Mike Ball is an award-winning humorist who writes the internationally popular weekly syndicated column "What I've Learned So Far..." He lives and writes on the shores of Whitmore Lake, Michigan, sharing a roof with his wife and a psychotic Siamese cat. He is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the recipient of the 2003 Erma Bombeck Award, and a finalist for the 2011 Robert Benchley Award.
Mike's first book, "Bikes, Docks & Slush Nuggets," is Part I of the "What I've Learned... So Far" trilogy. Part II, "Angels, Chimps & Tater Mitts," was released in April, 2012. Part III, "Banjos, Boats & Butt Dialing" is scheduled for later this year.
In addition to cranking out his humor column and books, Mike is a musician. As front man for the band Dr. Mike & The Sea Monkeys, he plays guitar, banjo, ukulele, djembe, slide guitar, and F# Shaker Egg. The band has been described as John Prine meets Jimmy Buffet, and features songs based on Mike's columns and books, such as, "At Least I've Got Most Of My Hair," "Carlson the Pissed Off Angel," and "The Colonoscopy Song."
Mike is also the founder of Lost Voices, a Michigan non-profit group that takes therapeutic roots music writing and performing programs to incarcerated and at-risk youth. For this work he was awarded the Kindness Community Hero Award from USA Today.
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What I've Learned... So Far Part II: Angels, Chimps & Tater Mitts
Once you step into the strange and irreverent world of Erma Bombeck award-winning humorist Mike Ball, you won't want to leave. Mike banters about pirates, plumbing, pets, speedboats, Bill O'Reilly, Snow Days, Craigslist, dogs, cats, seagulls, beer, hot sauce, Japan, football, turkeys, and guitars.
He can have you laughing with him one moment, then wiping away tears in the next paragraph.
What I've Learned So Far... Part I: Bikes, Docks & Slush Nuggets
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For years the essays of award-winning humorist Mike Ball, published under the title "What I've Learned So Far..." have evoked laughter and tears in readers all over the world. Mike's sharp wit, blended with his gentle homespun style, has been compared to Mark Twain, Erma Bombeck, Dave Barry and even Ernie Pyle.
One reader said, "Mike Ball can make me laugh and cry in 400 words."
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