Awkward Laughter

Because most things in life are humorous, even when they shouldn't be


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Who Ya Gonna Marry?: 30: 30 Somethings

In my college years I met a wonderful man. We’ll call him James.

He struggled with drinking, as most college boys do, but he exemplified the smartest and sexiest man I’d ever known. My 20-something self wanted to marry him in spite of his drawbacks.

My mother and grandmother supported the coupling but for different reasons. For my mother, I feel it was a bit of a check mark – yes, I’ll finally get my youngest daughter married. For my grandmother it reflected a more romantic and basic idea. Continue reading


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What’s Your Excuse?: 30-30 Somethings

“Always do what you say you’re going to do!”

That’s what a good friend said to me in our undergrad college days, after I tried to back out of some activity that I can no longer remember. I’m sure it was something relatively silly, like go watch a movie or concert with him, but his words stuck with me.

“Always do what you say you’re going to do.”

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What’s Your Ultimate Feel Good Song?

Picture this. I stood on the floor of the concert hall dancing along with The Avett Brothers as they performed on stage 30 feet in front of me. Surrounded by friends who love them as much as I do, I didn’t hesitate to sing butcher their songs like any good horrible guest band member would.
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By Kotivalo (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


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The Perils of Un-drunk Dialing

We’ve all been there before, right? A little too much wine, beer or moonshine mixed with loneliness turns into an inescapable urge to reach out to _________ electronically.

The result: words, typed or spoken, that you’d pay $1 million to retract.

The solution: step away from your phone and computer while intoxicated.
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Photo credit: badeendjuh from morguefile.com


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The Pat, Pat, Pat and Other Thoughts on Hugging

Wrapping up a lovely brunch on Sunday with a few of my closest girl friends, we stood on the sidewalk for a few moments to say our goodbyes.

“It’s like we’re all waiting to hug each other,” my friend Jodi quipped.

“Well, you know that’s not on my mind,” I retorted.

Everyone laughed. They know I’m not a hugger.

Before you get all judgy and assume I need counseling for some deep-seeded aversion to affection, let me explain. It’s not that I don’t hug people. I just subscribe to a self-imposed hugging etiquette that’s evolved over time.

Photo credit: badeendjuh from morguefile.com

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1958 Family Watching TV


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Know Your Target Audience

Know your target audience. That’s the first lesson taught in TV news, and one I learned many times since switching to marketing as a career.

Family watching television 1958

Perhaps that’s why this experience, related to my father fighting lung cancer, stands out clearly six years later.

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Hand Washing Sign


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An Unexpected Delivery

Last night I got what I’ll call an unexpected (and unwanted) delivery. Working late at home on a Friday night, tired and famished, I ordered in.

When my doorbell rang, my stomach greeted the driver with a happy growl and somersaulted over the sweet, savory smell. Yum!

Then I opened the box. There, atop my sandwich, appeared two fliers.

Dinner in a Box

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Why I Won’t Say “Nice to Meet You”

I have a problem. I don’t remember people.

To which you’re probably thinking, “I’m horrible at remembering names too.”

But, no, you don’t understand. I don’t remember people.

I meet them. Chat and laugh with them at length. Genuinely mean it when I say that I look forward to seeing them again. Then walk away and immediately eject their faces from my memory. Continue reading