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Blogus Interruptus

January 20, 2011

It’s been so long since I’ve posted to Laughing Pilgrims that even the spammers are ignoring me. But finally I’m back – after professional travel, Thanksgiving, preparations for surgery, finals week, Christmas, recovering from successful surgery, starting a new semester, and more. So please stop by a couple of times a week (or use your RSS feed) to join in the fun.

I’m grateful for early detection and great doctors. My favorite urologist (not counting my friend in Nebraska) said that ditching my prostate would give me a better shot at longevity. That done, I wonder how much longevity you can stand, remembering Tom Mullen’s book On Living Longer and Other Sobering Possibilities. I’ll have to experiment. (Keep breathing.) The pictures here show my debt to caring friends and family who looked after me and my car during recovery. The whole experience reminds me to urge you all to see your doctors regularly and to listen to them.

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Living in Fun

"Walking Cheerfully" is place to think out loud about how to use and enjoy humor in positive, life-giving ways. We’ll explore how following Christ in all of life can shape, not scuttle, laughter and creative play. What might it mean to laugh with others as you would have them laugh with you?

Probably the other most common posts will be "Finds in Fun." I first learned the phrase “being in fun” from Tom Mullen’s Laughing Out Loud and Other Religious Experiences. He points to the playfulness of children, who are readier to laugh and to see the silly than most adults. Living each day “in fun” often makes us laugh as we slog through a nearly endless supply of things odd, silly, klutzy, and preposterous. The stories here are mostly from my own ordinary, “in fun” days.

Fun Nooks and Crannies

There’s “Humor in the Bible,” and these posts explore where it is, how to find it, and what to do with it. It’s one way of thinking about how to read the Bible well.

Since a lot of us spend big chunks of time at work, the “Humor at Work” posts will suggest ways to stay sane and happy, to get along with cow-orkers, and to use humor to do good work.

I’m a book-pusher at heart, and some of my best friends push books, too. I even know some folks who read. So “Fun Books” posts will tell about books that are funny and help us think about humor.

Sometimes I’ll brag on some of the friends I’ve been given or share some photos I’ve enjoyed taking. Maybe you’ll laugh, maybe not, but they’ve brought joy in my journey.

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