Category Archives: Inspiration

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

The Awesomeness Of John Green

John GreenJohn Green is an amazing individual who embodies the three purposes of this blog, that is, he is an example of what’s good, joyous, and funny in this world. He IS a cheering word – lots of words, really. He has been on my mind of late because he is on the cover of the current Mental Floss Magazine – my favorite print publication – and, as I’ve now learned, is more awesome than I realized. Continue reading The Awesomeness Of John Green

Wise Advice From Children

One of my guilty pleasures is reading advice columns. I am fascinated by the way people like Miss Manners, Heloise, Amy Dickinson, and all the heirs to the Ann Landers/Dear Abby genre, can be asked a sticky question and in pithy parlance tidy up that person’s life and never look back. I am also deeply grateful not to need the advice given, having been blessed with (for the moment) a reasonably tidy life. Continue reading Wise Advice From Children

Ig Nobel Novelty

The Ig Nobel awards are another form of subversive humor. (See last post.)
igNobellogoThe Ig Nobel Prizes are a parody of the Nobel Prizes and like them, since the early 1990s, have been awarded each fall. They go to ten achievements that “first make people laugh, and then make them think.”  (The logo is Rodin’s statue of “The Thinker” lying on its back and renamed, “The Stinker.) Continue reading Ig Nobel Novelty

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