Welcome to My Kingdom!

Welcome new readers. I’m glad you’ve ventured over to my kingdom! I hope it’s a place where you’ll find relatable laughs from a middle-aged, weight-challenged, semi-professional dieter and mom,...more

Holy Cow! 15 Pounds in 24 Days. I’m a Believer!

This morning I stepped on the scale and weighed 220 pounds. Not much to celebrate. Unless you consider the fact that I’ve just lost 15 POUNDS IN 24 DAYS … without being hungry and...more

Schvitzing Out This Blog

I was in a gourmet shop in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor when I spotted a Chinese takeout carton labeled “Jewish Fortune Cookies.” Unable to resist, I made my purchase and promptly dug into the carton to open the first one. “Oedipus, Shmedipus,” it read. “So long as you love your mother.” I smiled from ear-to-ear, […] ...more

Milkshake Taste Test

A few weeks ago, we lost the guy who regularly stocks our vending machines at work. The new guy lined two rows of our beverage machine with Starbucks bottled frappuccinos. Unbeknownst to him, however, he let the machine charge only 60 cents for these beverages, which usually retail for between $3 and $4 ....more

Her Royal Thighness and the Mystery of the Margarine Crown

When my husband and I lived in Michigan, we periodically trekked to Detroit to see Broadway touring companies and shop at bigger, more upscale malls than the one in our town. We were on our way there one afternoon when –...more

Plus-Sized Blogger Cries: "The National Enquirer Was Intimidated By My Youth and Talent!"

It was the spring of 1986, and I was close to graduating with my master’s in journalism. My university arranged for editors from several publications to visit our Chicago campus, and I signed up for several interviews. But for one in particular, I was the only student to throw my name in the hat ....more

Carried Away at BlogHer

Several exhibitors at this year’s BlogHer 2014 conference report that their businesses have gone under in the wake of their booths being pillaged...more

Podunk, Podunk, A Hell of a Town!

It was my first day in Jackson, Michigan, 25 years ago. As my taxi passed the sign, “Prison Area. Do not pick up hitchhikers,” I hesitated at my decision to accept my first feature writing job at The Jackson Citizen-Patriot, instead of an equally good offer in Lincoln, Nebraska ....more

To Paper or Not to Paper. That is the Question.

To paper or not to paper. That is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous filth Or to take arms against a sea of germs And by papering end them ....more