Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Humorist Diana Estill Steers through SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) Season

Humorist Diana Estill Steers through SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) Season

Author Diana Estill's book, Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road: Humorous Views on Love, Lust, & Lawn Care (Brown Books Publishing), helps SAD sufferers and others laugh away the "winter blues." Despite being a humorist and residing in Texas, a sunny state, Diana is a SAD sufferer. Clinical symptoms of this mood disorder become more pronounced after Daylight Saving Time ends.

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) October 18, 2007

An estimated 46 million Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but Texas resident and humor author Diana Estill was surprised to learn that she was among them.

"I fit all the classic patterns," says Ms. Estill, author of Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road: Humorous Views on Love, Lust, & Lawn Care (http://www. amazon. com/Driving-Wrong-Side-Diana-Estill/dp/1933285419) (Brown Books Publishing). "I oversleep during the winter months, can't stay awake past eight p. m., crave enough carbs to be classified an herbivore, and weep when a grocery checker asks me personal questions like, 'Did you find everything OK?'"

SAD is a mood disorder that occurs during the fall and winter months, most notably after Daylight Saving Time has ended. Sufferers react to reduced exposure to ultraviolet light and the corresponding decline in brain chemical levels.

Laughter, which is always good medicine, has been found to increase serotonin levels and boost everything from mental health to blood circulation. Anything that provides a good chuckle or guffaw, whether that is gathering with friends, watching a funny movie, or reading an amusing story or book, can help improve SAD symptoms.

According to Ms. Estill, writing humor can be equally therapeutic. During the winter months she focuses on life's ironies and absurdities and writes about funny topics, such as how to navigate a mall with a man and tackling your own toilet repairs. Her book, Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road, includes 55 tales of misadventures in travel, home repairs, and suburban life.

Readers frequently compare Ms. Estill, whose columns and essays have appeared in The Dallas Morning News for more than a decade, to the late humor columnist Erma Bombeck.

Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road will be released in audio book format (a 2-CD set), November 9, 2007. This title is currently available for preorder at Amazon. com. The paperback version of the book is available online and in bookstores.

Diana Estill will be signing copies of her book at Barnes & Noble, 5301 Beltline Road, Dallas, TX, Saturday, November 17, from 2 to 4 p. m.

To learn more about Ms. Estill or to request a review copy of her book, please visit www. TotallySkewed. com or contact her by phone.

Additional Resources:

Link to audiobook (http://www. Amazon. com/Driving-Wrong-Side-Diana-Estill/dp/0979970806)

YouTube video book trailer (http://youtube. com/watch? v=b5UBpZP4eQ0)


Internet Broadcasting Smashes Monthly Visitor Record in February

Internet Broadcasting Smashes Monthly Visitor Record in February

Winter storms drive second consecutive record month.

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) April 3, 2007

Internet Broadcasting, the nation's largest publisher of local news online, today announced that a record 15.4 million unique visitors (as measured by Nielsen//NetRatings) came to its network of TV station Web sites in February. The record was a 12 percent jump over the company's previous high of 13.8 million visitors, established in January 2007.

Winter weather and the corresponding online features allowing visitors to view and share content were the primary factors behind the February increase. Three significant mid-week storms affected huge segments of the upper-Midwest and Northeast creating travel and commuter headaches and school cancellations. Consequently, viewers turned to their local TV station Web sites for real-time radar images, weather forecasts, school closings, viewer-submitted storm photos and the latest news and information.

"This record speaks to the strength of our local TV partner brands. They are the trusted source for information that affects viewers' daily lives," said Julie Burrows, Internet Broadcasting's EVP of marketing, research and product development. "The TV stations engaged their viewers by driving them online and creating a place where the community could come together to interact, share and distribute accurate, up-to-the-minute, relevant information."

TV station meteorologists in many markets turned to "blogs" to keep viewers informed all day long. The interactive weather blogs were part of a layered approach the stations used to emphasize information distribution and viewer feedback. A handful of stations encouraged viewers to submit personal stories of traffic troubles or storm-related photographs, with much of the user-submitted content used on air. The community slideshows garnered tremendous amounts of traffic during the storms.

February's traffic record helped propel Internet Broadcasting to the nation's 38th largest Web property overall (according to Nielsen//NetRatings) and marks the third month since November 2006, that Internet Broadcasting has experienced record visitor traffic. Traffic numbers represent an aggregate total among Internet Broadcasting's network of more than 70 TV station Web sites.

About Internet Broadcasting
Internet Broadcasting is the largest national platform of TV station Web sites. The company publishes more than 70 sites for America's premier broadcasters, including: Hearst-Argyle, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Post-Newsweek, NBC, Cox Television, Meredith Broadcasting, Scripps and Morgan Broadcasting. Each month, one in every 12 online Americans visits an Internet Broadcasting site, making it one of the nation's largest online news publishers. The company is headquartered in Minneapolis with offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. For more information, visit www. ibsys. com.

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