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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Summer Blogging Break

Do Not Disturb

InSights and OutBursts Summer Blogging Break  You looked in vain for an InSights & OutBursts blog post from me the last two weeks. Here’s why:  Jo and I had to deal with some unexpected medical issues, (CPAP machine fitting for Jo’s sleep apnea, and treatment for a badly infected tooth for me). So, the usual summer blogging break started earlier than expected this year.  Ten-week-long Summer Plans A week at a writer’s retreat for me, holed up like a hermit, …

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The Story of Pentecost in Two Contrasting Versions


Why Stories from Different Cultures Are So Similar I grew up listening to Dutch folktales, read voraciously in English during my early years in Canada, enjoyed Brazilian stories in Portuguese, studied Canela legends, and know all the Middle Eastern Bible stories by heart. I wondered why stories from these five different cultures seem to have similar plots and structure. An anthropologist, Levi-Strauss, taught me that these timeless stories hang together because they all follow certain rules. Elements in each major …

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That Dumb Computer in Our Head

That Dumb Computer! It happens to me almost every day. I’m working on my computer, tapping away at the keys, and clicking with my mouse, when suddenly, “Whoa! That’s NOT what I wanted!” Sometimes a line I want in bold print ends up in italics; at other times a whole page of writing disappears. Why don’t computers do what we want them to do instead of doing what we tell them to do? It’s because all computers are dumb. They …

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In Search of Beauty

Canela flutists making beautiful music on the village central hub.

Canela People and Beauty They looked neat and tidy. We noticed it when we moved into the village to live with the Canela people of Brazil. Their appearance was clean and sharp and it wasn’t their clothes—they wore hardly any. Their faces, hair and bodies were striking, even beautiful. We had been in contact with other indigenous people groups who, in comparison to the Canelas, were unkempt, messy and scruffy looking. One of the principal reasons the Canelas look so …

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