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A wicked sense of humor

“I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.” 
~ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Carved statue of a saint in the Medieval Wing at the Detroit Institute of Arts / Cindy La Ferle

I’m a longtime fan of Oscar Wilde, the Irish playwright and poet. My favorite of Wilde’s plays, The Importance of Being Earnest, was first performed in London in 1895. The reason for its enduring popularity? Wilde’s social satire is still funny — and still spot-on relevant — more than a century later. Today’s quote is a perfect example. ~CL


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Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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