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 Mula writes: I usually start my day with isometrics, or tensing of the muscles — in my case, the calf muscles. Actually this tensing is completely involuntary. I guess a more accurate term is leg cramps. They propel me out of bed, whereupon I jump up and down and shake my legs vigorously to relieve the cramping. This often results in floor exercises, or falling down and trying to get up — which involves straining of every muscle in the body to pull myself upright. more »
Rose Madeline Mula writes: I'm converting it to a post-bucket list; that is, things I plan to do the next time around. First, learn to swim. I'm sure my innards are permanently bleached from swallowing a gazillion gallons of chlorine-laced pool water over a lifetime of trying to learn to stay afloat. I would also like to ski. On real skis next time and not just wooden slats with tipped up ends and leather straps that fit over my old galoshes. But I won't be here in the winter because I'll be visiting my villa in Capri, or my retreat in Maui. more »
Rose Madeline Mula writes: Today, after taking out a second mortgage to finance new footware, you then must analyze your requirements. Will you be wearing them while cross training, weight lifting, long-distance running, short-distance sprints, jogging, or aerobics? A flatter heel will enable you to execute deeper squats, a flexible sole is preferable for kick boxing, and flex-grooved bottoms kick your Jazzercise workout up a notch because they help you sidestep seamlessly and move effortlessly in any direction. more »
Rose Madeline Mula writes: The only scenario that was even more incredible was that the woman on that screen would one day become my friend — we would correspond, chat on the phone, and even visit each other's homes.My fondest memories of my visits include a quiet evening munching sandwiches in her cozy library where we gossiped and laughed until after midnight. Not only was Joan an exceptional chef, she was also a licensed interior decorator, a prize fisherwoman, a hot air balloonist, and a hole-in-one golfer. "When you've had as many husbands as I've had, Love," said she, "you acquire a lot of their hobbies." more »