WQ #3 January 18: BELLY LAUGH/WHITE OR GRAY COLOR CHALLENGE
“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”~ Victor Hugo
Featured Bloggers who piqued your interest
I am super grateful for all of you who visit and post each week. You bring me joy, I learn about the world far and near, and feel close to you and what you are doing in your lives.
- EKLASTIC – I WONDER WHAT SMELL PIQUED HER INTEREST?
- KEEP IT ALIVE – SHARES PERSONAL EXPERIENCES, CLEARLY AND PRECISELY
- LADY LEE – HER EKPHRASTIC POEM PIQUED MY INTEREST TO LISTEN TO THE SONG
- LOVING LIFE – PIQUING THE INTEREST OF YOUR KIDS MAY CHANGE THEIR LIVES.
- SECOND WIND LEISURE – TAKE THE PLUNGE TO MAKE LIFE INTERSTING
- THE SKEPTIC’S KADDISH MOST CONCERNED WITH THE MORE IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENTS – INTERACTIONS
- THIS IS ANOTHER STORY – MORE GREAT BLOGGING TIPS TO PIQUE INTEREST
- TRAVELS WITH ALI – I DIDN’T EXPECT ROTTNEST TO BE SO BEAUTIFUL
- WIND KISSES – HOW DOES A TRIP ON A DISNEY CRUISE SOUND?
For More Thoughts on Belly Laughs…
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- BUSH BOY – YOU’LL HAVE TO LAUGH. I DID!
- EKLASTIC – A CAT TALE
- LADY LEE – “ONE DAY I’M GOING TO MAKE ONIONS CRY.”
- LOVING LIFE – AT WORK WITH NO TP?
- NEW2WRITING – WATCH OUT FOR LIVE YOGA CLASSES!
- SECOND WIND LEISURE – READY WITH A BELLY LAUGH TO BEAT GRAY DAYS – SUNDAY STILLS
- SECOND WIND LEISURE – WORDLESS WEDNESDAY
- THE SKEPTIC’S KADDISH – WASTED DAYS
- THIS IS ANOTHER STORY – SORE TUMMY MUSCLES – YEP
What Do We Humans Find Funny?
A note about Terri’s Sunday Stills gray and white challenge. Belly laughs and gray don’t really mix. There’s a tiny bit of gray here, but it’s negligible. To see more grays, here are some of my ideas. But if you want to address grays and whites in this challenge and double dip, you are welcome to do so.
“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”~ Charlie Chaplin
Every few days since the beginning of email, at least one person felt it was their duty to send me funny stories and photos. A few of them give me belly laughs, helped me write this post, and added years to my life. I enjoy animal memes the most.
“Laughter is an instant vacation.”~ Milton Berle
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”~ Victor Borge
Donna spent last year looking for peace, her Word of the Year. I wonder if any of her research led to laughter as one part of the solution?
When I worked as a history consultant, I arranged a field trip for fourth graders to visit Allensworth, the only California Freedom Colony primarily for families of retired Buffalo Soldiers.
The Park Ranger demonstrated a regular occurrence in the early 20th-century town – the public shave. All the kids laughed uproariously while the clean-faced volunteer had to keep a straight face in spite of being tickled. the ranger did not use a razor, in case you were worried.
“Laughter is important, not only because it makes us happy, it also has actual health benefits. And that’s because laughter completely engages the body and releases the mind. It connects us to others, and that in itself has a healing effect.”~Marlo Thomas
As a teacher, I often connected with my students through laughter. I made the mistake of reading books out loud to them that I thought were funny, one of them being Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar. In one chapter after reading through nearly the entire chapter about one child’s debate with everyone in the school trying to decide what tattoo to get for his birthday, the kids were hanging from their seats – literally.
“What did he choose? Did he get the snake? Did he get the dead rat?”
Warning: you should always read the book before you share it with your class. As I read ahead a few lines, I started to laugh. I couldn’t read, and that made me laugh harder. Soon the whole class was laughing. I turned away from them and bent over trying to get control of myself.
“What’s so funny?” Read it. Read it.”
“I can’t read it,” I choked out, tears making my eye makeup run down my face.
One boy fell off his chair and rolled on the floor laughing. I still couldn’t read it. I motioned to one of my better readers who was not already in hysterics to come read the last few lines.
“Calvin pulls up his left pant leg and shows the class his tattoo: a potato, located above his ankle.”Louis Sachar
I don’t remember if my students thought it was as funny as I did or if they just thought I was funny, but we had a great bonding laugh.
Speaking of kids, remember getting the giggles while climbing, swinging, or playing on the teeter-totter? There were no kids playing the day Janet and I visited, but this well-used centipede gave me a smile.
The poem about this unknown girl is written for Tanka Tuesday. Senryu is a syllabic poem dealing with the human condition.
Court witness due to testify in minutes. She's a kid, first year Mock Trial having fun. "Look at me! Dare me to eat it." "Yes, I will!" Friends chanted, "Eat it, eat it whole!" Laughter rocked ... the courtroom bringing it to life, easing nerves. ©Marsha Ingrao 2023 Senryu Sequence 3-5-3
Tickled My Funny Bone
“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.”~ Kurt Vonnegut
My dad thought he was funny. Once I outgrew this phase of my life, I didn’t often think he was a comedian. He must have tickled me when I was a baby, though. I grew up laughing.
Before we married, I bet myself that I could make Mark laugh, and this was about as far as I got with that. It didn’t matter, he made me laugh.
Now it’s your turn.
Create (or find) a post on your blog that makes you laugh and link it here in the comment section. Or talk to us (my WQ readers and me) in the comment section.
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