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Shelter in Place – What I Learned the First Six Days

Our first week under ‘shelter in place’ or stay-at-home stressed the importance of family and safety. I realized that at this time, all I could do to help others was to stay inside and not contribute to the spread of COVID-19. With a Bachelor’s in math and statistics, the foreseeable future seemed grim. Based on the growth of COIVD-19, our isolation would last a minimum of eight weeks, unlikely to flatten the curve before May. The virus gained strength by 30% a day. It was a bunch of nonsense to believe we’d be moving around by Easter. https://healthblog.uofmhealth.org/wellness-prevention/flattening-curve-for-covid-19-what-does-it-mean-and-how-can-you-help And I asked myself, “What … [Read more...]

Life Under Shelter in Place – The First Day

What's 'shelter in place'? Around 1:00 pm on March 16, 2020, a ‘shelter in place’ order broadcasted across seven Bay Area counties, SantaClara, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, and Santa Cruz. For a moment, I couldn’t process what was happening. What’s this? Quarantine? I needed to hear more. We were required to stay at home, the announcement blared across the television. Stop moving around. Until April 7. That’s 552 hours. The Mercury Newspaper put it in simple, straightforward language. Please read this Order carefully. Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. (California Health and … [Read more...]

99¢ Are You Still Kidding Me? Till June 3rd!

Got laughs? Get Are You Still Kidding Me? available through June 3 for 99¢. Enjoy 45 hilarious stories and honest truths about being a mother, a wife, and just trying to navigate this crazy little thing we call life. Here's a sample of the funny stories inside Are You Still Kidding Me? BINGO Ain’t For Sissys “What do you want to do tonight?” I asked my mother as I tilted my head to the side. We go through this routine every time I visit. Finding an activity that didn’t involve eating was a difficult as the temptation challenge on the Biggest Loser. “Well, how ‘bout bowling?” my mom asked, pushing her eyeglasses up on her nose. “Nah, too boring. Any other ideas?” “Want to … [Read more...]

HOW TO ADD MORE HUMOR TO YOUR SPEAKING (AND BECOME A STAND-UP COMIC)

Months ago, Stephanie Chandler from Nonfiction Authors Association reached out to interview me for their Teleseminar series. I am privileged to share a sneak peek at my interview, TELESEMINAR: STACEY GUSTAFSON – HOW TO ADD MORE HUMOR TO YOUR SPEAKING (AND BECOME A STAND-UP COMIC). But hurry! It's available for free on May 15. EVENT DATE: MAY 15, 2019 | TIME: 10AM PT / 1PM ET https://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/teleseminar-stacey-gustafson-how-to-add-more-humor-to-your-speaking-and-become-a-stand-up-comic/ What’s Nonfiction Authors Association (NFAA)? https://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com A vibrant educational community for aspiring and experienced writers to connect, exchange … [Read more...]

Bachelorette Show Over 50 is Coming With Age Appropriate Rules

Remember when women over 27 were considered cougars on Colton Underwood’s The Bachelor season? So that got me thinking. What if the Bachelorette show featured women over 50? Hey ABC, it’s time to allow a more mature candidate a chance to find love on the air too. By 50, women know what they want and the show can be fast-forwarded over a few weekends as long as the following age appropriate rules are met. Rules for Bachelorette Show Over 50 Absolutely No Jumping of Any Sort On the typical Bachelorette show, lots of jumping is involved on group dates. For the Bachelorette Show Over 50, there will be no skydiving, bungee jumping, cliff diving, paragliding, rock climbing, BASE-jumping, hand … [Read more...]

Frozen Dinners Guest Author Elaine Ambrose

I’m honored to introduce Elaine Ambrose, an award-winning, bestselling author of ten books and a popular humorist, public speaker, viral blogger, and workshop facilitator. We met over chocolate cake at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and the rest was history. Her edgy humor and cheerful attitude made me want to be her friend. I know you’ll fall in love with her latest novel, Frozen Dinners. Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop: http://humorwriters.org/2018-workshop/ Frozen Dinners is the story of Elaine Ambrose, who spends half a century searching for love and warmth beyond the contaminated legacy of her fractured family. Take a sneak peek inside Frozen Dinners. Bestselling author … [Read more...]

How to Bribe Anyone With Enough Money Even Your Pastor

Would you use bribery on your husband? A pastor? How far would you go to make a problem go away? In the news this week, over 50 parents were involved in a conspiracy to get their college kids into top-notch universities through bribery. What if money wasn’t an issue? Would you resort to bribery too? Let’s forget about the unethical topics like getting your kid into an Ivy League college. Time to think bigger, like how do I get more sprinkles on my donut? List of Defendants https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/investigations-college-admissions-and-testing-bribery-scheme Bribery is the act of giving or receiving something of value in exchange for some kind of influence or action in return, that … [Read more...]

Reasons I Hate Marie Kondo and You Should Too

By now, you’ve heard of Marie Kondo and her decluttering techniques. She’s perfected the art of tidying up and I hate her. She’s everywhere, bookstores, television, YouTube, Instagram, touting her own version of tidying up, which focuses on thanking your trash before you throw it away. What?!? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZfn_O4BiJ4 She’s forced Americans to rethink everything we’ve ever thought about clutter. But don’t let her charming personality fool you one bit. Behind that happy, smiley face, I sense a smug attitude. She’s out to make you feel like crap about your lifestyle. Marie Kondo, you think you’ve figured out how to bring Americans joy? Think … [Read more...]