Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Laughter Guaranteed

Ageing Ungracefully

Go grab a ghost story. Unless you dig ghost stories like I do or wired into the paranormal scene like I am, chances are you would be afraid to go out alone in the dark after you have read it.

What about the teary tale of a technology challenged guy on why he now needs to see his neurologist as a result of strained nerves he acquired from his unfriendly computer which he keeps on swearing he would never touch again only to give his computer another kiss and sets himself up to another round of torture. My bet would be that you would see at least one compassionate reply from a reader who would regale him with his own tale of computer woes. Surely, you won't expect a kind soul to take the wicked pleasure of laughing at the guy.

But not so fast! I tell you. A ghost story made me laugh and someone's wails on her computer misadventure sent me rolling in laughter like I have inhaled a heavy dose of laughing gas. Mind you! I am a kind soul. If someone is to blame, that would be an old lady named Geri. She made me laugh.

Geri Atric, who describes herself as an optimistic senior citizen lady Brit living amongst the Dutch, could tell you stories of the ordinary events in life in an amusing way. She fully loads these stories with tons of humor that is totally guaranteed to send you gurgling out laughter after laughter that could hit several decibels.

It takes a skill to concoct a story with exactly the right mix of laughing spices. Geri does it superbly like humor is her second skin.

Note: I am putting up a wager. Just comment on this post and tell me you do not believe me. Then go read the blog. If it does not make you laugh then come back and tell me so. I would give you 50 EC credits no questions asked. If it sends you laughing come back at least and tell me you loved the humor. Oh! I expect to earn some EC points on this so if Geri's blog made you laugh send me 10 EC ( I am cheap. LOL), will you?

Sunday, August 10, 2008

This Woman Fights Back

My Lymphoma Story

I had a close encounter with lymphoma and I know what an awful affliction it is. I lost a granddaughter to the disease some ten years ago. She was a very spirited and intelligent girl. After placing third on the bar examinations, she turned down all offers to work with big corporations. She chose to become a human rights lawyer instead and distinguished herself on that field. She did not make any money but she was happy standing up with the down trodden as she helped them fight for their human rights. Good guys often do not live long. After three years of fighting for people’s rights, she lost her own fight against lymphoma, only a week before she was to turn twenty eight.

It is thus with great interest that I followed the story of Brandi, a young woman afflicted with lymphoma. She tells her story not just as a victim of the disease but as one who is determined to survive it. Many people would send their sense of humor burning in a funeral pyre when faced by such an agonizing affliction. I would understand why. Brandi would not have any of that. She is different. She lets her sense of humor shine through. I could almost hear her laughing during the times I am reading her story. Her ability to spice the physical pain she goes through with dashes of laughter is a spirit only a true warrior could possess.

This lady is one fighter and I am cheering for her to win her fight.

Go visit her blog if you want to read an interesting story of real courage.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

A Poetry of Life's Beauty

Blooms and Blossoms

Photography by Petra Voegtle

Petra's flower photographs are stunning. The flowers look so alive. You could almost smell the fragrance. Not only smell, you could hear the flowers speak. Each photograph is a poetry of life's beauty. It speaks to us in ringing silence about the many wonderful gifts in our lives that we have ceased to notice and no longer celebrate.

Go experience the photographs. Open you senses as you do. Then close your eyes and just let the flowers speak to you.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Disturbed Stranger


One of my favorite blogs. Disturbed writes on the dark themes of life in a way that is intelligent, moving and engaging. There were times when I rooted for her to deliver her characters from the mess they have made their lives into and make them see the light at the end. It does not happen. But on reflection, you realize that in real life there are people who are wandering in similar limbo. People who will themselves to stay in the confines of the dark because for some reason the dark seems to be their only solace.

Disturbed's readers are the kind who are of open mind and are out for good reading experience. That should explain her ridiculously low Alexa ranking. The comments section is very alive where readers engage in intelligent exchange of ideas on the subject. I love leaving comments on her posts. I found it a fun way to view things from other people’s perspective.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Postmen Needed

We need postmen. We need bridge builders. We need links. The invitations must not be lost in the intricate routes of the web. Get the invitation delivered and have one unique soul out there meet another unique soul here. Gee! I made it sound like an ad but on the second thought, it is an ad.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Invitations Missed

Bloggers spend time and effort to get their blogs online only to be lost in the sea of blogs seeking for attention. In posting their blogs, bloggers send out invitation to each one of us to share in their life, their thoughts, their dreams and other bits and pieces of themselves. A wonderful invitation but an invitation often unclaimed. In not claiming these invitations, we let fly the opportunity to partake in an important banquet in life. The chance for communion with one unique soul is lost.