Fun & Humor


Earrings dangle. Cliff hangers dangle. A sword has been dangling by a thread over Damocles head ever since he pandered to King Dionysius in 4th Century BC – just like politicians these days. Rocky Horror lyrics wail, “I’ve got the feeling someone’s gonna be cutting the thread.” Dangles are a big part of our lives. Dangling teabags come in hundreds ...Read More

Have Yourself An Easy Thanksgiving This Year

It’s almost Thanksgiving, the time of year where you are able to enjoy a delicious meal, and the company of the ones you love. Unless of course you’re the one doing the cooking. With hours upon hours of preparation, cooking, place setting and serving- the chef rarely gets the simple pleasure of company and conversation. Here at AFL we w...Read More

What’s an Ear To Do?

Beeps. They haunt me like politicians dressed for combat. Remember the good old days when people wore beepers on their belts like gun holsters? They bragged about their pagers. In the beginning, it meant that you were important. Then everyone got one. The day I saw a construction worker wearing three beepers on his tool belt I knew the device’s day...Read More

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving, Eh?

Thanksgiving Day in Canada. It is a day many will give thanks… and prey that Donald Trump loses. Before I dribble turkey giblet gravy down my pants, I will attempt to explain why Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October, whereas in the United States they wait until late-November. The short answer is that Americans are way too preoccupied i...Read More

3 things to not care about now that you’re over 50

After 50, there are certain things that you just no longer need to concern yourself with. You’re passed the point of constant fear about “fitting in” and the idea that you need to change who you are to do so just doesn’t exist anymore. Not being “Hip”. We are in a weird time in history where make-believe words ar...Read More

Traveling woes and missing clothes

I am sooo embarrassed— even more than Donald Trumps campaign manager. And that’s bad! Here’s why…. Jan and I were invited to our friends cottage recently. But I’m not sure we will be invited back– well at least me.It was a quick one night visit. “Gary can you pack your clothes?” So I tossed a change of clothes in a L.L. Bean Weekender bag. Along wi...Read More

Travellers Worst Woes: Luggage Zippers! by Gary Chalk

Full disclosure: I am ‘Zipper Challenged.’I was diagnosed last week while on an Alaskan cruise. Early symptoms of Zipper Challenge are evident from the bedroom when packing. Husbands scream, “Dear, do we need this much clothing?” On the ship more symptoms appear: fits of anger when attempting to open multiple luggage zippers...Read More

It Sucks To Be Cleveland – by Gary Chalk

I’ve got good news; and bad news. The good news: Cleveland won the NBA championship last month. The bad news: Cleveland hosts the republican national convention starting tonight. Some Cleveland residents are protesting, saying, “What did we screw up to earn this?” With the national media converging on Cleveland, locals are putting...Read More

These Three Best Friends Are 100 Years Old And Thriving

Social relationships make us less likely to die prematurely. According to a 2010 review of research, the effect of social ties on life span is twice as strong as that of exercising, and equivalent to that of quitting smoking. In the review, researchers examined 148 previous studies on social links and mortality, which together included more than 30...Read More

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