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If Porcupines Had Wings, No Balloon Would be Safe

October 26th, 2013 · 1 Comment · American Humor, Amusing, Anthropomorphic, Bad Taste, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Cute, Family Humor, Farce, Feel Good, Funny Animal, Funny Irony, Funny Parable, General Humor, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Irony, Jokes, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Puns, Romp, Sardonic, Satire, Screwball, Silly, Surprise Twists, Surrealism, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

In the political debates leading up to, during and following the recent government shutdown in Washington, a lot of “what ifs” were thrown around by some of the participants. This led me to consider some intriguing what-ifs that might be proposed for the animal kingdom. Here are a dozen or so. Keep in mind it’s […]

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Physician to Precarious Longings

November 19th, 2011 · 2 Comments · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Clash of the Sexes, Coming of Age, Crossed Wires, Cute, Difficult Decisions, Family Humor, Feel Good, Funny Family, General Humor, General Interest, Hard Life Choices, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Literary, Love, Mood, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Parable, Prose Poetry, Romance, Sardonic, Screwball, Seduction, Sexual Innuendo, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Sweet, Uplifting, Whimsy, Witty

What he liked about her was her laughter. What she liked about him was his silence. Her laughter was quiet, rich and reflective. It was doled out sparingly. When forthcoming, you knew it had been earned. It carried neither price tag, nor was gained at another’s expense. Sometimes she giggled. Those were special occasions, when they […]

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The Grief Machine

November 12th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Children and Pets, Clash of the Sexes, Cop Humor, Cute, Fairy Tale, Family Humor, Fantasy, Feel Good, Funny Dog, Funny Family, Funny Science Fiction, Funny Technology, Funny Workplace, General Humor, General Interest, Human Nature, Imagery, Irony, Jokes, Lifestyle, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Parable, Religious allegory, Romance, Sardonic, Satire, Science Fiction, Screwball, Seduction, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Whimsy, Witty, Workplace, Zany

XaniaXYM-529’s attention was glued to one of thousands of monitors hooked up to the enormous rumbling machine that was focused on the planet a considerable distance away. He was luxuriating onboard his species’ most modern space station. From earth, the craft was hidden in the flotsam that made up Saturn’s ring. The giant device at […]

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A Dozen Answers to One Osama Bin Laden Mystery

May 7th, 2011 · 3 Comments · American Humor, Armed Forces Lifestyle, Bad Taste, Canada Humor, Celebrities, Family, Funny Horror, General Humor, General Interest, Hard Life Choices, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Monster, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Political Humor, Sardonic, Screwball, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Tasteless, Twisted, U.S. Social Commentary, Whimsy, Witty

The following attempts to provide an answer to one major mystery attached to the most recent behavior of Osama Bin Laden. By the way, I realize some people may wonder about the “taste” of this piece. That’s why I’m issuing a “gallows humor” alert up-front.  So why did Osama choose to keep his family living in plain sight […]

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Undeterred She Forged Ahead

April 9th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Celebrities, Clash of the Sexes, Crossed Wires, Cute, Economic Humor, Fairy Tale, Family, Family Humor, Fantasy, Funny Horror, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Not As It Seems, Outrageous, Parable, Puns, Romance, Sardonic, Satire, Science Fiction, Sexual Innuendo, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Twisted, U.S. Social Commentary, Whimsy, Witty

Time: the present. Location: the upstairs master bedroom of a fabulous mansion on Long Island’s Gold Coast. Greta, the maid, knocked on the open door to give advance warning and walked thirty feet to the nightstand. She deposited the breakfast tray and acknowledged with a slight bow the thank you from the Mrs. on the […]

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Kiss Me Soft, Kill Me Quick

March 5th, 2011 · 7 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, Canada Humor, Celebrities, Clash of the Sexes, Crossed Wires, Famous Actors, Fantasy, General Humor, General Interest, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Murder Mystery, Not As It Seems, Poem, Poetry, Puns, Romance, Sexual Innuendo, Slice of Life, Storytelling, Surprise Twists, Whimsy

I refer to this piece as half poetry, half storytelling and half crazy. Since there is a poetic element, I’d like the flow to be consistent down the page (or screen, actually, in this case). Thus present preamble to take the intro past the picture of the scholarly-looking gentleman on the right (your left). ** […]

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The Ethical Auctioneer

November 18th, 2010 · 2 Comments · American Humor, Art History, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Career Choices, Charming, Cute, Family Humor, Feel Good, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Poem, Poetry, Screwball, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Whimsy, Witty

Donna and I have attended an auction or two. It’s a fascinating experience, filled with tradition and a lively cast of characters. Not least among the latter is the auctioneer. He’s charged with keeping things going and, of course, making as much money as possible for sellers and the “house”. On that score and for […]

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An Unfortunate Dog Walking Incident (Farley’s Wife Told Him So)

November 13th, 2010 · 2 Comments · American Humor, Canada Humor, Children and Pets, Clash of the Sexes, Cute, Family, Family Humor, Family Tragedy, Funny Dog, General Humor, General Interest, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Medical Humor, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Poem, Poetry, Romance, Sardonic, Screwball, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Whimsy, Witty

Now that our oldest son Tom has returned to university, it is my task at night to walk our beautiful dog Daisy before we all lay down our heads. While the journey is usually pleasurable, there are always hidden dangers lurking around the corner. This preamble is by way of saying that Farley and Grover […]

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Ode to Canada’s National Game (no, not hockey)

October 23rd, 2010 · 2 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, Canada Humor, Corruption, General Humor, General Interest, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Not As It Seems, Poem, Poetry, Political Humor, Politicians, Puns, Sardonic, Satire, Sports and Recreation, Surprise Twists, Witty

                The old Canada is changing very quickly. The interests displayed in the new Canada contain a considerable number of carry-overs, but there are also some stark changes.                The following ditty attempts to bring the sometimes co-operating and sometimes conflicting sentiments together in a cohesive whole.                                 Canadians love hockey, you know that’s no lie, still there […]

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Reminisce Once Too Often

October 16th, 2010 · 3 Comments · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Cute, Entertainment, Family, Family Humor, Funny Family, Hard Life Choices, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Medical Humor, Nostalgia, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Parable, Poem, Poetry, Sardonic, Satire, Screwball, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Whimsy, Witty

     The following are my ruminations on the passage of time and the aging process.      There are also some wry observations on how tolerant society is towards the elderly.      What’s required may be a little more patience. Of course, most of this is tongue in cheek.         Tick-tock or digital flash,      seconds race a headlong […]

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