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Erma Bombeck

Dena Blizzard, One Weird and Wonderfully Funny Mother Shares the Crazy Normality of Parenthood

Myra Chanin | Posted 04.27.2016 | Weird News
Myra Chanin

Thirteen years ago, Dena Blizzard -- the 1995 Miss New Jersey with a graduate degree in gerontology -- had just given birth to her second child, when ...

Muted Joy: Learning to Live, Love and Laugh Again

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 04.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Christy Heitger-Ewing

Mom's hearty laugh and gentle voice didn't just lead me to the stage; it lead me back to love, life, and heart-healing laughter.

Women: Stop Apologizing As a Preface to Comments

Suzette Standring | Posted 04.08.2016 | Women
Suzette Standring

Ladies, can we stop apologizing for over-explaining our work? As nurturers we crave rapport, and pooh-poohing ourselves is a form of bonding. At best our intent is humility, but it conveys, "Forgive me for having thoughts."

My Karma Ran Over My Dogma

Barbara Lerman-Golomb | Posted 03.21.2016 | Fifty
Barbara Lerman-Golomb

My mother has been progressive in many ways. One thing she did that I never imagined would become trendy was that she didn't drive -- an anomaly in the baby boomer suburbs. My relationship with cars has always been complicated.

Speaking of Laughter

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 12.28.2016 | Comedy
Elaine Ambrose

A well-timed, original joke can be the beginning of a wonderful relationship between a speaker and an audience, and between friends.

All Families Are Funny: A Conversation With Author, Molly D. Campbell

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.12.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Molly D. Campbell is the author of the debut novel, Keep the Ends Loose, about a fifteen year old's journey when a family secret threatens to destroy her family. A wry tale told from Mandy Heath's point of view, it is a coming of age novel for both teens and adults. We spoke about writing from a young adult point of view, what it means to be a family, and how to be funny with writing.

What Erma Bombeck Taught Me About My Mother's Alzheimer's

Vincent O'Keefe | Posted 06.24.2015 | Fifty
Vincent O'Keefe

Bombeck's classic teaches that even late in life, the cherries are still there; we just have to dig deeper in the bowl. Indeed, such fruits are necessary for survival. A special way to reach them is by reading and sharing a loved one's favorite book.

To You, Erma, Sister of Mine

Terry Marotta | Posted 04.28.2015 | Comedy
Terry Marotta

Erma wrote a column every week for 32 years. By now, I have been writing one for 35 years -- and with every passing birthday, I think what a privilege it has been to follow in her footsteps.

7 Off-the-Wall Literary Gifts

Beth Bartlett | Posted 02.10.2015 | Books
Beth Bartlett

Why be subtle when you can be sassy and weird? Tap directly into their favorite bookish fandom with one of these unusual offerings.

Stacey Gustafson: An Erma for the Cell Phone Era

Roz Warren | Posted 12.15.2014 | Books
Roz Warren

When ARE YOU KIDDING ME?, a new collection of Stacey Gustafson's humor columns, turned up in the mail, I figured I'd grab two minutes, put my feet up...

"A Chore Thing"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 12.01.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima The late, great humorist Erma Bombeck once said, "Housework, if you do it right, can kill you." Since I am still alive, thanks to my...

"How to Babysit a Grandma"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 09.22.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go. My granddaughter, Chloe, doesn't have to take such a circuitous r...

Worshipping At The Erma Bombeck Altar

Gina Barreca | Posted 06.18.2014 | Comedy
Gina Barreca

When Bombeck quipped "I don't think women outlive men... It only seems longer," she challenged the system that would have us believe women live easy lives.

Phil Donahue on Books, TV, Mohamed Ali and Erma Bombeck

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.03.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

In the 70s my mom went from being an immigrant housewife stay-at-home mom to a bra-burning consciousness-raising feminist to a card-carrying same-sex ...

How to Write About Yourself Without Being a Jerk

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 03.09.2014 | Books
Theo Pauline Nestor

"What do you write about?" I'm often asked. The answer, um, is I, uh, write about myself, which automatically puts me in the company of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, and others who exude the belief that their lives are of inherent interest to others.

Find Your Writer's Voice in 2014

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 02.26.2014 | Books
Theo Pauline Nestor

The scholarly and professional styles that earned you good grades and your way up the ladder won't win the hearts of readers of fiction or memoir. These readers are looking for the real deal. These readers want the feral you, the wild you that answers to no one.

Embrace the Ordinary

Roberta Gately | Posted 07.12.2013 | Good News
Roberta Gately

It is the ordinary among us who make the world go round, who live quietly graceful lives, and who, when heroes are needed, step forward to make a difference.

Have Earrings Become the New 'Missing Sock' Mystery?

Pat Gallagher | Posted 12.09.2012 | Comedy
Pat Gallagher

I have seven earrings that don't have a mate and none of them -- together -- would look good as a pair. If they were people, they wouldn't be a good match on a dating site.

Lessons From Nora

Michele Weldon | Posted 08.28.2012 | Women
Michele Weldon

Her risky writing liberated me, made me feel that it was alright not to aspire to be a war correspondent, but to dream of artfully capturing the life in front of me.

Damn, I Miss Erma Bombeck

Jean Carnahan | Posted 05.19.2012 | Books
Jean Carnahan

Erma was there for women in the sixties, picking up where Dr. Spock left off, giving stay-at-home moms a chance to laugh off the tribulations of diaper rash, carpooling and mouthy kids. A few years ago, I thought: "What would Erma be writing about had she lived to be my age?'

Don't You Dare Tell Me Santa Claus Doesn't Exist -- 'Tis the Season to Believe!

Mona Elyafi | Posted 02.05.2012 | Parents
Mona Elyafi

Tragically we all have a tendency to become jaded adults and take things for granted. But the Santa Claus tradition is what makes "impossible" read "I'm possible."

35 Classic One-liners About Aging

John Blumenthal | Posted 02.03.2012 | Fifty
John Blumenthal

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work," said Woody Allen, "I want to achieve it through not dying."

Grief and Kids: Healing Through Humor

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 10.04.2011 | Parents
Susan McCorkindale

My husband was the master of the off the cuff-comment and quick comeback. For almost 22 years of marriage, all I tried to do was keep up. And since his death from cancer in April, all I've tried to do is keep it up.

Christmas Letter 2010

Jerry Zezima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Since I am in the holiday spirit (and, having just consumed a mug of hot toddy, a glass of eggnog and a nip of cheer, the holiday spirits are in me), I have once again decided to follow in that great tradition of boring everyone silly by writing a Christmas letter.

"Leaving on a Jet Plane"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

My bag was packed. I was ready to go. For the first time I was flying solo. I was leaving on a jet plane, and though I knew when I'd be back again, oh, baby, I hated to go.