Humor Columns

Gourmand Chickens

A person who is a connoisseur of good food is known as a gourmand. Imagine the look of astonishment on the lady of the manor’s face when she learned pigs are not the only country critters who eat everything. Pigs deserve their names. The other day, the Funny Farm...

Nicknames Happen

There is no detectable rhyme or reason involved when it comes to bestowing a nickname. The blessing or in some cases the curse of nicknames is spontaneous and tend to hit the nail on the head. Handles or monikers can also be self-inflicted. For example, if a guy wants...

Leave the Nest! Please!

In the past, young people could hardly wait to get away from home. Some picked colleges to distance themselves from home. Some joined the military. Some chose marriage. No matter what path they chose, they wanted to get away from family and the familiar. They wanted...

One Man’s “Retro” is Another’s “Norm”

News Flash! Children do not pay attention. Certainly an earth-shaking revelation. Or, not. If you are a parent, you have first-hand knowledge of just how much children ignore what we say. However, if a parent steps out of line, you can make a sizable bet that any...

The Frugality Syndrome

Are you an excessively frugal person, also known as a pack rat? You may not think you are, but humor this writer for a moment. For the sake of our discussion, take a few minutes and check your closets, drawers, storage spots, and any other place you squirrel away...

The Process of Fading Away

Today’s column is not a humor column per se, but rather a glimpse into moments in life that mingle laughter and sorrow. But then, that is what life and living each moment to the fullest is all about. People come, and people go. Some go quietly with nary a ripple, and...

Dark Humor Eases the Pain

Whether we like it or not, life has a way of dumping lemons into our laps. To counteract those lemons, this writer is always on the alert for touches of weird and funny, that unintentionally inject levity to any situation. Such unexpected moments give us respite from...

Summer: Past and Present

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” The seductive melody and laid back lyrics of this song from the musical “Porgy and Bess” harken back to summers of yesteryear. George Gershwin’s haunting music feeds the soul as the song conjures a relaxed state of being that no...

Spilling Your Guts

A society that prides itself on non-commitment is willing to jump in and share their most private thoughts and information with strangers? Take females, for example. You get two or more of them together, and they become shameless magpies. For some inexplicable reason,...

The Mission

Missionaries have been around since the time of Jesus Christ or perhaps even longer. A part of missionary work includes educating the natives to read and write in a language not their own. Another element of the process is giving life-saving medical care, teaching...