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From The Things I Wish I'd Said...the other day when my kindergartner announced that she wanted to be in cheerleading, I nearly fell off my chair. First of all, I didn't know they made cheerleaders out of five-year-olds. Secondly, I thought of one of my lifelong regrets in having wasted my best high school athletic years on the sidelines in a short skirt. I almost launched into a history of Title IX and how when I was a young girl we didn't have the opportunity to be much besides cheerleaders; however, I chose a hopeful tone and asked my darling Camille if she wouldn't rather be the one playing the sport instead of the one yelling about it on the sidelines.
She looked at me like I was cracked.
"Mom," she said, "I like the uniform."
Once again my five-year-old proved to me that more often than not, it's all about how you look.
Michele VanOrt Cozzens explores light topics from newspaper columns she wrote a decade ago (and offers new colums with what she wishes she'd said) from baby showers and kids' birthday parties, to disc golf, home improvement, gardening and bad haircuts, she also digs deep and shares intimate feelings about sexual harassment, the "disastrous first marriage" and the deaths of her mother and young niece, a victim of the herb ephedra.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Publisher McKenna Publishing Group
ISBN 1932172211 ISBN13 9781932172218
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Things I Wish I'd Said?
Nobody Says It Better! Jan 29, 2007
I enjoyed Michele's direct perspective in her original articles and seeing how years later, she adds a personal view on the things she wishes that she said. This book brings the reader into the mind of a young journalist who has now a seasoned career. Offering personal glimpses into the life of the author with sincerity and emotion. I cried at the loss of her mother and I laughed at her witty portrayel of a simple haircut. I encourage others to read this book and the other novels written by Michele Cozzens, she entertains with style!
Revisiting the past Jul 13, 2005
We've all had our forehead-slapping moments when we come up with the perfect comeback, the wittiest repartee or the sharpest retort way too long after the moment to matter anymore. Unfortunately, we don't usually have the opportunity to go back and right the wrongs, but if you were by chance a newspaper columnist, you could certainly reflect on your earlier pearls of wisdom, reinforcing or shredding as the need arose.
Telling it like it was, Michele VanOrt Cozzens reflects on a series of her articles, published back in the days when she was the PG-13 Carrie Bradshaw of Oakland.
If you are fortunate enough to have read "I'm Living Your Dream Life", you're already on the inside track for this book, which touches on a range of topics, from home, family and friends through pets, Elvis, telemarketing, home improvement, beauty pageants, boxing, disc golf, and the Grateful Dead, among others.
Running the gamut of emotions, the stories are about real life, and will touch chords of recognition in every reader. Funny, poignant, reflective or sad, it takes you deep down into the soul of the author, and will alternately touch your heart and your funny bone.
Amanda Richards, July 13, 2005
Enjoyable Read Jun 11, 2005
The Things I Wish I'd Said was an enjoyable, insightful read. The perfect book for the bedside table. Each chapter revisited a theme ten years later. Perspectives change with age. Michele's refreshing candor covered the gamut.
This Book Was About Me . . . and Probably YOU! May 6, 2005
I absolutely loved this collection of stories. It hit home on many levels. The author writes about bad haircuts (Just an Inch off the bottom) and baby showers (Baby Showers on the Brain) and had me laughing out loud. Then she turned a corner and wrote about the loss of her pet (Woman's Best Friend) and then the tragic loss of her niece (Playing God and Losing) and an amazingly poignant story about the death of her mother called The Summer of Old. Easy to read and very relatable.
Michele has done it again Jan 7, 2005
The Things I Wish I'd Said is another winner with me. I could see these stories unfold either because of the imagery that Michele provided or in some cases reflections of my own past experiences. This books makes you think of the good and bad in the world in which we live. I recommend this book to any reader. I also want to thank Michele for another wonderful book.