Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.
-Jules Renard

I’d like to thank the Academy

by lesliedinaberg on February 24, 2012

“I’d like to thank the Academy, and of course my wonderful husband and adorable son for inspiring me every day. And my fabulous family, friends and loved ones, for sticking by me in those lean years, when it looked like I might never be up on stage accepting this award. I couldn’t have done it […]

Death to Chit Chat

by lesliedinaberg on February 17, 2012

“Small talk is one step down from no talk.”-Jason Love I had a mid-life revelation this week. After a busy weekend standing around bonfires, barbecues and beaches talking about the weather (hot), sports (a good week at Appalachian State), and my child’s school’s spring break week, I realized something: I spend far too much of […]

Valentine XOXOXO

by lesliedinaberg on February 10, 2012

It used to be so very, very easy. Everyone got valentines in first grade-even the frogs we already knew would never under any circumstances turn into princes, no matter how sweetly we asked them to “Be Mine” with pink foil hearts or “Bee Mine,” with Bit-O-Honey bars. Boys gave cards to girls and boys, girls […]

Good Libations

by lesliedinaberg on February 3, 2012

It was the headline I’ve been fantasizing about for all of my adult life: “Study Finds Fruity Cocktails Count as Health Food.” I double-checked the URL, just to make sure I hadn’t accidentally stumbled onto the Onion. Sure enough, Reuters was actually reporting that, “a fruity cocktail may not only be fun to drink but […]