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Recently, I had lunch with a group of ladies I’ve known for years. We were celebrating our dear, eternally youthful friend’s – lean over now, I’ll whisper it in your ear – 59th birthday. She does not look a day over 40 which is something I do not hold against her. Yes, that makes me […]

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  • Elaine - Here’s to many more birthday’s surrounded by good friends and chocolate cake.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Hodor Greenthal - There’s nothing like old friends, is there. And old thighs, too :) ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - Growing older with friends is the best thing. Ever.ReplyCancel

  • Anne Parris - Everyone looks the same in the retirement home, so enjoy the chocolate and sparklers now! Very happy birthday, Linda! My long-term friends are a joy, and I love looking back on how far we’ve come together. I’m happy to hear you have the same type of people around you. ReplyCancel

  • Mindy Klapper Trotta - Old friends are the best–they make swallowing that aging pill (and chocolate) go down so much easier! Happy Birthday!!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Robinson Rutherford - I remember the first time someone said to me, “I hope I am like you when I am your age”. Obviously a compliment but stung a bit. I agree with your other commenters that having friends that are going through the changes with you – that’s so comforting. Fun post!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Fluhr - I celebrated a milestone birthday in April. Yeppers. The BIG six oh. You took the words right out of mouth. There are sags, wrinkles and age spots, but, as you said, it sure beats the alternative. My marathon running, healthy eating brother-in-law was found dead on the floor by his wife a week after my birthday from undiagnosed heat disease. He was 50. Carpe diem—or in other words—good friends and chocolate. Go for it!
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  • Sandr Sallin - Always a treat to read you, young lady. It is a joy and a blessing to grow old with close friends. I’m still lunching with my buddies from grammar school. I count myself lucky.
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    • Carpool Goddess - Aw, so glad you enjoyed this! One of my oldest friends is from grammar school. We share such great memories!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - Old friends are great. As are new old friends. :-D Getting older comes with so many other perks, the crap that happens to our bodies is worth it. (Or so I keep telling myself.)ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - I love my 2 friends who I’ve known for, gulp, 45 years. Identical twins, but in the BEST shape. No tummies, small tushes. Ugh, I would hate them if I didn’t love them so much!

    So glad you have your besties, and that we both have each other and the other blogging buds that we are now great friends with today. Hooray for us all enjoying the ride together, Linda!! It’s been fun so far and just think what’s in store.
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    • Carpool Goddess - No tummies, small tushies? I don’t know if I could be friends with them. Just kidding!!! My oldest friend is a tiny peanut and has the body of a 15-year-old. I still love her ;) ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - It’s so nice to hear that you have stayed connected with old-time friends. I have stayed connected with a handful of friends from childhood and they have been so instrumental in my life.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley - If you can’t beat them, join them. Since fighting getting older is a waste of time, may as well enjoy the benefits – one of which is seizing the opportunity to get together with friends to catch up and celebrate. You look beautiful in the photo, by the way. And no older than 30!
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    • Carpool Goddess - Thanks Hayley, it’s slightly blurry, which is how I photograph best! Okay, to heck with the exercising, let’s eat!ReplyCancel

  • Grown and Flown - Linda, what a wonderful gathering! Being able to have good friends to share this march of time makes all the difference in the world. It is “one of life’s great blessings!”
    Happy Birthday to you, belatedly! MD
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  • Sheryl - Birthdays definitely beat the alternative…but I’d like to invite any willing plastic surgeon to my next (big) birthday bash!!ReplyCancel

  • Lana - It sounds like a wonderful lunch – and I agree with everything you said!ReplyCancel

  • Lana - It sounds like a wonderful lunch – and I agree with everything you said!ReplyCancel

  • Goodness Gracious Living - I just had a lunch like that. Not for a birthday, but a get-together with friends from camp that I have known since we were 10. 33 years later, we still don’t run out of things to talk about and we still have each other’s backs. Love my camp girls. Thanks for sharing your story!ReplyCancel

It’s summer. The kids are home and it’s sweet bliss. What? You can’t wait for September? Have no fear. Labor Day will be here soon enough. If you feel you’re in need of some comic relief – and who isn’t? – have a look-see at what I’m reading poolside. This group is smart and sassy […]

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  • Julie - Thanks so much for the recommendations! I love funny stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Endlich Heffernan - Pinned that for our readers, great list!ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - These are some really funny books, I agree! ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - I read Emotional Baggage Claim and it was fantastic! Currently reading Why. My Third a Husband Will Be A Dog and I’ve got my copy of Have A Mice Giilt Trip waiting in the wings. Guess you could say I’ve become a Scottolibe junkie since Erma! ReplyCancel

  • Marie Perrigo - I was just looking for some good books this week! I’ll check these out. Laughter is always needed!ReplyCancel

  • Jen Maidenberg - Good to have a few choices for comic relief this summer. Mostly I have been reading heavy philosophy and poetry (by choice but still!)ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - Great list of books. I have so many in my Kindle and hard copies as well. But, I will keep this list handy.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - I love book lists! Thanks for this one of some humorous reads. As it is the nearing the end of summer, I could use some humor.

    Stopping by from #SITS and so glad I found you!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - So fun! I am definitely going to have to load some of these on my kindle :)
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Mini-me is home for the summer and that means eating extra healthy and spending more time in the kitchen. (Oh, dear God). We usually enjoy bonding while baking, but last week we decided to expand our culinary repertoire to salads. I’m shocked too. Here’s the dinner we whipped up for the family. It was light […]

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  • Hayley Kaplan - Sounds scrumptious. Wish I had all the ingredients on hand to make it right now. Thanks, Linda.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Endlich Heffernan - On a miserable hot day like today, this sounds just about right. Cool food, no oven. Thanks LindaReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - I like avocado with anything. Apples. Chicken. it all works together and looks delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - That looks delicious! What a great combination — I’m drooling already!ReplyCancel

  • Lisha Fink - I have ripe avocados and leftover chicken in the fridge. Guess what’s for dinner!
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  • Janie Emaus - Yum. Yum. This looks delicious! ReplyCancel

  • Lana - You had me at avocado – then you went and added apples and almonds. Cannot wait to try this!
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  • Cathy Chester - I love these ingredients. I may even, ahem, cook – to make it! Of course I will. Great recipe. Enjoy your time with Little YOU!ReplyCancel

Last week I had the opportunity to join a group of fellow bloggers for a fun filled day celebrating the upcoming release of the movie Blended, starring Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Joel McHale and Wendy McLendon-Covey. After our screening and before the interviews with the movie’s stars, we were treated to a delicious lunch, hair […]

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Ever since I got my hands on my first diary at age 8, I knew I wanted to be a writer. Aside from the horrible spelling and questionable punctuation, every page of my chocolate smudged Snoopy diary was filled with drama, humor, sarcasm and, later on, teenage angst. Sadly, I destroyed my first diary since […]

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Middle age is a tricky thing. Does it happen at 35 or is it 55? No one really knows for sure. In the stone age, middle age truly would have been old age. There are young people who act old. Old people who act young. Perhaps best not to judge too much. So how do […]

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  • Lisa @ The Golden Spoons - Ha! I said yes to ten so I am very, very close even though I’m just 37! Especially, #’s 1, 4, & 10. :-)
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    • Carpool Goddess - Only three? You’re practically still a teenager :) ReplyCancel

      • Carpool Goddess - Oops, thought that said three. I need stronger glasses (another sign!) Not to worry, you could hover around 10 for a long time. 37 is a wonderful age. Sigh.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah (est. 1975) - No gray nether regions… yet. But I pretty much fall into all the categories on this list.

    (Except wanting to go for a jog.)
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  • Sharon Greenthal - Good grief. I’m so middle-aged.
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  • Lucia P. - I definitely “passed” this quiz. Great list!ReplyCancel

  • Haralee - I am elderly! I wear bifocals because I can’t see with my contacts and the readers aren’t doing the trick. Contacts sticking to the eyeballs is another indication that you are beyond the middle!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Graham - Please do not be angry with me but the only one I agreed with is number 1 — muffin top. I knew I was ‘young’ as my kids tell me but your post confirmed it. I am 66 and feel about 40. Yet, I appreciate the fact that I have all that “experience” of those years that I can draw from — and hopefully wisdom as well.

    2-sexy high heels,
    3-not even one gray hair yet,
    4-I sleep as little as possible and usually start ‘writing’ around 10 at night,
    5 -rarely am nostalgic,
    6 -power walk my dogs,
    8 – love the music and usually want it louder than most people can handle (NO I am not deaf but if I can’t ‘feel’ the beat, it isn’t loud enough)
    9 -nope,
    10 -just the opposite; hence, the muffin top in number 1,
    11 – no leaky surprises
    12 – don’t need glasses
    13 – no gray
    14 – no memory problem
    15 – organized and don’t lose stuff

    But, then I am a health coach for the past 40 years so I better be HEALTHY, right?

    You made my day!!

    Carol @ Battered Hope
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    • Carpool Goddess - Carol, I need to know your secret! Sometimes I wear sexy high heels too, but then limp around in my fuzzy slippers afterwards.ReplyCancel

      • Carol Graham - When I was in my twenties I had cancer and was given two years to live. My choices were hysterectomy or death. Anger rose up inside of me and I told the doctor NO – I would walk in there pregnant one day and he said “Then, lady, go home, suffer and DIE.”

        Three weeks after that diagnosis I was introduced to nutritional healing, and a few years later had taken all the courses, became a health coach and spent the last 35 years or so teaching people how to stay young.

        And…..14 years after the diagnosis I walked into that docs office PREGNANT at 40.
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  • Sheryl - So funny and so true! I always say you work twice as hard to get half the results. Love and relate to all your items!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - I am middle aged because I have bifocals in every single room, because I wear sweats every day and because I am older than you! Hahaha.
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  • Alisa Gibsman Schindler - well it’s clear – i’m middle aged. here’s how i knew…

  • Lois Alter Mark - Well, I guess it’s official. I would tell you how many I said “yes” to but I can’t remember.
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  • Parri Shahmanesh Sontag - I think my favorate part of the story is the disclaimer at the end!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - So funny and so true! I always say you work twice as hard to get half the results. Love and relate to all your items!ReplyCancel

  • Ann Epperson McDermitt - I should start estate planning immediately…but I’m currently recovering from the Vampire Weekend concert I attended last night. The only thing I really have going my way is the lack of grey hair at 47. I owe my mother for those genetics!

    Loved your “There are young people who act old. Old people who act young.” statement – so completely true.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - A resounding yes to each one. I think I may soon be too old for middle age. ReplyCancel

  • Alyson Shitastrophy Herzig - Thank god I have a few no’s on that list! Phew…that was close! ReplyCancel

  • Valerie Newman - I’m definitely there. But you know, I heard 60 is the new 40. So there we go! Enjoyable reading!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Yes, true. Oh, the loud music thing. Sad, sad, sad.
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  • Hayley Kaplan - OMG – some of those things sound awful – please tell me they aren’t true! How about some of the wonderful things about middle age? Not scared to speak our mind. Don’t care about what others think. Enormous amount of wisdom – when we can remember it. And I know there are a bunch more. Just not sure what they are at this moment. Sheesh. I’m going to fight it every step of the way.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Snarkypants - Thank God I got a 5, but I refuse to say which….ReplyCancel

  • Christina Simon - God, this is funny. Or, maybe not so funny if this stuff is happening. I say “if” hahha! ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - That whole “sneeze-pee” thing really ticks me off.
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  • Cristina - #9 I’m 36 and said yes to way more than 5. I also gave up on my gray hair. Can you say skunk stripe?

    (Yay HuffPo)
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  • James Oliver - Now, that’s just wrong…and funny!ReplyCancel

When I was asked by writer and friend Connie McLeod to join a group of lovely, talented writers who are taking turns sharing their unique writing process, I jumped at the chance, because oh goody I get to talk about me! I love learning about writers’ creative process and, in turn, discovering and sharing my […]

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  • Cathy Chester - You are so authentic, Linda, in the true sense of that overused word. You write and describe yourself exactly as you are – lovely, funny, aware and wonderful. I enjoyed getting to know you even more.

    Procrastination? That is my middle name!
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    • Carpool Goddess - Thanks, Cathy! ((Hugs!)) This was such a fun project. Love that we’re all getting to know each other better.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff - Love the hair on the head, I do that too! It has to be up or I can’t think!ReplyCancel

  • Mindy Klapper Trotta - Love that, Linda! I think the colored post-it note idea is terrific–just might steal that one from you. And, the taking a walk idea in order to get your creative juices flowing is genius…in fact I just read an article that says just that! Here it is…

  • Christina Simon - I just never know when I’ll feel like writing. My hair must also be dealt with too, before I write a word! ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - LOVE this! Yes you are the funny, warm, savvy girlfriend I love to hang out with. I’m so glad to hear you also procrastinate. I always enjoy what you write, and this is no exception.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - I love this! I always wanted to start my own magazine, too. Let’s do it! We can put up our hair and procrasinate, I mean chat, over lunch. Thanks for the intro. You’re a hard act to follow! xo

  • Linda Roy - I wanted to work for a magazine when I was a kid too; Tiger Beat meets People meets Dynamite. I think you and I are on the same procrastination page too. Pass the coffee please. ;) ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - Hilariously funny and just what I needed this morning! I’m glad to know I’m not the only unorganized one in the lot of us. I am always scribbling ideas down when it comes time to write of course I can never find the notes!
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  • Kate K - It’s so funny! I thought
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    • Kate K - Ha ha sorry, I sneezed and somehow managed to submit me comment.

      That’s so funny! I thought I was the only one with that hair quirk. I donated 26ish inches of my hair to locks of love 6 weeks ago so it’s not Marge Simpson worthy anymore, but I still have to put it in a little ponytail or I can’t concentrate.
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  • Chris Carter - Walk… post its…snack… coffee…walk around the kitchen…clean out drawers…on line shop..text…go back and edit…find errors right after you hit publish…

    I so get you Linda. I SO get you. :)
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  • Annah Elizabeth - Glad to see I’m not the only one who resorts to…procrastination… I solve my hair dilemma with a turban. Yep, don’t come a knocking on my door until well after lunch time, lest you find me with my still-wet head wrapped in a brightly colored wrap…

    It’s the little things, like the Chinese fortunes and my window looking out onto the valley and the laundry that’s been occupying the sofa for a week (and will for another) and, sigh, a Words With Friends (or two) with my mom…what can I say, she lives on the other side of the country and it’s important to stay in touch, isn’t it?

    Thanks for this glimpse into your writerly life!
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    • Carpool Goddess - Of course, staying in touch is so important. That’s why every other post I do is a tweet or a text. Just spreading the love.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Erasmus - Wonderful piece Linda. I always have to fight procrastination, too, and as a college project put together a magazine for–ready for this– prostitutes.
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  • Grown and Flown - you are a warm savvy, funny girlfriend and every bit the same person IRL. So happy that we have had the chance to both meet you and read you. Love this on writing and procrastination.
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  • Hayley - I’m so delighted to hear I’m not the only one who has mastered the fine art of procrastination!
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  • susan -ofeverymoment - I certainly can identify with those laps around the kitchen … and I spent an hour last week organizing my stationary drawer and matching cards up with displaced envelopes! I WAS more focused after that though :) Thanks for the humor!
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My love for Erma Bombeck began when I was just a kid peeking over my dad’s shoulder while he was laughing and reading one of many of her books that we would collect over the years. I was hooked. “My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the […]

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  • jamie@southmainmuse - It was a great time. Loved looking at your pics. And darn that dessert. It was everywhere. Too bad EBWW was during Lent and I gave up sweets this year. Hope to see you in 2016.
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  • Gina Valley (@GinaValley) - It was so great to get to meet you! I look forward to getting together again soon.

    Such an encouraging weekend! I wish it happened monthly.
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  • Darcy Perdu (So Then Stories) - Loved your recap — and I feel the exact same way — can’t WAIT for the next one! :o)
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  • Grown and Flown - Linda, What fun, sounds like something to get on our calendars early!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Greenthal - I so wish I could have been there with all of you!
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  • Haralee - It sounds like it was truly inspirational. Maybe 2016?ReplyCancel

  • Nina - I’ve been so curious to hear the details! I don’t necessarily consider myself a humor writer, but I think I would love this one. Thanks for some details!
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  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Excellent wrap-up! It was so wonderful. Glad we were able to spend time together and I’ll see you back there in 2016 (but hopefully before that).ReplyCancel

  • Leigh Ann Torres - I had SUCH a great time. I agree, it was unlike any other conference I’d been to. I was with my people. I love my people.ReplyCancel

  • Anne Parris - It was a very special event, due to the content, the staff, and the attendees. Lovely to see you! ReplyCancel

  • Gina Barreca - You’re terrific and this is charming! Thanks for wave in my direction–I’m honored–and for doing such a wonderful job of captured the energy and enthusiasm of the event. xx Your fan, Gina ReplyCancel

  • Amy F Sherman - Ah, Linda. Thanks for keeping the memories alive. I hope I see more of you at camp next time. There is no other place like the EBWW.ReplyCancel

  • Daniela - Delightful! Why don’t I ever think to take notes and pictures? Thank god you did, and the writing too. Now I don’t have to. :-) Wish we had met, but then, there’s 2016. Till then!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Hall - Wish I could have gone. I found it two years ago just after the 2012 event. I’m determined to make it to 2016.ReplyCancel

  • Diana Dull Akers - It sounds amazing! So happy for you! And now I want french fries and cake.

  • Marcia @ Menopausal Mother - It was one of the most amazing weekends of my life!! Transforming! It was such a pleasure to finally meet you—you’re such a sweet person and SO FUNNY! And oh man, do I miss that CAKE! Cant wait to go back in 2016!!
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  • I Love You Often - I too have fond memories of reading EB at the kitchen table with my mom. Sounds like a love fest bonding with fellow fans who embrace the art of open self deprecation. Humor is life’s elixir!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley - Looking forward to continued entertainment from your posts … but now I’m expecting more chuckles from you. Sounds like a wonderful and productive workshop, Linda. Good for you!
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  • rachel - What a great vacation–um, conference! I remember the “if life is a bowl of cherries” book VIVIDLY from my childhood. So cool that so many can gather to keep that ball of funny rolling! :-) ReplyCancel

  • Kymberly (@KymberlyFunFit) - I am so glad you included the quotes, so that we could learn along with you, even if just a tiny bit. Oh, and I like my fries on the crunchy, slightly overcooked side. Does that get me entree?
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  • Parri Sontag (Her Royal Thighness) - Camp for humor writers — you nailed it. This was one of the most special events I’ve ever attended. I learned so much and connected with so many new and wonderful people … and unlike other networking events, I didn’t feel like anyone had an agenda. It was such a non-competitive environment of support and encouragement. I left with enough fuel to carry me for months! 2016 can’t come soon enough!ReplyCancel

  • Teri Rizvi - Thanks for coming to our very special summer camp! So happy it was a great experience for you.ReplyCancel

The life of a mom or busy woman can sometimes be exhausting and overwhelming – even on a good day! – so when I choose books to read I usually choose something to make me laugh, inspire me, or quiet the mind. Here is a list of several books that either tickled my funny bone […]

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How far is too far for an April Fool’s Day joke? It’s all supposed to be a day filled with practical jokes and hoaxes and silliness. Until, it’s not. Years ago, on April Fool’s Day, I told my mom I was getting engaged to someone I had recently started dating. My acting must have been […]

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Years ago, if I misbehaved, missed a curfew, or brought home a less than ideal report card, privileges would be taken away. If I was really naughty (so hard to imagine!) I would be grounded. No TV, no friends on the weekend, nothing. Nada. However, the worst punishment by far was when my phone privileges […]

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  • Cathy Chester - I have found that too much information gets misinterpreted on social media. You can’t see a persons face, and you can’t hear the inflections in their voice. You can read information wrong, or misunderstand someones intentions and jump to the wrong conclusions.

    Since I get paid to moderate FB groups I have to be on social media, aside from wanting to keep up with other blogs and keeping in touch with new online friends (like you!) But I’m trying to cut back, because I want to focus on using my time to get work in other creative areas.

    My BFF (twins) and I made a pact to call each other once a week (sometimes it turns out more than that, because we all live far away from each other.) I love the phone to speak with them; it makes all the difference. Sometimes we even Skype.

    I loved this post, Linda, because we are on the same wave length. Plus, I used to get my pink Princess phone taken away if I ever did something wrong. Which, of course, was never…..:-)
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    • Kim Phillips - I refuse to demonize social media (especially since I use it). I have to spend many hours there for my work, and I pick up all kinds of useful professional knowledge there. I also meet such interesting people and can keep up with my friends around the world. Recently, I sent a get-well card to a friend in Israel and he CALLED ME on the phone…I almost fainted. But mostly we follow each other’s antics on Facebook.ReplyCancel

  • Christina Simon - I prefer texting over the phone. Friends know I never answer my cell and the home phone is covered in dust!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - I know; I agree with everything you are saying. Although…sometimes it is just easier to email or text. BUT…nothing takes the place of a phone call and hearing someone else’s voice!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Phillips - Ditched the land line entirely about a year ago. It was only used by telemarketers to annoy me during dinner. But I do miss the casualness and intimacy of talking on the phone with a friend. Part of what’s killing that is that everybody uses their cell phone now, and they may not think to turn it off, so you hesitate to call in the event it’s a major interruption for them and for everyone around them. I have one friend who routinely leaves her phone on when she’s in the doctor’s office or at lunch or in shul and when I call, I get a most annoyed response. (Not my freakin’ fault you didn’t think to turn your ringer off.) Nowadays, voice mail is considered by some to be rude (make me sit through two or three minutes of rambling just to get “call me back”?) Texting seems the most polite thing to do. But it’s cold and has the same pitfalls (like lack of tone) that email does.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Kaplan - Absolutely. Talking on the phone is a dying art that is being replaced by email and texting. I’m writing an article about the importance of parents reminding kids to talk on the phone and in person instead of only on social media or texts. Who would have ever thought we’d ever encourage phone use? It turns out that talking on the phone is an important social skill too that can also be compromised by lack of practice.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - I always tell my kids to pick up the phone and call their friends rather than just text them, and they have both told me that’s rude!! I find myself guilty of the same thing now, though. I hardly ever talk on the phone and I totally agree with you about the car. I like that alone time to think and listen to music. I’d much rather talk to my friends in person over lunch!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - Funny how our relationship with the telephone has changed with the invention of cell phones and texting…I often feel that calling someone at home seems intrusive, but it used to be the other way around! Thanks for another great post CG.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra - I guess I’m he anomaly I hate talking on my cell. But I love the ease of texting. Much prefer to talk on the land line.

    There’s something more intimate about taking on a landline. The cell phone is for a quick text or quick call. I guess I’m old fashioned.
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  • Helene Cohen Bludman - I did the same thing you did, Linda – hung on the phone for hours with my friends and annoyed the hell out of my parents! Eventually my mother put a time limit on these calls. But these days I rarely talk on the phone anymore and find myself texting instead. Feel free to call me anytime and we’ll talk. :) ReplyCancel

  • Chrystal Viera - That is so true , I was just thinking of how I can get a friend to stop texting me and learn to pick up the phone . It’s sad w hen everyone is to busy to sit down and have a chat . Thank you for this post . Made me happy :) ReplyCancel

  • est. 1975 - We don’t even have a land line anymore because if we did we’d never use it. Though, I do miss my beige Ameritech princess phone and “teen line” from way back when (remember when it just said “Teen Line” in the phone book? Remember the phone book?)ReplyCancel

  • Kyle - I’m a throwback. I hate talking for more than a minute or two on my cell. When I call friends for a chat I pick up the land line – it feels right. If I’m home and someone calls me on my cell, I have to follow the sound to find it. At least with the land line, I know where it is.
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  • C. Lee Reed - What’s a landline? ha hah We don’t even own a house phone anymore; probably not for at least 10 years.
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  • Emily - Yup – agree with all of this. I recall sitting on the phone with my friends after school and we’d watch the “Brady Bunch” simultaneously. Ahhh, the 70s. I have found that the older I became, the less I wanted to talk on the phone. I’m not sure if that had to do with new technology/email/text or if it would have happened anyway. I will say, however, that when I talk to an old friend on the phone, I thoroughly enjoy it because it’s such a novelty rather than a regular occurrence.
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  • Heidi Sloss - I love talking on the phone and while I text and email to communicate, I can not stand all the back it takes to make one single date. I use my drive time to catch up with my mother, father or mother-in-law (bluetooth on of course). We still have a land line, but use it less and less. But because we live in earthquake country, we have been told that it has a higher probability of working in an emergency than our cells, so we keep the dinosaur around. Frankly the land line is just one more way for relatives to leave voice mails that take up time to listen to.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - Linda, I’m with you. I almost never use my land line. Usually I text or put my cell phone on speaker. I only use my land line to hear better than with my cell phone. Also, lucky you, I never had my own Princess phone in my room LOL. ReplyCancel

  • Susan Bonifant - I’ve become less tolerant of the phone since growing used to the multi-tasking you can do with one-sided communication. It’s made special occasions out of the rest of the times when you’re on the phone by choice, with your feet up and your coffee near.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Bonifant - I’ve become less tolerant of the phone since growing used to the multi-tasking you can do with one-sided communication. It’s made special occasions out of the rest of the times when you’re on the phone by choice, with your feet up and your coffee near.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - I still prefer talking on a landline. Maybe it’s because I have lousy reception in my house. You have to go out to the driveway to speak. Thus I’m proabably the only person in Los Angeles that still uses a landline. It’s not even a portable one. Ancient I am.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I still use a landline, still talk on the phone and do text a bit…but don’t get why people prefer texting. Today, punishment is taking away texting ability…
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  • Sarah Maizes - Such a great post and such a good question. I think all the time how much more satisfying it is to connect with friends on the phone. Thank GOD for Bluetooth!!! :)
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  • Matt Steiner - I am land-line free, but I still talk on the phone with my mother for hours. Everyone else is a mix of texts and in-person hangout time.

    Great post – made me a bit reflective on my communication habits. :) ReplyCancel

  • Parri (Her Royal Thighness) - OMG, I feel the same way! I used to talk on the phone for hours … study with friends, watch the same TV show at the same time, so we could talk about it as we watched. It was my lifeline. Now I hate it. I know it’s a necessary evil, but when the home phone rings, I feel like it’s an intrusion. I would so much rather talk to people during the day and keep my family life sacred. Maybe that started when I had my daughter. When you’re a f/t working mom, that time with your little one is just so special, you don’t want anything to get in the way. I also mostly use my cell phone, and I AM grateful for the friends I connect to … who have supported me during rough times by just “checking in.” But there’s something about the land line now … when it rings, it’s usually someone I don’t want to talk to (like you said … telemarketers!). It’s very jarring when it rings in the middle of the night (usually a wrong number). I always think someone died.

    By the way, GREAT to meet you at Erma. Wish we could have gotten to know each other better, but I hope to get to know you through your blog. LOVE your artwork!ReplyCancel