Archive for July, 2009

Post every day for a month. That’s all you have to do. So read the simple instructions at National Blog Posting Month. After one month, I’m happy to report that—with two notable exceptions—I’ve met the challenge of posting something every day. Here are the exceptions: 1. My days at the family reunion don’t count. No […]


“Most people are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” It always struck me a bit odd that Abraham Lincoln wrote those words. I’ve never seen a single photo of Lincoln sporting a broad smile—and he arguably endured the most difficult presidency this nation has ever seen. Yet he still seemed […]


My type of fun

28Jul09

I’ve been out of town for a few days, so I’ve spent my evening slogging through the 100 or so emails that are clogging my in-box. While I catch up on the offers to enlarge my mortgage, here’s a recycled selection from my “humor” folder. I obviously wrote this when I had way more free […]


I’ve just spent three days with my mom and dad at the annual Clan Munro reunion. It was my parents’ second year, but my first. This year’s location—Olympia, Washington—was of particular significance because my dad’s parents were born there. In fact, my great-grandad built several of the old stone buildings that still grace downtown. I’d […]


No matter how well I may try to prepare, I always end up running around like a crazed weasel two hours before my flight. In my defense, today’s mad rush wasn’t entirely my fault: The taxi driver got lost on his way to pick me up. He called me to request directions and, when I […]


It’s been a big week for weird news. First, there was the guy whose Visa was charged over $23 quadrillion for a pack of cigarettes. Good thing he bought just one pack; imagine what he might have paid for a whole case. Then, there was the Crash of the Wienermobile into a home in Racine, […]


This morning, I was looking at some family pics I shot over the weekend. In all but one of them, my 3-year-old niece was making monkey faces. No worries: I cloned  her single “nice” mug onto one of the better group shots. I’d never do this to my editorial photos, of course. There are strict […]


Today marks the 40th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. Surely you’ve heard about it all day. But how much do you actually know about humankind’s first walk in space? Here’s your chance to find out. 1. Apollo 11 was built during the “Space Race” to get a man on the moon. Against […]


Yesterday a friend sent me a link to a contract requisition from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD). The req was seeking a cartoonist to conduct “humor in the workplace” seminars for BPD employees. Here’s a brief excerpt: The Contractor shall conduct two, 3-hour, Humor in the Workplace programs that […]


Think of all the cheesy “sisterhood” merchandise you’ve seen over the years. For me, those soft-focus greeting cards and laser-etched picture frames never quite ring true. Here’s what does resonate, though: Spending an afternoon with two great friends who just happen to be relatives. My sister Regi is in town this week. So this afternoon […]