The Silly Essay

Written by Darrin F. Coe, MA

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I’ve always wanted to seerepparttar Olympics return to their original format. Athletes participated without clothing. The Olympic sponsors might be Trojan and Viagra. Their slogan could be “Nudity Promotes Unity”. They probably wouldn’t be able to makerepparttar 118160 same change forrepparttar 118161 Winter Olympics. I’m thinking “luge catastrophe”. Finally, givenrepparttar 118162 casualness of sex in today’s society, I’ve often wondered ifrepparttar 118163 surgeon general shouldn’t require a warning label on individual condoms, “Caution contents could be harmful torepparttar 118164 rest of your life”; “do not dispense contents while underrepparttar 118165 influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, immaturity, or stupid”. And finally my favorite, “Contents not appropriate for those without brains.” So what’srepparttar 118166 point of a silly little essay like this? It is to be silly and make an attempt to find some humor in a world that tends to be too intense or serious. The anniversary ofrepparttar 118167 9/11 tragedy is about one week away and we will be reminded of a terrible loss of life and of our own vulnerability. After honoring those who have passed away and saluting our country we’ll need some levity to balance things out. Don’t be afraid to be a little silly, it’s healthy.

weekly columnist, published poet and short story author.


Written by Victoria Elizabeth

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So, if you see a long forlorn face with flat feet, looking for a place to hang his deep-musing cap, don't annoy him by calling him an "ambivalent aardvark", a "doubting doormat" or a "vacillating vagrant". Mugwumps are sensitive souls who dearly love their uncomplicated independence. Oh, and if you're looking for someone to kick butts or kiss babies, try a high-achievement hoodwinker or a controversial contrarian, mugwumps are not interested.

Do not however mistake their calm demeanor for compliance. They just like keeping to themselves. Though not hermits or recluses, they do enjoy their own space to ruminate about what makesrepparttar world go round not to mention what makes people tick.

Clearly,repparttar 118159 world sorely needs a few more mugwumps to remind us ofrepparttar 118160 need for less "wrangling" and more "winsome" occasions to celebrate life inrepparttar 118161 slow lane.

So, if you run across a mugwump in your city or neighborhood, just smile and inquire aboutrepparttar 118162 health ofrepparttar 118163 heffalumps, who makesrepparttar 118164 best bubble bath, and where'srepparttar 118165 best place to see shooting stars. They dearly love a good chinwag, so don't disappoint them!

And, don't forget to take time out and participate inrepparttar 118166 festivities of "International Mugwump Appreciation Day" -- any day ofrepparttar 118167 year will do just fine!

Victoria Elizabeth enjoys musing about Life, the Universe, and Everything in between through the pages of her blog aptly entitled, "The Quipping Queen", (

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