The Pair Tree

October 12, 2010

A bit east of Mitchell beside Oregon’s Highway 26 is a tree the locals like to brag on. Folks there say that high school grads and other young folks tie old pairs of shoes together and toss them high to hang in the tree. I suspect they may have help from the young-at-heart and other admirers.

The sign on the tree’s trunk reads:

A BEARING TREE

NO CHERRIES OR PEACHES

JUST A FEW PAIRS

By now the Pair Tree has a great crop.

One friend told me she has seen a similar tree in Nebraska. Maybe there are others and you’ve seen one, too.

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Respect Mitchell’s Limits

September 29, 2010

Central Oregon astounds me. It’s full of wonder with the Painted Hills, fossil beds, evidence everywhere of a long geological history – a potpourri of stones, peaks, wide valleys, cinder cones and other volcano wanna-be’s. Highway 26 across the state winds through it. But, frankly, it’s a bit short on polite rest stops. So we’ve come to love, even look forward to Mitchell, where they keep a decent public restroom across the street from a small park and just up the road from gas, groceries, and a restaurant. As kind as they are, however, the good folks at Mitchell have limits and want everyone to respect 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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