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More Funny, Please

No, not funnier.

More funny.

My writing tends to be serious. I mean, when I write it’s mostly for business purposes, so it’s going to be pretty dry. And the majority of all the writing I’ve ever done (if you count number of pages) has been academic writing, which is the definition of dry, and mostly about super heavy contemporary Spanish literature.

So I haven’t had much opportunity to write much that is funny, even though according to friends I have a good sense of humor.

I’m going to try to get better about this—adding more funny into what I put out there into the world. And maybe if it’s not quite funny, then lighthearted.

We all have to start somewhere, so here are some things that make me laugh.

TV 

I’m not one of those people that doesn’t watch TV. Not going to lie, I watch more than my fair share—there is some hilarious stuff out there. Here are some TV shows that make me literally laugh out loud:

Crazy Ex Girlfriend 

Silicon Valley 

The Good Place 

The Office

Parks and Recreation 

Trial & Error (thank goodness this got picked up for another season!) 

 

Podcasts

My Dad Wrote a Porno 

My Favorite Murder 

Done Disappeared 

(I need more good comedy podcasts, please! Send me your recs) 

 

Books

I need more funny books in my life. I haven’t read a funny book in ages and it’s killing me.

 

Animal GIFs 

Guaranteed to make me laugh. Post your favorites in the comments.

Creative Change

Last week was the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, our household’s favorite time of year. There are parties, parades, a midway featuring every kind of terrible fair food you could ever want… And there are also luncheons—most of them are just daytime parties, but the Business at the Bloom event is held the Wednesday of Apple Blossom

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Latest Favorites

My latest favorites: just a list of some of the things bringing me joy these days…   The Armchair Expert podcast with Dax Shepard I like humor and I like interviews. I also like Dax Shepard and the people he interviews, like Kristen Bell, Zach Braff, and Lauren Graham. Funny, insightful and real, this long-form

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Shiny New Things

I get distracted very, very easily by new things. New gadgets (hello, Apple Watch), new tools, new systems. And above all else: new ideas. I don’t actually buy many actual things (Apple Watch being a notable, big, exception) but I absolutely do buy into new ideas. They’re just so shiny and pretty! As you might expect, focus

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And finally, spring

Spring has an amazing power over people. And places. When the temperature sneaks past 60 degrees, and a gentle breeze carries birdsongs through open windows, this town transforms into the best version of itself. We start to see our neighbors, who for all we know could have been in another place entirely for all of

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A Year, Some Changes

It’s been a minute… Actually, it’s been a year. The anniversary of my last post is as good a time as any to introduce some of the changes that have happened since then. Some projects ended Stories of Growth: I stopped the Stories of Growth podcast after 13 episodes. I still love talking with people

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How to Be Productive when Working at Home

I love being productive, and I love working from home. Even when I worked for an organization where I had a physical office, I always did much of my work at home. I have always had a workspace that included a desk and a designated spot for my computer (usually a laptop, but not always).

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Tracking Learning with Degreed

One of the things I have been wanting to do for a while is track my growth in learning new skills. I’m a learning addict, so I like taking new courses and reading books about topics that interest me, but it’s not necessarily anything I track. And, I hate to admit this, but I sometimes buy

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The Meaning in Work

One of the ways I keep myself motivated to go to the gym is the promise of listening to great podcasts (from this Freakanomics podcast episode I now know this is called temptation bundling). One such podcast is the TED Radio Hour. This week I listened to the episode on the Meaning of Work, featuring highlights of

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“Be curious, not judgmental.” -Walt Whitman

In this Age of Snark, it’s not easy to separate judgment from our lives. If you’re reading this, then you have experience reading things on the internet, which means that you’ve witnessed any number of negative, even vitriolic, exchanges between two or more parties who just know that they are right. If you haven’t witnessed

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On Country Music and Career Warnings

If you know me in real life, you know I love country music. And I LOVE (all caps on purpose) Willie Nelson. So, of course I love the song he covers with Waylon Jennings, “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.” And while I love the song, the lyrics reference something that bothers

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The Truth About Quitting

I’m sure you’ve heard these expressions before: Quitters never win. Don’t quit! You’ll regret it! Quitting is for losers. Never, ever, ever give up. Even if none of these expressions have been directed at you, it’s still likely that you’ve heard them said about life in general. These sayings assume that quitting is due to lack of

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The Art of Saying No

If you’re a small business owner, saying no needs to be part of your business strategy. This has become more and more apparent to me as I try to map out the coming months and years ahead of me. When I first started out, and for much of last year, I accepted almost every job that came

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*Not My Christmas Tree

Please Note: This Is Not My Christmas Tree In fact, we don’t have a Christmas tree. And we haven’t put one up since our first Chrismas together 5 years ago. The tree in the picture here doesn’t belong to anyone we know— it’s by Evelyn on Unsplash (Unsplash is where I get a lot of the photos I post

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Stories of Growth Podcast

I’m a month and eight episodes in to my new podcast, Stories of Growth. I’ve been publishing a new episode every week, and have all episodes planned through the end of this year. It’s been a very fun experience so far, and it helps that this is my second podcast. I’ve gotten to speak to

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