Pat Detmer is an award-winning humor columnist, copywriter, and speaker who has been published in newspapers, including the Journal American, Seattle Times and The Whidbey Island Marketplace. She has also appeared in Newsweek and wrote a column for the Newcastle News. She's won or placed in fiction contests, most of them having to do with speed … Read More
Need Some Laughs?
I've been business blogging for our company on www.thequincygroup.net, posting once a week since June. The blogs are about small business management and brokering, but are (hopefully) amusing as well. Since the COVID stay-at-home/social distancing … [Read more]
The Best-Laid Plans
One of the first things I did when I moved west in ’72 was to visit the planetarium at a local community college. “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” played as the apparatus rose from the floor and the room darkened. It thrilled me. I was also watching a lot of … [Read more]
I’ve been thinking a lot about cookies, in part because they always seem like a good idea, and also because sister Barbie made Mom’s candy cane cookies last Christmas. Mom won a prize for that recipe. Here’s the picture that was on the front page of … [Read more]
I rarely spilled on myself after graduating from the high chair. That is until I turned 60, when I became the Niagara Falls of spillage.What is it about a clean, pressed white blouse or shirt and colorful greasy food? There's a magnetic attraction … [Read more]
When I was still living at home in my mid-twenties, I bought a furry, life-like puppet that was 24 inches from ear-tips to back feet and named him "Bigwig" to honor "Watership Down," my favorite book at the time. It was a ridiculous and costly … [Read more]