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Indoor Skydiving on My Honeymoon

May 27, 2015
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Indoor Skydiving on My Honeymoon

I went indoor skydiving on my honeymoon. I mean that literally, not figuratively. But let me back up and say first that I’m afraid of heights—at least I’m afraid whenever I think there’s some danger…

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A Mother’s High-Calorie Love

May 6, 2015
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A Mother’s High-Calorie Love

My mother equated food with love and food that she cooked for her children with mother’s love. The more food, the more calories, the more trouble, the more time involved, the more pans used, the…

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Coffin Shoppin’

April 28, 2015
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Coffin Shoppin’

Coffin shoppin’ is a grave undertaking. It can be confusing and inconvenient even though there’s never so far been even one complaint from an end-consumer. My fervent hope is that one day every mall will…

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Stepparenting: What Have You Stepped Into?

April 21, 2015
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Stepparenting: What Have You Stepped Into?

Once when my wife, my 5-year-old stepson, and I took a late-afternoon walk, we paused to enjoy how long our giant shadows were. That’s when my stepson stepped into the middle of my shadow and…

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Faculty Senate Fiasco: A Political Primer

April 14, 2015
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Faculty Senate Fiasco: A Political Primer

Before I ran for Faculty Senate at my university, I was a political naif, a greenhorn, a rube, a babe in the woods, a fish in a barrel, an easy mark, fresh meat, a political…

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The ER Protocol

April 8, 2015
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The ER Protocol

This story has a happy ending. But the way it starts is that about 20 years ago as I was driving my crying mother home from visiting my youngest brother in a mental hospital the…

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Classroom Comedy: Student Slips & Quips

March 25, 2015
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Classroom Comedy: Student Slips & Quips

(Collected from freshman essays) Errors That Are Almost Right, Maybe Even Should Be Right One negative aspect of a credit card is that it is too easy to abuse. It gives one free excess to…

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An Interview with Sisyphus: The Man and the Myth

March 18, 2015
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An Interview with Sisyphus: The Man and the Myth

BS: Sisyphus declined the invitation to come sit in our posh HumorOutcasts studio for this interview, so we met with him on a steep hill in Tartarus while he stayed vigorously engaged in his usual…

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Super Duper Student Bloopers

March 11, 2015
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Super Duper Student Bloopers

I collected all of the following sentences and items from students in my college English composition courses over a 30-year teaching career. Most of the humor comes from sound-alike word confusions, typos, or misspellings. Our…

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Lit-Errata

March 6, 2015
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Lit-Errata

For thirty years as a college literature teacher, I collected student gaffes that I thought were worth saving. I invite you to judge my teaching ability based on my students’ grasp of the material. The…

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