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Monday Morning

means it's time to . . . 


On Mondays I share a few tidbits and miscellaneous things I discovered over the weekend. A little of this, some of that. Things to amuse, amaze, entertain, or inform. Maybe even something to rev you up! 

So. Let's get to it!


"It is easy to be heavy; hard to be light."
            --- G. K. Chesterton


I'm sure this is a quote most of you have heard before, but when it popped up in an email late last week, I got to thinking about it again. A lot. Right now, it's so easy to be heavy. As in bogged-down-HEAVY. The pandemic. The "transition." The environment. The polarization of our people. The holidays during the pandemic we're all so tired of. Heavy business, all. 

It's important, though . . . amidst all this heaviness . . . to try to be light. Laughter is good for us! Really. It is. According to psychologist Brian King,"the reality is that people need humor all the time. Humor, and the laughter it inspires, is our built-in mechanism for managing stress. It provides relief when times are tough, improves our mood and helps the mind and body calm down." 

So, with that, I've decided to dedicate this Monday's Start Your Engines post to . . . lightening up! Because we all need a little frivolity, laughter, a bit of silliness, and even a quick hit of serotonin in our lives right now.



A Little Frivolity

Don't you think it would be fun . . . a little frivolous . . . light, even . . . to walk into your bathroom and see one of these shower curtains hanging there? The full text of your favorite book on the outside, plain white shower curtain on the inside. (Which means, of course, that you couldn't read while showering. But still. You'd know the words were there.) Books, Beatles lyrics, the dissents of RBG . . . so many to choose from!


Tired of reading (or listening to) books that reflect . . . life . . . a little too much? (I'm looking at you, Shuggie Bain.) Maybe it's time for a good knee-slapper of a book! Enter James Tate Hill with five audiobook recommendations that might be good for a laugh. According to James, "you'll laugh; you'll cry; you'll forget for a few hours to check the news." Sounds good to me!

A Bit of Silliness

Maybe you heard about this during election week (when you were seeking a diversion, any diversion), but there is a new fashion trend out there: $590 designer scratch-and-sniff t-shirts! Yes! You can read all about them right here in the NY Times (where they describe what it's like to be the proud owner of such a t-shirt - cherry scent - along with the history of scratch-and-sniff technology) (hint: better living through chemistry) or on a variety of fashion sites (like this one). Total silliness.

A Quick Hit of Serotonin

Okay. I'm not really embracing the TikTok thing, but there are a lot of TikTok videos out there that make me smile and add some levity to my days. Usually, TikTok videos land in my consciousness through Instagram or because someone forwarded them to me somehow -- but over the weekend, after reading this article about "The Rainbow Man" I visited TikTok myself -- and spent some time getting my own "quick hit of serotonin" thanks to the wild, homespun, totally creative dance videos of Mark Kanemura (former dancer for Lady Gaga) -- who is QUITE the performer. It's like . . . short, home-made videos of lip-syncs by a dancer sometimes in drag and always with props and wigs and sparkles. Absolutely silly and very frivolous, maybe check out some of his videos next time you want a quick hit yourself. (And if you are a fan of the Broadway musical "Wicked" . . . do watch the video where he looks like Elphaba ready to defy gravity. You will not be disappointed.)


And . . . that's it for me on this Monday morning. 

Here's to a good week for all of us.
Lighten up!


Remember . . . tomorrow (Tuesday, November 17) is the day Bonny, and Carole, and I will be hosting the book discussion for The Women of Brewster Place both on our blogs AND in a Zoom meet-up at 7pm (Eastern time). If you're interested in joining the Zoom meet-up and haven't already done so, please let me know in the comments or in an email (see sidebar). We're looking forward to the discussion!






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I didn't realize I need a new shower curtain until JUST NOW!!! So fun. (And a little laughter goes a VERY long way...) I'm thinking those shower curtains would make a fun/unique/useful/'keep on giving' holiday gift. My favorite kind to give! Thanks for the silly start :)


I recently discovered The Far Side on Facebook, so my feed is now sprinkled with those delightful, quirky Larson cartoons. They always bring a smile.


Any situation that I can find some laughter in is a good thing, so thank you! I would be ordering one of those shower curtains in a minute if the words were on the inside. I'm finding that there is a fine line between making me smile and making me shake my head these days, but re-watching some Monty Python has made me laugh. They are too silly for words!


Hmmmmmmmmmmm...Phantom? Hamlet? Maybe the Raven!


Oh fun! I just folded Rusty's "Old Man and The Sea" Litographs t-shirt yesterday!


Those shower curtains are great!!! We all need a bit of Frivolity I think! (Plus I just love the word frivolity)


Those shower curtains are great! I got Hannah some fingerless mitts a few years back that had the words to Wuthering Heights printed on them. It's always fun to find a new way to promote books!


I spent some time laughing today... when the plumber arrived at 3PM (for a he'll be there between 10-noon appointment) and I could do nothing but laugh when he let me know he'd have to come back in the morning to finish up. Yep, still NO SHOWER! LOL


Oh, G.K. Chesterton. You have touched on my favorite modern 'thinker.' For a long time after college where I read (was forced to read) Orthodoxy I viewed the world in terms of 'paradox.' It so often applied....Who knew you could find laughter in the shower. I'm usually too busy trying to hold onto the soap. (Oh wait, that is often a cause for laughter in itself.)


I LOVE the shower curtains and am now very sad that neither of our showers has a need for one. I wonder if these could be used as curtains?


Thank you for this wonderful post. It bought a smile to my face, thank you. I needed that today.

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