Today at work, I paged myself over the intercom: “Would Phil Callaway please come to the office for a raise?” My coworkers had a much-needed laugh. Regardless of where we work, we can use our job to bring joy. Social worker Irena Sendler took this to a whole new level. A member of the Polish…

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It is time to discover your RQ, your Rumour Quotient. Let’s look at some popular rumours and see if you can separate fact from fiction. True or false: More people are killed annually by donkeys than plane crashes? Mule it over for a moment. The answer? False. Although National Geographic made a commercial claiming that donkeys kill more humans each…

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I’m writing this in the midst of COVID when a child needs little reason to stay home. In the olden day’s parents had to call or send the teachers excuse notices. Here are some of my favorites. I’m not making them up: Dear Teacher, my son is under doctor’s care. Please execute him. Chris will…

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I have to pinch myself when I realize that I’m now old enough to have seen cassettes, eight tracks, vinyl records, CDs, Beta, VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, iPods, and Netflix. And so, I must ask myself, how do we grow old without growing cranky? How can we skip geezerhood altogether? The older people I admire have…

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A mother pulled out a picture to show her 3-year-old daughter. It was a picture of the mother way back when she was 7 years old. “Do you know who this is?” she asked. The daughter gasped, “That’s me when I’m bigger!” Kids. They add humor to our homes, joy to our lives, and Crayon…

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This week I discovered that you should never be in a hurry when cleaning out the dishwasher. I stabbed myself four times with the same fork. I’ve also realized that impatience is not a virtue while you’re trimming toenails, cutting your daughter’s hair, or changing the oil in your car. It’s very important that you…

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In my book, Laugh Like A Kid Again, I say that laughter is a windshield wiper. It won’t stop the rain, but it will keep you going. I have yet to meet someone who has lived through tough times—even a pandemic, war, cancer, divorce, and the death of a loved one—who says, “Laughter didn’t help at…

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I love watching sports bloopers. The baseball outfielder loses track of a fly ball, it bounces off his head and over the fence for a home run. I’ve caused a few bloopers myself. I’ve missed the hoop, fallen off a ski lift, tripped over my cleats, and dropped barbells on my nose. Thankfully I’m not…

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