What on earth do a dead tomato plant and a paycheck have in common? Maryann Miller explores the fun and foibles of how to survive parenting a large family, while vainly keeping body and mind intact. From School Daze to Summertime Blues, and everything in between, the book airs the Miller laundry with all the holes and missing buttons.
She answers important family questions such as: What's for dinner? Who wrote the dirty words on the wall? Can we really pee in the woods? Do the kids really like the dog better than Mom?
Readers of the humor column, from which this books comes, delighted in The Great Lasagna Caper, the fits of tantrum that demolished a telephone, The Lawn Wars, who is and who isn't Socially Acceptable, and the crazy dinnertime conversations. Those readers could relate, as will mothers and father and kids today. Nothing really changes all that much in family dynamics. Just the names are changed to protect the innocent.
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BIOGRAPHY Maryann Miller writes the critically acclaimed Seasons Mystery Series that debuted with OPEN SEASON and continued with STALKING SEASON. DOUBLETAKE, a stand-alone mystery, was chosen as the 2015 Best Mystery by the Texas Association of Authors.
EVELYN EVOLVING: A Story of Real Life, celebrates the life of Miller's mother and is the book of her heart.
Miller has received the Page Edwards Short Story Award, placed first in the screenwriting competition at the Houston Writer's Conference, was a semi-finalist at Sundance and in the Chesterfield Screenwriting Competition. For fifteen years she was the theatre director at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts, where she directed adult and youth productions and coordinated the annual KidZZ On Stage Drama Camp.
Miller also likes to be onstage and has appeared in numerous productions. Her most recent role was Big Mama in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
When not working or playing on stage, Miller likes to spend time outdoors working in her garden. She also enjoys all kinds of puzzles, quilting, and knitting. And, of course, reading. She currently lives with four cats who graciously allow her to share the sofa with them in the evening.
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