Tag Archives: funny

June 23

“Got Love Handles?” by Donna Collins Tinsley

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Being a Woman,”under the chapter heading “Worth Our Weight in Gold.” As a young girl, I remember hearing about “love handles” and wondering what the heck they were. Skinny as I was, there was no way to pinch an inch of flesh on me. Later […]

June 19

“A Job Like No Other” by Patrick Hempfing

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Working for a Living.”  I had a successful 20-year professional career in banking, accounting and auditing. During those “bring home a check” days, I interacted with different types of people and experienced a little bit of everything. My relationships with coworkers were always the best […]

June 16

“No Bad Juju Allowed” by Sheree Nielsen

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Travel.” It was late August 1995 and our 65-foot sailboat—the Morning Star of Blackbeard’s Cruises—was departing the balmy island of Bimini after a much-needed night of socializing at the Compleat Angler in Alice Town. It had been a rough trip, only two good days of […]

June 12

“Badass in the Badlands” by Melissa Fuoss

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Family.” Let’s face it. Traveling anywhere with your family when you’re a 12-year-old girl is straight up embarrassing. Just being in my parents’ presence was enough to make me roll my eyes in disgust. I might have survived the family vacation if we were going […]

May 29

“Kill a Watt?” by Sheila S. Hudson

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Home Improvement.”  The summer of my discontent began early, in May. But the season of ironing with a flashlight in my pocket is forever ongoing. It was not always this way. When we remodeled our entryway, the piece de résistance was a sparkling new chandelier […]

May 26

“It’s Elementary” by Marsha Porter

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Dogs.” When my neighbor’s daughter turned 13, her mom took her to the pound to get her the dog she’d always wanted. The darling Terrier—whom they named “Scruffy”—was a cross between Benji in a gray coat and Toto from The Wizard of Oz. Sadly, his […]

May 22

“Cowboys and Indians” by Susan Rose

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Being a Parent.”  It warms my heart when I think about children and how literal their worlds can be. I remember watching the evening news when I was a child. A plane had been hijacked and the reporter said there were guerillas aboard. Wow, I […]

May 19

“The Great Curtain Caper” by Pat Wahler

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Cats.”  Every home contains at least one item, prized beyond measure by its occupants. It’s something to admire, fight for and treasure. I found my Holy Grail of Housedom in a pair of cur­tains. The moment I saw those bronze basket-weave window panels, I knew […]

May 15

“Shagging is Hard” by Kendall Roderick

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Being a Stupid Kid.”  The hallway carpet leading into the school cafeteria was an emerald green mixed with puke brown and sky blue. I imagined that without the puke color, it might have been mildly pleasant. I was meeting Sarah, who had been my best […]

May 12

“Double Crossed by a Dummy” by Risa Nye

This story appears in the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Working for a Living.”  The notice in the paper said, “Recruiting for the Albany/El Cerrito Fire Department.” There followed information about a series of qualifying physical tests to be given at a nearby school. The tests were, among other things, the dummy lift, the ladder […]