Sanity Check: The Dog Ate My Lipstick & My Houseplants Have Fleas
"Years ago, when we were trying to create a local column in the Dayton Daily News’ Life section that offered a proper mix of wisdom and whimsy, with a friendly voice and a bright take on the crazy things that can go on in in the world, Sharon Short came quickly to mind. Her “Sanity Check” columns have been making our Monday morning coffee taste better, and our days brighter, for more than a decade now. Those readers who know her from her novels will enjoy getting to know the more personal, witty side of a writer who has true knack for telling it like it is, and making you happy to hear it." Ron Rollins, Editor, Dayton Daily News
Sanity Check first appeared in the Dayton Daily News (Ohio) in January 2002. For more than ten years, the column covered everything from shredding pantyhose for stress relief, to the family dog joyfully dancing with flying eggs, to the day I realized I’d lost my lips. Sanity Check’s driving philosophy is that we all goof up... but laughing at those goof-ups with each other is a lot healthier than obsessing over them.
I wrote a lot about parenting and family life (the column began when our youngest daughter was 8 and ended when she was 18, the week she graduated from high school.) My husband, daughters and friends were good sports about being included in my weekly dispatches about suburban life, partially because I always made sure that I was the butt of my own humor (which wasn't a stretch. I goof up. Often.) Usually funny, sometimes poignant, with topics from my houseplants getting fleas to the day I realized my lips had disappeared, at its heart was the belief that the best way to survive the inevitable foibles, heartaches and goof ups of life is through humor, community and forgiveness.
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