your Dog or Just Crazy?  [Hardcover] Pamela Redmond Satran (Author)

 

“When To Stop Exercising”  at DivineCaroline.com 

“Pinsanity”

 

 

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I Feel Your Pain

10 Jul

July is National Boredom Month, and so I celebrate boredom. Come on, cultivate your ennui.

And may the force be with you.

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Arrrgh!

If you are feeling bored lately, here are 7 HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS to shake ya outta that weary funk:

 

1.   READ A BOOK.  WTF why not – How ’bout a clever book about boredom?

ANATOMY OF BOREDOM – Boredom: A Lively History by Peter Toohey (via BrainPickings!)

 

2.   PLAY OLD SCHOOL SCRABBLE – or a “bored game” of your choice – ‘TIL YOUR EYES BLEED or ‘TIL NOBODY IN YOUR FAMILY IS SPEAKING TO YOU.

 

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3.    Catch up with the 21st century. Go electronic with Scrabble Flash.

 

4.   DRINK, preferably with friends (FB friends don’t count) and when in a jolly mood. Wine away.

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5.   Join a club. Hmmm, here’s one!

 

7.   HIT the “celebrity news.” Reading about how bored senseless Paris Hilton and/or Lindsay Lohan are – with all their money, glam, beauty, youth, personal assistants, movie star friends, toys, talents, trainers, and resources – will help you focus on your own blessings…

like “Thank God, I can’t afford a cocaine habit,” or “Good thing I don’t have to worry about totaling my Porsche Carrera 997 S,” or “Darn, I don’t have anything to wear to my court appearance today.”

 

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I Need Coffee

19 Jun

COFFEE! For millions (like me) it’s as necessary as the air we breathe.  Many of us (like me) are happily addicted to our caffeinated coffee. We are wired, buzzed, adrenalized due to the turb0-charged brown bean. And Starbucks = Coffee.

Meet Kenny! I met the affable (like me) author Kenneth Brown and his lovely wife Ashley at the Book Expo of America. Kenneth is a coffee connoisseur and former Starbucks manager who has written an entertaining and informative book Inside the Cup: Translating  Starbucks into a Drinkable Language.

In Inside the Cup, you can learn to speak Starbucks – like me, you know you want to increase your cool factor:

“Wet doppio macchiato. Espresso con panna venti. 5 Pump caramel frappuccino mocha extra whip. Triple, breve espresso macchiato.” Mamma Mocha Mia!

You can discover which of the 10 Starbucks Customers you are:  Are you the Buddy-Buddy, the Mom, the Runner, a Regular?  The Starbucks Maven?

There’s a terrific chapter / list of Kids’ Drinks – and ALL are decaffeinated. Organic chocolate milk. Cinnamon dolce syrup. Blended strawberry lemonade. Yum.

There are lots of FUN facts, quotes, and even a chapter on – OMGtea.

The “Caffeine content of popular Starbucks beverages” table – priceless!

Inside the Cup. Available as an eBook and paperback on Amazon.

I’m curious… how important is coffee to your day? Are you hooked?

Starbucks Touchscreen Storefronts

Starbucks Touchscreen Storefronts (Photo credit: DavidErickson)

 

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Weekend Funny 5

15 Jun

In honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, here are some Dad writers I LOVE!

Dan Zevin    FUNNY author at danzevin.com, Thurber Prize for American Humor finalist.  NEW book Dan Gets A Minivan

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Jim Higley    Motivational writer “Bobblehead Dad”         BobbleHeadDad

 

 

 

 

Tim Bete    Classic parody!  Cap’n Billy “TheButcher” MacDougall’s  Guide to Pirate Parenting

 

TimBete                       TimBete

 

Patrick Caneday   Graceful writer and brilliant newspaper columnist. His book is Crooked Birdhouse: Random Thoughts On Being Human

 

PatrickCaneday                         PatrickCaneday

 

Bill Cosby    Fun stuff on his web site BillCosby.com  

 

Chocolate cake for breakfast, yeah!

 

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I Feel Your Pain

12 Jun

When it comes to pain, death has to be way up there on the list.

Before you “check out” for good, check out this funny and touching collection of essays, EXIT LAUGHING: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death.

This remarkable anthology is edited by novelist Victoria Zackheim. I met Victoria last week at the Book Expo of America.  Her impressive bio is here.

The stories are profoundly life and laughter affirming.  Exit Laughing is available on Amazon. Enjoy!

 

Amazon Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Laughing All The Way,June 11, 2012
This review is from: Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death (Io) (Paperback)

Exit Laughing is a fascinating anthology. It lovingly takes on the subject of death with grace, courage, and (thank God!) humor. It’s this celebration of laughter, even in dying and death, that makes the book so remarkable. The essays are poignant, funny, and memorable. They demonstrate the life-affirming power of humor. A great collection edited by Victoria Zackheim.

 

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Mirth Mother Erma Bombeck

13 Apr

THANK YOU ERMA!

We baby boomers share a common “Mirth Mother” in beloved humorist and best selling author Erma Bombeck.

We were weaned on Erma’s wise and witty columns via newspaper clippings that our mothers proudly posted on the refrigerator door (this served as a blog in ancient times.)

While many of our mothers were marginalized by stunted cultural expectations and a crying lack of opportunity, Erma broke through those prickly barriers of her day with brilliant humor and unforgettable humanity to provide Mom with a powerful voice and much needed comic relief.

Sweetly subversive and hot damn hilarious, Erma poked enormous fun at the absurdity of women’s lives yet clearly valued parenting, marriage, and the vital importance for us all to fulfill our potential.

Erma epitomized “The One Who Does It All” – successful career, happy family – not to mention fame and fortune – all while being incredibly funny and (genuinely) nice. No small feat, but a worthy goal!

Let us thank “Erma Bombeck, Mirth Mother“ for blessing us with the inspiration, the role model and the legacy of laughter.  (Now sit up straight and stop chewing with your mouth open!)

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Barb Best, 2010 Erma Bombeck Global Humor Winner

 

Erma Bombeck Museum

Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop

 

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What Women Want

6 Feb

 

Guns aren’t nice, so here’s a poem in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                              WHAT THE HELL DO WOMEN WANT ANYWAY?

 

 

 

 

 

What do women want, dude?

 

 

I’ll tell you!

 

 

 

 

 

Kill the black widow spider

 

 

Smash the horse fly

 

 

Wrestle that ’gator in yonder lake

 

 

Slice the venom-spitting snake.

 

 

 

 

 

Pulverize the prowler

 

 

In one Superman swoop,

 

 

No spurting blood

 

 

No cracking bones

 

 

Do it nice, don’t tell me how

 

 

No messes, but do it now.

 

 

 

 

 

What do women want, dude?

 

 

I’ll tell you!

 

 

Purr like a kitten, tiger

 

 

Dance the Howdy Doody

 

 

Rock ‘n Roll me with violins,

 

 

Shower me with mortal sins.

 

 

 

 

 

Sail me love letters

 

 

In my alphabet soup

 

 

Stir it hard,

 

 

Use your imagination,

 

 

Be a prince, show some stately grace,

 

 

Valentine me with diamonds and lace.

 

 

 

 

 

What do women want, dude?

 

 

Most of all?

 

 

At least try to enthrall,

 

 

A dozen red roses, pricks and all.

 

 

 

 

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Humor Books by Women

16 Nov

Looking for a fun read?  Of course you are!

A humor book makes a meaningful, high value, yet affordable gift. Experience the joy that comes from sharing laughter.

These 10 titles are available as quality paperbacks and ebooks on Amazon.

The authors are all funny, sharp women.  Check them out…

The CHICK-tionary From A-Line to Z-Snap, the Words Every Woman Should Know  by Anna Lefler

Hilarious. Includes 450+ words no woman can live without! Destined to be a comedy classic.

Got Milf? The Modern Mom’s Guide to Feeling Fabulous, Looking Great, and Rocking a Minivan by Sarah Maizes

Funny and affirmative.   “Celebrates where the modern woman has taken motherhood.”  A mom can so be hot!

How Not to Act Old 185 Ways to Pass for Phat, Sick, Hot, Dope, Awesome, or at Least Not Totally Lame by Pamela Redmond Satran

Brilliant, laugh-out-loud funny, and highly informative. A must read!

I REMEMBER NOTHING And Other Reflections by Nora Ephron

A delightful, insightful look at the past, present, and future by the charming and witty Renaissance woman Nora Ephron.

I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman   by Nora Ephron

Hysterical. The chapter “Parenting In Three Stages” is gold.

I STILL HAVE ITI Just Can’t Remember Where I Put It

Confessions of a Fiftysomething by Rita Rudner

“Near-sighted insights” about aging from the very likable, extremely amusing comedian, actress, screenwriter, and author.

Rebel Without A Minivan Observations on Life in the ‘burbs

by Tracy Beckerman

Highly entertaining collection of essays by the author of the popular syndicated humor column, LOST IN SUBURBIA® and grand prize winner of The Balancing Act’s “America’s Top Blogger.”

Sitting On Cold Porcelain by Rose A. Valenta

Amusing, perceptive collection of satirical essays about current events and politics by top syndicated columnist and humorist.

Confessions of A Semi-Natural Woman Mostly True Tales of a Woman under the Influence of Laughter by Leigh Anne Jasheway

Funny stuff from award-winning humor writer, motivational speaker, and stand-up comedienne. She has an M.P.H. – “master of public health/mistress of public humor!”

The Women’s Daily Irony Supplement by Judy Gruen

Classic collection of comedic essays on family and foibles that succeeds beautifully at being both sophisticated and relatable.

ENJOY!    What are your favorite humor books?

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