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Dracula Meets Al Gore

November 16th, 2013 · 1 Comment · American Humor, Amusing, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Cute, Family Humor, Farce, Funny Banter, Funny Dialogue Story, Funny Environmental, Funny Family, Funny Horror, Funny Husband and Wife Banter, General Humor, Horror, Jokes, Literary, Macabre, Monster, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Romp, Sardonic, Satire, Screwball, Silly, Uncategorized, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

The 19th century writers Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker were among the first great environmentalists. Their creations – Frankenstein’s “monster” and Count Dracula respectively ‒ blazed new trails in preserving scarce resources. In his research and during the operation that led to his triumph, Dr. Frankenstein was careful to use the purest form of electric […]

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My Wife and I Argue over our Travel Plans (Hey, I’m not Cheap but…)

November 30th, 2012 · 7 Comments · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Children and Pets, Clash of the Sexes, Cute, Family Humor, Farce, Funny Absurd, Funny Banter, Funny Dialogue Story, Funny Family, Funny Husband & Wife Story, Funny Husband and Wife Banter, Funny Outrageous, Funny Travel, Jokes, Lifestyle, Oddball, Offbeat, Screwball, Slice of Life, Sweet, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

I don’t understand how women think. It’s been a mystery to me all my life and I expect it will continue to confound me ‘til the day I die. I had a perfectly reasonable idea for how our family should spend the holidays this year. It was practical, do-able and would have saved us a […]

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Bad Teeth and Smelly Feet (a.k.a., Toronto’s Plastic Bag Ban)

June 16th, 2012 · 2 Comments · American Humor, Amusing, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Economic Humor, Family Humor, Farce, Funny Embarrassment, Funny Environmental, Funny Family, Funny Government, Funny Politics, Funny Rant, Funny Smell, Funny Toronto, Green Environment, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Outrageous, Political Humor, Rant, Sardonic, Satire, Screwball, Whimsy

Toronto City Council recently banned the use of plastic bags beginning January 1, 2013. It’s a tremendous source of comfort to me that our elected officials are always looking out for what’s in our best interests, whether we know it or not.   My family of five will no longer be able to tote home […]

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Ornament

August 11th, 2011 · 11 Comments · Afterlife, Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Children and Pets, Christmas, Cottage Life, Cute, Fairy Tale, Family, Family Humor, Fantasy, Feel Good, Funny Family, Funny Religious, Hard Life Choices, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Imagery, Jokes, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Mood, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Parable, Religion, Religious allegory, Screwball, Slice of Life, Storytelling, Surprise Twists, Sweet, Theology, Uplifting, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

There were several reasons why Giles’ mood was tanking. First, there was the change in seasons. Summer was only a degree or two away from turning into fall. Giles loved the summer. He lived in a northern clime and the winters were long and harsh. The cold weather, when he’d been a child, had encompassed […]

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Copycat Commute Concerto

February 12th, 2011 · No Comments · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Children and Pets, Clash of the Sexes, Coming of Age, Cop Humor, Family Humor, Funny Banter, Funny Dialogue Story, Funny Dog, Funny Driving, Funny Family, Geopolitics, Green Environment, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Music, Musical Humor, Opinion Piece, Parable, Political Humor, Puns, Satire, School Days, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists

    A father drove his two children, 12-year-old Bud and eight-year-old Betty-Lou, to school every morning. In good weather and bad, mostly in heavy traffic, they motored slowly along the well-established route and talked through many of the major issues of life.    “What’s that guy doing, Dad?” asked Bud, sitting in the front seat with […]

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Dancing the Family Man Shuffle

February 6th, 2010 · 8 Comments · American Humor, Amusing, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Children and Pets, Cute, Family Humor, Farce, Feel Good, Funny Banter, Funny Dialogue Story, Funny Dog, Funny Family, Funny Generation Gap, Funny Husband & Wife Story, Funny Husband and Wife Banter, Funny In-laws, Funny Relatives, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Offbeat, Puns, Romance, Romp, Satire, Seduction, Sexual Innuendo, Slice of Life, Whimsy, Witty

David and Maria made sure to arrive home on a Tuesday evening before 6 p.m. after long hard days at work for both of them. They were a married couple in their mid 40s, with three children – William aged 20, Walter 10 and Wendy 5. Later that evening, they would be meeting with Maria’s […]

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Every Family Lives by Its Sayings

August 12th, 2009 · No Comments · American Humor, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Children and Pets, Coming of Age, Cute, Family, Family Humor, Feel Good, Funny Family, Funny Parable, Funny Sayings, General Humor, General Interest, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Nostalgia, Oddball, Offbeat, Puns, Screwball, Slice of Life, Sweet, Uplifting, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

“When one scoop of ice cream is too much, two scoops can sometimes be just right.” That was something my wife, Donna, said one summer evening – perhaps unwittingly, we’ve never been quite sure – when the family walked to the local ice cream parlour for a cool treat. Then she demonstrated her belief in this […]

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Marriage and Multi-tasking

January 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Children and Pets, Cottage Life, Cute, Entertainment, Family, Family Humor, Feel Good, Funny Family, Funny Workplace, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Nostalgia, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Screwball, Seduction, Slice of Life, Sports and Recreation, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Uplifting, Wedding, Whimsy

My wife and I had kind of a unique wedding. We sort of eloped, but then we also bought the farm on the same day –  literally, not figuratively. And our only child at the time, Tom, aged 12, was my best man.   Donna and I were due to get married, so we arranged for […]

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The Misadventures of Watching Movies at Home with the Kids (2)

December 2nd, 2008 · No Comments · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Children and Pets, Cute, Family, Family Humor, Famous Actors, Funny Celebrity, Funny Family, Funny Generation Gap, Funny Rant, Funny Rude, Funny Sex, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Movies, Nostalgia, Not As It Seems, Whimsy

Today, I’ll continue with a discussion about the perils of watching movies at home with the children. I’ll cover the embarrassment of violence, pornography and bad language.   As for violence, Donna and I haven’t wanted our kids to be over-protected, so we’re pretty liberal in our viewing habits. Besides, you can’t get away from […]

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The Misadventures of Watching Movies at Home with the Kids (1)

December 1st, 2008 · 1 Comment · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Celebrities, Charming, Children and Pets, Cute, Entertainment, Family Humor, Famous Actors, Feel Good, Funny Celebrity, Funny Editorial, Funny Embarrassment, Funny Family, Funny Generation Gap, Funny Rant, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Movies, Nostalgia, Opinion Piece, Slice of Life, Sweet

There are few things in life much more fun than taking the kids to a movie in an actual theatre. You load up on popcorn, Pepsi and Twizzlers; the lights go down; the sound starts to reverberate; and the fun begins. You look over and your youngest ones are looking up at the screen, wide-eyed […]

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