Leslie Anne Tarabella

For ten years, Leslie Anne wrote a weekly newspaper column and has loyal readers from New York To Miami to California. Her books—The Majorettes are Back in Town and Exploding Hushpuppies, More Stories From Home are collections of funny stories written to distract folks from the stress of everyday life.

Leslie Anne also maintains a vigorous speaking schedule, appearing around the country at various events.  She has a genius for getting to the heart of a matter in a way that makes you think…and laugh.  She is a regular contributor to Wisdom Harbour and a favorite of everyone.  When you spot Leslie Anne on one of the docks, stop, watch and listen, laugh and learn!

Find more from Leslie Anne at LeslieAnneTarabella.com

Why Manners?

It’s been said that good manners will open doors that the best education cannot, and this week, Leslie Anne Tarabella and Monica Earley are sitting down to discuss the importance of manners in business or social situations. In this quick discussion, you’ll hear how Leslie Anne guided their son to greeting new people in a proper way, how Monica trains others to get better at small talk, and why lingering around a casual dinner can sometimes be the best way to entertain guests.

January 24, 2023

Leslie Anne Tarabella hosts this week’s show, featuring Tami Nantz, Wisdom Harbour’s Director of Communications. They discuss writing, traveling, Wisdom Harbour and the Life Skills Project, and much, much more!

1964 Sears Catalog

At 1,715 pages, the Sears catalog had everything the families of 1964 needed for style, comfort and entertainment. Grab a seat by the coffee table, and flip through the past with Leslie Anne Tarabella.


Have you ever picked your breakfast from a “crunchlet” patch? Probably not… In this revealing Betcha Didn’t Know, Leslie Anne Tarabella manages to pick a whole bucket of truth from a bush you only thought had blueberries!

The Bet

A banker and a lawyer make a wager…would you spend 15 years in solitary confinement for two-million dollars in 1870 (nearly $50 million today)? Read here by Leslie Anne Tarabella, “The Bet” is a classic short story by Anton Chekhov.

Romance and Dishwashers

Knives up or knives down? There’s more than one way to load a dishwasher…or is there? Leslie Anne Tarabella recalls the lockdown of 2020 and how her husband’s dishwashing antics nearly put her over the edge!

Write a Book

Today begins a new series of conversations with published authors. Unloaded at HOW DO I? and THE WRITER’S DOCK at the same time, these conversations will include all the inside information you’ll want to know—from the very best sources—about How Do I Write A Book?

The Gift of the Magi

Though it was first published in 1905, “The Gift of the Magi” is a timeless short story by O Henry. Made even better by narration from Leslie Anne Tarabella, it is the tale of a young husband and wife and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money.

Alexander Graham Bell

Yes, he invented the telephone, but do you know what else Alexander Graham Bell did? Once, he actually set a record for speed on water! Join Leslie Anne Tarabella with a fun and fact filled ride from the Betcha Didn’t Know dock!