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November 28, 2022
Cause for Alarm

The most alarming thing about being home alone, aside from being cast in a geezer version of the famous Macaulay Culkin movie, is setting off the house alarm and having to tell my wife, Sue, who left me home alone, that I could have been arrested for being in our own house.

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November 21, 2022
How Sweet It Was

It’s a good thing I’m not a business magnate because I couldn’t sell refrigerators in Death Valley. If I could, I’d be a refrigerator magnate.

 

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November 16, 2022
Who ARE You?

After 32 years of marriage, there’s not a lot of surprises. Steve and I know and expect certain things from one another. For example, Steve is an early bird. That guy is always up before the sunrise, perky and productive. Like a rooster on crack.

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November 15, 2022
Erma Magic
"I've attended plenty of retreats, conferences and workshops, and I usually feel a high after each one, but the high I feel after the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop is next-level," wrote one attendee on a survey rating the 2022 workshop. "I feel like my brain is in a vortex, but it is a magical, life-affirming one."
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November 14, 2022
What's Up, Docs?

Laughter, goes an old saying, is the best medicine. And, I would add, because I’m old myself, the cheapest.

 

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November 14, 2022
The Gift of Time (and a Bathrobe)

Kristen Mulrooney spent seven years “writing in 10-minute increments” around caring for three young children. What could she do with some alone time? In two weeks she wrote 75,000 words — the first draft of a humorous novel — in a hotel room in Dayton, Ohio.

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November 12, 2022
Randy and the Impala Story (Or, Do Cars Have Souls?)
While sitting in my comfy chair, watching an advertisement for a new TV show called Married at First Sight (and divorced soon after), I thought about my brother Randy.
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November 11, 2022
The Haunted Residency

Look, I enjoy Halloween just as much as the next gal. Let me rephrase that. I love Halloween. But when I won this writing residency, I thought it would be my time to write without distractions.

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November 11, 2022
Seize the Moment
The 2022 Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop inspired Kim Weitkamp to commit to writing her first book. Desiree Miller came to "find my funny" and left with lifelong bonds and a humorous book idea that she floated past a publisher. In all, nearly 30 writers shared humorous and heartfelt pieces.
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November 11, 2022
Write (But First, Dance)
Kathy Shiels Tully didn't want to lose the inspiration and rejuvenation she felt after the 2022 Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, so she created a playlist on Spotify. It includes songs like "Can't Stop the Feeling," "Happy," "We Are Family" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
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