Take time to be merry . . .

You know that I like to have fun with words. So of course my favorite comedians were people like George Carlin and Steven Wright. Here are a few quotes from Wright to give you a smile today. So quit making cookies and wrapping presents and shoveling snow just long enough to take a break and break out laughing.


  1. Borrow money from pessimists ..they don’t expect it back.
  2. Half the people you know are below average.
  3. 99% of all lawyers give the rest a bad name.
  4. 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
  5. A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
  6. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
  7. If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.
  8. All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand.
  9. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
  10. I almost had a psychic girlfriend, …but she left me before we met.
  11. OK, so what’s the speed of dark?
  12. How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?
  13. If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
  14. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
  15. When everything is going your way you are in the wrong lane.
  16. Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
  17. Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.
  18. I intend to live forever …So far, so good.
  19. If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
  20. Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.
  21. What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
  22. My mechanic told me, “I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.”
  23. Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
  24. If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
  25. A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
  26. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
  27. The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.
  28. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
  29. The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
  30. The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.
  31. The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.
  32. Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don’t have film.
  33. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
  34. I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
  35. If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?


Just a suggestion . . . . .

Xmas book sale

Here I am, a few weeks ago, selling my book at a Christmas event at our local convention center. It did well too. The book seems to be enjoyed especially by older people. But, surprisingly, their kids get something out of it too, And being Baby Boomers, they surprise me by not sighing and rolling their eyes.

So, I’m just reminding you that the book does make a simple convenient Xmas gift, and it’s easy to wrap. Available at local book stores where I live, and also at Amazon. com and iUniverse.com. Also, for friends who enjoy their computers, it is available (cheap!) to read on their phones and their iPads.

Hope all your Christmas plans are coming together well.

Merry Merry . . . .D. M.



Post Script to Apple Pie

Well, okay. The recipe I tried was in fact very easy to handle. But when baked it was tough, not light and flaky as my mother’s were. She used lard. I wonder if that’s the secret. Well, on some other snowy day I might try that. In the meantime I have a whole pie to eat and it is very tasty, the apples with ginger and cinnamon and lemon. But the crust is tough-ish. Oh, well . . . .

Pie-eyed Venture on a indoor day . . . . .


It happens every year, but the first time I look out to a white lawn, pristine, free of footsteps or any signs of disturbance, it is always a feeling that I’ve been given a clean slate, a new beginning. It also takes me back into the past and my childhood joy of finding snow to play in and to give us the background for everything beautiful about Christmas.

Yet, it does tell me it’s cold outside, the streets may be slick. I don’t want to walk to the mailbox. I’m glad I’ve stocked up on groceries and have no appointments. This is a day when I stay inside and make cozy.

So I lit the gas fireplace and spent the morning in my comfy easy chair, refining a few pieces for what may be my next book. It was a lovely  day, and I decided to do something I’ve been thinking of.

I hadn’t made a real pie completely from scratch for years, although a few times a while back I may have made one with a boughten crust. Homemade pie crust like my mother made is tricky and hard to handle. But I read a hint online recently that if you use about 3 teaspoons of vodka to replace some of the water in the recipe, the pie crust is very easy to handle (and the alcohol is cooked off in the baking.) I found I could buy a tiny bottle of vodka at Hy-Vee, and I had done so.

The idea came back to me this morning and got me out of my chair this afternoon and to the kitchen. It took me an hour to cut up the apples and to make the crust, roll it out and put the pie together. (Well, I did have to answer the phone and have a few other interruptions)

The pie came together easily. It baked beautifully. It is cooling now and I’m told I should not cut it for at least two hours. Oooh, but it smells good.

However, with  a bit of scrap dough I made and baked a tart. Did your mother do that? I rolled out the dough, cut two circles, one with a smaller round hole in the middle. Then, after baking, I put them together with jam.  I’ve baked it and eaten it now, and while it was presentable I think the crust was a bit tough, not flaky. So we’ll see, after a while how the pie rates. No doubt, I still don’t have the touch anymore.

Did your mother have a certain design she cut into the top crust of a pie for vents? My mother’s was always the same and I have always used it too. Maybe we can be as proud of that as the English are of their family crests.



Words just passing through . . . . .



You know all those clever things that get sent around online? Here is one I received this morning from a good friend. It’s the best I’ve seen for a long time. I’d like to give credit but I don’t know who wrote it. I just wish I had.

Heavens to Murgatroyd!

Would you believe the email spell checker did not recognize the word murgatroyd? Lost Words from our childhood: Words gone as fast as the buggy whip! Sad really!

The other day a not so elderly (65) (I say 75) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy and he looked at her quizzically and said “What the heck is a Jalopy?”

OMG (new) phrase! He never heard of the word jalopy!! She knew she was old but not that old.

Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.

About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included “Don’t touch that dial,” “Carbon copy,” “You sound like a broken record” and “Hung out to dry.”

Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie. We’d put on our best bib and tucker to straighten up and fly right.

Heavens to Betsy!

Gee whillikers!

Jumping Jehoshaphat!

Holy moley!

We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley, and even a regular guy couldn’t accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China!

Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when’s the last time anything was swell?

Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers.

Oh, my aching back. Kilroy was here, but he isn’t anymore.

We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!

Or, This is a fine kettle of fish! We discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent, as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we’ve left behind We blink, and they’re gone. Where have all those phrases gone?

Long gone: Pshaw, The milkman did it.

Hey! It’s your nickel.

Don’t forget to pull the chain.

Knee high to a grasshopper.

Well, Fiddlesticks!

Going like sixty.

I’ll see you in the funny papers.

Don’t take any wooden nickels.

It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills. This can be disturbing stuff!

We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeable times. For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory. It’s one of the greatest advantages of aging.

See ya later, alligator!

Feeling blue but voting red? . . . . .


It was a strange election indeed, not like any other I had seen in all my 91 years. When it came down to it I had lots of reasons not to vote. Here is a brief summary I wrote and put on Facebook:


The Election

I said I would vote

For the lesser  of  evils.

I said I would listen and

Study, compare.

I said I would vote for

The one who would lead us.

l said I would listen,

I said I’d be fair.

But when it came down to

The moment of choice

I must tell you my true heart

Must be the confessor.

I tried, but I couldn’t find

One who was faultless,

I tried but I couldn’t find

One who was lesser.


And when the election was over I posted this:

Note to Canadian Border Patrol: Watch closely. Some who are

crossing over are legitimate. But some are just actors.


Having a berry good time . . . . .


Remember all the puns I posted recently using food and song titles, and which I had copied from an online post?

Cleaning off my little table that I keep beside me today I found a list that I had thought up that night. Puns are fun. Here are a few of them, not tasteful perhaps but they’d do. See if you can quote the song’s actual title.

Blue Spoon

Fridge Over Bubbled Waters

Days of Wine and Boozes

Hello young livers

I’ll Be Steaming Ewe

I’m in the Mood for Dove

Somewhere Over the Grain Bowl

Lime After Lime

Just the Way You Cook Tonight

I’ll Be Looking at the Spoon  (but I’ll be seeing ewe)


Anyone want to add to the list? Make up one that

just makes you break out laughing.

Have a good day.




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