Monthly Archives: February 2016

‘Baby Registry Essentials’ | Inside Voice 4


Norine Dworkin-McDaniel reads ‘Baby Registry Essentials’ from the mathematic section of her book Science of Parenthood. She gives sage advice with a snarky twist on the must have items to prepare for your baby’s arrival. Skip the adorable crib bedding with matching lampshades, mobiles and valances and go straight for a panic room equipped with Godiva, Jim Beam and a childproof door lock!

So who’s the wit behind the blog? Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler, two friends who met at another friend’s holiday party in the early 2000’s. Norine was a magazine writer. Jessica was an illustrator and web developer.

First, Jessica had a kid. Then Norine had a kid. Then Norine started writing a series of science-y/parent-y ain’t-that-the-truth-isms. Then Jessica came in and scribbled all over them. And Science of Parenthood was born.

Their latest book, Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations, was published by She Writes Press in November 2015. In it, they use biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics to further lampoon the ridiculous SNAFUs otherwise capable adults find themselves in as a result of having kids. Their book went to #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Parenting Releases. Dr. Oz—yes, that Dr. Oz!—calls it “The perfect field manual for all the parents out there who can do nothing else with their day but laugh.” Find it everywhere books are sold. If you’d like a signed copy, they would be very flattered, and you can get one, here.

Links Mentioned In The Episode:

Science of Parenthood 

FB/Science of Parenthood

Purchase The Book

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‘Arella’s House’ | Inside Voice 3


Lauren Ziemski reads her beautiful essay about growing up next to her cranky elderly neighbor ‘Arella’ who unknowingly taught her valuable life lessons.

Hello! I am Lauren Ziemski, and I write. I also collect typewriters. I write about them at thecarriagereturn.com. I had a baby in September of 2014 and she’s the coolest. Sometimes I write about her, and sometimes I write about not-her. Mostly I write because if I don’t, I’ll go mad. My head is always full of stuff, so I need to get it out somehow. This blog seems as good an outlet as any. I like all the normal stuff people like: gardening, cooking, crafting, blah blah blah. I also like antique shopping and sorting paper. So there you have it.

So, my ma says, “Why’dya have to go and cut your shoes in half?” 

So I says, I says, “MA!  Whaddya mean?!?  They didn’t fit!  So I cut about an inch out and glued ’em back together”.

Links Mentioned In This Episode:

So I Says, I Says

The Carriage Return

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‘Why I’ll Never Have Another Brazilian Again’ | Inside Voice 2

Kathryn Leehane reads her hilarious essay about the pain and pitfalls of taking it all off.

Are you daring enough to get a Brazilian?

Kathryn Leehane is Foxy Wine Pocket. She loves to tell stories that make you spit out your drink. A regular contributor to Scary Mommy, her writing is also published in several anthologies and popular web sites, including Redbook Magazine, In the Powder Room, The Huffington Post, and BLUNTmoms. In her downtime, she inhales books, bacon, and pinot noir, and her interests include oversharing, Jason Bateman, and crashing high school reunions.

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Links Mentioned In This Episode:

Foxy Wine Pocket

Why I’ll Never Have Another Brazilian Again

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