“If you want to calm someone down, first play music that matches his agitated mood.” I was taught that concept decades ago by a music therapist, but when I said it recently in a workshop on how the creative arts enhance dementia care, I was doubted. Continue reading Mood Altering Music
Robert Fulghum (most famous as author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten) wrote hilariously about his introduction more than 25 years ago to the Greek island of Crete.
He had arrived in the remote village the night before, and arose early for his morning run. Because the day was already hot, he dressed only in his black running shorts and his shoes. Even in those days his hair and beard were white. As he ran past the coffehouse in the village, the men seemed surly and hostile. Continue reading Create a Friendly Foreign Land
I subscribe to Funny Times, a monthly newspaper filled with cartoons, funny stories and “News of the Weird.” (http://www.funnytimes.com) The June 2013 issue included a cartoon by Martha Gradisher (http://www.mgradisher.com/) that showed a pleasingly plump chicken sitting in the witness box while the judge leaned over and said, “Witness is instructed to answer the road question.” Continue reading Chicken Accountability
As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with Turkey, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie, it may seem an odd time to talk about Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month, but it relates to the following story that could lead to better dinner conversations in the weeks ahead. Continue reading It’s Also Peanut Butter Lovers Month
This illustration came to me as a Twitter feed from Wilson da Silva (@wilsondasilva) and the caption “Street art doesn’t have to be large and towering to have an impact.” Continue reading A Sunny Mouse in a Stone House
The Ig Nobel awards are another form of subversive humor. (See last post.)
The 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
I have always wanted to be subversive in a humorous way. Simple non-violence is noble, but often too serious and intense for me. However, so far I have not found my subversively humorous talent, so the best I can do is point it out in others. Continue reading Knitting Insurrection
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
You may know that the German word “schadenfreude” means a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people, but did you also know that the German word “vorfreude” means the joy you feel when thinking about good things that are going to happen? Continue reading The Joy Of Words
Certain animals make me smile. Elephants are one.
The founder of Elephant Appreciation Day is Wayne Hepburn of Sarasota, FL, who suggests they have the qualities at left, and recommends you start the day with an elephant-shaped Continue reading Elephant Appreciation Day is September 22
One artist who always brings a smile to my face is Jeff Leedy, a San Francisco Bay area pastel expert who focuses on humor. You can see many examples in his coffee table book, Are You Laughing at My Art? (Find that and dozens of prints and original art at http://www.leedyart.com/artist/index.html.) Continue reading Jeff Leedy’s Artistic Humor
I was recently discussing the homework vocabulary word “brine,” with one of the younger people in my life. It’s a salt and water mixture for preserving meat and other food, and I said, “Don’t you remember the ‘Oh, My Darling Clementine’ song where she falls ‘into the foaming brine’”? Continue reading Merry Mondegreens