By Rosie Moore

I came in contact with a stack of Reader’s Digest magazines and I’m in seventh heaven. The smallest book with the most information of any magazine around, it contains Jokes, Food, Money, Home, Heroes, Dreams, and Health articles that keeps one turning its pages until everything has been absorbed–all at one sitting. It’s a general-interest family magazine published monthly, founded in 1922 by DeWitt Wallace while recovering from shrapnel wounds he received in World War 1.

The magazine is compact with its pages roughly half the size of most American magazines. In 1905 the U.S. edition adopted the slogan, “America in your Pocket” but in 2008 the slogan was changed to “Life Well shared.”

We all need humor, do we not? So I’m going to leave the serious subjects alone and go right to the Jokes, which are plentiful, whether in one-liners or full paragraphs. I really enjoy two of Finish This Sentence: “I knew I was in love when….. we were kissing under the stars, and he said, ‘thank you.’ I asked, ‘For what?’ And he said, ‘I wasn’t talking to you, I was talking to God.’”

And here’s another one: “I knew I was in love….when I looked into my little boy’s eyes forty years ago.”

Now for two jokes that really made me laugh.

“We had just finished tucking our five kids into bed when three-year-old Billy began to wail. Turns out, he had accidentally swallowed a penny and was sure he was going to die. Desperate to calm him, my husband palmed a penny that he had in his pocket and pretended to pull it from Billy’s ear. Billy was delighted. In a flash, he snatched it from my husband’s hand, swallowed it, and demanded, ‘Do it again!’”

And here’s another one: “The pastor asked his flock, ‘What would you like people to say when you’re in your casket?”

One congregant says, ‘I’d like them to say I was a fine family man.’

Another says, ‘I’d like them to say I helped people’

The third responds, ‘I’d like them to say, ‘Look! I think he’s’ moving!’”

So, keep laughing, folks, you’ll feel better!


Thought for the day: It is a happy talent to know how to play. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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