Thanks for the Memories by Deb Eileen

I had a boringly functional childhood. When I tried to think of content for today’s post I wanted to have really good stories where relatives ended up dancing half naked with the turkey or where my parents and I would use the holiday as a distraction while we went on a bank robbing spree. I had this image of my dad dressed as an Indian, my mom as a Pilgrim…

Friday, November 23, 2007

You Don’t Scare Me… okay, yes you do by Deb Eileen

I can remember one of the first times that I knew I wanted to be a writer. I was young- I’m going to guess around 11 or 12. I was at the library and had gathered my weekly haul full of Choose Your Own Adventure books and possibly a Judy Blume or two. I was waiting for my mom and I wandered into the adult section of the library. I…

Friday, October 26, 2007

The Great Candy Debate by Deb Eileen

This time of year I face an age old moral dilemma, one I like to think of as The Candy Crisis. In order to identify your own moral failings- I provide you with this quiz. There is no scoring, as that would take me too long to figure out. You want a quiz with scores go buy yourself a Cosmo magazine. Do you: a) buy Halloween candy now in an…

Friday, October 12, 2007

Simple is not the same as easy by Deb Eileen

I’m a smart person. I’ve got not one, but two, university degrees. I watch Nova on public TV and we even have a subscription to Discover magazine (which I read despite the fact they never offer decent fashion advice or recipes). However, the list of normal everyday things I’ve never mastered is long. It includes, but is not limited to: Cartwheels: This knowledge gap showed up young. I would run…

Friday, September 28, 2007

Slow Learner by Deb Eileen

I like to think of myself as a smart person. I have a fancy masters degree and read books with big words. Heck, I actually LIKE shows that appear on Discovery and public television. However, despite my achievements I am concerned that I may be a few fries short of a combo meal. Things I do for no clear logical reason: When a waiter hands me a plate and says…

Friday, September 14, 2007

What TV says about me by Deb Eileen

The first TV show I can remember is Sesame Street. I was an early math hater and didn’t care for the Count. Big Bird was okay, but I’m pretty sure Oscar the Grouch was my favorite. I think you can tell a lot about my current personality based on my views of this show. I even showed early liberal tendencies by approving of Bert and Ernie’s long standing relationship. My…

Friday, August 31, 2007

Book Revenge by Deb Eileen

This may be a shocking confession. It seems worse coming from someone who writes. I’m ashamed, but it’s time to come clean. My name is Eileen Cook and I abuse books. Yes, I am one of those people who bends the corner of the page over instead of using a bookmark. If it is a passage I really enjoy- I underline it. In INK! I read them in bed, with…

Friday, August 17, 2007

The Wrong Road Taken by Deb Eileen

There are two kinds of travelers. The first type is the planner. Planners approach trips with military precision. They head off knowing exactly what they want to see, what they will pack, what times various venues open and what they will take pictures of when they are there. They have detailed itineraries, perhaps even color coded, for each day of the trip. The second type of traveler is a pantster….

Friday, August 3, 2007

Save the Last Dance for Me by Deb Eileen

I’m like gum on your shoe- you just can’t get rid of me. I’ll admit when my publication date was pushed back I was disappointed. If by disappointed you can picture me throwing myself to the floor and yelling out “Why God Why?” I described it like being pregnant going to see the doctor and having him tell you “whoops we figured that out wrong- turns out you won’t give…

Friday, July 27, 2007