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

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

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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