now online

Price slashed on
easy sheet music
for 365 favorites


Plus electronic templates
for singalong lyrics sheets

Finally, a singalong songbook of sheet music with easy-to-follow melody lines, chords and lyrics for 365 oldtime favorites. Ideal for singalongs at nursing homes, senior residences – and we're finding that a lot of folks want them for their own use at home.songbook(A great help for beginning piano students.)

(To see a sample song page, click here, then right-click on the sample (several times, if necessary) and ask to 'view image.')

We now market and distribute our songbook, Sing Along with Ease, exclusively online: You order online with a credit card and we send you the book online via email for you to print out at home. While that requires a little work on your part, it eliminates the delay in mail delivery (often a week or more) and cuts the price by about half.

And we continue to offer a 100 percent money-back guarantee as well as unlimited technical support via email. If you're not completely satisfied with what we've sent you or how we help you via email, we refund all your money promptly.

The songs have been collected and transcribed over the past 20 years by the Hat Band, a family foursome of string players and singers who for those two decades have held singalongs at area nursing homes and senior residences as volunteers.

Marketed for years in printed and bound form, the songbook is the same one that has been used by the Hat Band in its volunteer singalongs. Any additional songs the band adds to its collection – it does so slowly – are sent out free to those who already have the songbook.

We also send out electronic templates of words to more than 240 songs that can be formatted into lyrics sheets. For volunteer singalong leaders, it's a great way to get audiences involved. For home use, it's a great way to help your guests sing along as you sit at a piano or with a guitar playing an old favorite.

To order Sing Along with Ease, use the PayPal button below. As soon as we are notified of the order (usually within 24 hours), we'll email you the songbook and lyrics templates.

Our money-back guarantee is based on the same sales philosophy we used when we marketed the songbooks by regular mail. Please see our entry entitled We trust you. (And please note that our attitude toward online financial transactions has evolved. We've found that PayPal has a gold-edge reputation for security.)

For any questions or assistance, email our site administrator at

* The old price of the songbook that we printed and shipped by regular mail was $39.95, and the shipping, because the book weighed about three pounds, was an additional $5.79 in the continental U.S., pushing the total price to $45.74.

(To Canada, limited to air mail only, shipping was $12.85, plus a $10 bank fee for processing international checks. That's a total of $62.80.)

The new price of $24.95 is complete, no extra charges.

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This blog was started as a nonprofit website giving writers a place to publish their work at no cost and readers a chance to read that work and, if they chose, to comment on it. Now we are concentrating on a singalong songbook, also an idealistic project that promotes volunteer music programs at nursing homes and senior residences as well as family singing at home, all through easy, low-cost sheet music. Although we no longer accept new works from authors, all previous submissions are still available in our 'Works' section. We also maintain a blogroll of diverse sites, all well-written, for readers to explore, although at present, no new sites are being accepted for listing. The site's founder and administrator is its first nonfiction contributor, Sid Leavitt, a retired newspaper editor who lives in Lake Katrine, N.Y.

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Drawn to his writing

August 30, 2007


Hypnosis has brought me to the latest addition to our blogroll of well-written sites — The Dilbert Blog — and I must say that I am mesmerized by it.

Not that I am fanatic about the Dilbert comic strip — I find it amusing, although I’m not a huge fan — but I am bowled over by the writing of its creator, Scott Adams.

In fact, I am so impressed with the quality both of his blog and of the voluminous comments it draws that I have a fleeting suspicion: Is it all being done by a team of writers?

That aside, what I find appealing about Adams’ writing is that it covers a wide range of topics — everything from God to evolutionary theory to male-female relationships to a dwarf with his penis stuck in a vacuum cleaner — with a broad diversity of tone. Adams’ writing can be humorous, irreverent, philosophical, profane, silly and, at times, dead serious (we think).

And prodigious. Although the blog archive goes back only to March, there is an entry every day since then. This from a guy who’s doing a daily comic strip for 2,000 newspapers, plus all the spinoff products, plus all the personal appearances.

The dwarf? It’s a true story, according to a French news agency, about a performer at a fringe festival in Scotland, prompting Adams to reflect in his Aug. 22 entry:

I suppose no one’s career goes exactly the way he plans it. I studied economics and ended up drawing cartoons. I’m guessing the dwarf went to law school and ended up having hot monkey sex with household appliances in front of drunks. That was my backup plan too, in case the comic thing didn’t work out. But now it would just seem like copying.

Adams is a skillful observer of people — I should say, he skillfully describes people and their imperfections, as in his March 12 entry:

For example, . . . people who don’t know that other people hate spending time with them. I see these defective people all the time, endlessly jabbering at trapped victims. The defective people think they are having a great personal encounter. The victim feels like he has an SUV parked on his chest. Rubberneckers can identify this sort of tragedy by the fact that one person is smiling and doing all of the talking and the other person is squeezing his own thigh to cut off blood to his brain.

And Adams is aware of his own frailties. In his March 4 entry, he discusses looking at the moon with his newlywed wife:

There are many romantic things that you can say when looking at the moonlit sky. I decided to go with ‘It looks like the moon is going to crash into the Earth and annihilate us.’

‘What?’ said my wife, still lost in the magic of the moment . . . ‘I think we would have heard something on the news if the moon were heading toward us.’

‘Not necessarily. The government might have decided there was nothing we could do about it, so there’s no point in ruining our weekend,’ I countered.

When it comes to romance, the important thing is to win the argument. So at this point I was committed. I was going to make the best possible case I could that the moon was going to kill us. I continued, ‘Besides, how competent is our government anyway? It’s not as if this would be its first big mistake, or the first time they didn’t tell us the truth.’

Shelly got quiet after I made that excellent point. That’s how I know I won. And it felt good because I know she was thinking how lucky she is to have married a man who knows so much about moons and governments.

Now, not everyone will find this weblog appealing. But if you like Dave Barry and Gary Larson — and you know who you are — you’ll like The Dilbert Blog.

By the way, I got there by looking for ‘mesmerist blogs.’ The practice of mesmerism, as you may know, derives its name from Franz Mesmer, an 18th century Viennese physician considered one of the pioneers of hypnotism. Among other things, Adams is a trained hypnotist, and Google took me straight from Dr. Mesmer to Dilbert, both of whom are shown at the top, Dilbert being the one without the powdered wig.

– Sid Leavitt

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3 Responses

  1. Maryann says:

    I hope your fleeting suspicion about the Dilbert Blog being written by a team for the famous Scott Adams has flown from your mind. On your recommendation, I’ve read quite a few entries, had a great time, and I can just feel in my gut that there is no way this is by a team. Like all the great blogs on your roll, the Dilbert Blog has such a fabulously distinct voice, presumably that of Scott Adams. But most surely that of one creative, funny, truly thinking person. Keep on keepin’ on, Sid. Thanks for the tip on Scott.

  2. may says:

    i sort of agree with maryann on this one. i read a few entries and i think it is written by one person. my logic being: the entries are not that long; if other people write it, he must at least read it first before publishing it, and that would take longer than writing it himself. also, i have a favorite broadsheet columnist back home who wrote beautifully long columns everyday, and for him, it wasn’t a big deal.

    there is only one thing i want to say: i wish i can write like him. i will add him to my blogroll.

  3. Sid Leavitt says:

    Dear Maryann and May:

    Thank you for your comments, which are always appreciated.

    I wasn’t serious about suspecting that the Dilbert Blog and its comments were being produced by a team of writers. It was just my hyperbolic way of paying a compliment to the voluminous comments the blog receives, many of them as clever as the blog itself.

    Oh well, I’ve had trouble with hyperbole before, some of it a little painful. For example, when I reviewed The Panopticon in May, I tried to say the site, which has a lot of content about knitting, wouldn’t ordinarily appeal to ‘us sports-loving, beer-drinking, East Coast he-men’ except for one thing — Franklin is a very good writer whose site would appeal to anyone interested in good reading. But some of Franklin’s fans didn’t see the point, and they let me know about it. Alas, they didn’t know my sports-loving, beer-drinking, he-man days ended 40 years ago. (However, I still live on the East Coast — coincidentally enough, only a few miles from where Scott Adams grew up in Windham, N.Y.)

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