Birds for Bernie

Did y’all see the clip of the little bird landing on Bernie Sander’s podium? Isn’t that cool?! 🙂 I can’t imagine a little bird flying to the podium of any other candidate – thousands of people hooting and screaming around him – and happily sitting there for a minute to commune with the speaker. I also can’t imagine any other presidential candidate responding to that little bird in the same way Bernie Sanders did. I’m thinking if that small feathered earthling has the good sense to recognize a friend when he sees one, why shouldn’t human earthlings be able to do that, too?

I am caucusing in Washington State today. Four years ago I caucused for the first time and ended up going to the state convention as a delegate for President Obama. That was such a blast! (You can read all about that little adventure on my Humoristianity blog.) I’m not voting for Bernie today because that little bird endorses him – I have known from the moment Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy that I would be supporting him – but that video clip surely does help validate my choice for me.

Birds for Bernie


And After the Wind

“And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.”
– I Kings 19:11-12

Courage, dear Humoristian hooligans…

Courage, my dear Humoristian hooligans –

Remember that it’s always darkest before the silver lining. Or… every cloud has a dawn. (?) No, wait… every rainbow has…clouds? Or early worms maybe? Okay, forget all of that. Here’s the thing: Sometimes when the world seems to be at its bleakest – when we seem to be surrounded by hate and racism and fear and anger and people who want to build walls between themselves and others – I think those are the times when we’re on the cusp of something really amazing. A breakthrough. A revolution. A revelation. What a privilege (I know there are other words we might use besides “privilege” – “bummer” might work, also – but I’m sticking with “privilege” for now)  to be alive during these moments in our world’s history.

I believe, my dear friends, that there’s a reason you are here on this planet, right now. If ever there was a time when the world needed your good-natured joie de vivre it is now. To paraphrase a well-known passage from  The Bible: “Let your joy of life and good will so shine upon the world’s nonsense that it will see the power in a good laugh and a kind word.”

Yours in Humoristianity,


Click here to hear Tracy Chapman’s inspiring song, Talkin’ Bout A Revolution.

Click here to hear Joan Baez singing We Shall Overcome.

Bow Sunset Reflection (photo by Karen Molenaar Terrell)

photo by Karen Molenaar Terrell


Blow ye winds, blow!

My dear Humoristian hooligans,

We have got us some gusts here. Yesiree, bub, it is bellowing. Internet’s down. I am thumbing on my cellphone…which means this post is going to take a week or two to write. There will be grammatical mistakes and possible words that I didn’t bint …hah…right on cue…intend to write. But the good news is that my phone is adding a lotto…livid…lot of new words to my visit…dictionary…here.  It is entertaining to teach my phone new words like “bub” and “yesiree” and together we even created a new word just now: bint. Whuch…(yeah, just made that one up, too) …that actually might be a great assignment for my high school students – create your own words.

Wishing you all a day of interesting adventures and cool new wirds. May you be easily entertained. And may you know kindness and love.