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Humor – Step it up!

Humor – Step it up!

I come from a long line of pacers. With 10 kids in my family, we had more children than chairs when I was growing up. Our motto was “On your feet, lose your seat.” Plus I walked uphill both ways to school every day, including home and back for lunch. It was so far, it’s […]

Humor – Bait and switch in the coffee mug

Humor – Bait and switch in the coffee mug

It’s the dream that unites non-coffee drinkers everywhere: If only coffee could taste as good as it smells. My father made the coffee when I was growing up, and we all loved waking up to that aroma. But he was the only one in the family who drank it. That should tell you something about […]

Humor – Resolve to stop using clichés

Humor – Resolve to stop using clichés

The cliché, “not for all the tea in China” has never made sense to me. There are more than a billion people in China. They probably have a lot of tea, even taking into account Chinese coffee drinkers. To refuse to do something, even for all the tea in China is to be determined not […]

Humor – Letter to Santa

Humor – Letter to Santa

Dear Santa, I know you haven’t heard from me since I wrote to ask for that Barbie doll all those years ago. I might have written you more if I’d gotten it. But I’m finally willing to give you another chance. Before I get into all I want for Christmas though, can I make a […]

Humor – The Pitfalls of Working at Home

Humor – The Pitfalls of Working at Home

By day, I work in a nice office with a lot of friendly people for a very fine nonprofit organization. It’s a respectable job, though I don’t mean to imply that I am. By night—and early morning, weekend, and holiday—I’m a writer. That means that while responsible people are doing their laundry, cleaning their houses, […]

Humor – Another Year Wiser

Humor – Another Year Wiser

I just had a birthday, and it’s not too late for gifts. I’m joking. Sort of. Actually, I have a gift for you! Like New Year’s Day, a birthday is a natural time to look back and contemplate what one has and has not learned over the past year so that one will not be—how […]

Humor – Cooped up

Humor – Cooped up

A mother of three emailed me a funny forward describing how moms treat their children differently based on birth order. At least, she thought it was funny. “First baby: You pick up at the first whimper. Second baby: You pick up if cries threaten to wake first born. Third baby: You teach toddler to rewind […]

Humor – Advice I’d give graduates if they’d listen to me

Humor – Advice I’d give graduates if they’d listen to me

I suspect there are two things people who are about to graduate get tired of: Being asked what they’re going to do next and being told what they ought to do next. Of course, we’re not asking because we’re nosey—well, some of us are nosey. It’s just that graduation makes us look back wistfully at […]

Humor – Run Joe run and other airport announcements

Humor – Run Joe run and other airport announcements

Well, that’s got to be the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in an airport: A pacifier – with no baby attached – lying on the floor in the concourse. You know what that means: Somewhere there’s a baby with no pacifier attached . . . possibly on a plane! YIKES! Then I hear the announcement: […]

Humor – Celebrating the Finder in Chief

Humor – Celebrating the Finder in Chief

This column is dedicated to all those mothers who worry that, if they leave town, their family will have to go next door to use the bathroom because they won’t know where to find more toilet paper when the roll is empty. On Mother’s Day, we celebrate not only all mothers are and do, but […]

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