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I AM LOVE YOUR BLOG

June 1, 2011

A while back I noted how surprised and delighted I was that so many spammers visit my blog. Soon the (a?) Nigerian Minister of Finance responded, “I AM LOVE YOUR BLOG” and made a generous offer that, in principle, I had to refuse. Amazingly, however, my son Nate knows this financier well. He agreed with my spurning the offer, but thought the message would make a great shirt.

Nate conspired with others to introduce the shirt, lots of them, at the retirement celebration my family put on for me. Nate models one (in red) with Dave Maurer (in green), my web guru. Brandon Buerkle, my friend and Red Nose Fun artist, soon sported one, too. I hear “love y our shirt” so often that I’m going to have to order more. If you would love one, too, let me know size and color (navy, red, green) and we can get one to you for $15. (Send note to howard@howardmacy.com.)

Point to remember: it’s easier to walk cheerfully through life if you hang out with fun people who know foreign dignitaries. And wear a cool shirt.

 

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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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