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Hashtags and Zoom Bewilder This Boomer: Finding the Funny While Aging

Hashtags and Zoom Bewilder This Boomer: Finding the Funny While Aging

by Mary Ann Hoyt
Hashtags and Zoom Bewilder This Boomer: Finding the Funny While Aging

Hashtags and Zoom Bewilder This Boomer: Finding the Funny While Aging

by Mary Ann Hoyt


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Mary Ann Hoyt is back, with her second collection of humorous essays. Her relatable stories and anecdotes are full of dry wit and satire, with a sprinkling of poignant moments that will have you smiling, laughing, or maybe even shedding a tear.
She tells the story of how, one day in 1957, she was the reason her second grade teacher had a bad day, with 55 kids in her classroom and vomit in aisle 4. She relates her experience of being reprimanded as a student nurse for yelling "Good luck!" to her patient as he was being wheeled down the hall to the OR. Apparently, "good luck" is not the appropriate thing to say when someone's about to go under the knife.
Mary Ann's senior years continue to give her fodder to write about, like her close call with the law because of a chicken. She does her mediocre best to catch up with technology—barely able to hold her own while Zooming and FaceTiming family and friends.
Mary Ann finds something to smile about in almost any situation, including the pandemic. She wants her readers to know that humor is a wonderful God-given coping mechanism worth nurturing. If you liked her first book: In Heaven There's No Money, No Stuff—and No Porta-Potties, you will enjoy this one, too.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781098335670
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 01/05/2021
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,152,310
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Mary Ann Hoyt grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After raising four children in New Jersey, she and her husband, Paul, moved to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Mary Ann, retired from hospital nursing, now lives with her husband in southern Delaware, 20 minutes from the ocean and closer to their 10 grandchildren. Having been published in nursing magazines years ago, she now devotes her time to writing humor. This is Mary Ann's second book. She's had essays published in the magazine, Delaware Beach Life, and belongs to the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild.
"Hashtags and Zoom Bewilder This Boomer" received Honorable Mention for adult nonfiction books-humor in the National Federation of Press Women 2021 contest.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Reminiscing 3

Nursing School 6

How I Met My Husband 8

My Mothering Mistakes 10

The Grateful Dead Concert 12

Mother of the Bride (and Groom) Hair Disasters 13

Retirement in Delaware 15

The CPAP Adventure 17

I Will Never Be a Contestant on Cupcake Wars 19

Squeaky Floorboards 22

Hashtags 24

My Itchy Husband 25

Please God-No Head Lice or Cookie Exchanges 27

Christmas 2019 29

Never Rush a Prime Rib 31

The Coronavirus 33

My Succulent Sausages 36

Babysitting the Pets 38

Rehearsing My Lines 41

TV Channels for Peaceful Waiting Rooms 43

Buying a Mattress 44

Tripping (and not on drugs) 46

My Memory 48

Walking Through My Neighborhood 50

Pedicures 51

Age is Relative 52

The Day My Cell Phone Took a Dive into the Toilet 53

The Recliner 55

The Frying Pan 56

My Father 58

Mount Everest 60

The Scale 62

Shapewear 64

The Grandkids' Sports and Activities 66

My Garbage Disposal Guilt 68

I Love Elephants 71

Technology 73

My First Zoom Meeting 75

The Nice Policeman in Rehoboth 77

My Mother Never Told Me 79

Paul, the Car, and Me 82

Nervous Laughter 84

The Cheesecake 85

Husbands 87

My Missing Handbag 89

Vertebrae and Funerals 91

What's Therapy for Some Is Torture for Others 93

I Stuffed My Last Turkey 95

The Martian 96

Perks to Having Creaky Joints 98

The Pandemic (continued) 99

Another Dog Story 103

Absconding With the Phone Chargers 106

Tax Season 107

Reading Glasses 108

Plastic Straws 109

Our Losing Sickness 111

Japanese Beetles 113

Too Many Choices 114

Selling My Book 115

Picking Out Paint Colors and Tile 117


A Nurse's Story-Different Perspectives 121

Throw Pillows 123

Birds 124

No-I Did Not Steal the Chicken 126

Mary Ann 128

Seconds 129

Breaking News 131

Insomnia 133

Future Nurse? 135

Ebooks and Shopping Online 136

Paul's Radical Prostate Surgery 138

My Admiration of Free Verse Poetry 140

Little White Lies 141

My Husband's Cure for Everything-Exercise 142

Car Seats 143

The Silver Lining 145

Acknowledgments 147

Also Mary Ann Hoyt 148

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