Category Archives: Making Connections

Create a Friendly Foreign Land

FulghumRobert 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

Chicken Accountability

image002I subscribe to Funny Times, a monthly newspaper filled with cartoons, funny stories and “News of the Weird.” (  The June 2013 issue included a cartoon by Martha Gradisher ( 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

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