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What I Learned This Week

21 Apr

 

We are always learning – perhaps not always remembering – but always learning.

I learned some interesting things this week that I will share with you.

I go through the pain so you don’t have to 🙂

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  •  It’s a bad sign when your husband keeps a jug of antifreeze and an eye dropper in the kitchen.  Hint: Get a food tester. (Forensic Files)

 

  • When flying, your carry-on luggage should never weigh more than twice your body weight – unless you are on steroids.

 

  • It can be very expensive to wait for a flight out of McCarran Airport in Las Vegas. Flashing slot machines are as enticing as the seductive aroma of Cinnabon.

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NEW BOOK: FIND YOUR FUNNY – for Ages 12 & UP

14 Apr

 

For ages 12 & UP…

Meet your new BFF – a friend with physical, psychological, and social benefits.

FIND YOUR FUNNY: The Humor Survival Guide for Teens

Find Your Funny Book Barb Best

 

Written by Joanne Jackal, PhD, a psychotherapist who used to be a stand up comedienne

AND

moi, a comedy writer who likes to joke around with her inner teen.

How fun is that?

Available on Amazon: full-color paperback edition

The e-book http://amzn.to/22v2OCC

Find Your Funny: The Humor Survival Guide for Teens 🙂

 

National Humor Month

1 Apr

 

No joke!

April is National Humor Month.

It’s a great month for the inspiring and fun Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, the premier workshop for humor writers. It is held at Erma’s alma mater, The University of Dayton. I was honored to be a judge in their writing competition this year. How cool is that?

There’s a lot of funny out there!

Also, April is a perfect time for AATH – the Association of Applied Therapeutic Humor to hold their annual conference.  Info here

AATH’s mission is to serve the community of professionals who study, practice, & promote healthy humor & laughter. Lots of laughter, learning, and love with this group. […]

A Bucket List for the Burned-Out

17 Mar

 

Feeling weary? Tired? Burned-Out?

If you don’t have a case of Vitameatavegamin or Red Bull handy to give you an energy boost, try revising your bucket list DOWN. This will likely reduce that intense pressure and fatigue that you feel.

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Feeling listless? Here’s a list!

A Bucket List for the Burned-Out

  • Savor success by facing your fears head on. Yes! Clean out that crazy ass kitchen drawer – you know the one.

 

  • Empower yourself. Learn to set the digital clock on the car – before it’s time to fall back and spring forward again.

 

  • Empty the crumb tray in the toaster. Should be done once in your lifetime.

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Movie Comedy – The Wicked Wit of The West

26 Dec

 

Love to laugh? Love old comedy movies?

Irv The Nerve

I recently discovered a gem of a book about screenwriter Irving Brecher entitled The Wicked Wit of the West: The last great Golden-Age screenwriter shares the hilarity and heartaches of working with Groucho, Garland, Gleason, Burns, Berle, Benny & many more.

Oy, that’s a mouthful!

Who is Irving Brecher you may ask?

Irving Brecher was a comedy writer and the only screenwriter to write two Marx Brothers moviesAt the Circus and Go Westall by himself. He also punched up The Wizard of Oz, wrote Shadow of the Thin ManZiegfeld Follies, and adapted musicals Bye Bye Birdie and Meet Me In St. Louis for film.

Harpo Marx called him “Irv the Nerve.”

Groucho Marx called him “The Wicked Wit of the West.”

Author, folk journalist, and radioman extraordinaire Hank Rosenfeld spent six years getting to know Irving while they collaborated on this delightful memoir.

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Updated Book Titles for Today’s Children

9 Dec

 

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Today’s children are worldly wise and sophisticated beyond their years.

They need to read books that reflect their knowledge and experience. Books they can actually relate to.

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Perhaps these UPDATED books?

  • The Little Engine that Could if it Just Had Some Decent Therapy

 

  • The Velveteen Hypoallergenic Rabbit

 

  • Charlotte’s Website Hack

 

  • A Wrinkle in Quality Time

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VOTE on the FIND YOUR FUNNY Book Cover!!!

3 Dec

 

Attention: Parents, counselors, educators, coaches, and everyone who cares about teens 😀

NEW book coming!

FIND YOUR FUNNY: The Humor Survival Guide for Teens 

A survival guide that helps teens discover the power of humor in dealing with stress plus teaches strategies to add more laughter to their lives.

HELP CHOOSE THE COVER!

It’s easy 🙂

VOTE #1 or #2.

#1

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#2

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Leave your VOTE on FACEBOOK

THANK YOU!

 

James Bond: Why Women Love Him

17 Nov

 

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In Spectre, Daniel Craig plays our favorite “00.”

I viewed the latest James Bond movie in a medium-sized theater on a weekend where surprisingly the audience was 85% female.

Why do women love this James Bond?

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WORD PLAY WITH FRIENDS

2 Nov

 

Yes, I play with my words. So do my friends.

 

Barb Best Humor Blog Friends Playing with Words

 

First, it is pun fun.

Also, it is a feeble attempt to fend off age-related dementia.

You know – the condition that starts when you have children, take on a mortgage, or bring multiple cats into your home. […]

Tennis Over Age 40 Anybody? Get Game!

7 Sep

 

Who’s watching the U.S. Open?

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Tennis is a lot of fun, and – like aging – a great source for humor.

Woo Hoo! I have a piece on playing tennis after age 40 in the NEW anthology curated by the fabulous Brenda Elsagher

Your Glasses Are on Top of Your Head: Tales of Life, Longevity, and Laughter

TennisOver40? GetGame YourGlassesAreOnTopOfYourHead

Lots of funny and interesting writers are represented in this collection.

Thanks for checking it out! Paperback book is available on Amazon