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Guest post by J. M. Hawkins

Dear Soul,


I’ve become grimly serious about everything.


Dear Life,


The remedy is comedy: mine, thine, or divine. But before we go any further, I need to give you a check-up.

The Funnybone Connection

Let’s see now…

Your legbone’s connected to your backbone, and your backbone’s connected to your neckbone, and your neckbone’s connected to your headbone. Uh-oh…Houston, we have a problem! Your headbone is not connected to your funnybone. You’re going to need extensive “relastic” surgery. Without the funnybone connection, you can never really be a whole person. But don’t worry, we have ways…

Today, I’ll be light, and I’ll delight myself and others by seeing everything—especially frustrations and irritations—through the gentle eyes of laughter.


*The Dear Soul/Dear Life dialogs by J.M. Hawkins are used by permission. They are excerpted from his collection, Word From Soul City and were used in discussion groups that met in cities across America in the 1990s and early 2000s.