Category Humor

Celebrating Family, Friends, Fun & All The Craziness

Below The Salt News will be under construction during this holiday time, but we want to wish you and yours a wonderful celebration of family, friends, fun and all the holiday craziness! Merry Christmas  and   Happy New year!

Could Appointing Women CEOs Be A Win?

~ Listen to an excerpt of The Jerry Doyle Show as radio talk show host Jerry Doyle and his guest Anita Finlay engage in a lively battle of the sexes while discussing — Mary Barra, the stats to back women CEOs, The Ellen Show, inclusion and solutions vs shopping confirmation bias, women drivers and more … ~ Just […]

Creative dog playing fetch

For The Joy of Animals: Nature’s Ball Return

A dog with a ball
but no one to throw…

The Mind Road Less Traveled - Prudence

The Adventurous Mind: Prudence

The road less traveled

Isn’t always on foot…

Webcomic by xkcd: Prudence

Pondering The Possibilities: Digital Toilet Paper?

Like it or not.  Embrace it or not. The digital age has brought a lot of changes to our world. But there has to be a limit. Right? Still … Can we really rule out the possibility of digital “toilet paper”? After all, there was a time when we used leaves, rocks, and even sticks. […]

Book Feature: I SPIDER by Anthony Lance

“…think Hitchcock’s PSYCHO meets THE BIRDS with flashes of humor — and spiders.” I have a rather compulsive habit of downloading books to my e-reader, so it was no surprise when I SPIDER joined the masses on my kindle after I’d read a few book excerpts on author Anthony Lance’s I SPIDER Blog. But that, as they […]

The Bluebird of Happiness — Do We Forget About The One In-Hand?

Have we raised our expectations for what will make us happy to unreasonable heights? I wonder. Too often it seems as if we are striving and searching for a bigger, better kind of happiness.  And always more, of course.  It’s as if we are determined to prove that when it comes to the Bluebird of […]

BTSN Book Feature: KISS CHRONICLES by Virginia Sanders

“A heartfelt journey of missed kisses, family cancer and fundraising.” I love personal journeys and people brave enough to share them.  In KISS CHRONICLES, author Virginia M. Sanders doesn’t hold back.  Frequently humorous and occasionally raw, her emotions are always real as she chronicles her journey through missed kisses, family cancer and ongoing ordeals in trying […]

Seeing Things In A New Light: Windless Kite Festival

A Windless Kite Festival (An oxymoron, if there ever was one.) Held indoors (Of course, where else do you fly a kite.) In January (Any other month every sane person would outside flying their kite — in the wind!) An annual event celebrating its 12th year in 2013 (It’s a joke. Right? What could there […]

Merry Merry Up-Side-Down Christmas

I originally posted this in 2010, but it still makes me smile.  So here it is: I clearly remember going into gales of laughter as a child when seeing anyone talk while up-side-down.  Chin talking is what they call it now.  I don’t think we had a name for it then.  And I don’t remember […]

The Sisterhood Of The Never Imagined Empowerment NOW T-Shirt

I recently went on a trip to a city I’d never been to before to hear a woman I’d never met in person speak to a group I’d only read about in the news and it prompted me to send my nieces a cartoon t-shirts I’m calling “THE SISTERHOOD OF THE NEVER IMAGINED EMPOWERMENT NOW T-SHIRT”. It […]

For The Joy of Animals: Hamster Spin

People complain that life and work are such a “Rat Race.” To me, at least, it all feels like a giant “Hamster Spin.” Is your life a rat race or hamster spin? ##

Celebrating Creativity: Somebody That I Used To Know

It is always fascinating to see how creativity feeds and inspires creativity.  It’s a cycle that happens within and across every field imaginable. Ask any inventor, artist, writer, musician, designer or engineer — they seek and find inspiration anywhere and everywhere. Somebody That I Used To Know – by Australian-Belgian singer /songwriter Gotye, featuring New Zealand singer/guitarist Kimbra. It starts […]

Dear Fifth Wave Feminists, We Need You!

In Caitlin Moran’s outrageous, funny and heartbreakingly honest feminist manifesto How to Be a Woman, she calls for a fifth wave (by her count) of feminism to rise up.  Pointing at the statistics that say only 29% of American women and 42% of British women call themselves Feminists, she rails at the anti-feminism sentiment and […]

For The Joy of Animals: Lip Smackingly Cute Possum

There is something about the sight of a Possum that usually makes me sad.  Mostly because it’s almost always dead on the side of the road.  But also because a little part of me is secretly relieved that what is died isn’t someone’s cat or dog.  The relief is wrong — but it’s always there. […]

BTSN Book Feature: STIRRING UP TROUBLE by Juli Alexander

“ … a delightful witchy … YA romance … “ Did you ever wonder why witches are ugly, green and have warts?  Well…  It’s not their wickedness showing through.  It’s their punishment from Zeus for using their powers for self-serving purposes. Which leaves nerdy 15-year-old Zoe Miller, who is a witchwiz at STIRRING UP TROUBLE, trying […]

Soliloquy For An Avid Reader

Earlier this summer, fellow writer Suzie Ivy posted My Writer’s Twist on Shakespeare based on the “To be or not to be” Soliloquy for Hamlet over at the Reading and Writing Cafe blog.  She urged other writers to follow suit with whatever issues they were feeling conflicted over — work, parenting, eating, exercise … Like most people, I have a […]

For The Joy of Animals: Woe Is Henri, the Cat

Oui.  It is true. The sun hides, while the wind stills. The air chills and the clouds weep. The earth languishes in sodden sympathy. As millions watch.  And laugh. At the woeful tail and frenchified air. Of Henri, the cat. ~~ ### (h/t S.Ivy – Henri 2, the first video above, was uploaded to Youtube […]

For The Joy Of Animals: Gambolling Cows

After a winter spent cooped up in a barn eating oats and grains, can there be a better celebration of spring then seeing cows surging toward the heady smells of the fresh open air rejoicing at the uninhibited freedom of the great outdoors and rediscovering the sheer bliss of personally selecting their own patch of grass […]

BTSN Book Feature: BAD LUCK OFFICER by Suzie Ivy

” Ms. Ivy bares and shares it all with humor, passion and candor … a riveting read “ If you love cop shows and cop novels and think the various CSI television series are how law enforcement actually works, then let me introduce you to someone who will set the record straight and tell it like it […]

Is It 2012 or 1812?

Regardless of what side of the religious/contraception insurance/abortion debate you are on, you have to admit it is rather odd that in 2012 when women are educated participants in every field imaginable, that our government… and the media… __ would think that only men were qualified to discuss the merits of these issues that are so intimately […]

~ For The Joy Of Animals: Cow Boredom?

I have a special fondness for cows.  My grandparents were dairy farmers, so as a child I had ample opportunity to watch cows’ inaction.  And no, that is not a typo.  Once you get beyond the constant chewing and tail switching along with their incredibly large and friendly looking (think oversized dog) tongue that likes […]

~ For The Joy Of Animals: Barking Dog Choir

If only the spotting of an intruder or the ringing of the doorbell prompted this response from the “Barker Sisters” at my house… ##

Cover - Bad Luck Cadet

Bad Luck Cadet #19 – Pepper Spray Me, Shoot You

Pepper Spray Me, Shoot You is the nineteenth installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series that follows my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis. It’s all about fun, laughter and PAIN!  If you are new to the series, you can follow it from the beginning on this blog starting with  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen  […]

~ More Wild West Show Than Presidential Horse Race

The MSM likes to depict any election as a horse race, but the more I watch the 2012 presidential nomination process and particularly the debates, the more it feels like I’m watching the waning days of a Wild West Show. See what you think… Posters have been up all over town for weeks, but budgets […]

Bad Luck Cadet #18 – The Most Popular Cadet

The Most Popular Cadet is the eighteenth installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series that follows my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis. It’s all about fun, laughter and PAIN!  If you are new to the series, you can follow it from the beginning on this blog starting with  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen  or […]

~ “Can’t Decide” in Fourth, “Don’t Want” Gaining

Just to keep you up-to-date with all the latest tail swats and whinnies coming from the 2012 presidential horse race … The Iowa State poll of likely caucus-goers has Herman Cain leading at 25%, Ron Paul running a hard second with 20% and Mitt Romney trailing respectably in third with 16%. But the surprise dark […]

For The Joy Of Animals: Eating Like A Piglet

We’ve always been told “eating like a pig” was bad.  But who knew “eating like a piglet” could be so darn cute… ~ ~ There is just something seriously adorable about a baby pig. I don’t know if it is the little grunting sounds…the tiny hoofs…the oversize head…the open curiosity… ~ ~ ## Other animal […]