Judging a book by its cover

Being blunt is one of my gifts.  Some would say it’s more of a nuisance, but I don’t know how to be any other way.  I consider myself a “Simon” instead of the sugar-coating (now departed) “Paula.”  I just don’t see the point in beating around the proverbial bush,  shrub, or small hedge.  I speak my mind and save myself a lot of time and needless aggravation.  Oftentimes, I don’t…

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Betrayed by a blizzard

Ok, so here’s one of my favorite snow jokes.  Q-   How do you tell a snowman from a snow woman?  A-        Snowballs!  My apologies for the juvenile one-liner.. for some reason it’s the first thing that comes to mind when I think about snow.   Now just in case you don’t know,  I just moved back to Manhattan after escaping from the frozen tundra about 4 years ago.  We went back to…

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I’ve made it to the Humor Section…

Why is it that fast-food burgers taste like HEAVEN when you get them hot and fresh, but that same burger will taste like burnt seaweed a few hours later when you re-heat it in the microwave?  I’ve seen workers warm up burgers in microwaves at fast-food joints a million times.. so what am I missing?  Do they have access to some revolutionary “waves” that I need to get a hold…

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Art is “yummy”

When I took an art appreciation course in college, I figured it was an easy-peasy way to kill a couple of credits and catch some shut-eye to make up for the endless partying at the Orange and Brew (popular hang out where the bartender gave me free drinks in exchange for impromtu Spanish lessons.)  I planned to breeze through this class, and not let it really sink in.  I had…

Thursday, January 14, 2010

News Flash, January 10

Deb Maria has been quite busy doing radio and newspaper interviews promoting her upcoming book “101 Ways to Torture Your Husband.”  The book officially hits stores Monday, January 18th (OMG!) but its already creating quite a buzz in media circles.  Here’s a Christian radio show in Wisconsin discussing the book and their thoughts about “Torture.”  Very entertaining.  A MUST listen! Click here:  www.markgungorshow.com and scroll down to the show on 12-31-09.  Deb Joelle’s publisher…

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The “dead” zone….

I’ve never been a big fan of deadlines –and it’s probably because the word starts with “dead” which isn’t exactly pleasant I guess (kinda like “die” in diet).  Yessiree, deadlines have always been a big problem for me, especially when it came to school science projects.  As an admitted lifetime chronic procrastinator, I would always wait until the absolute final day to decide what I would make, buy the necessary…

Thursday, January 7, 2010

News Flash, January 3rd

HAPPY 2010 EVERYONE!!!! Deb Alum Jenny Gardiner has a funny video featuring Graycie, star of her upcoming memoir, WINGING IT: A MEMOIR OF CARING FOR A VENGEFUL PARROT WHO’S DETERMINED TO KILL ME (Simon & Schuster Gallery Books/March 2010). Have a look and please forward on to friends if you enjoy it! Deb Maria has landed her first official SIGNING gig! The legendary Book Revue in Huntington, NY is welcoming Maria on Saturday,…

Sunday, January 3, 2010

I need a tissue

About ten years ago I made a resolution to never make a New Year’s resolution again.  I figured I had tortured myself long enough, and I was done with this ridiculous tradition.  I mean who the heck came up with this stressful over-achieving exercise?  I’ll tell you who….a masochist.  Every year I would beat myself up for being too fat, spending too much money, and wasting too much time actually…

Thursday, December 31, 2009

The priceless gift….

When you are a kid, gifts are your reason for living.  One of my favorite presents EVER was going to Lionel Playworld with my parents on Christmas Eve, and being told I could choose a giant metal swing-set for our backyard.   I remember I couldn’t decide between the slide combo, or the monkey bars addition.  My head nearly burst with excitement when I spotted the delivery truck heading up our tree-lined…

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Dedications can make for altercations

Many authors have likened the book writing process to pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Now that I’m at the end of the journey, I completely agree.  There are moments of disbelief, followed by tough grunge work, and then utter bliss when you are finally holding your pride and joy.  My book arrived 2 weeks ago, and it still feels like a dream. Just in case you haven’t figured it out, “101…

Thursday, December 17, 2009