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The BookieHaHa Collection

Well, dear friends, I have another fun blog post for you: The BookieHaHa Collection. It’s followed by a few questions.

  • (A scene in the library)
    GUY: Can I have a burger and fries?
    LIBRARIAN: Please, Sir. This is a library!
    GUY: (Whispering) Can I have a burger and fries?
  • Q: Why did the Romanian stop reading for the night?
    A: To give his Bucharest.
  • I’ve been reading a book on anti-gravity, and I just can’t put it down!
  • I’m reading so many books, I have to use the thin ones for bookmarks.
  • Q: What happened to the dinosaurs?
    A: They went extinct because they couldn’t read anything; especially the BEWARE OF DINOSAUR HUNTERS signs.
  • If you can’t put your book down, is it because you’re afraid the characters will do something while you’re away?

Here are the questions I mentioned.

Did you like any of the jokes? If so, which was your favorite?

Do you have any book or writing or reading jokes to share?

Have you experienced (or do you know) any funny/interesting situations related to this topic?

Thanks for reading this blog and for any comments you  offer.   [[o|o]]

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The Comical Comma

The Comical Comma

If music is the food of the soul, maybe the comma is the food of the sentence.  As long, as you don’t eat, too much you know—hiccup (you have to drop and add commas).

There are many humorous examples of the misuse of commas—sometimes with hilarious results. So let’s have fun and take a look at some of them.

One of the best examples is the title of the book,

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

by Lynne Truss. Isn’t it amazing how much the meaning changes when you drop the comma?

Here are more examples where commas need to be added or removed. Sometimes adding a comma may lead to a disaster! Can you find where corrections are needed?

“Rachael Ray

finds inspiration

in cooking

her family

and her dog.” (words exactly as they appeared on the cover of Tails magazine)

“Sign this sucker!” (contributed by Trent Wilkes)



“Most of the time travelers carry cell phones.”

“Baby seals the zoologist’s passion.”

“Patient’s complaint: Unable to eat diarrhea.”

“Help a thief!”

Do you have any comments about commas or other writing errors? Stories about schoolwork or English teachers? Difficulties with grammar (not granma) or other aspects of writing? Anything else along these lines? We’d love to hear them.


Your Favorite Author

Placeholder ImageDo you have a favorite author? Perhaps you have many, or maybe you’ve never thought about it. What would the world be like if no one had ever chosen to write? Without authors there would be no Bible, no Magna Carta, no Declaration of Independence or Constitution of the United States, no IRS Code (yuck!) … Well, you get it…and we haven’t even mentioned any of the ancient classics like Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad, Plato’s Republic, or Virgil’s Aeneid. Jumping ahead a couple of millennia, without authors there would be no Don Quixote, Macbeth, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Moby Dick, or hundreds and hundreds of other perennial favorites.

Fortunately that did not happen and there are myriads of authors to choose from. So, here’s your opportunity to decide on your favorite author (if you haven’t already) and tell others which one you like best and why the person is your favorite. If you wish, please feel free to include which books of your favorite author you love best.

Mine are—based on number of their books I’ve read and re-read—Anthony Trollope (Dr. Thorne) and Wilkie Collins (The Woman in White). Why? I’m just a sucker for a well-written romance. Btw, Wilkie and I both adored TWIW (see photo of his gravestone in London—click it to enlarge).

Image result for wilkie collins' gravestone

I can’t wait to find out what you all come up with!

A Longing to Write

Sooner or later, most people develop a desire to write. Has this happened to you? If so, what have you done about it?

I started writing for our third-grade news bulletin at the age of eight. It was a science-fiction story, whose name I still remember: The Unknown Element. When I was in grad school, I published an article in the Carnegie-Mellon student newspaper, The Tartan, that showed the number of different chess games was hugely larger than the number of atoms in the known universe. Anyone care to play?

Later, I wrote a poem for Kay when we were “going steady.” It was entitled The Passion of the Nero Stallion…whinny, nicker, trumpet, snort! :). Speaking of Kay, her first novel, The Watch on the Fencepost, is now being published by CrossLink. Hooray for her! In fact, it just came out on for pre-order. More information is available at

Since then, I’ve written three, as yet unpublished, books, a novella about a young physicist and his family entitled In Praise of Mrs. White, a long, sci-fi thriller called The Centaur about a cosmic event that changes the earth and society,  and a contemporary romance called (name withheld). The latter story is now in its final draft and is targeted for publication in 2019.

That’s enough about us. We’d like to hear about you. So drop in and tell us about what you have written or hope to write someday.