a little laughter every day.

blog lighten up* this month’s synchroblog is called lighten up: the art of laughter, joy, and letting go.   the links to other bloggers writing on the same topics are below.  

as always i am late to the party, been writing my brains out and traveling so my contribution is short and sweet.  laughter is the only way i can survive down here in the muck and mire of real life.  laughing at myself. laughing at irony.  laughing at the dramedy (drama + comedy) that is the best way to describe our lives.  fortunately, jose, my husband, makes me laugh every day and i am part of a community that values laughter, too.  i am not sure that comes across in some of the intensity of what i write here, but we have a helluva of a lot of fun in the midst of all this darkness.  in many ways, it’s the only way we survive.  

laughter is so healing.

every day i need a little lightness.  david hayward’s stuff makes me laugh out loud all the time.  here’s my all-time favorite cartoon from him (i thought it was pretty appropriate for our rebuilding after deconstructing series):

and this one sort of fits, too.   my friend jenny posted it last week with a little blurb about church.  so funny and oh so true.

and i am not quite sure how you could possibly watch this and not have it be contagious, no matter how many times you might have already seen it.

have a great week.  i hope you can find a way to laugh every day.  it heals.

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other bloggers writing about this topic this month:

Kathy Escobar

Kathy Escobar is dedicated to creating safe and brave spaces for transformation and healing in real life, online, and outside. She co-pastors at The Refuge, a hub for healing community, social action, and creative collaboration in North Denver, co-directs #communityheals, a non-profit organization dedicated to making spaces for transformation accessible for all, and is the author of Practicing: Changing Yourself to Change the World, Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart and several other books.


  • God writes comedy but sometimes has a slow audience. –Garrison Keillor

  • In the first interview for the position that I was just offered (!), the hiring manager asked if I had a good sense of humor. I replied, “I am incredibly funny, and humble.” Kind of think that I had it at that point. 🙂 Really, though, yay for balance. As I have taught grieving children, and am now learning myself, even through great pain, it’s ok to laugh.

  • That’s why angels can fly – because they take themselves lightly.

  • OK, I laugh…constantly. You are just reinforcing my habits, which I love. Lets face it, we love people that agree with us. You and I Kathy, we need to hang out sometime.

    • yes, we do. hope to make it back up there later this year. always so glad to be in pdx! but remember, colorado’s pretty cool, too.

  • Yay!

    Elton Trueblood wrote a book called “The Humor of Christ” which, as I remember, was quite scholarly and not particularly funny.

    Chesterton wrote (as well as I can remember): “Life is serious, but living must not be. You may have all the solemnity you wish in your neckties, but in the things that really matter we must have mirth or we will have madness.”

    Read the book of Jonah, remembering that it’s one of the funniest stories in the Bible. “God appointed a worm….” “What about the cows?”

    Laughter is God’s middle name, right? The God of Abraham, Isaac (which can be translated “she laughed”), and Jacob. See?

    Lovin’ it!

    • no question, God is funny. imagine where we’d be if we couldn’t laugh together, laugh at ourselves, laugh at this crazy nutty weird life we’re all living out together.


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