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June 16, 2024
Veggies to Diet For

Since my cardiologist put me on a Mediterranean diet, I have been looking forward to a daily meal of spaghetti and meatballs or a few slices of pepperoni pizza.

Instead, I get the uneasy feeling I will be eating prodigious quantities of another Italian-sounding food: zucchini.

June 16, 2024
The Apology As an Intro — Don't Do It
Women, let’s stop apologizing for sharing our thoughts with an audience.


June 15, 2024
Inspirational Quotes for the Over-50 Realist

Recently, I was getting a haircut and teasing my long-term stylist about the lack of inspirational-quote décor in her salon station compared to the one next to hers. Of course, she knows that teasing her is how I show my love and appreciation to her for not re-sculpting my earlobes with her straight razor or making my hair look like it was styled with a package of firecrackers.

June 09, 2024
No Absence of Mallets

When it comes to croquet, a leisurely game that sounds like it involves chickens, I cannot mend my wicket ways.

June 06, 2024
Who's Publishing What: Herman Nature

When Herman Rabinowitz's identity was stolen, he bought a Harley, reinvented himself as Paco and, along with other off-the-grid bikers, formed the Bedouins.

When Paco decides to get his identity back, he must first navigate a worldwide web full of fake Hermans. After that comes the tricky part.

June 04, 2024
Humor Writer of the Month: Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh, our Humor Writer of the Month for June, is an author, podcaster, essayist, teacher and a 2024 winner of A Hotel Room of One's Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program.
June 03, 2024
Lessons From Erma Bombeck

I recently attended the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop in Dayton, Ohio, along with hundreds of writers and esteemed speakers, including Anna Quindlen, Wade Rouse (aka Viola Shipman), and Jacquelyn Mitchard.

June 02, 2024
The Big Climb

As a geezer who can barely make it up the dozen steps in my house without getting winded, I never thought I would make it up and down 2,500 steps at a baseball stadium without keeling over, being carted off the field and finishing the season on the disabled list.

June 01, 2024
Rock On—and Pass the Tylenol

Now that two of my daughters are away at college and the one still at home basically views me as an ATM in an unfashionable neighborhood, I’ve tried to find myself a hobby.

May 30, 2024
The Silent Generation and Panty Raids
Time magazine called the college kids in the 1950s "The Silent Generation" because we didn’t join any causes, or protest any injustices.