“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
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
John 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
In 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
Coming up this Sunday – always the second Sunday in November – is International Tongue Twister Day. It’s one of those made-up, just-for-the-fun-of-it holidays that always makes me smile. Continue reading Tests for Your Tongue