The Bearded Iris

A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All

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I’m going to listen to my mother, for once.

Ever since that fateful day in 1977 when I crashed my bike and broke my arm in two places after my brother and I followed our mother’s explicit instructions to “GET OUT. TAKE YOUR BIKES. AND DON’T COME BACK UNTIL THE STREET LIGHTS COME ON,” I stopped listening to my mother.

Leslie (left) and friend circa 1977, from my baby book. Notice the staple.

Leslie (left) and friend circa 1977, from my baby book. Notice the staple.

Unfortunately for me, that was the last time she’s ever been wrong.

For instance…

She told me not to pierce my ears. Result? Double pierced on both sides at age 13 by some clueless teenaged Piercing Pagoda trainee at the Monroeville Mall. Long term result? Thirty years later my ear holes are about as lopsided as my knockers. Continue reading

Don’t look back? Don’t tell me what to do.

It’s a widely known fact (i.e. “pin-worthy” quote) that one of the main reasons people give up on their dreams is because they focus on how far they still have to go instead of how far they’ve already come.

Or for you visual learners…

Look behind you, you're more awesome than you realize! from "Don't look back? Don't tell me what to do," by The Bearded Iris

You do it too, right? Continue reading

Press Release: The Bearded Iris acquires In the Powder Room

Psst. You guys. Big news!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact:  Leslie@InThePowderRoom.com

Author, Blogger, and Editor Leslie Marinelli Acquires Online Women’s Magazine and Publishing Company, InThePowderRoom.com.

ATLANTA, April 8, 2014 – Popular online women’s magazine InThePowderRoom.com (“ITPR”) was acquired this week by Hold My Purse Productions LLC, a company owned by ITPR’s former Editor-in-Chief, Leslie Marinelli, an author, speaker, editor, and award-winning blogger. Continue reading

It’s a party and you’re invited!

Howdy friends!

Sorry to have been such a stranger lately. I’ve been working on some interesting new stories that I hope to be posting next week.

But until then…

Tomorrow’s the big day: my Georgia Book Tour Party! If you are in the area and can join us, please come on over — we’d love to see you.

Details below…

GA book tour party

Here’s a link to the coffee shop: OVR Coffee Café. It’s located next to Joseph & Friends hair salon in Vickery Village.

I’m so excited I’ll probably be wearing an adult diaper under my dress. Hug me at your own risk.

Yours truly,
Leslie

FINALLY! The secret to a great interview…

"You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth" cover 250x335I’ve been pounding the pavement a lot lately doing a media blitz to promote In The Powder Room’s new humor anthology, “You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth.”  (Which is now available for purchase on ALL THE THINGS.)

Just between us chickens, it has been a very eye-opening experience.

The thing is, I really love to write. Writing is my jam, yo.

But talking? With my mouth? To other people? About myself? Eh… not so much.

You see, when I talk, especially about myself, I usually say the wrong things. Sometimes I can actually see the words tumbling out of my mouth while my brain is shouting in slow-motion, “Nooooooooooooooooooooooo. ABORT ABORT ABORT. SELF DESTRUCTION MODE ACTIVATED.” Continue reading

Because Internet friendships are real, and so is cancer…

One of the most surprising joys of blogging has been the online friendships I’ve made over the years.

My husband finds this to be absolutely unbelievable. “These are professional networking contacts, not friends.”

He is so very wrong. Continue reading

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