Somewhat Irrational Fears – Murder at Marriott

Some people have irrational fears, like fear of heights, spiders or public speaking. When it hits, survival instincts kick in and we go from calm to paranoid in a microsecond. My phobia was scelerophobia, fear of burglars, bad men or crime in general. This causes me to check and recheck hotel locks. Constantly being vigilant can be exhausting. Since I usually go out of town with my husband, I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to overnight travel, but one thing I understand perfectly is personal safety. My accommodations at the Marriott in Dayton, Ohio for the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop had all the essential amenities, free shampoo, complementary breakfast and no husband or kids. Hotel … [Read more...]

Five Minutes As Stand-Up Comic

Do I have to come right out and say it? I’m a wannabe comic. I love everything about comedy from hilarious sitcoms like Black-ish and Modern Family to guaranteed-to-make-you-laugh authors like Nora Ephron and Dave Barry. But what I enjoy the most is stand-up comedy. I’ve always admired that stand-up comic who got in front of a crowd and told jokes, hecklers be damned! Stand-Up Comic Twenty-five years ago, I imagined myself on stage doing the opening act for one of my favorites, Tim Allen. We saw him perform in Atlanta before he appeared on the TV series, Home Improvement, and I wondered, “What’s it feel like having the full attention of an audience?” As a young, married couple, when our … [Read more...]

Quotes from Writers at Erma Bombeck Workshop

Dozens of award winning authors, playwrights, actors, entrepreneurs, agents, speakers and bloggers flooded into Dayton, Ohio for the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, a workshop dedicated to humor and human interest writing. Each day, the workshop began at 9 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m., with lunch breaks featuring greats such as Amy Ephron, Kathy Kinney and Cindy Ratzlaff. The fun didn’t end there. We were treated to keynote speakers during dinner such as Roy Blunt, Jr., Leighann Lord, and a one-woman staged reading of Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, starring Barbara Chisholm. Not trusting my own memory, I wrote down the quotes from  writers during the sessions. Alan Zweibel Original writer … [Read more...]

Got My Funny Back At Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop 2016

“Hi, I’m the one with the cat that got stuck in the furnace last week,” said Mary Levad Lovstad, one of the first attendees I met at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. At that moment, she’d confirmed that I was in the right place, one where my peeps, cheerleaders, and agenda-free friends gathered to listen to incredible stories, and share in our joy and sorrow. You Can Write! For three nights, every two years, humor writers descended on Dayton, Ohio to be reinvigorated by Erma Bombeck's reminder, “You can write!” I came to find my direction again. My spark had faded and I need my butt kicked to get out of the funk. For the first time in 21 years, I did not have children to consume my … [Read more...]

10 Reasons to Love/Hate The Bachelor Ben Higgins

Reasons to Love/Hate The Bachelor Ben Higgins Hate: You Told Two Women, “I love you” Worst. Decision. Ever. And because of that, Lauren B./Jojo will remind you of it for the rest of your life. Trust me on this. Women never forget. You had so many opportunities to say it without cameras during the Fantasy Suite Night. Even Chris Harrison nearly pooped his pants. Oh, Ben. Watch https://www.whipclip.com/video/qxq87 https://youtu.be/JDy3E05gLMc Hate: Brainwashed by Olivia Why, oh, why did that bossy big mouth, Olivia, so easily seduce you? Sure, she’s a 23-year-old news anchor, poised and intelligent. But when she jumped out of that cake in a belly-dancing outfit, you had to scream … [Read more...]

Funny Actual Amazon Reviews for Climbing Claws, Stun Guns and Men’s Briefs

I’ve found an unexpected source of humor on the Internet, Actual Amazon Reviews. Amazon Reviews were originally meant to provide helpful warnings and advice to future customers. Now Internet jokesters are using Amazon Reviews as a way to ridicule strange products like “Hand tiger” climbing claws and dangerous items, like stun guns. Even Amazon Reviews on men’s briefs can be a forum for high comedy. I’ve picked out some of my favorites below. For more, read 8 Stupid Amazon Products With Impressively Sarcastic Reviews http://www.cracked.com/article_18939_8-stupid-amazon-products-with-impressively-sarcastic-reviews.html   Fury Martial Arts Tekagi-Shuko "Hand Tiger" Climbing … [Read more...]

Join Me and My Friends at Tommy T’s Comedy Club Fundraiser March 1

Tommy T's Comedy Club One thing I know, never underestimate the power of friendship. With a little help from 70 of my best friends, I braved my nerves and performed Stand-Up at Tommy T’s Comedy Club February 2. What a rush! Even though going out in flames was a strong possibility, I charged ahead because I had an audience that believed in me. Best Comic And then guess what? I won Best Comic at Open Mic Night, one of my greatest moments. I was honored and moved that my friends helped me achieve #1 on my bucket list. Tommy T’s even ran out of food and made up for it with free margaritas. My daughter said, “Congratulations, you broke Tommy T’s.” Now I’m honored to do it again. Join Regina … [Read more...]

Actual Amazon Reviews for Ninja Grappling Hook Will Blow Your Mind

Amazon reviews are an opportunity to express yourself and provide honest and strange insight on the most unusual items. Ever heard of a Ninja Grappling Hook? Check out my personal selection of the “most helpful customer reviews” for the Ninja Grappling Hook. What's a grappling hook you ask? It's a scary pointy hook attached to a long nylon rope used to help you grapple out from a tight spot of course. The Actual Amazon Reviews will blow your mind. You’ll want to read to the end. https://youtu.be/4UxRYsaqSYo   Actual Amazon Reviews for Ninja Grappling Hook Will Blow Your Mind Pretty good 4.0 out of 5 stars I must admit, I had pretty high expectations for these. I *stupidly* … [Read more...]