Marlene Ratledge Buchanen

Well, I did it!!!! I really did it. I have written a book. It is a compilation of essays. Some are based on columns I have written, but most are new material. I hope you will be interested in it and find it humorous. That was my goal, anyway.

It has been a long, hard haul. I didn’t think it would be. I thought: I will write, find a publisher, and it will be done. Oh no, it is not at all like that.

I have a terrible flaw for one thing. I am The Comma Queen. When I was in high school and college I was taught to use longer sentences, joined by commas and conjunctions. Have you ever read something that was one sentence and eight lines long? That is what I turned into. My teacher told me to lengthen my sentences. They were too short. Now they are too long. Oh well. Can’t make everyone happy.

MarleneBookCover220Life is hard. Think about it. You come into this world all wrinkly and screaming. Then you leave this world all wrinkly and screaming. At least I will be screaming “I ain’t going!” even if it is only in my mind.

We need to find things that lighten our days as often as we can. Sometimes, it is that one giggle we had that kept us going for the other 23 hours 57 minutes of the day. My goal is to help you find that giggle, perhaps an occasional outright guffaw. By any means we can soften our lives with laughter, we need to do it.

I have a Facebook page: Marlene Ratledge Buchanan. I also have a web site: I have them because the publisher made them. I have to learn what to do with them. You can write directly to me at It might take me a few days, but I will answer your note.

My book is available at www. I will have book signings and you can find out about those at I want to say that I am not tooting my own horn, but Hey — I wrote a book!!!