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: June 2015

Preparing for the Last Reunion

Jo and I had a brief conversation at 1:00 p.m. this past Sunday, just before the first of what would be twenty-six relatives arrived to spend the afternoon at our shared acreage for the Popjes Family Reunion. “You know, Hon,” I said, “even if no one comes, I would still count this family reunion a roaring success. Our house has not been so clean since we moved in last year. It has never been so well furnished, or so attractively …

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How My Father Showed He Loved Me


Fathers teach—mostly by example. My father’s example put a strong desire in my eleven-year-old heart to be a cigar smoker like he was. Loving fathers also teach their children by exposing them to experiences that teach. My father, or Papa as I called him, was a loving father. He exemplified the Dutch saying, “Hij is geen man die niet roken kan.” (A man who can’t smoke is not a real man.) For years I had envied my Papa, my Opa …

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What Is Your View of Time?

Harvest Now

Pioneers in Canada and the northern United States knew that they needed to produce a crop every single year. If a farmer’s crop failed and he had no reserves, he and his family had to depend on the help of others or they and their livestock would starve. The growing season was short and winter cold stopped all food production. These pioneers, not surprisingly, saw time as linear, one event following another in rigid succession. The right time to plant …

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The Church is a Family. Not!


Following high school, I joined a seismic oil exploration crew in central Alberta, and worked at a variety of tasks. As driller’s helper, I noticed the specific layers of material that lay beneath the sod and black soil. The first was usually a thick layer of yellow clay, then came other layers of material, sand, gravel, grey clay, and several kinds of shale. I can’t remember the order  of the strata, but I do remember that the layers were completely …

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