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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

I spent the holidays swimming and soaking up the sun (with sunscreen of course!) and filling mind and soul with stories that tickle the funny bone and touch the heart, help us seek balance, become more green, and, finally, get our groove back. My chaise lounge became my home away from home, my happiest of […]

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  • Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs - A fun list o’ books… that makes me once again wish I had tickets to the Erma Bombeck conference as Tracy Beckerman will be there and Daylynn mentioned she’s speaking. :-(

    (I’ve wondered about “Dot Complicated.” Will have to pick it up.)
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  • Cathy Chester - When you begin by talking about soaking up the rays I can’t help but read this. I was kind of hoping your sunshine would travel out to Jersey.

    Sounds like a couple of good books you’ve immersed yourself in. I will have to especially check out Dot Complicated. An interview with Randi Zuckerberg? I’m impressed!
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  • Diane - Thank you so much for the recommendations! My reading list just grew!
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  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - Hi Linda,
    Glad you had a nice vacation. Great fun group of books to read or to hold for my next vacation. So cool to see Tracy in the mix and Dot Complicated.
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  • Christina Simon - Great list! I have Rachel’s book The Big List Of Things That Suck (a must-have for those of us wanting to live greener, but not be obnoxious about it). Off to buy Lost In Suburbia…how did I miss this one? Must read it!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Those sound great! I’m putting them on my list along with dozens of others. Sigh.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - You’ve certainly done a good amount of reading. Must’ve been a very relaxing vacation. I’m now working my way through The Goldfinch – and thoroughly enjoying the saga! ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Winer Maizes - That’s about as much as I’ve read in the past 5 years.

  • grownandflown - Linda, these are very good reviews and are more titles to add to my ever-growing list. I love your personal story about Randi Zuckerberg, too, btw.
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  • Marcia @ Menopausal Mother - LOVE Tracy Beckerman and I am also anxious now to read “Not Your Mothers Book.” I heard about this and you have piqued my interest…..
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Those lucky enough to procure one of the 80,000 golden tickets to the Super Bowl in New York City this February, will not only have to brave unruly fans, cold weather, and long lines for the bathroom, but the quest to look fashionable while adhering to the “clear 12 x6 x 12 purse” rules. (Click […]

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  • Sarah (est. 1975) - Okay. #3 is amazing. If only I had $49 to buy it with. I LOVE IT.
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  • Andrea B (@goodgirlgonered) - These are cute! I love this idea for a post, seriously. The whole clear bag thing has surely made some women grumble a bit. ;)
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  • Cathy Chester - Great review, Linda. These are all adorable!

    If you’re planning on traveling to my home state, don’t expect warm weather, sunshine or palm trees. Do expect traffic and lots of noise.

    PS So glad you told me who is playing!
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  • Grown and Flown - Linda, we have found lots of inspiration from you before but never about clear plastic handbags. You are providing an important public service here for all those ladies who might have been in crisis at the Super Bowl gate!!! These are adorable, btw, and are much better than a ziplock clutch.
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  • Sheryl - How’d you know I needed to know the names of the teams who are playing? I had NO idea.ReplyCancel

  • Susanna Morgan - And of course I pick the $700 one!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Those are so cute — and thanks for letting me know who’s playing!!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - So clueless, had no idea you had to have plastic purses nor who in the world is playing. Nor where in the world the game would be held.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Those are very cute. But an outdoor event in February in NJ??? You couldn’t pay me to go.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen Mcgettigan - Those are adorable. I am a fan and actually know who is playing and where, lol. The where is sort of close to me but no way am I going in this crazy weatherReplyCancel

  • Julie Chenell DeNeen - Wait. Are you suggesting those purses would be a good accompaniment if I went to the Superbowl? Clearly I’m the most fashion dense human on the planet.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - I had no idea there were such rules! But I’m sold on #2. If I’m headed to Superbowl, I’m rockin’ that one!
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  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - These are so cute Linda. Love the idea of gals having clear bags and now ugly ziplocks.ReplyCancel

  • Christina Simon - This post cracks me up! The idea that we’d need clear bags for the Superbowl is funny. But, if I were going (NEVER) I’d want #2.ReplyCancel

My obsession with beauty and skin care came to fruition while watching my mom wash with this and slather with that. I could watch her for hours — the primping, the preening — fascinated by the transformation and careful attention to detail. So began my love affair with beauty. Many years have past, but my […]

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Whether you’re a stay-at-home-mom, a working mom, or a mom that works out of the home, most of us have experienced mommy guilt in one form or another as we often feel pulled in two different directions. I found myself smiling and nodding my head in agreement (she gets me!) from the first chapter in […]

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  • Sheryl - Very interesting and insightful words – I wish I had read these when my kids were little and I was besieged by guilt every, oh, five minutes.ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - Thanks so much for this review. I love finding new books and authors.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - You are so right about boundaries!ReplyCancel

With Thanksgiving rolling into Hanukkah this year, (I jokingly refer to it as “Thanukkah”), I’m feeling a little overwhelmed and way behind the eight ball with shopping for gifts. (Um, sorry kids, we only did one night of gifts.) Hanukkah moves around every year (based on the Jewish calendar), and unlike Christmas or New Years, […]

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  • Haralee - I like this list. We are always out of town and not. No one cruises by to check and what with cell phones and wi-fi, you could be anywhere!
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  • Teresa Speight - This awesome and the tips are great. I am “going out of town” as well…giggle!ReplyCancel

  • grownandflown - Never better advice than “laugh a lot” – thanks for the fab list and good luck with finishing all! Hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family, Linda.
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  • Sheryl Kraft - Love all of these! I love the idea of “disappearing” but really not. Evil! Sometimes it’s necessary, what can I say?ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Hiding the scale and wearing baggy clothes is my M.O. Also, when all else fails, chocolate usually helps. Love these tips, Linda!ReplyCancel

  • Nina - I’m a little late to this, but they’re still great tips. I for sure need to hide the scale. Maybe until Jan 2nd.
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