Mom’s Thanksgiving Day Plea

Happy Thanksgiving Day!  By now, like Sleeping Beauty, my family is waking from a deep slumber, wiping the crust from their eyes as they stumble into the kitchen in search of coffee.  I bet it’s about 10:00 a.m. and they’re starting to wonder, “Where’s Mom?”  Well, surprise, I have three words, “At the movies.”  I have decided to take the day off. I’m exhausted by the thought of another Thanksgiving Day, spent in the scullery, sweating it out like Bikram Yoga.  Enough with hot ovens, boiling pots and disgusting turkey giblets already.  I’m Getting My Movie On, sitting in a comfy chair, hogging a whole box of popcorn and a large Diet Coke.  Ha ha! Now don’t get me wrong, I love each and … [Read more...]

Local Authors Book Signing Event at Bay Books

What happens when four funny East Bay gals hold a book signing event? A big crowd laughed their way through the evening on Thursday, November 14 at Bay Books in San Ramon. Stories, snacks and prizes galore! We each read excerpts from our stories in the latest Not Your Mother's Book...On Home Improvement and On Being a Parent. On Home Improvement Here's a little bit from my story, "He Who Kills Weeds." “If you’re interested in keeping this job you cannot speak to my husband,” I said to Francisco, the new lawn service guy.  “If he asks you any questions, you must say, ‘No hablo ingles.’  Deal?” “No problem.  But why?” he asked, scrunching his eyebrows. “Do you have a minute?” I … [Read more...]

Is There Life After Orthotics?

In my forties, I could finally afford to purchase the expensive footwear I had always envied: classic Dior black pumps, Coach tennis shoes and jeweled strappy sandals. But nowadays, comfort overrules my desire to be a fashion plate and one pair of low-heeled pumps, white sneakers and flats gets me from church to the gym. Recently, when it was time to replace my favorite footwear, I called on Sandra, my shopping buddy. “Wanna go to the mall?” “Sure,” she said. “See you in fifteen.” Sandra waved me over as I entered Mega Mall and grabbed me in an embrace. Staring down at my worn out tennis shoes with scuffed soles and frayed laces, she said, “Finally decided to break down and invest … [Read more...]

What I Know to Increase Blog Traffic

  What do I know to increase blog traffic? Enough to help you stop wasting time and get on with the business of promoting your blog! My blog has been up for only ten months but my traffic has increased over 400% by following the rules below. Part 1 Focus Keyword – Pick a focus word or phrase that best represents your story. Put the focus word in the title of your article. Copy your focus word into the focus keyword section of the WordPress SEO exactly as you have it in the title. Then use the focus word or phrase in the first sentence, last sentence and several times in the story. For example, my focus keyword for this article is “increase blog traffic.” Hash Tags – Use … [Read more...]

Who Cares What It Costs? It’s Good for the Environment!

Seems like these days you can get by with doing anything just by saying, “It’s good for the environment!” Go ahead! Eat it! Drive it! Wear it! As long as it’s good for the environment, you can afford to be wasteful. 1. It’s Organic! Don’t worry if you need a second mortgage to shop at Whole Foods. It must be worth it since it’s organic. Don’t bother bringing your own shopping bags. All the food will fit in the tiny, plastic bag still offered for free in the produce section. Your family of four can eat for $89.99 per day, a bargain. Go ahead and spend your whole paycheck! It's good for the … [Read more...]

East Bay Book Signing Event – Bay Books 11/14

Join Local Authors Stacey Gustafson, Camille DeFer Thompson, Julie Royce and Tracy Winslow Bay Books 2415 San Ramon Valley Blvd. San Ramon, CA Wednesday, November 14 7:00 pm We look forward to seeing you at the event. In addition, we got a mention on Not Your Mother's Books WOW Principles e-newsletter about our book signing. Check it out. Great Ideas from Your Fellow Writers! As promised in last month’s newsletter, we are going to share what NYMB contributors Stacey Gustafson, Camille DeFer Thompson, Risa Nye and Tracy Winslow are planning for their San Francisco Bay Area NYMB...On Home Improvement book signing. First off, contributor Julie Royce has joined the four, and the group … [Read more...]

Top 10 Weirdest Spam Comments

If you have a blog, you get weird spam comments. It’s similar to spam in your email inbox. Luckily, these spam comments get shuffled away in a spam folder separate from regular comments. To date, I've received 1,669 spam comments. I wanted to share my weirdest and wackiest spam comments with you. Top 10 Weirdest Spam Comments Ikut menikmati berharganya pembelajaran dari kain songket indahnya Jeng Dani. Matur suksma mbok Quite great written article. It will be supportive to anyone who makes use of it, which includes me. Preserve performing what you are performing a?? cana?? 私たちの知っているガイドと呼ばれるポイントはイタリア—についてや思いやりのある国から開始されました。我々 は何とか野菜スラブ上の飛行によって、アクロポ Hello I like your blog. Would … [Read more...]

Does Size Really Matter?

Does Size Really Matter? Did you ever notice that the number of years you’ve been married determines the size of your mattress? When my husband and I were newlyweds, we slept on a double bed, kissing and hugging the night away, wrapped in marital bliss. Over time I realized a double bed was a colossal mistake, like sleeping in a crib with a hairy gorrila. Buy a King After ten years, we progressed to a queen and then a California king, the mother of all beds. With the extra inches we thought we’d have more room to stretch and stake out personal space. “This bed is amazing,” said my hubby. “Can’t believe it took us so long to move up.” “I’ll finally get some rest,” I … [Read more...]