Jolly ‘N Joyful Take Over

Hello fwiends!  Jolly Monday dis week is brought to you by me ‘n Joyful, ’cause Gwammie is in a wabbit hole and Uncle David is workin’ on gettin’ her out, but we couldn’t let you start da week without some laughs, so we did the best we could without her!  Joyful was busy helpin’ me wid da ‘toons ‘n stuff, so we just picked up some donuts for da mornin’ snack … I hope dat’s okay.  So, go get a donut an’ a coffee and come see what fun stuff we found for you!

While Jolly was off finding ‘toons, I went in search of some music puns, and here’s what I found!

And now for some ‘toons to make you laugh!

An’ here’s a few memes, too!

And we found a cute cwitter video wif a bear cub pwayin’ wif some lion cubs … it’s short, but we hope it makes you smile!

Well, fwiends, we hope you enjoyed our limited, gwammie-less Jolly Monday, and we pwomise to get Gwammie out o’ da wabbit hole before next Monday!  Love ‘n hugs from Jolly ‘n Joyful (and Gwammie, aka Filosofa)!

One Final Experiment With AI

A few days ago I posted about my experiment with Artificial Intelligence and concluded that it’s not something I have any desire to use.  But, since I had a 5-day free trial, I figured I’d play around with it just a bit for kicks.  David wondered what it would give me if I asked it to write a ‘good people’ post for me, so I asked it to …

Write a blog post about good people doing good things

And this is what it gave me …

In today’s world, it can be easy to get caught up in the negative news stories and forget all of the good people out there who are doing great things. We often hear about all of the bad going on around us, but we don’t always take time to recognize those individuals who have taken it upon themselves to make a difference in their communities and beyond. From everyday acts of kindness to extraordinary feats that change lives, there are countless examples of good people doing good things everywhere. In this blog post, we’ll highlight some inspiring stories from around the world that will remind you just how powerful one person can be when they decide to make a positive impact.In the midst of all the chaos and negativity in the world, it’s easy to forget about those who are making a positive difference. Whether it’s through small acts of kindness or greater efforts that have an impact on many lives, there are countless stories of good people doing good things everywhere. This blog post will highlight some inspiring examples from around the world that prove just how powerful one person can be when they choose to make a positive contribution to their community and beyond. From single individuals taking action for causes close to their heart, to groups working together towards a common goal – these stories show us what is possible when we come together with love and compassion as our driving force. So let’s take a moment to recognize these amazing individuals and celebrate the power of human connection!

  1. Introduce the story of a good person who has done something remarkable
  2. Describe why their actions are inspiring and how they have impacted others
  3. Provide examples of how this individual has made a positive difference in their community, country or even the world at large
  4. Explain what we can learn from this person’s example and how it could help us make our own contributions to society
  5. Conclude by emphasizing that one person can make a powerful impact when they choose to do something for the greater good with love and compassion as their driving force

Ummmm … not quite as inspiring as reading about an actual person or people doing good things for others, is it?  Perhaps I should have been more specific?  Hmmmm … so next I asked it to …

Write a blog post about Republicans vs Democrats

And the result was …

The two main political parties in the United States are the Republican and Democratic Parties. Republicans are generally associated with conservative values, such as reduced government spending, lower taxes, and stricter immigration laws. Democrats tend to advocate for more progressive policies like increased social services spending and environmental protections.

Both parties have their strong supporters and detractors, but there is no denying that each party has a distinct set of beliefs that sets them apart from one another. While both believe in democracy and capitalism, Republicans often prioritize fiscal responsibility while Democrats are known to be proponents of social justice initiatives. Furthermore, when it comes to foreign policy, Republicans typically take a more hawkish approach than Democrats do.

One major area of disagreement between the two parties is taxation. Republicans generally advocate for lower taxes, while Democrats tend to support progressive taxation systems that raise taxes on wealthier individuals. Similarly, the two parties hold opposing views when it comes to spending. Republicans are typically in favor of austerity measures and reducing public services, while Democrats believe in investing more resources into social welfare programs and infrastructure projects.

On the environment, Republicans often oppose regulations aimed at curbing climate change. In contrast, most Democrats are fully behind implementing policies that ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. From immigration to healthcare reform, there is no shortage of issues where the Republican and Democratic parties differ significantly from one another.

The differences between these two unique political ideologies can be seen across all aspects of American life. Ultimately, the choice of party affiliation is an individual one, and often based on a person’s core beliefs. As time passes, both parties are consistently working to address the issues that matter most to American citizens. In this way, Republicans and Democrats continue to challenge each other in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for the country as a whole.

No matter which side of the aisle you may be on, it is important to recognize that both parties ultimately have shared goals—namely, delivering a better life for all Americans. Working together towards these common objectives is essential if we want to see continued progress made in our society. After all, no one political ideology has all of the answers; it’s only through mutual respect and dialogue that we can arrive at the solutions that will truly benefit our nation as a whole.

Okay, that’s a pretty fair assessment of the two parties, or of the way they were a few years back, anyway, but it lacks that personal touch, lacks fire.  Still, a decent primer for someone who genuinely doesn’t know what the two parties, at least in theory, stand for.

I did one final experiment with it that I probably won’t bother to post, and now my free trial has run out.  My conclusion is that … it may be factually smarter than I am, but it lacks the personal touch that I think sets each of our blogs apart.  So, rather than spend $490 to let this AI thing do my work for me, I shall just keep writing my own posts, for better or for worse!

Hello 2023!

What follows is a repeat of my 2016 New Year post … a time when Obama was still president and we were all certain that television buffoon couldn’t possibly become the next president, though we wished he would just sit down and shut up.  I considered writing a new post this year to ring in the new year, to opine on the current status quo, but I think the 2016 post says just about what I would say today, so … why re-invent the wheel?  Anyway, I’ve got cooking to do for tonight’s New Year’s Eve bash (just the 3 of us and a quiet night at home, but still a special family time.)  So with that, I wish you all a safe and happy New Year!

I do not quite understand why it is, but most of us welcome in the new year with great hope for the next 365 days, almost as if we believe that the slate we were using for the past 365 days was wiped clean at the exact moment the ball hit bottom in Times Square, and we are now starting afresh with new hopes, new dreams, a clean slate on which to write a new story, a better one.  Okay, okay … I am not going to be a the one to dash those dreams, those ethereal images that you are seeing with such joy.  Life will see to that soon enough, probably when you awaken in the morning and turn on the news, pick up the morning newspaper, or boot up the computer.

Do you make resolutions at New Year’s?  I do not, so I am always curious about people who do.  Oh sure, I hope that I can do better at certain things than I have in the past, but that is pretty much a daily hope of mine.  Do people who do make resolutions start thinking about their resolutions a week in advance?  A month?  I once had a friend who made his resolution on the morning of January 1st … same resolution every year … when he awakened with a massive hangover and resolved then and there to quit drinking, effective immediately.  His resolution usually lasted for about 12 hours.  Have you ever made a resolution and actually kept it throughout the year?  I don’t think I personally know anybody whose resolution was anything other than a dim memory by January 31st, so I am curious if some people who do make resolutions actually do manage to keep to them.

I do not make resolutions, but I think about, based on the past year, what the year 2016 might bring.  It would be lovely, and I am sure some say this is their hope for the new year, to think that within the next twelve months we will see peace and prosperity around the world, an end to wars in the Middle East, an end to racism and bigotry in our own nation, more love and tolerance, less hatred toward our fellow man, and an end to the highly annoying facebook memes that attempt to compress complex socio-political issues into a single sentence.  Who wouldn’t love to see an end to ISIS, Boko Haram, al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations?  These are dreams we could all share, even if we are divided on who should be the next president of the U.S.  But sadly, just like the person who buys a lottery ticket and goes to bed dreaming of a new home, a new car, and telling his boss “I quit”, when we look back a year from now, I am pretty sure those problems will still exist, others will have joined them, and people will still be … well, human.

Filosofa is not a cynic, contrary to what you may think.  I am actually known in my circle of friends as quite the optimist … annoyingly to some.  But I am a pragmatist, a realist, and as such I do not live in a world of dreams.  One of the readers of this blog commented yesterday that we need to say to ourselves, “okay, the world is a mess … now how do we fix it?”  I like that attitude. So, while I do not make resolutions, I do have hopes.  Unlike hopes for world peace, an end to all war, etc., my hopes are that people will start asking themselves “what can I do to make the world a little bit better?”  And then start looking for answers.  The answers are all around you, if you just realize what the question is.  Many years ago, my answer to this question was, and still is, to treat everybody as human beings.  These days, I try to make a difference by writing, in hopes that I might be able to make just one person think about things that matter.  Most of us, realistically, are not in a position to bring about world peace.  We cannot all be Mother Teresa or Gandhi.  We cannot all be leaders of nations.  But we can make small differences within our own small spheres of influence, in our community, in our neighborhood.  We can volunteer one day a month at a homeless shelter or food pantry, we can help a neighbor who is struggling, we can donate unwanted clothing or food items to the poor.  We can find ways to fight violence without resorting to more violence.  We can talk a little bit nicer to people, say “good morning” and “thank you so much” to the young person who bags our groceries.  Think that doesn’t make a difference?  Think again.

So my hope for the new year is that we all try very hard to find the small things that we can do to help people we come into contact with every day.  No, it will not end the conflict in Syria, it will not eradicate Iran’s enriched uranium supply, and it will not remove Donald Trump from the presidential race, but a lot of little deeds add up to making the world just a little bit better.  You can be part of the problem or you can be part of the solution … your choice.

In closing, I wish each and every one of you a year of peace within your own family and circle of friends, good health and that you be able to meet all of your needs.  Happy New Year!

Who Died Today?

Y’know … times have changed since I was a child.  (No sarcastic remarks from the peanut gallery, please 😄)  I remember back in the day, my grandmother, who seemed beyond ancient to me at the time, but was younger then than I am now, would bring in her daily newspaper from the front porch and immediately open it to the obituary section to see if any of her friends had died in the past day or two.  She lived in a small suburban town where pretty much everybody knew everybody else, and she worked at the only grocery store in town, so she knew more about more people than most.  We used to laugh and make fun of her for her morning perusal of the obituaries with her first cup o’ coffee.

Fast forward 70 years … today most all of us have high-speed internet connections whereby we can get immediate breaking news updates as they happen, can send a message to a friend, co-worker or family member within seconds and receive a response within a few more seconds, and communications are almost instantaneous.  So … we should be much better informed than back in the 1950s when television was in its pre-pubescent stage, radio in its dying throes, and the daily newspaper our main source for news … right?  Right??? 

But … somewhere there is a disconnect.  I think that maybe we’ve become so OVER-informed that it has overwhelmed us and we aren’t paying attention to the things our grandmothers prioritized.  We are bombarded daily with news, political crappola, emails, videos, blogs, emails, Facebook posts, Twitter tweets, emails, and more that we are on sensory overload.  Being on sensory overload, being attuned 24/7 to what is happening thousands of miles away, perhaps we are missing what is happening right in our own backyard.

What, you ask, has led me to this bit of introspection?  Death.  No, not mine, silly!  A few weeks ago, I learned that a friend had died … in 2020.  How had I not noticed that she no longer commented on my blogs or my Facebook posts?  Why didn’t anybody post about her death?  Well, turns out they did, but … I was busy and didn’t notice the posts.  Her name was Sylvia Wright.  She was born and raised in Germany, married an American soldier and moved to the U.S.  She worked for the same publishing company I did, and we became friends.  I shall miss Sylvia, and I feel ashamed that … I didn’t even notice she was gone … for TWO YEARS!  But wait … it doesn’t end there!

This week, another friend, Carol, died.  This stunned me, because she was even younger than I … really kind of brings it home when you stop and think about it.  I found about Carol’s death because my daughter happened to see a post about it on Facebook (Carol’s daughter and mine are friends).  As I was searching for Carol’s obituary online, I came across one for … Homer … a family friend, more a friend of my daughter’s, but I do remember many fun times when she was dating Homer and he hung out at our house most of the time.  I remember the time I came home from work to find them making a mess in the kitchen … they were trying to mash potatoes, but without cooking the potatoes first!  (Obviously, I failed to teach my daughter basic culinary skills!)  Homer died back in August, four months ago.  When Chris came home from work, I asked her when she last heard from Homer, and she replied that it had “been a few months.”  And then …

Granddaughter Natasha piped up and said, “Oh, that reminds me … I was looking at something online the other day and I saw an obituary for Phil who used to babysit me when I was little … he died in 2020!”  Again, two years ago.  Phil worked with my daughter back when she used to manage a convenience store, and he often watched Natasha until I got off work in the evenings.  He taught her to fish and to play cards … he was a part of our lives.

Back in the day before “instant communications” via the Internet, we probably would have known of the deaths of all these people shortly after they happened.  Back then, people called people, and those people called other people, and by word-of-mouth, everyone knew when someone died.  Today, the information is put out on the internet with millions of other bytes of information, and … lost in the shuffle of all the other bytes of information.  If you go looking, you will find it, but … if you don’t, you may find out two years later that someone who was once a close friend has died. 

If a celebrity or political persona halfway across the globe sneezes, we are instantly made aware, but if someone in our own backyard dies, it passes beneath our radar.  Rather like that old saying, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” 

I have a love/hate relationship with the Internet … there is much value in being able to stay in touch with friends & family, to be able to know the news almost “as it happens”, to be able to do my Christmas shopping without leaving the comfort of my home, and to make new friends through my blog.  But there is also a downside.  We are more isolated; we rely too heavily on information coming to us when perhaps we should be going in search of it.  We have lost something, I think, of what makes us … human.

Saturday Surprise — Meet Wally!!!

You’ve all heard of Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) right?  If a person is going through a very difficult time, for whatever reason, and is suffering from depression, sometimes the company of a pet can bring that person out of his darkness.  I fully believe in this … one of our ‘feral five’, Oliver aka Ollie, seems to just sense when I’m sad or upset and plops on my lap, nuzzles my hand for pats, and purrs so loud it nearly rattles the windows.  How he knows when he’s needed, I don’t know, but he does.

Well, a man in Pennsylvania has a support pet who has helped him through the deaths of several close family members as well as his own battle with prostate cancer and the two are inseparable.  The man is Joseph Henney and his emotional support pet is Wally … WallyGator, that is!

WallyGator goes with him almost everywhere, from the grocery store to walks in the park. They hug each other and sleep in the same bed. WallyGator is an alligator.  The two watch television together on the couch, and when Henney takes him to the farmers market, WallyGator gives hugs to shoppers — as long as they are okay with being that close to a 70-pound reptile with a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth.  Says Joie (pronounced Joe) …

“When he turns his nose toward you, that means he expects a kiss. He’s super sweet-natured. He’s a very special gator, but I wouldn’t recommend that anyone get one. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you will get bit.”

Henney’s unlikely friendship with WallyGator began in 2015 when a friend from Florida called to ask if he could take in a few gators that had been found in a pond in Orlando. Because he has always enjoyed caring for reptiles as a pastime, Henney told his friend that he could take in three juvenile alligators. Little did he know, he was about to embark on a beautiful friendship with one of them.

For about three decades, Henney—who makes a living in wood-crafting—has helped relocate unwanted alligators, snakes and iguanas to wildlife sanctuaries in his free time. He revealed that he is usually called to rescue alligators that people take in as pets when they are cute baby gators but find difficult to handle when they inevitably grow into large animals. After moving the rescue reptiles into separate indoor enclosures in his home, Henney finds sanctuaries or zoos to take them. Two of the gators he received from his Florida friend eventually went to reptile refuges in New York and New Jersey.

WallyGator, however, he decided to keep as he had formed a special bond with the then-14-month-old reptile.

“I bonded with him and was committed to caring for him. One of the problems when someone gets an alligator for a pet is they don’t realize they’re in for a long haul. When they get to three feet, nobody wants them. They can bite and they’re extremely hard to handle.”

According to Henney, it was evident to him from the very beginning that WallyGator was different from all the other alligators he’s handled …

“He wouldn’t eat live rats, and he really showed a love for cheesy popcorn. I thought it was different, but I was still very cautious around him. I’ve been handling gators for years, and I’ve learned to read them. An alligator isn’t going to attack you for no reason. I’m always careful, but I felt it was fine to let him roam free in the house. He enjoyed being held, and I thought, ‘Wow, this is a super nice, friendly alligator.'”

It was in 2017, after several family members and friends had died in a 2-week period, that he and his unusual pet really bonded.

“I was depressed and WallyGator started to do silly things to cheer me up. When I was on the couch, he’d pull my blanket to the floor.”

It was his doctor who suggested that he register the reptile as an emotional support animal when Henney revealed how WallyGator had helped with his depression. Although he initially dismissed the idea, Henney went home that day with a letter from the doctor qualifying the alligator as an emotional support animal. He later filled out an application on the U.S. Service Animals website and received a certificate along with a harness and leash for his alligator once it was approved.

Henney also credits his leathery friend for emotionally supporting him through a recent diagnosis of prostate cancer and weeks of radiation treatments. Because he knows there’s a good chance his pet gator will outlive him (gators typically live 80 years or more), he has arranged with a friend to ensure that WallyGator gets to spend the rest of his days in reptilian comfort.

Don’t believe me, do you?  Take a look at this short clip of Joie and Wally …

I loved this story … it warmed my heart.  But not enough to make me want a pet alligator!  I can only imagine how he would get along with our five cats!!!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and to my friends in the U.S. – Happy Labour Day Weekend!!!

Smorgasbord Laughter is the Best Medicine – July 26th 2022 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Lottery Win and Appearances Count

A bit of humour to brighten your afternoon!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Author Daniel Kemp entertains us again with his funnies from: Danny Kemp.. Always a place to find funnies and jokes to cheer you up… plus some satirical political commentary on politicians at home and abroad.

Be careful what you say in public.

A young Minister about to deliver his first sermon asked the advice of a retired minister on how to capture the congregation’s attention.

“Start with an opening line that’s certain to grab them,” the old Minister told him.

“For example: ‘Some of the best years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman.'”

He smiled at the young Ministers shocked look before adding, “She was my mother.”

The next Sunday the Minister nervously clutched the pulpit rail before the congregation and stated, “Some of the best years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman.”

He was pleased with the…

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Smorgasbord Laughter is the Best Medicine – The Senior Team pass the the funnies along – Legal Shenanigans

Given the state of the world, we can all use a bit of a chuckle, but sometimes it’s really hard to find! Well, I found mine over at the Smorgasbord Blog earlier today — I even laughed! And then I thought that it was rather selfish of me to keep these chuckles for myself, so I decided to share them with you guys! Thanks, Sally et al!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

My sister Diana and her friends passed along these legal gems and we hope you enjoy..

Plus…How Do Court Reporters Keep Straight Faces?

These are from a book called Disorder in the Courts and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place:

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?

WITNESS: He said, ‘Where am I, Cathy?’

ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?

WITNESS: My name is Susan!


ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?

WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.


ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?

WITNESS: July 18th.

ATTORNEY: What year?

WITNESS: Every year.


ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?

WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can’t remember…

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Jolly Monday, Evermore

Hi … it’s me, Jolly!  Gwammie will be here in a minute … she’s having a bit of twouble waking up dis morning.  GWAMMIE!!!  Huwwy … our fwiends are here!

Huh?  Wha-wha-who-how???  {yawn}  Oh … heh heh … hi everyone!  Sorry I’m a little late to the party!  These sleepless nights are taking a toll.  So, it’s Monday again already, huh?  Jolly … did you pull together some fun to make our friends smile this morning?  Ohhhhh … what is that I smell?  Something smells really yummy and it’s making my tummy grumble … let’s go see what Joyful has cooked up this morning, shall we?

Since da bacon lovers whinged last week, I made extra this week!

Well, now that we’ve all got a bit of breakfast or snack, Jolly tells me he popped over to Phil’s Phun this morning and found some ‘toons to make us laugh …

Some memes, just in case the ‘toons weren’t enough to make you chuckle …

And we found some funny signs …

This one isn’t funny, but I saw it over at Phil’s and … I just think it says it all … if everyone had this philosophy, the world would be a much nicer place …

And to round out Jolly Monday, naturally we have a cute animal video!  Meet Peaches & Skippy …

Well, friends, that’s a wrap for this Jolly Monday.  We’re so sad to see you leave, but we know you have things to do, places to go, and people to see, so we hope you have a wonderful week ahead.  Keep safe, be happy, and please share those gorgeous smiles!!!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful

Jolly Monday … Better Late Than Never?

Hello fwiends … Gwammie is “under da weather” today an’ she was gonna skip Jolly Monday, but me ‘n Joyful tol’ her we’d do it.  We might not do it as good as Gwammie, but we’ll twy, okay?

Joyful:  Now, Jolly … I can’t help you with Jolly Monday AND cook up a storm like I usually do, so …

Jolly:  Okay, Joyful … I get it … I’ll just pop out for some donuts ‘n coffee while you find da funny critter video, ‘k?

Joyful:  Okie Dokie! 

… … … …

Jolly:  I’m back wid da donuts ‘n coffee!

Joyful:  Did you remember to get Miss Ellen’s favourite coffee?

Jolly:  Got it wight here!

Joyful:  Okay, put everything out on the table and let’s get busy with these ‘toons you dug up

… … … …

How ’bout some funny toons, fwiends?

And here’s some cool memes dat Joyful found …

We pwob’ly don’ do as good as Gwammie, but Joyful found dis cute cwitter video …

Well, fwiends, we weally hope you laughed with us today an’ dat you can share dose smiles dis week!  Lots of Love ‘n Hugs fwom Joyful an’ Jolly … an’ Gwammie, too!

Filosofa Checks In …

One of the many things I have learned over the past month or so is that once the body hits the 70-year mark, the warranty expires on all its parts.  I should’a read the fine print.  I keep hoping to be able to start my post with … “Filosofa Rides Again!” … or something equally energetic, but I’m not there yet, folks.  They tell me that patience is the key, that at my age, healing takes time, but patience has never been my strong suit and mine has been stretched beyond its limits, driving my mind into a dark and foreboding place.

Another thing I’ve learned is that healthcare in the U.S. is seriously broken.  It has become so compartmentalized, so ‘specialized’, that the patient is no longer given even minimal consideration.  But I’ll have more on that another time.

Anyway, I really miss my blog, miss my blogging family, miss the interactions among us.  And yes, I have been keeping up with what is happening on the U.S. political scene, and it seems that old adage is true:  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  The same issues are at hand today with the same tired cast of characters as when I first became ill a month or more ago.  And the anti-vaxxers are still mistakenly interpreting their ‘rights’ as being whatever they want them to be at a given time.

Though I’m still far from ‘back in the saddle’, I plan to try to write a short post every other day or so … I think it might help me crawl out of the dark, dark place my mind resides in these days.

And finally, thank you all for the well-wishes and heartfelt concern you’ve sent me via comments and email.  I apologize for not having answered each one individually, but know that your thoughts brought a smile to my face and warmed my heart.