Thursday, July 29, 2010

Great conversations

As many of you know, AATH partnered with Portland State University (Oregon) and Educational Explorations with Barbara Miller to support the creation of the AATH Humor Academy graduate and certificate program (Follow this link for more information

This past week as part of the program, there was a dynamic study group conversation (via a conference call) facilitated by advisor Linda MacNeal. We discussed chapter one and two of my book, Using Humor to Maximize Learningg. The question was about Maslow's hierarchy of needs scale and the use of humor.

What kind of humor do you have when basic needs are not being met versus when things are going well? if you are stressed is your sense of humor different from when "life is great"?

The conversations included observations that stressed folks use "coping humor" versus "playful humor" during good times.

As a result of this conversation, I am going to observe how my humor practice might change according to how well my needs are being met.

My joyful wish for you today; May your humor be playful!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Being spammed-Time to Ham it up!

I am trying to keep my sense of humor as I meet new technology challenges every day. Last week I was spammed. Someone sent back some 14 beautiful pictures of Holland that I had shared. There was a bizarre note attached and I kept receiving this huge email over and over. My I-phone was so clogged that I had to wipe that account from it. I still need to figure out how to reboot that. It took my dear husband, and colleague many hours trying to get rid of this spam on my computer which lasted an entire week- a very frustrating week!

All of a sudden the beautiful pictures of the water filled streets of Holland began to look downright ugly. I will never be able to look at boats on the canals of Holland without a shudder and a memory of feeling powerless against some unknown person who decided to worm into my life. I wondered if they ever find these intruders.....and if they ever end up in prison....

SPAMMER ARRESTED; Found the Holland Street Spammer today, she was caught as she was trying to navigate the murky waters of the another spam scheme. Judge Judy sentenced her to a life sentence of fixing spam on politician computers.

My anti-spam device = friends, colleagues and my dear patient husband who finally cleaned got rid of the Holland spammer.

So when you are spammed.....Ham it up!

My wish for you:

May your spams be light today and your hams be many!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Retired educator workshop today

The stories I heard today from the retired educators in my workshop session were amazing. One teacher began teaching in 1939 in a one room schoolhouse. Her stories of having Japanese students during World War II and how they were treated was heart-breaking. These students ended up in the USA style "concentration camps" with their parents and she described the day that she last saw them and said it was one of the most difficult days of her life as a teacher. She also described all of her class gathering around the radio when World War II was declared by Congress.

As I shared the importance of humor in the teaching process, I was overwhelmed by the experience of the over 100 educators in the room, and even more amazed when I realized how many people had been taught and loved by these folks. There were numerous comments by folks encouraging me to continue to reach as many young teachers as possible with the message of the importance of joyful teaching and the use of humor.

Very affirming and inspirational day!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Welcome to the Humor Quest Blog

What a great journey this will be! I hope you will join me in my quest to understand the benefits and applications of humor and share how you use humor in your life.

I am a retired educator and for the past 20 years, I have been facilitating workshops on a wide variety of topics related to humor and stress. Two years ago, I published a book, "Using Humor to Maximize Learning" based on what I had learned from the participants in my sessions combined with intensive study. The book details the benefits of humor, what to do with humordoomers and how to improve one's humor practice.

As I have redone my web site, I have been encouraged by colleagues to start this humor we are off on our quest to find humor, fun laughter and joy.

Quote of the day:
Today's might oak is just yesterday's nut that held it's ground!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010