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The Prohibition

Drinking_Drain_c So this is an interesting experiment. Hands up – how many people have tried to abstain from alcohol purely as examples to your kids?

Me! Me!

Yep, I’ve been there. More than once. It’s what inspired this series, of course.

Each time I’ve tried, I’ve failed miserably.

Let me set the record straight. I’m no alcoholic. I have one small glass or bottle of something maybe every other night. And I mean one. I’m a total lightweight (or cheap date, as my husband calls me).
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The Glossary (Part Deux)

If you follow Pajama Diaries, you’ve probably noticed that once a month I like to throw in a “Parents’ Glossary of Terms.” What started as a little novelty strip idea 9 years ago is now a regular feature. I’ve even added a whole section of Glossary strips at the end of my book collections.
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Need a speaker? Oh, and a nice review.

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It’s a new year, and that often comes with new goals. One of mine is to extend my speaking opportunities. I’ve done many gigs over the years, and I’ve really come to enjoy them. I’ve spoken to general audiences about my card and comics career, and I’ve also spoken for Jewish organizations. I love doing both. Plus, I really need to get out of the house more.
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New Momentum

Whether it’s the whitish-grey curtain (sky) hanging over our frozen city, the medical issues I’ve been grappling with recently, or the latest work aspirations I’ve thrown into the mix…I’ve been feeling pretty darn reflective and melancholy lately.

I don’t think this is a bad thing. Notice I didn’t say “malaise” or “depressed.” I’m actually oddly excited and enthused on top of everything. Let me provide some context.
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In-house editors

Recently, a reader asked me how my family reacts to my strips and their opinion of my work. I get asked this a lot.

Here it is in a nutshell:

I run every strip by my family. My husband helps me select the strongest ideas. He also offers suggestions sometimes.

My kids read them, too. They’ll only offer feedback if there’s something they strongly object to. Also, my younger daughter has a good eye — she’s actually caught quite a few mistakes that have slipped by us.
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JCC Local Author Day

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I’m very excited to be part of the Cleveland Mandel JCC Jewish Book Festival’s “Local Author Day” on Sunday, November 16, 2:00 pm -3:30 pm. You can purchase tickets here. I’ll speak briefly about my two latest books, “The Pajama Diaries: Having It All” and “The Pajama Diaries: Bat-Zilla.” There will also be a book signing following the panel (psst, great gifts for the holidays!)
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Kenosha Festival of Cartooning

I’ll be presenting next Saturday, September 27, at the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning. If you live near the area (yes, I’m also talking to you, Chicagoans), come join us! There’s an incredible lineup of speakers among other great events, like a live charity auction, comics exhibits, receptions, panel discussions, and kids’ cartooning classes. Best of all, the events are FREE. Check it out here.
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Benched, Part 2

It pains me — really pains me — that I can’t publish this rough strip. But I pretty much knew it as soon as I wrote it.

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As my editor and I talked, he pointed out that the first two panels are fine. Same-sex parenting can (and should, in my opinion) be discussed. It’s the third panel that kind of reduces the whole thing. I get that.
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