A young man with Down Syndrome grins from ear to ear. He’s wearing a grey track suit. An out-of-focus man follows behind him.
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Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, It’s home from work we go,” sang the seven dwarfs as they bounced along in single file, pickaxes over their shoulders. (To recall the scene from the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and enjoy their cheerful song, click the link.)

I hadn’t thought of that scene…


A red squirrel sits on a tree branch and reads a newspaper. We presume he’s reading the obituaries.
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Sooner or later, you’ll shuffle off this mortal coil. Your obituary offers you one last chance to stand out from the crowd. Slip in a hilarious zinger, and you might even go viral!

Not sure how to turn your “In Memoriam” into an “In Hilariam?” Match your nearest personality prototype…

A llama (or alpaca) peeks through an opening in a fence.
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Looking ahead to 2022 with some trepidation? Understandable, given the sh*t shows that were 2020 and 2021. As we age, the words of Anton Chekhov, Russia’s master storyteller, can rumble ominously in our subconscious:

We must not forget that the newer the year, the closer to death, the more extensive…

Flying reindeer are silhouetted against a full moon on a snowy night, while a young girl with a lantern looks up at the sight.
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When little children ask their parents why Santa’s reindeer can fly, they’re sometimes told it’s because they get fed “magical reindeer food.” These “magic mushrooms” apparently grow where Santa lives. Where on earth would a story like that come from?

Not quite from the North Pole, but close enough. Across…


A goofy-looking Santa figure carries a sack of gifts and a wand.
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’Tis the season of spectacular Gift Fails. I’ve been the recipient of a few jaw-droppers. My most memorable was the year my husband gifted me — wait for it — an elephant costume. What woman doesn’t want an elephant costume?! (Hint: This one.) He said the costume store was going…

A Victorian woman in a long red skirt and large hat swats at a baby-carrying stork with her umbrella. Postcard text reads: “And the villain still pursues her.”
A woman swats away the stork which has brought her a child. Public domain postcard. Wiki Commons.

TThink your daily life is difficult? How might you have fared if the stork had deposited you in an earlier era? In his book, At Home: A Short History of Private Life, author Bill Bryson shares fascinating tidbits of historical domestic trivia — most of which make me glad I…

Judy Millar

Canadian humour writer. Comedic storyteller. Overthinker. 😂 Words in Reader’s Digest 🇨🇦, Writer’s Digest, Medium + judy@judymillar.ca Twitter: @judymillar

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