—In a League All Her Own


MARGIEAs of this past September, we celebrated a milestone that will probably never be equaled—Margie Harrell’s 100th published article (as against regular monthly columns) in the Ojo. Her first article was published in August of 1997, and since then she has also contributed two cover stories for us, in July of 1995 and July of 1996.

Margie has also won an unprecedented number of awards at our Annual Literary Awards Luncheon—five! (That’s right, FIVE!) Those awards came in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2007.

Not so surprisingly, she has also been published in Reader’s Digest, The Las Vegas Review Journal, and has had two of her articles accepted for publication in the upcoming book Chicken Soup for the Soul Sisters. She also ghost-wrote a published book, Gone Too Soon about a niece of hers that was killed by a drunk driver.

As for the type of articles that she has written (as if anybody has to be reminded), over the years Margie has become known as the “Erma Bombeck of Lakeside,” a tribute to her ability to touch the heart as well as the funny-bone.

On behalf of all the staff and management here at El Ojo del Lago, we congratulate Margie and hope that she is already at work on her 101st Ojo article! We could never have reached our 25th Anniversary without wonderful writers like the Incomparable Margie Harrell.

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