I miss seeing you in theaters. We will be together, again, but in the meantime: Welcome to my monthly newsletter. Will monthly be often enough to cover all of the Paula Poundstone news? I don’t thin...
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How important is sleep? Why does Paula love it so much, and why can’t Adam get any? Dr. Christina McCrae from the University of Missouri’s Sleep Research Center comes by to put all our questions... to rest. Also, we’re lunching a brand new contest. Enter to win a Zoom party with Paula and Adam! And — “Mailbag! Insider Edition,” featuring a very special guest. Thanks to house band Adam Fisher! Listen at paulapoundstone.com or wherever you get your pods! PS. To enter the contest, visit: bit.ly/nltppcontest421 ... See MoreSee Less
Did my morning improvements: 25 jumping jacks; 6 real push-ups; 70 side-to-side sit-ups; 24 push-ups leaning on the counter; and 24 push-ups from my knees. I'm a machine. I'm a broken pencil sharpener, but still I'm a machine. ... See MoreSee Less
I am impressed! Wish I could manage 1/2 that! You are a machine and a damn good one!
👏🏽 I’m currently listening to your audio version of “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness” and loving it! I’m hoping I’ll be inspired to get back to exercising (though not martial arts!) because of you! ❣️
You are inspiring me, Paula! I am starting off slow. I can't believe you are doing 70 side-to-side sit ups. That is a lot. Good for you!
This is good news. I'm trying to find my way to exercise. Lost a few pounds but need to review your amusing work out vids from last year.
Sometimes it feels like that...but you are a very funny pencil sharpener.....
Omg, I’m exhausted reading about your fitness program. I had to eat a Ding Dong just to get going after this post!
I did 45 at the counter and 10 at my knees. And jumping jacks! Inspired by you!!
Awesome job! You have a routine that works! You are an inspiration!
You made me laugh on a day I really needed it.
My pencil sharpener broke just as I read this! Coincidence? I think not!
I think it’s great, Ms. Poundstone. Really.
You inspire me....To do what???...I still don’t know....???
But I’ve been listening since the beginning. ☮️❤️🤪
Well, brava, Paula! Keep going.
I’m an empty stapler, but I’m still a machine too.
You rock...I hiked 7 miles...does that count??
I need to write down your routine!
Wall squats Paula, do them.
That’s very impressive!
Better than me, Sis!
manual or electric?
All push ups are real- some are just modified! Nice work! 💪
I can hear you saying "broken pencil sharpener." It's quite like "lube rack." 😁
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This week, Garrison Keillor travels back to 1999 and revisit the fourth annual Joke Show, with guests Paula Poundstone and Robin & Linda Williams. Robin & Linda treat fans to a few banjo jokes plus versions of “Cripple Creek” and the “Mississippi Delta Blues.” Paula helps out with a few sketches, tells a solo story or two and chucks in a few one-liners and jokes. The Royal Academy of Radio Actors shine with the “Brain Surgery” sketch plus a few celebrity guest appearances. And our fine house band kicks it up with some funny foot-stomping music.
What exactly is composting? Okay, how ‘bout vermicomposting - what’s that, and what kind of wine should you pair it with? North Carolina State University’s Rhonda Sherman, um, breaks it all down for us! Plus, Toni and Bonnie find themselves censured by our Book Club - we must have order! And get out you bifocals and squint at that bag of Funyuns - it’s our brand new Department of Fine Print. Thanks to house band Sylvia D’Avanzo! Listen at paulapoundstone.com or wherever you get your pods. ... See MoreSee Less
I’ve done both regular composting and vermicomposting! Worm composting is a fascinating process, but a bit fiddly. I’d compare it to having an aquarium that is completely opaque and full of thousands of fish! If you do it right it’s fun and never smells.
There are services in some places, like LA County and Houston where they'll pick up your buckets of compostable material. Great for people without plants or yards.
There is a girl in New York City
Who calls herself the human trampoline
And sometimes when I'm falling, flying
Or tumbling in turmoil I say
"Whoa, so this is what she means"
She means we're bouncing into Graceland
And I see losing love
Is like a window in your heart
Well, everybody sees you're blown apart
Everybody sees the wind blow
“ I have reason to believe we all will be received in Graceland” ... 🥰
"She's a rich girl...she don't have to worry ... she has diamonds on the soles of her shoes. He's a poor boy ... empty as a pocket ... empty as a pocket with nothing to lose..." Poetry.
Saw him a few times. Favorite was an outdoor concert on my birthday with my daughter
Well...when my mama was alive I turned her onto Graceland. When we were very young back in Brooklyn she even loved 3 dog night! My favorites are pauls solo album and also there goes rhymin Simon. I truly got burnt out on graceland- not all of it- I just took it ALL in when it was first released. He's one of my musical heros whom I truly wish would never age!
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" was the first non-church song I ever learned.
He’s also a brilliantly creative lyricist.
He and Dylan the best poets of their time
With iTunes and playlists and streaming music and whatnot, I still listen to his Graceland album start to finish. Probably the only album I can say that about.
Love the Simon and Garfield song America so much!!!
His 2012 live concert from the Hyde Park is the best concert I've ever seen. Amazing. You can watch it on YouTube now.
One of the best concerts I ever attended. Have always loved him
I agree, Paula. Graceland is one of the best albums ever. 🎵
The older I get, the more I understand and love his songs. There are some things that you just can't get without life experience and perspective.
My daughter played piccolo in marching band the year they played all Paul Simon songs. I wish he could have seen them play. They won GOLD at the championship! I was so proud of them!!
He has such a mellow voice and his songs make me hum along. A fan fom the begining with lyrics like none other.
As much as I love James Taylor, I think that Paul Simon writes the most intelligent music and lyrics of our time.
Saw him twice in concert. Both times he was sharing the bill with another artist. Once with Bob Dylan and the other time with Sting. Both were fantastic shows! It is my belief that Simon is one of the greatest lyricists of the 20th century. I mean, who else can put the word "misconstrued" in a song and make it work?
Took a trip out west with my son and we really got into many of Paul Simon’s songs. His music will always resonate with us.
"Rhythm of the Saints" is great album!!
You must be Spring cleaning. He is great music to clean by.
At one of your Atlanta shows, you played Paul Simon and Phoebe Snow singing Gone At Last and I loved it!!! How this song was not on my radar screen, I don’t know, but is now in frequent rotation on my playlist! Thanks!
I love Frank Sinatra‘a music!
So many amazing songs from one mind...!
The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts and our brains.
That's nice Paula. I hope you don't hold it against Mr. Simon that he really isn't very impressed by yours, though.
Because I didn't know, I worked in Florida for a week, in the 80's, I think, for a "Spring Break" event. It was stupid. Shows called "Midnight Madness," 2 boys died pissing off of hotel roofs, adults exploiting college students' parents for money. Stupid. ... See MoreSee Less
Some schools have even stepped up, Pennstate didn't have a spring break this year. They're trying to keep down their COVID cases. It would work to just skip the break all together.
Parents can say no - vote with their pocket book- mine did - every step of the way as I needed that - bless them
College students in California used to go to the nearby desert, the beach, or skiing. No need for that Florida nonsense.
Guess what? Everyone did stupid shit decades ago that was the norm for that time. Today's cancel culture wants you to repent. Screw them. You are a culmination of your life experiences and if people judge you because of that, they're not your people.
Too bad neither of those boys pissing off the roof was Brett Kavanaugh.
Look on the other side. You went on to continue a great career doing something you love to do. Most of those kids went into miserable middle management slogs and that week in the 80s was the last time they had "fun"
I know its horrible and a horrendous waste of life but how do you die pissing off a balcony?
A sad story. Spring break has become what it is over time, a week commercial establishments promote.
This is what we think when we have too much time to think.
I saw you at Loyola College of MD in the early 80s. No one pissed off the roof of the Jesuits residence, as I recall, and I thought you were hilarious.
Spring break is indicative of our culture. Parents need to take back parenting.
I agree, stupid behavior. But as I remember it wasn’t quite as expensive as you might think, not when you packed 6 girls in a car, split the gas, drove for 36 hours, smuggled in your own liquor, and smushed 6 or more kids into one hotel room while the hotels looked the other way.
You are not responsible for stupidity in or around your venue. Truly. You are an artist presenting your show - the stupid shit they do is in then.
I've never understood this spring break phenomenon. I worked my way through college. I never had weeks off when I could just go and party and blow a lot of money.
I paid my own way through college and could never afford to do anything for spring break, so yeah parents can easily cut their kids off.
You aren’t responsible for their actions. Bless your heart and give yourself a break from that guilt, sis.
When I was young (80s), we didn't have Spring Break. However, my birthday is in late March. I wanted to go to Panama City Beach ten or so years ago. I called the get the price and then said, "You are absolutely kidding" The receptionist said, "It's Spring Break Ma'am" I wasn't paying nearly triple for the same hotel room that is reasonable the rest of the year.
This is why admire you: Once you know, you learn and you don’t do it again. Everyone makes mistakes, but once it’s been made clear to you that you’ve made a mistake, THEN what? Not everyone is like you, and we need more of you. ❤️
I was convinced when I saw the movie, "Where the Boys Are".
You were there to entertain, not baby sit. I never had the means to go any where but home on any college break. At this moment I can not think of any I knew who did in the 1960s.
Let the healing begin! And your mantra shall be "...But I don't show up in any 'Girls Gone Wild' videos."
So stupid 900 people a DAY move here.
Never understood the culture we’ve passed on to our kids to party at all costs whenever you can.
Once you came to my then hometown of Vero Beach, FL. You did shows at 6 pm and 8 pm because it’s largely retirees. At the 6 pm show you said you expected the audience to come in their pajamas, and you went on from there. It was the funniest show I’ve ever been to.
Kinda sums up the 80s
I don't know where the tradition of a "spring break" came from; rather suspect it had something to do with corporate profits. Didn't have one when I was in school.
What’s the deal with Paula’s chronic cough, and can it be cured? More importantly, can it be be cured without giving up Double Stuff Oreos? Well, due to unforeseen circumstances, we lost our guest Cough Expert for this one, so Dr. Bonnie “Captain Crinkle” Burns* and Dr. Toni Anita Hull* step in to school the rest of us! Also - more Aunt Stories! Thanks to house band Sophie Taft! Listen at paulapoundstone.com or wherever you get your pods.
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Diamond and I discussed this situation...and came to the conclusion...there may be cats involved...but she is willing to deal with that...so Diamond is up for it....as long as her phone stays charged....she doesn't have a computer.
A treasure! She touched millions of lives with her books. I can’t thank her enough for the comfort, joy, humor and wonder she bought to my childhood. 🙏❤️
She created such fun characters and some of her writing holds up as an enjoyable adult read. Sit here for the present, enjoy
I've always loved Beverly Cleary and her wonderful imagination.
I loved those books. 50 yeaes later and I can still remember being outraged when Ramona was told to leave for school at quarter after, so she left at 25 after and got reprimanded for being late! It was SO unfair because of course a quarter after would be 25 after! RIP, Beverly.
Her book The Mouse and the Motorcycle was so fun. Henry and Ramona made me WANT to read!
Oh i used to LOVE her books. I read "The Mouse and the Motorcycle" over and over.
I read all the Ramona books as a child and then had the joy of reading them to my own little "Ramona." Mrs. Clearly understood that sometimes naughtiness is just a child figuring out the world. She was the best.
And my goodness she touched so many lives through her writing. How lucky we have been to have lived in her time!
Ramona Quimby hangs out on my bookshelf with Harriet M Welch and Nancy Blackett and Frances the badger and Pippi Longstocking, with Jo March and Anne Shirley standing by. Bold, creative, and often troublesome to the grown-ups. I love how Beverly Cleary knew her childhood so well in all its details, and brought parents into the picture with accuracy, compassion, and without any knowing winks to the grownups. How I love that little overalled kid with the eyes that were "brown and white."
I love her books! Enjoyed reading them again with my kids. She's a treasure.
Loved her books when I was growing up. Read them to my kids when they were growing up. Delighted to be living in Ramona’s neighborhood (NE Portland).
I loved her books so much as a kid! They started me cranking through series like I binge-watch Netflix today.
I read some of her books when I was a kid/teen and my son loooooved Ribsy and several others when he was a kid. She was a terrific writer and beloved by generations during her lifetime, and I’m sure her work will be loved for much longer. RIP, Beverly Cleary.
Mouse and the Motorcycle was one of the first books I read by myself - along with Charlotte’s Web... both favs .....
One of my favorite authors when I was growing up.
Her books were such a blessing in my childhood! I still go back and read them from time to time. May her memory be a blessing and comfort those whose lives she touched.
I have two dogs named Ramona and Beezus. Loved the books!
“Ramona the Pest” will always be on my bookshelf. I may have secretly called my little sister Ramona.
When I moved to the United States in the 3rd grade, I would read her books out loud to learn to speak English. I grew to love her books dearly. 💗
I had no idea she wrote The Mouse and the Motorcycle. Definitely one of those "made me love reading" books.
I read a book titled Ramona when I was about 15 but I don't remember the author. Ramona was a young Native American just learning about life away from her home.
I was the embodiment of Ellen Tebbits, ballet classes and social awkwardness abounding. Beverly Cleary truly spoke to my REAL childhood, and I read very single one of her books when I was young. Now I will share those stories with my grandchildren. <3
Beverly Cleary books were my favorite books during grade school!!!
Ellen Tebbits is my favorite Beverly Cleary book. I love the story of Ellen’s friendship with Austine and their mutual frustration with the annoying Otis Spofford.
Can Paula find gainful employment as a hostess in a high-end establishment? Former NYC top-drawer hostess Tracy Willet breaks it down on our “Career Corner.” Plus another, um, cosmopolitan take on “Moby Dick“ and a guided tour of Ireland with Toni and Cap’n Crinkle! Thanks to house band Zack Ford! Listen wherever you get those pod or at paulapoundstone.com ... See MoreSee Less
I honestly try to pick up Sunday shifts during football season to avoid the football fans in my house and all the screaming that involves 😂
My aunt used to watch all kinds of sports. That, I don't miss. I'm just not into watching people bouncy the ball.
We just do streaming so football does not intrude. I’ve been to only two football games. At the first one I sold treats for the benefit of my college choral group. We were way at the entrance and couldn’t see the game. The second one was a game my husband and I went to because my nephew was in the marching band. We were visiting Columbus, Ohio from CA. Football is big there and every high school has their own gigantic (I mean GIGANTIC) stadium. I do not remember the game at all.
Sometimes if it’s the day of one playoff or other I will hear the upstairs neighbors yell when a touchdown is made. (I’m in an apartment building)
That is the sum total of my experience with football.
I'm like, "Football? Uh, yeah, home run... Whatever, what's for dinner?"
Not for me they're not!
Rugby is a good alternative.
March Madness has taken over at my house.
Only if you allow them to be.
I've been watching live tech podcasts all afternoon. 🙂
I don't care about the big game, so it doesn't affect me!
You say that like its a bad thing.....
I’m always delighted when there’s a big game on. It means I can go to Home Depot or a movie or out to lunch while everyone is watching.
Not me. Becoming less and less dependent on TV. It’s just ad bait.
No "professional" sports in this house.
However, the bar in the corner...
NO, NCAA Basketball today!
U.S. (gridiron) football, played almost entirely with hands.
Only if you turn on the TV.
Not in my world.
Not in my house
Not for everyone.
Don't forget Monday night and Thursday night football.
Better without Der Humper though. I wonder when he’ll flit away or is he going to stink other areas up too !?