May 19, 2020
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The Master of Medicinal Laughter

When I was younger, I used to read a column in The Reader’s Digest, called Laughter is the Best Medicine. There is much scientific information to assert that this is a truism.  Science tells us that laughter is one of the best tools we have for...

The Best of Two Worlds

One of my favorite books is Between Heaven and Mirth, written by Father James Martin, S. J. Though he seems to have strayed from the strait and narrow path of Orthodoxy in the last few years, Heaven addresses something that has been sorely lacking...

Dueling Clowns

French Jean Paul Sartre once defined Hell as other people. I might go him one better and define it as other people just like one’s self. The road to Hell is paved, not with good intentions, but with selfish preferences. People that choose this...

Heaven’s Nursery

Know any good jokes? Any good Catholic jokes? There is something distinctively Catholic about comedy, good humor and story telling. The 14th century Italian poet, Dante Alighieri, referred to the nine circles of Hell in his classic The Divine Comedy...

Humor and Learning

Humor and Learning

Why do many teachers have the attitude that learning is such serious business that any hint of humor undermines it? I discovered a partial answer some years ago in a restaurant outside Wellesley, Massachusetts. It may have been an old library—it...