Blog Hop: Why do you write?

Welcome to my first blog hop! While I may be a creative type (a writer, a blogger), I’m also still a nerd at heart (a CPA and a lawyer) and I will, therefore, follow these blog hop directions to a T (pushes glasses up nose). Here we go. STEP ONE: Acknowledge the person & site... Read more »

Use the fine china, already: The Story of a Wedding Painting

One of H and my favorite things about our wedding was the artist. We had an artist – the amazing Martin Hardy – who did an oil painting of our reception. The final product turned out so beautifully, we took a picture of it and made it our thank you cards. And that was the... Read more »

How to Live in Interfaith Harmony

This is not a clinical how to. If you’re struggling with interfaith issues in your relationship or friendship or life, I’d suggest talking with your pastor, priest, rabbi or a counselor.  If you want to know the Ferny How To Guide to Life, keep reading. 1. Seek cultural advice from willing mentors, like my friend... Read more »
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7 Surprises of 2013

Not in the news of the world but in the world of Stop and Blog the Roses, which would really just be the life of Fern Ronay, your intrepid blogger here, at your service and for your entertainment. 1/ The success of Ship My Pants.  Let’s just start the list off with the obvious.  When... Read more »

8 Holiday Disaster Stories: Your holidays will never be this bad ... or this ridiculous

There should be a writer in every family because every family is chock full of material.  (Check out a Thanksgiving screenplay by Fern Ronay) Though, no matter how funny/crazy/dysfunctional your family is, I beg of you … put down the Christmas tree. From the archives ~~~ 8 holiday disaster stories ripped from the headlines ~~~... Read more »

The Book that Changed My Life

Once upon a time, on the island of Manhattan, two young, professional women took a lunch break. They sat outside, on the steps leading up to the World Financial Center, eating take away sushi. They talked and talked and confided and commiserated. “I can’t explain it.  I don’t feel like this is my life’s work,”... Read more »
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She Writes Chicago: Event Recap

The invitation: See my name bottom left! I was so flattered to be asked. The location: American Junkie, 15 W. Illinois St., Chicago. The host: Jillian Conley, author of Dating Chase Walker The charity: My Three Sisters Literacy Initiative. Learn more here. The #ChiWomenWriters: Check out my fellow writers here! ~~~ In the spirit of Stop... Read more »

The Heaven and Hell of the High School Reunion

I was a nun in high school. Figuratively speaking, of course. I didn’t drink. I didn’t smoke. I didn’t do anything bad. Or fun. Never been kissed? Alright, I wasn’t that holy. Then, I went to college and although I couldn’t bear the thought of drinking beer – ew! – fraternity boys in kahki pants... Read more »

Let's Play "The Airline Did WHAT?" Game

Select your play piece. I’ll take the mini typewriter. Line ’em up right here with your paper boarding pass in hand. Roll the dice. Pick a card with a question. Let the games begin.  (And, yes, this really happened.  Yesterday.  United.  Orlando to O’Hare) 1. You hand your boarding pass to the airline attendant. She... Read more »
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How to Talk with a New Jersey Accent

Have you heard the amazing news?  New Jersey was ranked the 5th sexiest accent in North America by the dating site Cupid.com. My Facebook feed is blowing up.  I don’t think we’ve ever been so proud. The funny thing is I thought I sounded like Diane Sawyer until I moved to Chicago.  When it suddenly... Read more »