Faux Pas? You Decide

My daughter related the following vignette, with the wry comment that Covid has blunted some of her social skills in casual conversation. Recounted with her permission,.

Dramatis Personae:
Emma, 34
Exasperated mom of a two-year-old

Mom: It’s so frustrating. All day long all she says is, “No! No! No!”

Emma: It’s never too early for a girl to learn to say no.

Illustration courtesy of Debra Darvick

Wry Humor Amidst the Sorrow

Fellow Read the Spirit author Suzy Farbman penned a sweet column recently about a friend whom she had lost touch with. Ultimately Suzy discovered Arlene had died in 2019. This, from her friend’s obituary, made me laugh and give thanks for friendships and the wonderful people in our lives who cross our path and bring us such delight.

In her obit, Arlene’s son Adam said, “She now has the title she always wanted, ‘the late Arlene Epstein’ as she was never on time for anything.”


photo credit:

“Jewish Cemetery, Mauritius” by PhoebeJ is licensed under CC BY 2.0







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Expectant dad, shouting frantically into the phone: “My wife is pregnant.  Her contractions are coming two minutes apart!”

Doctor on call: “Is this her first child?”

Expectant dad: “No! This is her husband!”


photo: “A few hours after touchdown” by Sellers Patton. Licensed under Creative Commons.



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Mini or Holstein?

My granddaughter and I were walking through her neighborhood. I pointed out the Mini-Cooper and commented how tiny it was.

“Looks like a cow,” she said.

I should have asked her if she thought the horn said Moo Moo insetad of Beep Beep.


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