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Buy-back Program Giddiness

image004Raymond Lesser would like a leaf-blower buy-back program in the tradition of gun buy-back programs. Mr. Lesser is the co-founder and regular columnist for Funny Times, an American humor newspaper he started with his wife Susan Wolpert in 1985 and that is the source of many of my blog post ideas. As one might expect, Mr. Lesser is generally funny, but this column has the distinct flavor of a serious curmudgeon. Continue reading Buy-back Program Giddiness

Re-Writing Walking Trail Blues

image002A chalk hopscotch outline appeared recently on my favorite walking trail that encircles a lake near my home. I wasn’t tempted to roll my pebble and play a whole game, but I did hop through it once and back again. As I continued walking, other chalk images appeared here and there to amuse me – a family of stick figures, and something resembling a bunny, or perhaps a kitty with long ears, some squiggles. But then up popped a religious verse of dire warnings, obviously written by an adult lacking a child’s whimsy.  Continue reading Re-Writing Walking Trail Blues

Make Your Own Rules (book: Official Rules and Explanations)

One of my favorite mood-lighteners when I think the universe is out to get me is Paul Dickson’s book, The Official Rules and Explanations, which perversely, affirms that premise. We all know Murphy’s Law: “If anything can go wrong, it will.” But Paul Dickson collected a great many more. For example: Continue reading Make Your Own Rules (book: Official Rules and Explanations)

The Ghosts of Ice Cream Past

Sweet Potato Pie

One of my all-time favorite resources for odd bits of information is Mental Floss ( an “almost monthly” magazine co-founded about a dozen years ago by William E. Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur. Their goal of being both educational and entertaining is now met in the magazine, the website (with its many quizzes), and a series of books, games, T-shirts and mugs available in their online store. (Sample T-shirt: “Never trust an atom. They make up everything.”) Continue reading The Ghosts of Ice Cream Past

Do You See What I See

Tineke Meirink is a delightful Dutch illustrator whom I learned about this past weekend while participating in Free Museum Day. (See details below*.) Museum gift stores are one of my favorite places to shop because they tend to have wonderfully creative products that are hard to find elsewhere. When a memory game is called Can You See What I See? And subtitled, “It’s just more fun when you take a closer look,” it is begging me to buy it. Continue reading Do You See What I See