Category — Humor Heroes
THE TO-DO LIST.
So clever, isn’t it? Here’s the skinny. I craft extensive to-do lists 365 days a year (yep, even when I’m sick or on vacation) and with grim, single-minded focus complete every task on the list including such mundane things as removing a sticky mark off the coffee table (I recommend Goo Be Gone), super gluing (Try Loctite Super Glue Control Gel) a loose piece of stucco on the side of the house, and whitening my teeth (the generic kits work just as well). Plus a hundred of other boring non-fulfilling, who give a rat’s tail, unimportant, unfulfilling tasks.
I do all these stupid things before I allow myself to do what I love (write, in case, you weren’t following along too closely) and of course, by THAT TIME, I’m exhausted and have no energy, no willpower, no vavoom, no nothin’…left in the tank.
Yes, I am my own whipping post. It’s a recipe for failure, sadness, and futility. But, there’s hope because acknowledging you have a problem is the first step! The second step is what will I do to STOP THE MADNESS?
Because it IS madness to deny oneself something oneself loves to do so very, very, much.
State Tune for Part III-Stopping The Maddness of Writer’s Procrastination
December 4, 2012 No Comments
I write humor for a reason. Laughter is one of my guiding forces. My daily objective is to laugh more frequently and more deeply and if I can reach the point where I’m falling down, holding my stomach, screaming, “Stop! No more!” then it is the best of days! Here are a few laughter quotes that inspire me.
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. Dr. Seuss
We need to laugh more and seek stress reducing humor in our everyday lives. Laughter is the human gift for coping and for survival. Laughter ringing, laughter pealing, laughter roaring, laughter bubbling. Chuckling. Giggling. Snickering. Snorting. These are the sounds of soul saving laughter which springs from our emotional coreand helps us feel better, see things more clearly, and creatively weigh and use our options. Laughter helps us roll with the punches that inevitably come our way. The power of laughter is unleashed every time we laugh. In today’s stressful world, we need to laugh much more. Laughter Therapist, Enda Junkins, LCSW, LMFT, BCD
I’ve always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, “Ain’t that the truth.” Quincy Jones
A good, real, unrestrained, hearty laugh is a sort of glorified internal massage, performed rapidly and automatically. It manipulates and revitalizes corners and unexplored crannies of the system that are unresponsive to most other exercise methods. Author unknown, from an editorial in New-York
Tribune, quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. e.e. cummings
February 8, 2012 1 Comment
It’s official. My writing has been deemed funny.
I’ve been acknowledge as hilarious by someone other than my mom and dad.
I’ve been RECOGNIZED as an author of humorous words on Google’s # 1 ranked site for humor writers http://www.humorwriters.org – a site which happens to be dedicated to my top female humor hero, Erma Bombeck.
It’s a glorious month for this humor writer. Every morning, I do a little celebration dance and sing myself a little cheer (with pom-poms) that goes like this, “Go Terri, Go Terri, Go Terri . . . .”
Enough about me. Let’s talk about Erma Bombeck, a pioneer of every day humor.
Erma wrote for homemakers. For those unfamiliar with the term, homemakers are the ancestors of stay-at-home moms. Back in the day, homemakers sewed clothing for their children and cooked for their families in harvest gold kitchens and cleaned . . . REALLY cleaned, like they got down on their knees and scrubbed the kitchen floor EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Homemakers hosted tupperware and fondue parties. They played charades and disco danced while shamelessly drinking cheap pink wine during the day. And no one thought anything of it.
But I digress.
Erma Bombeck was all about finding the funny in every day suburban life. She found humor in housework and children and, of course, my favorite fodder – - husbands.
Erma wrote hundreds of columns and several books with entertaining titles like The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank and Family — The Ties That Bind . . . and Gag. Although she has passed on, Erma is still vastly popular today, in fact, an online museum exists in her honor and more than 100.000 people visit it every year. Check it out at http://www.ermamuseum.org/home.asp
A legacy of laughter is wonderful gift.
Thank you, Erma.
February 22, 2011 1 Comment