Denise McDonald Dorman

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Yes, I Am 12…and Not in Dog Years

In Comedy, Dave Dorman, Denise Dorman, Humor, Life Observations, Practical Jokes, Pranks, Wall Street Journal, WriteBrain Media on January 16, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I‘ll admit it. I’m not the most sophisticated when it comes to humor. Frankly, I am 12.

Oh, I can grasp and laugh at Dennis Miller’s obscure metaphors 90% of the time–admittedly with a little help from Wikipedia. I revel in the clever comedy stylings of Christopher GuestMonty Python and The League of Gentlemen…but it’s the really immature stuff that sucker punches me. Blazing Saddles. Kathy Griffin. Pee Wee Herman.

What does it say about me that I can’t sit in a board meeting and hear the word “titillate” without smirking? When someone lets go of a squeaker in church, I’m a goner. I’ll admit, I even snuck in a quote about farting when the Wall Street Journal interviewed me a few years back. While I haven’t researched this carefully, I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume I’m the very first.

Yes, I am 12.

This has made parenting a six-year-old boy an enormous challenge for me. My “pause laughter” button has never materialized. I spontaneously erupt at his every precocious declaration and sound effect. This is doing neither me, my husband nor my son any favors. I might as well be telegraphing, “Want to avoid disciplinary action? Just make that well-timed comment or fart sound!”

I’m so lucky to have a mature partner in this parenting endeavor–my husband Dave. That’s right. The comic book artist is the mature one in this dynamic duo. Who’d have thunk it? Like my BFF, the brilliant prankster Christina Bouvier whom I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Dave has somehow trained his facial muscles to hide his gut reaction. This comes in handy on occasions like last Friday, when our son informed us in his wide-eyed innocence that “cows have gutters.” Dave’s a true poker face.

Here’s just one example: Once upon a time not long ago, Dave and I stood together in a long checkout line at Lowe’s. Deep within the bowels of my hobo bag, I had forgotten about my new key chain…the one with the cursing man sound chip fob. I never meant to actually use it in public. It was one of those impulse buys I intended to use on Bouvier. It seems my wallet shifted inside of there and jammed the key fob’s talk button. “You’re an A-hole! You’re an A-hole! You’re an A-hole! Eff you, Eff you, Eff you!” the key chain chirped incessantly…and loudly. People in other checkout lines were staring me down. My purse was plagued with Tourette’s Syndrome, yet Dave didn’t bat an eye.

One day my son will be 12, and we will be equals.

 

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Chicago Comic Book Artists Exhibit I’m In This Coming Friday (via Dave Dorman)

In Uncategorized on January 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Great exhibit for comics fans!

Dear Friends, First, here's a link to my current eBay sale – my Star Wars art lithos: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270689614688&ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123 Second, my friend, Chicago-based rock star comic book artist Tony Akins, invited me to be part of an exhibit he has curated called "The StatiCCreep Exhibition of  Sequential Art." Here are the details for those of you who can make it out here to snowy Chicago th … Read More

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Mashable names PSGive.org “Most Promising New Company”

In Charitable Giving, Mashable, Not-forProfit, Philanthropy, Pop Culture, PSGIVE.org, Public Relations, Social Good, Social Media, WriteBrain Media on January 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Mashable names PSGive.org “Most Promising New Company”

PSGive selected over renowned sites Quora and Instagram for the win

Las Vegas, NV – January 7, 2011—PSGive.org is pleased to announce that they were presented with the Mashable Award for “Most Promising New Company.”  Their win was announced last night during the fourth annual Mashable Awards at a gala event kicking off the 2011 International CES® conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“It was an honor simply to be nominated in the company of such great organizations as Quora, Instagram, Badgeville, and Getaround,” noted Sean Steinmarc, co-founder.

The Mashable Awards recognize the year’s best of tech and the web, per votes by the Mashable community who cast more than 1.3 million votes in 25 categories. “The Mashable Community has really grown the Mashable Awards program over the past four years,” said Pete Cashmore Founder & CEO of Mashable.  “We are grateful to our readers who made this year’s program such a success.”

PSGive.org was born of two lifelong friends, Paul Feldman and Sean Steinmarc, who had spent six years supporting non-profits dedicated to curing diabetes, a disease with which Feldman was diagnosed at age 25.  While researching methods to increase support, they identified that the non-profit community’s limited resources made it difficult for many organizations, not just those focused on diabetes, to reach and engage a wider supporter base. From that revelation, Paul and Sean developed a solution to this problem: PSGive.org.

PSGive.org was founded in May of 2009 and launched in October 2010, attracting donors with online “events.” Each event is assigned to a single charity, where supporters compete online to win prizes like luxury trips, electronics and more. Most recently, donors won an iPad for $4.49, a Kindle for $14.48 and a Flip Ultra HD for $16.53. Revenue from the events is generated by participation, allowing for these item discounts. Other benefits to the site include the following:

PSGive.org is fun: Each charity is assigned an event, where supporters can compete online to win prizes like luxury trips, electronics and more.

PSGive.org is affordable: There is never a membership fee for charities or supporters. Virtually everyone can afford to participate; tokens start at just $0.50 each.

PSGive.org is social: Members earn free tokens by referring friends; the “Share Button” at the bottom of each charity page and its event pages helps broadcast the message on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere, further raising awareness.

PSGive.org is accessible: The site is accessible via smart phones such as the iPhone, Blackberry and Android.

“PSGive.org is engaging a myriad of new supporters to give small amounts rather than hunting that one lump sum from a wealthy philanthropist. This does a better job of raising awareness of the charities immediately, thus raising further revenue in the future,” Feldman explained.

For more information, please visit PSGive.org, watch the founders’ in a TV interview, visit our press room and visit the following pages:

Twitter

Facebook

LinkedIn

About PSGive.org

Founded in 2010, PSGive.org is an online community specifically designed to increase awareness of and revenue for non-profit organizations. PSGive.org allows nonprofit supporters to compete for amazing deals in online events benefiting their causes.

Media Contacts:

Stephen Crane

stephen.crane@psgive.org

951.732.7010

Denise Dorman

denise.dorman@psgive.org

630.845.4694

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