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November: Finding the Funny

Two Friends: My memory is so bad! How bad is it? How bad is what?

Man at the Bottom of the Stairs: Now, am I going upstairs for something I forgot, or have I just come down?

Admit it, these rate at least a chuckle. And even a chuckle lifts the mood. These days for some of us, laughter is in shorter supply than toilet paper was in the early days of the pandemic. Let’s help each other: Tell us what is making you laugh out loud these days. Something you’ve read? Watched? Listened to? Yourself? What tickles your funnybone? That is one part of a human being that keeps working when all else fails. What makes you smile, chuckle, or laugh out loud? Feel free to share a joke! Tell us here.
By the way, have a happy Thanksgiving. Spread the laughter!

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Bubble Bath

During a visit to my doctor, I asked her, “How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in a nursing home?”

“Well”, she said, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub.”

“Oh, I understand,” I said. “A normal person would use the bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”

“No”, the doctor said, “A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?”

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What am I looking forward to in 2011 besides being 4 inches taller, 40 pounds thinner, and 20 years younger?

Marrying George Clooney.

As optimistic as I am, I don’t think those things will happen.  Having moved four months ago from San Diego to downtown Philadelphia (which must be a result of an onset of dementia), I am anticipating that the new year will have me moved out of my temporary small dwelling and into The Philadelphian where my present tenant will have vacated my condo, and Ben and Jerry* and I can enjoy my last abode (barring the nursing home, heaven forfend!).

I am looking forward to completing the editing of a book on Martin Buber’s “The Way of Man According to the Teachings of the Hasidim” written by my friend Ken Kramer, whose latest book “Dialogically Speaking: Maurice Friedman’s Interdisciplinary Humanism” has just been published.  There are 13 contributors to that book; I am one of them, as is Elie Wiesel.

I am hoping that when I finally move I will be able to have a class on Religious, Social, and Political Attitudes in Film in my apartment; that I will be able to teach a course on religious studies at Temple or La Salle University by the fall semester, and perhaps lecture in different places on Religion and Literature and other topics.  I look forward to  continuing to enjoy the company of friends and family, some of whom I have known and loved for more than 65 years.

I look forward most of all to the continued good health and joy of my sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren and of my friends’ and their families. And I look to a better future for my country; for sanity in our government officials, an end to polarization in politics and to the war in Afghanistan.  I pray for peace for Israelis and Palestinians, and for a more compassionate and truly dialogical United States.

May the new year bring all of you that to which you most look forward.

*Ben and Jerry are my cats.  I know some of you were hoping that this 77-year-old woman was living in sin.

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