Diversions, Number 3: Laughter in Court

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a new feature of the blog, which will appear every Monday. To find out more about Diversions, read the Introduction and Number 1.

03 - mcdonald'sThis week’s Diversions for You and Your Friends is Laughter in Court. You can use this Diversion several ways.

1. Read the online version or forward this PDF for a friend to read in his or her browser.

2. Print the PDF and send it to someone. I print my cards on both sides of an 8.5” x 11” paper. Then I fold that in half and put it into a 6” x 9” envelope. (You could also just print it out and cut it into four pages, which are numbered, staple them together, and fit them into in a business-sized envelope.)

A Quick Post on the Lighter Side

July 5, 2013
Take time to cool down and enjoy a small laugh.

summerEvery once in a while my siblings send me an email that demonstrates the cleverness of ordinary people. Today’s piece came from my brother with the comment that this was a “really, really cool recipe.”

And it is!! Be sure to read some of the reviews with variations on the ingredients! My brother mentioned that “Some of you older folks might even remember this recipe from your childhood.” I imagine there are youngsters out there who have never had the pleasure of making this simple, really, really cool recipe.

Especially appropriate for the hot days of summer.

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Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before I Left Home

August 9, 2012
These suggestions are applicable to any stage of life.

To schedule something on the blog for this day, when my daughter and her children are visiting, I went through my old emails and found this list of guidelines for living a satisfying life.

I suggest you read through it and then select one that is particularly important for you to remember – most of us don’t practice all of these all the time. Then think about it later in the day.


10. Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying “Why, thank you.”

9. Some people are working backstage, some are playing in the orchestra, some are on stage singing, some are in the audience as critics and some are there to applaud. Know who and where you are.

Duct taped statue
USC’s Tommy Trojan statue duct-taped for its protection before the USC/UCLA football game

8. Never give yourself a haircut.

7. When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste…when eating, take time to enjoy it.

6. Be more concerned about your character than your reputation … because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think of you.

5. You need only two tools. WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and
shouldn’t, use the tape. (See picture on right.)

4. The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship “I apologize” and “You are right.”

3. When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm.

2. Learn to pick your battles; Ask yourself, ‘Will this matter one year from now? How about one month? One week? One day?’

1. If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance!

— Author Unknown

 Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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What Does This Guy Want From You?

August 2, 2012
A Little Humor Can Enrich Your Relationships

I received this email from Support4Change contributors Judith Sherven and Jim Sniechowski a while back and got a kick out of it:

Dear Arlene,

Our friend and subscriber Jeremy
sent this earlier this week…

AND we just had to share it with you –
it is soooooo fun!



Pass it on!

Because It’s All in the Connection,
Judith & Jim

The creator of this site has a number of interactive videos with which you can amuse yourself. I hope you take a break, and have fun with them.

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Are Neighbors Jealous of Your Garage?

May 21, 2012
This is how you can rearrange your garage without doing any work.

Today I want to share an evergreen idea my sister sent me. Now that I know how these are done, I may have seen what I thought was the inside of garage when it was only wallpaper.

You can also show your neighbors the inside of your garage where you keep a fire engine, jet fighter, speedboat, gold bricks, bulldozer, airplane, wine cellar, train, and so forth. You can even make a statement about your views on heaven and hell if you want.

Visit Garage Door Art.

Man papering over garage door

Look for other humorous posts in my stack of evergreen ideas.


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