Category Archives: The Humor Project

Words of Wisdom – Will Rogers

“A remark generally hurts in proportion to the truth.” “Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction.”  Will Rogers Will Rogers was an icon.  Born in 1879, Rogers was an American stage and motion picture actor, vaudeville performer, American cowboy, humorist, … Continue reading

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Paying Homage to a Great One: Humor Writer Patrick McManus

“You’ll never meet him,” a know-it-all consultant told me.  “Patrick McManus is big time.  He’s hard to reach.  He won’t have time for you.” It pays to ignore naysayers especially when one is young, dumb, ambitious, and on a mission.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dave Barry in Cyberspace

“With word processing, there is no end to the amount of words you can crank out without having to become personally involved with what they say.”  Dave Barry in Cyberspace Like everyone else on the planet I’ve been busy, but … Continue reading

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Kicking Off 2018 With a Few Quotes

Writer’s block sucks.  I hopped on a government web-site to research a project and stimulate my brain… only to discover that our government is closed.  The web-site is kaput.  Glad it’s not April 14th. So instead I’ll welcome you to 2018 … Continue reading

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My Top Three Reads for 2017

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” Mark Twain A good read before bed time is my normal routine.  Here are my three favorite books from 2017.  If you … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Nut Cracking

“I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.”  Erma Bombeck A short break from togetherness may be a good thing.  My wife assigned me a Thanksgiving Day project. “I need a cup of walnuts.” “Where’s the nut cracker?” … Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom – Mark Twain

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” –Mark Twain Readers, given the shenanigans in Washington these days I don’t know what to say…. … Continue reading

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Eclipses, Baseball and the Dog Days of Summer

There sure is a lot of hype for a little bit of extra shade. I received an email at work last week about Monday’s eclipse, alerting me to conserve energy.  The message was relayed from the California Independent Systems Operator, … Continue reading

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Political Comic, Will Durst, Returns to Chico

We stay in touch because we want to. A few years ago I interviewed Will Durst, an award winning funny guy, as part of my Humor Project (see “Baby Boomer Will Durst is a Comedy Innovator“).  The dude cracked me … Continue reading

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Andy Rooney (and fine print)

“The one thing you can be certain of: Nothing in fine print is good news.” Andy Rooney, American writer and  humorist, 1919-2011 Andy Rooney was a real smart guy, but his cranky observations made him a funny guy too. Among … Continue reading

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