Category Archives: Caregiving

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

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

Gifts That Make Me Smile

AffirmationIn the spirit of providing uplifting messages during the holidays, I am considering buying an Affirmation Ball. It’s like a Magic 8 Ball, except that it features cheerful messages like “Have you lost weight?” and “Nice outfit!” But there is also a perverse side of me considering the Sarcastic Ball (“Yeah, right.”) and the Dr. Freud therapy ball (“You’re in denial” and “Talk about your mother”). Continue reading Gifts That Make Me Smile