Rose Madeline Mula's Archive of Articles
Rose Mula was an executive assistant, a public relations specialist, and an operations manager for a New England theater chain before discovering a passion for writing. She has written business and trade articles to earn a living, and humor for the fun of it.
Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Yankee, Modern Maturity, The Christian Science Monitor, The Reader's Digest, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Baltimore Sun, and more than a hundred other magazines and newspapers. Actually-thousands of newspapers, since one of her essays, The Stranger in My Mirror (originally titled, The Stranger in My House), was reprinted in Ann Landers' nationally syndicated column in 1999, without Rose's byline. Ms. Landers explained that she had received it from her cousin in Phoenix and wanted to share it with her readers even though she didn't know the author. When Rose left a phone message for her, Landers returned the call personally, with gracious compliments and apologies, and she promptly printed an attribution.
Meanwhile, Rose did some sleuthing and found her Stranger running rampant (and nameless) on dozens of websites, all but one of which claimed no prior knowledge of the author but were happy to hear from her and add her name. The exception was the owner of a site who claimed she had had the story for over twenty years. Not true, Rose pointed out, because in the essay she mentioned VCRs, which were very rare back then, and ATMs, which didn't exist for years later.
Rose never was able to identify the original kidnapper who stole her Stranger away. A couple of years before, her hometown newspaper, The Andover Townsman, published it. She assumes that a reader scanned it, without her byline, and started the whole distribution chain by emailing it to a friend who decided to share it with other cyber pals. And the saga continues to this day, the Stranger is still popping up in e-mails across the nation. Rose wishes she herself can achieve the same immortality. Meanwhile, she can reached by e-mail.
: Rose Mula's most recent book, Grandmother Goose: Rhymes for a Second Childhood
is now available as an e-book on Amazon.com for the Kindle and at BarnesandNoble.com for the Nook at $2.99; the paperback edition is still available for $9.95. Her books of humorous essays, The Beautiful People and Other Aggravations
and If These Are Laugh Lines, I'm Having Way Too Much Fun can also be ordered at Amazon.com or through Pelican Publishing (800-843-1724).
Rose Madeline Mula writes: Something was definitely wrong with this picture. Earrings, nose rings, eyebrow rings, bizarre hair-dos, purple nail polish ... on the boys. Even weirder, one of them was actually wearing a bathrobe and slippers. I swear. The others sported second-skin-tight bicycle shorts or kaleidoscopic, ridiculously baggy pants obviously stolen from Barnum & Bailey. more »
Rose Madeline Mula writes: My friend Emily has a pathological aversion to making decisions, both major and minor. A while back, she had her kitchen remodeled — a project that spanned two and a half years. No, she hadn’t hired the world’s slowest contractor. It’s just that it took her forever to decide every detail I usually make snap impulsive decisions, some of which I later regret, I do admit. But mostly they work out pretty well. I know it’s stupid; but usually if the item in question is a color I like, I whip out my credit card and seal the deal immediately. more »
Rose Madeline Mula writes: As a writer, email has been a special boon to me. In the predigital age, when I wanted to submit an article to publishers, I had to take my typed originals to Staples or Kinko's to make copies and snail mail them to editors, along with return-addressed stamped envelopes. Expensive! Slow! Today I have no copying costs, no postage, no gas costs or waiting for mail responses. I can now receive rejections cheaply and quickly. Oh, wait! That's not good! more »
Rose Madeline Mula writes: The only pictures of little Rosie that exist are the very rare formal poses taken in a photographer's studio — as a toddler, with my parents ... in my First Communion dress ... my high school graduation portrait. Unlike today's average kid, whose every move is documented and posted on Facebook daily, there are no candids of me emerging from my mother's womb (thankfully), sleeping in my crib, splashing in my bath, crawling on the living room floor, playing with my teddy bear ...