A little humour (humor): Be warned, these are picture-free, read-only jokes!

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Let’s pause all the troubles in the world and find some stories to bring a smile to our faces. There should always be room for a little humour. (With thanks for contributions from Randy, Wynne’s Dad, Marilyn and others on social media.)


Wife: I have a bag full of used clothes I’d like to donate.

Husband: Why not just throw it in the trash? That’s much easier.

Wife: But there are poor starving people who can really use these clothes.

Husband: Honey, anyone who can fit into your clothes is not starving.

Husband is currently recovering from a head injury!

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What does “enough” really mean?

Ah so true!

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For those we care about, what do we most frequently wish for them? To be the best they can be? To be successful? To be happy? To find love? To be healthy? To be rich? To own more guns? To own a new Tesla? To be even richer? To be compassionate and kind? To feel appreciated? To feel loved?

A story and accompanying poem that has been recirculating on social media recently suggests a slightly different wish, the wish of enough.

This sentiment is beautifully expressed in Bob Perk’s poem. “I wish you enough” is a phrase we would all do well to take to heart.

I Wish You Enough, by Bob Perks

I wish you enough sun
to keep your attitude bright.

I wish you enough rain
to appreciate the sun even more.

I wish you enough happiness
to keep your spirit alive.

I wish you enough pain…

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Wealth of Nature

How has Costa Rica managed to restore its natural wonders, while big, rich nations fail? By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 21st April 2023 One of the world’s greatest environmental heroes doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page. Though he has done more to protect the living planet than almost anyone alive, his name is…

Source: Wealth of Nature


A little humour (aka humor), more of ‘a little bit of this, a little bit of that’

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Gosh, no wonder my folder of cartoons has been growing; I see that I didn’t post any Humour offerings at all during April. I must have been in a very serious mood! Time to share some observations on life and society that come with smiles attached. I hope you enjoy this lot (with thanks to a number of friends through social media).

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Facing America’s Real Problems: Part 1

Just as applicable here in Canada as in the US. Thanks John for an excellent article.

Aging Capriciously


I have always believed that if you wanted to solve a problem or fix something that was broken, you needed to know how or why it was broken.  Dr. Deming used to say that you must understand the process before you can either fix it or improve it.  Without a fundamental understanding of the process, you can only put temporary fixes on a problem.  Something we can compare to taking ibuprofen for a sore shoulder or a painful knee.  The temporary fix helps deal with symptoms but does nothing to address underlying causes.  Without addressing underlying causes, the problem simply comes back when the “band-aid” wears off.

For years now, I have pondered two seemingly different and unrelated issues.  The first is why we cannot stem the tide of drugs in America.  The second is why schools are so dysfunctional today.  The more I have studied these two issues, the…

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What will the world be like for our grandchildren? Well, what was the world like for our grandparents?!

Nostalgic look at growing up and the future potential.

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Recently, one of my favourite blogging friends, Rita, at Living the Country Life My Way, made a comment on my AI and ChatGPT blog post that got me thinking. Her comment, apropos of advanced AI, was, “Truly scary now and can only imagine the future for our grandchildren!!”

My first reaction was to agree; things are changing so quickly, with networked technology all-pervasive, that the inclusion of advanced AI is indeed cause for major concern. But then I thought of a remark my late departed MIL said once that provided some perspective. This wonderful woman was born in 1906 and died at a ripe old age in 2003. We had the great privilege of having her live near us, and with us for the last few years, for the last 18 years of her life. One time one of her grown grandchildren was going through a rough patch and…

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Elon Musk’s advice on success. Hmm, not so sure.

This article definitely gets Life & Success in the correct order and in my opinion hits all the right markers.

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A few days ago fellow blogger AP2 at blog Clear Air Turbulence included the following quote by Elon Musk as part of his Friday collection of quotes, chosen to make us think and inspire.

Never attach yourself to a person, a place, a company, an organization or a project. Attach yourself to a mission, a calling, a purpose only. That’s how you keep your power and your peace.”


Well, this quote definitely got me thinking, but not inspiring me in the way in which I’m guessing was intended. Other commenters on AP2’s post seemed to think that this was very good advice to follow for becoming successful. So did the many references I found online when confirming the quote’s origin; countless people had tweeted or retweeted this quote as good advice for getting ahead. Surely it’s an amusing irony that this quote was so widely available on…

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Books, book banning, and Freedom to Read Week

This definitely opens my eyes a little to know there is the potential for banning a book in Canada.

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Instilling a love for reading in children is one of the greatest gifts they can be given. Books open doors to beloved characters, new places, and new ideas.

Books stimulate our imagination and take us beyond ourselves. And, perhaps most important of all, they keep us company in our solitude. They can become our best friend.

Yes, I’m aware of the resurgence of enthusiasm for banning books (and subjects) in schools in some parts of the U.S. in recent months/years. Very, very sadly, banning books with a hint of sex or, even worse, a story that includes tolerance for and inclusion of others seems to go along with the rapidly receding noble concept of the shining city on the hill that America aspired to be. Ban consequential literature in schools, where kids should be learning to love reading and expanding their horizons, but meanwhile allow access to online gaming and…

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Map Monday: Why do histories of the ancient world ignore so much of the world? What about the Americas?

Maybe this could help some actual “Historians” to consider something other than Europe when studying the world of History.

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A friend of mine recently loaned me a book he’d had in his book collection for many years entitled Atlas of World History, vol. one: from the Beginning to the Eve of the French Revolution. It’s a Penguin edition published in 1974, with its original German version published in 1964. Talk about Eurocentric. Hopefully, a more up to date version might be less Eurocentric, but somehow I doubt it. Ancient world history almost always seem to be Eurocentric. There’s nothing wrong with the history reported, it’s very interesting. But it’s not World history. Sorry, folks, but there’s all kinds of ancient history that didn’t end up at Europe’s doors.

I agree there’s plenty of European history worthy of discussion – although not so much ancient history – and I certainly agree that the most impressive beginnings of “advanced civilisations” were in the Near East, which the Eurocentric approach to…

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