Category Archives: Humor

Groundhog Day Giddies

ground-hog-dayIn honor of Groundhog Day and the prospects of 6 more weeks of winter, getting-to-know-youI thought a few good jokes might brighten our scans! marajuanaEvery once in a while I get cartoons passed along that make me laugh, the-children-of-israel-with-cell-phonesand I just need to share them!  birds-need-potty-breaks-tooToday is one of those days. o-c-d Hope you enjoy!  biscuits-and-gravyHere’s lookin’ at you, Rick,tire-pressure-tool and here’s one for your sweet wife, Cheryl (or me). bearsHere’s one for my dear friend Sarah up in Alaska, whose husband actually saved a man’s life by shooting the bear who attacked him.  smart-car-and-a-smart-aleckAnd here’s one for my son Michael and all lovers of especially small cars.
(Some of these jokes are only funny if you don’t think about them too hard.) trying-to-pound-sense-into-someoneSome jokes are funny but make a serious point & could be used against any of us. greatest-accomplishmentAnd, some cartoons are pretty much right on for all of us! 🙂

“Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise:
and he that shuts his lips is esteemed a man of understanding”

(Proverbs 17:28).

Public Thoughts on the Secret Life of Walter Mitty

the-secret-life-of-walter-mitty-coverReady for a little comic relief? If you’re a movie aficionado, you may have seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty when it was released two years ago. If you’re a movie snob…then you wouldn’t call yourself that, you’d call yourself a film critic, but anyway, you might have bypassed this one because it only garnered a 51% on Rotten Tomatoes and 54% on Metacritic. the-secret-life-of-walter-mitty-great-photography-from-icelandHowever, someone recommended it as fun and clean (PG, although there is some profanity 😦 ), with stunning photography from Greenland, Iceland, and Central Asia, so I was intrigued. the-secret-life-of-walter-mitty-photography-from-greenlandAfter watching it, I think it totally deserves the 7.3 rating from IMDb. If you remember reading James Thurber’s short story by the same name (which was a staple in high schools a zillion years ago), you get the gimmick, which is a dull-appearing dude with an overactive fantasy life. the-secret-life-of-walter-mitty-ben-stillerHowever, this version is so much more fun, and the protagonist is a thoroughly lovable, naturally athletic and super competent person who sacrificed his own ambitions at age seventeen in order to support his mom and sister after their father died. As the story goes, Walter is in a desperate search for a missing negative intended as the cover picture for Life magazine’s last edition, and he tracks halfway around the world in pursuit of the famed photojournalist whom Mitty believes has the negative. Of course there’s romance, but pure and simple: he has a crush on her, and she inspires him to greatness and success in his amazing adventures. sean-penn-in-the-secret-life-of-walter-mittyDoes Mitty get his man? Well, you might have to wait and see, but I will tell you Mitty has many dogged endeavors with gorgeous backdrops…a helicopter drop, shark attack, volcanic field crossing, mountain top trek in the Himalayas, etc. (to name a few). Whew!the-secret-life-of-walter-mitty Does he get his woman? Things look hopeful. Does he get his negative? Yes, but he had it all along and didn’t know it. In fact, he had no clue what and where the treasure was so almost lost it.   helicopter-jump-the-secret-life-of-walter-mittyWithout spoiling the climax, I want to hit the pause button at this scene: Mitty realizing his terrible mistake, which cost him his job and could have cost him his life. How about you? Are you like Walter Mitty, searching the world for some priceless missing treasure? Love, joy, faith, hope…the ability to sleep in heavenly peace?? God has already given all this and more to you as a gift in the form of His son, Jesus! Don’t throw out Jesus and go halfway around the world in search of something to satisfy your heart. Embrace him as your Lord and Savior, and rest in His love!  the-secret-life-of-walter-mitty-adventures“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:22-23).

Humorous and Provocative Reflections à la Rogue River

launching-canoes-on-the-rogue-riverTime for another break! My oldest son, Aaron, was born on my 25th birthday, ducks-on-rogue-riverand we’ve had the joy of celebrating most of our birthdays together ever since.swans-geese-and-ducks-on-rogue-riverbankThis year was no exception, although it was exceptional canoeing-on-rogue-riverthat we could share the pleasure with Aaron’s entire familyshady-green-bows-over-rogue-river as well as Alan and Joel during a leisurely canoe ride down the Rogue River. old-snag-in-rogue-riverThis entire week, I want to share some photos from that serene afternoon canada-goose-island-on-rogue-riveralong with three series of favorite quotations on various subjects great-blue-heron-fishing-on-rogue-riverthat I’ve been saving up.bubbly-water-along-the-rogue-riverToday’s quotes are ones I kept because they made me smile:green-glow-of-indian-summer-on-the-rogue-river“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems,
but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”~Herm Albright
canada-geese-in-flight-on-rogue-river“People with a negative attitude brighten the whole room when they leave.” ~Anonymous leaf-and-sun-on-rogue-river “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
~Robin Williams sunshine-streaming-down-on-canoeists-on-rogue-river “I’m far from perfect, but I’ll be perfect for that imperfect person that’s perfect for me.”  ~Amanda Bynes  turtle-on-a-log-in-rogue-river“People often say to me that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing … that’s why we recommend it daily.”~Zig Ziglar quiet-paddling-along-the-rogue-river “Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.”
~Ray Kroc  reflections-of-birches-along-rogue-river“There is no magic in magic, it’s all in the details.”~ Walt Disney  trees-overhanging-rogue-river“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living.
The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” ~Mark Twain
canada-geese-along-rogue-river“To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.” ~Theodore Roosevelt…I can only wish that were still true today, but it’s not. 😦trees-reflecting-in-rogue-river“One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie
is that the cat only has nine lives.”~Mark Twain   study-in-sun-and-shadow-on-rogue-river“Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he’ll believe you.
Tell him a bench has wet paint on it, and he’ll have to touch it to be sure. Murphy’s Law” ~(read in Walk the Talk…but not always true, thankfully!)cormorant-on-rogue-river “Need a new life? God accepts trade ins !!”
(~shared by a friend, Pam Hembroff)

  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (~2 Corinthians 5:17)






Quotable Quips for a Rainy—or Sunny—Day

Alligator v.s. CrocodileI love jokes and quips. Do you? Here are a few I’ve been saving up for just such an occasion as today. Hope you enjoy them, and if you’ve already heard them, I hope they still make you smile!

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” ~Lily Tomlin

“Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?” ~Phyllis Diller

“If you love something, set it free. Unless it’s chocolate. Never release chocolate.” ~Renee Duvall

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” ~Milton Berle

“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they’re looking for ideas.” ~Paula Poundstone

“I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, ‘Where’s the self-help section?’ She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.” ~George Carlin

“He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.”~Ben Franklin

“The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.”~Erma Bombeck

“The best time to give advice to your children is while they’re still young enough to believe you know what you’re talking about.” ~Evan Esar

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” ~Doug Larson

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” ~Milton Berle (and I hope you’re enjoying some vacation during this beautiful summer!)

Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them. The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad” (Psalm 26:2-3).


Fun for the Fourth of July!

Hot dog on iceYou know it’s hot when you see photos like these! Plastic cup melter on railing Just for the record, none of these pictures are mine. Cookies baking on car dashI am shamelessly passing them along to you from an internet forward,-2but I think they’re funny and apropos for July heat, so I wanted to share them.Pigeons in shade Anyway, hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July,
warm with the love of family and friends but not too hot, -4and full of all the abundance which God does intend for us. Plastic hanger melted in car heatIf you are suffering today, -10may God bless you with relief, peace, courage, and hope.  -5Much love to you from Michigan, Melted Highway conewhere it’s not nearly so hot as it is in these pictures! 🙂

-3A man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land” (Isaiah 32:2; This passage is speaking of the Messiah, whom I believe is Jesus Christ.)

(If any of these pictures belong to you, please let me know so I can credit you and/or remove them from this post, depending on your wishes. Thanks!)

Dr. Thorne: A Charming Account of Love and Forgiveness

Doctor Thorne Mini SeriesIf you’re a fan of Downton Abbey and the writing of Julian Fellowes, then I think you’d also enjoy Dr. Thorne, a light-hearted retelling of Anthony Trollope’s 1858 novel. Julian Fellows, with his inimitable wit and playful delight in causing his characters consternation, wrote an adaptation of this Victorian charmer (#3 in the Chronicles of Barsetshire) as a costume-drama mini-series which was just released to Amazon Prime on May 20, 2016.

The story revolves around the loves and rejections of sweet, young Mary Thorne, who is of questionable birth but has become the love of her childhood friend, Frank Gresham, the only son of the local squire. There are all the usual dilemmas dealing with illegitimacy, social class, alcoholism, and the love of money versus the love of goodness.

Thankfully, both Trollope and Fellowes like happy endings, as do I, and so the tale concludes on a somewhat predictable but charming high note, with goodness abounding and Mary being the picture of amazing grace and forgiveness. As an extra plus, Julian Fellows introduces and debriefs the audience each time, which made me like him even more. His concluding remarks give some insight into his own philosophy: The greatest transformative power for good is love. Amen to that!

Dr. ThorneBear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13).

Food for Thought: Good-Reminder One-liners

Steve Toasting Marshmallow copyForbidden fruits create many jams.
God grades on the cross, not the curve.
It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.
God loves everyone…
but probably prefers ‘fruits of the spirit’ over ‘religious nuts!’
The best mathematical equation I have ever seen:
1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.
He who angers you, controls you!
Peace starts with a smile.
If God is your Co-pilot, swap seats!
Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.
The good Lord didn’t create anything without a purpose…
but mosquitoes come close.
Don’t let your worries get the best of you…
remember, Moses started out as a basket case. 🙂
When you get to your wit’s end, you’ll find God lives there.
We don’t change the message; the message changes us.
Be ye fishers of men. You catch ’em – He’ll clean ’em.
God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
The best place on earth:
in someone’s heart and prayers, and in the hand of God.

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
(John 10:28-29)