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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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A Beatles’ Legacy

October 8th, 2011 · 8 Comments · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Family, Family Humor, Funny Family, Funny Religious, General Humor, General Interest, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Imagery, Lyrical, Mood, Nostalgia, Oddball, Offbeat, Poem, Poetry, Prose Poetry, Religion, Screwball, Slice of Life, Sweet, Uplifting, Whimsy

One can easily turn reflective with the passage of the years. Birthdays serve to stimulate strolls down meandering and wayward paths. As I approach “the golden years”, I know I’m supposed to be thinking of travel, playing golf, putting my feet up, reaping my rewards. But I’m not sure any of that is for me.  So here’s […]

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The Melancholy Fog Harvester

April 30th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, Art History, Canada Humor, Career Choices, Charming, Clash of the Sexes, Cute, Dreams, Drugs, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Feel Good, General Humor, General Interest, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Magic Realism, Mood, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Parable, Poetry, Prose Poetry, Puns, Romance, Science Fiction, Storytelling, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Uplifting, Whimsy, Witty

It was late of an evening and I’d run out of milk and snacks. Besides, I wanted some fresh air. That’s how it came about I was on my way to the local Daisy Mart before it closed at ten p.m. You don’t get fog in the city much anymore. Too much traffic. There’s an […]

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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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The Mystery of the Witch’s Knickers

October 8th, 2010 · 11 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Children and Pets, Clash of the Sexes, Crossed Wires, Cute, Difficult Decisions, Entertainment, Family, Family Humor, Fantasy, Funny Horror, General Humor, General Interest, Halloween, Horror, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Monster, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Puns, Romance, Satire, Screwball, Seduction, Sexual Innuendo, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

Griselda Beamish was happier than she had been in a hundred years. While others of her kind were having trouble adjusting to modern times, Zelda embraced the new. All of the most recent advances in technology made her life simpler. There were opportunities that she could never have imagined before. Take her job for instance. […]

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A Curious Case of Bottled-up Passion

January 23rd, 2010 · 3 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, Art History, Canada Humor, Career Choices, Charming, Children and Pets, Clash of the Sexes, Cop Humor, Cute, Difficult Decisions, Drama, Fairy Tale, Family Humor, Family Tragedy, Fantasy, Feel Good, General Humor, General Interest, Hard Life Choices, Heartwarming, History, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Mystery, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Police Lifestyle, Romance, Satire, Science Fiction, Screwball, Sexual Innuendo, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Technology Advances, Twisted, U.S. Social Commentary, Uplifting, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

Pug-nosed Pat and gum-chewing Chris, two long-time Irish cops, were back on the day shift after a month spent on the night rotation. Their patrol area ranged from the entertainment district in the east to the upscale shopping blocks downtown. Being a cop in these days was quite a different experience than it had been […]

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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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My Wife and I Argue over a Plant

July 28th, 2008 · 8 Comments · American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Clash of the Sexes, Cute, Family, Family Humor, Feel Good, Funny Dialogue Story, Funny Family, Funny Husband & Wife Story, Funny Husband and Wife Banter, Funny Rant, Funny Workplace, General Humor, General Interest, Heartwarming, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Oddball, Offbeat, Plants, Rant, Sardonic, Screwball, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Whimsy, Witty

My wife and I argued over a plant tonight and it isn’t even our plant. During our usual de-briefing after a busy day, she told me the following story about her workplace that I think will resonate with many readers. I am changing most of the names to protect the innocent and this is, truly, […]

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