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Erma Bombeck

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

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.04.2014 | 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.

You Got To Know When To Fold 'Em

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maggie Van Ostrand

Everybody has something they can do well, and sometimes life is simply trying to figure out what that thing we do well is.

An Arizona State University Honorary Degree for Erma Bombeck but Not President Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

This is not the first time that ASU president Michael Crow has been sledge hammered by charges that he's a closet bigot.

Connie Schultz, Garrison Keillor To Speak At Bombeck Event

Editor & Publisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Online registration for the University of Dayton's 2008 Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop will open this Monday -- with scheduled speakers for the April ...