Cris Cohen talks business, baseball, books.
May 25, 2011 (Cary, NC) – “How I learned through the Miracle League that baseball can be fun and not just the forced labor camp experience I remember from childhood”
is one of two messages that humor writer Cris Cohen of Cary, author of the irreverent blog “Nothing In Particular,” is taking around the Triangle to various groups as he promotes his upcoming book Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane.
The Miracle League of the Triangle is a baseball league for children with special needs, including Cohen’s own son, Max. Through volunteering with the League, Cohen says he’s finally learned to love the game, and he’ll share his insights with the Durham Rotary Club on July 18.
“It turns out that, unlike what I experienced during my childhood, verbal abuse from adults is not supposed to be part of the game,” Cohen said with a smile. “I grew up thinking that baseball’s official rules and regulations had passages about the distance between the bases, what equipment was allowed, and how adults should force kids to experience the kind of psychological trauma normally only seen in prisoner of war camps.”
Before then, Cohen will present his talk “Just try. Just ask. You’ll be amazed at what might happen: My entrepreneurial adventure” with the Success Team Speed Networking group in Raleigh on May 31, with the West Raleigh Rotary Club on June 2, with the Wake County Women Business Owners Network on June 10, and with the Triangle Community of Developing Careerists on June 23. These follow a similar presentation he made to the Triangle Business Alliance on May 19.
“I am really grateful to these organizations for letting me speak to them,” Cohen said. “It is possible that they thought I was someone else when they booked me, but I am not going to try and clear up any such confusion until after the appearances.”
“Just try. Just ask” addresses Cohen’s humorous yet successful efforts at setting up a small press – Tyrannosaurus Max Press – through which he’ll publish Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane and other works, and the celebrity endorsements it’s already received (Dave Barry, T.C. Boyle and Drew Dernavich) because he wasn’t afraid to ask.
The book will be a collection of humor columns Cohen wrote for several newspapers when he lived in California and new ones he’s written since he and his family moved to Cary in 2008. Cohen intends to donate the majority of the proceeds from sales of the book to the Miracle League of the Triangle.
About Cris Cohen:
Cris Cohen, the author of the Nothing In Particular blog, was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, his wife Michele, and their young son Max moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. Cris’ blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com. His first book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, is due out in the fall of 2011. For more information visit www.stayingcrazy.com.