Humor Columns

Revenge!

Hate and war are so much easier than love, peace, and tolerance. When we are hurt or perceive a threat or injury inflicted on us by someone, our first instinct is to lash out. After all, self-preservation is how humans have made it this far in our existence. Even...

Human Pincushion

Pain is annoying. We realize your response is probably a giant “Duh!”   What if your discomfort (a euphemism for pain) plops itself somewhere on your body and decides to stay? Depending on your tolerance level, you have two choices. Either you take medicine,...

Why Did I Do That?

How often do we stop and consider an action before doing it? Health care folks recommend we drink copious amounts of water every day. It makes sense during the hot summer days in Texas, but throughout the year as well. Staying hydrated keeps the body healthy. This...

A Firm Conviction

There is a definite “Eek” factor connected with insects unless you are an entomologist. Since this writer does not subscribe to the Buddhist practice of Ahimsa, which means without harm to self or any other living things, bugs are fair game. However, she does have...

Stealth Control

Do you ever wonder how many of us are in charge of the decisions concerning our future? If you never thought about it, the family you are born into is the first step toward your future. In a perfect world, a child should have a choice. That is not to say those born...

Grunt Work

There are tasks we perform daily that never end. The problem and dissatisfaction stem from the fact that the job must get done or the results will be catastrophic. We can call such repetitive chores grunt work. They are necessary, but not glamorous. Countless tasks...

Parting Gifts

  It is customary to bring a gift to the people who invited you. But what about a parting gift? Should the guest and the host offer a memento of the time they spent together? As it turned out, the last few days in Costa Rica were memorable for several reasons. A...

A Few More Bits and Pieces From Costa Rica

Some days you walk along the beach, and the tide keeps a respectful distance, also known as low tide. Under normal conditions, Rio Manzanillo is a narrow river that flows down the mountain into the sea. It is easily crossable at about ankle to shin deep. The upside of...

Are We Secretly AI?

What comes to mind when you hear the term Artificial Intelligence? Some equate AI with robots and androids. The definition of Artificial Intelligence is: “The theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence,...

The Darker Sides of Paradise

Did you know living in Paradise has a downside? Tourists tend to focus on having fun. If they move to Paradise permanently, reality will smack them in the face or other body parts with gleeful gusto. Disillusionment often follows, which can become an expensive shock....