A Tickle in the Funny Bone

My first ebook, A Tickle in the Funny Bone, is a dozen of my humorous columns including all the April Fool’s ones and the hilarious responses. Readers’ comments: I had a good laugh at this one - still wiping away the tears! I like your sense of humour! I laughed all the way through. I...

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Monthly Archives: February 2012

How to be Happily Productive in Old Age: 7 Testimonials From Retired Volunteers

“Jack, one of the first problems you need to tackle is the accounting system. It’s a mess.” My supervisor went on to orient me to other issues in my new assignment, CEO of Wycliffe Caribbean, but my mind was stuck on the first problem. I’m the WordMan, I thought, not the NumberMan. Sending me to fix a finance accounting system would be as helpful as sending a firefighter to aim his spouting hose at a drowning man. When I arrived …

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Confessions of a Hypocrite

If hypocrites are people who tell others to do something they don’t do themselves, then I’m one. For years I’ve been telling people to remember the “God-stories” in their lives, and tell them to their families. I even do workshops in churches teaching people how to write them up for their grandchildren. Just recently I was sitting with my wife, dredging up some reminiscences when up popped a memory of forty years ago, with details we had never told our …

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Over Half-Way to My First Million–The Charles Dickens Way

Would you believe I did NOT know it was Dickens’ 200th birthday last week? Yes, the very day I blogged on books and reading, with a picture of me wearing a Dickens shirt! What a wasted opportunity to make myself look good. I also discovered this week that I am NOT alone in my addiction to reading. Dozens of you book junkies confessed your reading habit this week. Your emails were variations of a Readers Anonymous greeting, “Hi, my name …

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The Shocking Truth About Jack Popjes: How to Read 52 Books a Year

Read Books Not T-Shirts

I admit it. I’m a book junkie. Without a reading fix each day, I exhibit withdrawal symptoms. Our two-bedroom apartment bears witness to my addiction with 25 metres (80 feet) of packed bookshelves. (The rest of the books are stacked on the floor.) Marcus Cicero said it for people like me, “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” When people discover my book habit they have questions that I try to answer as succinctly and helpfully …

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