Humor Columns

Overcoming Never

When even the happy hermit gets cabin fever, she turns to distractions she avoided in the past. I am a contrarian. The dictionary defines contrarian as “a person who opposes or rejects popular opinion or current practice.” In other words, if the sheeple watch or do...

To Err is Human

If you claim to be human, you will make a mistake or two in your life. This writer readily confesses she has made mistakes in the past, does so now, and will probably continue to make blunders in the future. The most important thing is to own those unintentional...

The Memory Files

If your children are grown, you may not reminisce about a holiday until the day arrives. Suddenly, precious memories fill your mind like a cascade of flower petals teasing forth Easter celebrations from long ago. This type of memory dump is part of this writer’s life....

Perspective

When you take a moment to think about it, our perspective on life, people, and even needs are mutable. So, during our enforced confinement, what are the most important things that make your life bearable? What are the absolute necessities for you to function at...

Solitary Confinement

There is an anguished outcry across the land. “Woe is us! We can’t be social and hang out with friends while staring at our electronic devices. How will we pass the time? What will we do for entertainment?” If you are not chuckling, you may be part of the troubled and...

The Power of the Right Word

Have you ever wondered why good teachers urge pupils to read not only textbooks but also for pleasure? Reading builds our vocabulary. If you just muttered something along the lines of “Who cares” or “I don’t like to read,” conversations with you could cause brain...

The Brick and I

It promised to be an uneventful day. A quick trip to the accountant to drop off the tax stuff was the most pressing item on my day’s agenda. Then the weather did its yo-yoing between the low 40s one day and 85 the next. It would be a good day to get ahead of the...

I Hear Bells

Two friends meet for lunch. When the other’s phone rings, her friend bites back a snarl. What could provoke such a response from an amiable woman? Well, we might have to edit the woman’s description a bit. Of course, she can project sweetness, but a snarl fits her...

Watch and Learn

Are you a people-watching aficionado? To enhance your study, may we suggest expanding your horizons from human to include the observation of animals.  But please, do not limit yourself to household pets, as in cats and dogs. Even if it takes a bit of effort on your...

Fear: The Tool of Power

This writer believes so much of the pain we suffer is self-inflicted, with a little outside nudge. Before you blow a gasket or some other body part, attempt to listen with an open mind. Even though neither listening nor open-mindedness are attributes humans readily...