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Joke or Jerk? Sometimes a Joke is Just a Joke

16 Jul

Joke Lighten Up

Lighten Up!

In defense of kind-hearted humor

 

Joke Lighten Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No kidding!

Sometimes a joke is just a joke.

And not a deliberate manipulation, power play, micro aggression, political attack or intended personal offense.

A Joke is just a Joke

Image taken from a University of Alabama site, “Approaches to Modernism”: [1], Fair use

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funny

Sometimes a jest, a quip or a pun is not a Freudian slip – but merely a leap at silliness, a feeble attempt at levity, a verbal slide on a banana peel.

Amazon Jokes Freud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like almost everything else in this imperfect world, sometimes comedy is really dumb,

but…

Laughter and Play

can bring people closer together and unite them.

Lighten Up Jokes

 

 

 

 

 

Positive humor

Take a flight into whimsy,

a playful swing at fun,

a flirtation with optimism,

a respite from burdensome reality.

Laughter can be the best (if not the cheapest) medicine.

 

Learn more about applied and therapeutic humor…

AATH Humor

 

The Association for Applied & Therapeutic Humor 

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Humor Academy

The Humor Academy

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Free Laughs

 

 

I Started A Joke * Puddles Pity Party

 

Books to Lighten Up Your Summer: 7 Enjoyable Ones

2 Jul

BOOKS!

Perhaps some good reads will save us from the Summer of Slog.

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So many books and so much time. Enjoy!

 

These books can be found on Goodreads and Amazon.

Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee

Joy is all around us.

Joyful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Madwoman and the Roomba: My Year of Domestic Mayhem by Sandra Tsing Loh

Hilarious!

Lighten Up Summer humor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier by Alan Zweibel

Insightful.

Summer Reads Laugh Lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel by Andrew Sean Greer

Entertaining.

Less Pulitzer Prize

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Story I Am: Mad About the Writing Life by Roger Rosenblatt 

Interesting.

Summer books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preaching Punchlines: The Ten Commandments of Comedy by Susan Sparks

Thoughtful and funny.

Summer Laughs comedy book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Themes and Variations by David Sedaris

Weird funny.

David Sedaris humor book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Company 🙂

Goodreads 

Books

7 Signs Death Is Near

13 Aug

“… in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin, 1789

7 SIGNS

1. Loss of appetite. Your insane food cravings for salt and sweets no longer compel you to stick up a gas station or shoplift Snickers bars at a 7-11.  “The Hunger Games” is merely a movie you wouldn’t watch for all the cat food money in the free world.

2. Gravity has won. You have more wrinkles on your neck and chin than the average pug.

3. Sex. Your orgasms “don’t bring home the Gold.” You know what I mean.

4. You don’t LOL when you watch “Portlandia.” You don’t know what “Portlandia” is. You don’t know what LOL is.

5. You stalk babies in the grocery store and insist upon conversing S-L-O-W-L-Y with them while the poor mother – who’s typically had five decent hours of sleep in the past fifteen months – is passing out from politeness.

6.  Changes in Urination.   You constantly have to – or are – peeing. This could merely be due to menopause or to post childbearing bladder stretch syndrome, as evidenced in the family car trip “The Griswolds Got Nothin’ On Us” by Dawn Weber at Lighten Up!

7. You forget to breathe. Like all the darn time. Especially when you’re fussing a blue streak ’cause your panties are in a twist… which is unfortunately most of the time. Less hot air anyway.

Bonus. Social Media Withdrawal. You no longer share those important life events with the online world, such as “Had a yummy dish of tapioca pudding today” and “Went shell collecting with Geezer” and “I saw a puppy today. Don’t you love puppies?”  Your last tweet is “Helgrghhrrrposht!”  Your last Facebook post is prophetic, “That’s odd. My fingers and toes are berry blue and ice cold to the touch. Maybe I should google that…”

I’m just dyin’ to hear… ho,ho… how will YOU know… death is near?

No octogenarians or curmudgeons were harmed in the writing of this post.

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