Dear Angela,

I have to thank you for sharing your “Play-Doh-ectomy” story. It helped me remember a couple of things I hadn’t remembered while I was taking your last memoir class – the time I dissected the rattle we made in kindergarten, found that the rattle sound was made from popping corn kernels and decided to put them in my ears. I got the one in my left ear out, but not the one in my right. My parents had to rush me to the emergency room. I hated the whole experience and cried the whole time. They gave me a lollipop for being a good girl.


Hi Angela

I laughed hysterically when I read your story about Frank and the silly putty. We had a similiar incident with beads. My youngest, Matthew, somehow got two colored beads stuck up his nose. I tried to have him blow them out but that didn’t work. I phoned ‘Grandma’ to accompany us to the hospital. Matthew and I were in the bathroom (a small one at that) getting ready to head to the ER when he started to make the sneezing sound. Suddenly, he let out one huge sneeze and those beads came flying out of his nose and went ricocheting off the walls. With it being a small bathroom, those beads flew around for quite awhile. We were ducking for cover! Of course, once the crisis was over, we had a very good laugh. Kids – they should come with instruction manuals..

Also, like Diane C., I was published in Woman’s World after reading their editorial request on your site. Thanks to WritersWeekly for the great lead!

Best wishes to you and your family for a happy holiday season and continued success in the New Year.

Warm regards,