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Life in The Slow Lane, Volume I - by Joan E. Herlong

Life in The Slow Lane, Volume I - by Joan E. Herlong

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Joan Herlong writes with verve and panache. Her “Life in the Slow Lane” is anything but slow. She grips us, her avid readers, with rapidfire wit and shakes up our view of mundane happenings. The ordinary is transformed with her comic and often wise perspective. After reading her columns, we never leave a Ladies Room without thinking of the waste basket placement (it should be close to the exit door); we would think twice before forsaking our hair stylist for another; we definitely reassess our relationships with bright, outspoken teen-age children, and look with fresh eyes at our own “Reason for Living.” In this collection of columns, we readers have a chance to revisit her brisk advice: Joan reminds us how to pass on compliments to friends instead of malicious gossip with TL (“Tell Last”), and send children to GO PLAY, not with Nintendo and computers, but with siblings, friends, and imagination.
Sue Lile Inman
Teacher, Writing-on-the-Spot workshop
Author, Voice Lessons and Miriam in the Wilderness

Joan Herlong is a shrewd observer with a gift for storytelling. In her hands, a subject as commonplace as dinner becomes a column worth reading. Her sense of humor is immutable, her barbs sharp, her compassion, when merited, deep. Like fellow Illinoisan Finley Peter Dunne she believes a newspaper’s role is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. These columns do just that.
Lyn Riddle
Editor, Community Journals newspapers
Joan Herlong writes with verve and panache. Her “Life in the Slow Lane” is anything but slow. She grips us, her avid readers, with rapidfire wit and shakes up our view of mundane happenings. The ordinary is transformed with her comic and often wise perspective. After reading her columns, we never leave a Ladies Room without thinking of the waste basket placement (it should be close to the exit door); we would think twice before forsaking our hair stylist for another; we definitely reassess our relationships with bright, outspoken teen-age children, and look with fresh eyes at our own “Reason for Living.” In this collection of columns, we readers have a chance to revisit her brisk advice: Joan reminds us how to pass on compliments to friends instead of malicious gossip with TL (“Tell Last”), and send children to GO PLAY, not with Nintendo and computers, but with siblings, friends, and imagination.
Sue Lile Inman
Teacher, Writing-on-the-Spot workshop
Author, Voice Lessons and Miriam in the Wilderness

Joan Herlong is a shrewd observer with a gift for storytelling. In her hands, a subject as commonplace as dinner becomes a column worth reading. Her sense of humor is immutable, her barbs sharp, her compassion, when merited, deep. Like fellow Illinoisan Finley Peter Dunne she believes a newspaper’s role is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. These columns do just that.
Lyn Riddle
Editor, Community Journals newspapers

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09/21/2011

 
 
LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE
Collected Columns of Joan Herlong
Volume I
 June 11, 1999 – August 23, 2002
 
 iiWe would like to gratefully acknowledge the Community Journalnewspapers including the Greenville Journal where these columnswere originally printed from 1999-2002. The Journal has always been a pleasure to work with.Individual columns copyrighted as printed, 1999-2002, Joan E.Herlong, All Rights Reserved.Collection copyright, 2009, Joan E. Herlong, All Rights Reserved.
 
 
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CONTENTS
1.
 
Two Kinds of Parents ..................................................... 12.
 
A Dad Keeps in Touch Tone .......................................... 43.
 
Men With a Gift For Giving .......................................... 74.
 
Mom Rags On Teen Mags ............................................ 105.
 
There’s No Beating Around the Bush WhenIt Comes to Southern Expressions .............................. 136.
 
“Baby, Let’s Just Stay At Home Tonight” .................. 167.
 
As A Rule ... ................................................................... 198.
 
Semantics Is Everything When It Comes toUnderstanding Kids ..................................................... 229.
 
Wise Prescription - Running to South Avenueand Back ......................................................................... 2510.
 
Chores Can Be a Chore for Parents ............................ 2811.
 
Ding Dong! Back-to-School Means Back to SomeAll-too-familiar Student Fundraisers ......................... 3112.
 
Fascinating Feedback Gives Writer MoreCredit Than Is Due ....................................................... 3513.
 
‘Get the Message?’ Word to the Wise: When CallingOur Home, Leave a Voice Mail ................................... 3814.
 
Babysitter Blues ............................................................. 4115.
 
Dad’s Rx -- Get Outta Town!! ...................................... 4416.
 
Ladies Tennis Not For Ladies ..................................... 4717.
 
No Free Speech in Our House .................................... 50

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