OF RINGS, ROSES, AND NEVER GIVING UP

The romance between my husband and I began when I was 15 and he was 19. He won me over for a lot of reasons, but one was the fact that every month he sent roses to me according to the number of months we had been dating. On our 15th month of dating, he…

FOR THE LOVE OF CHRISTMAS CARDS

I don’t know about you, but I love receiving Christmas cards in my mailbox. There’s something about a Christmas card that feels warm and familiar, bringing friends and loved ones a little bit closer than a generic email blast or holiday tweet. Growing up, I remember my mother pinning all her Christmas cards to our…

Links to Amish Wisdom Articles

I sometimes write for a wonderful online site called Amish Wisdom.  I’ll post the link below each time I write for them, so they are all easy to find and in one place. A Thankful People Christmas in Amish Country Here is a little bit about the Amish Wisdom Site: My name is Suzanne Woods…

Lifetime Friends – Writing for Bob Hope

This photo was taken during a taping of one of the Bob Hope shows. Bob, of course is in the middle, the man to Bob’s left is fellow Bob Hope writer Gene Perret, and I’m on the right. As far as I’m concerned, Bob Hope was one of the best bosses anyone could have. In…

A Birthday to Remember…

Nothing like celebrating your birthday with good friends. I attended the Mark Lowry concert with my Young at Heart friends from Nashville. Mark met with us before the concert for a fun time of laughs and sharing old memories (I go back about 30 years with Mark, writing various comedy projects, parodies, Piper the Hyper…

The Look of Films to Come

I RECENTLY READ ABOUT A GROWING PROBLEM in the entertainment industry. Although some directors are open to casting older actors, some of these veteran thespians have taken matters into their own hands and have had so many Botox injections, their faces have lost all signs of emotion on the screen. Before I go on, let me…

HITTING THE RIGHT KEYS

I came across my old piano lesson book today. By the date in the book, I was eight years old. Even though I gave up the piano before learning how to play, I did manage to get some gold stars on the pages. Maybe they were awarded out of pity. The problem, as I recall…

FOURTEEN YEARS AGO – July 27, 2003

It’s hard to believe it was fourteen years ago. Something in America changed that day—July 27, 2003—the day Bob Hope left us. I first heard about it when email messages and phone calls from reporters started coming in, asking for interviews. Other Bob Hope writers were receiving calls, as was Bob’s family. The news that…

A Duck Dynasty Connection

My husband Russ and I with Duck Dynasty’s Willie, Korie, and Si Robertson at the Shipshewana Event Center. *Photo by Andy Rohrer Korie’s parents, John and Chrys Howard, published about a dozen of my books back in the day under Howard Publishing, including the Exclamation series (Ha!, Ouch!, Wow!), the “Official” series (The Official Hugs Book,…

WHAT’S FUNNY?

Have you ever wondered what happened to the days when comedy was just funny? It wasn’t mean-spirited, even when it was a roast. The recipient of the humor was held in high regard and treated with respect through all of the teasing, and a brief, genuine tribute usually ended the evening’s entertainment. The Dean Martin…

Memorial Day and a Tribute to Bob Hope

It seems appropriate that Memorial Day would also be the birthday of Bob Hope, a man who gave so much of himself to our military that he was made an honorary veteran by an Act of Congress in 1997. After being presented with the honor by then President Bill Clinton, Bob said, “I’ve been given…

IN THE NEWS…

The airlines have been in the news lately. You probably saw the video of the guy who was forced out of his seat and dragged down the aisle with a bloodied nose, all because of airline overbooking. It’s been on the news and going around the internet, and granted, it looked bad for the “friendly…