After a challenging 4th of July, let’s hope some humo(u)r can moderate the gloom

It was already a challenging Independence Day in the U.S. before the terrible, terrible mass shooting in Highland Park turned a happy community parade into everyone’s worst nightmare.  This latest heartbreaking and senseless loss of life served as a dramatic reminder of one of the several issues that have brought one of the most successful and influential countries the world has known to question its path forward.  These are difficult times, for Americans and for the world.

Social media has been full of heartfelt opinion pieces and blog posts by Americans who are alarmed and saddened by the current state of the country they love, struggling with what to to celebrate on July 4th.  Hate and violence should not be winning.  Among many shorter posts recently, two stood out to me as refreshingly reasonable approaches to two major issues that politicians continue to struggle with.  I was especially pleased to see that they were both ascribed to men.  See what you think.



And a further recent social media post that speaks to wishful thinking with respect to resolution of world issues:


And now, to lighten the mood, let me offer my most recent social media picks for humour.  You can see if you agree with me or not!







🙂 🙂

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21 Responses to After a challenging 4th of July, let’s hope some humo(u)r can moderate the gloom

  1. It’s certainly been a horrific summer so far. Thanks for the break and the needed humor, Jane. – Marty

  2. I like Nev Shulman (even if he’s quoting the unknown) and Robert Veitch, but poor John. 😂

  3. Wynne Leon says:

    Great humor! That dog picture just cracks me up. Oh, and I think we have truly lost it in the US because those two ideas about abortion and gun control make perfect sense but are nowhere near a policymaker’s desk.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      It certainly does appear that you’re right about the distance between safe, rational policy considerations and any policy maker’s desk. 😥 It seems that a few laughs are the only antidote. That’s a very short term solution amidst the personal and mass trauma.

  4. heimdalco says:

    Thank you (again) for a very thoughtful piece … thoughtful also because of the inclusion of humor, which we need so desperately … & now again following the unbelievable attack on a quiet town parade on July 4th. My heart weeps so often the valves are chapped & threatening to rust. It seems this country can’t get through even a holiday celebration without some unstable person shooting innocent people with a gun purchased legally … sigh.. It is SO way past time to do something & end these attacks. I have not turned the TV on today.

    I had read BOTH the opinion pieces earlier & was glad to read them again, They should be REQUIRED READING for EVERYONE, men especially, & the Supreme Court in particular.

    Thank you again for the humor. My favorite without a doubt is the last one about John & all the things that fell off. I laughed OUT LOUD & it felt good. The photo of Mr. Putin “in repose” was refreshing.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Thanks, Linda. These are tough times. Hugs. I’m glad you liked the last joke. I considered whether it was suitable content, but I laughed out loud, too, so … what the heck!

  5. Margaret says:

    Loved the gun and overturning Roe posts.
    Giggles for the rest were well needed – thanks!

  6. Rose says:

    These were all great. The first two images pertaining to Roe were powerful. Imagine if leaders had those kind of thinking skills…?
    The rest of the images were LOL! 😄

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Thanks, Rose. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have such requirements considered? The reality is that they’re actually perfectly reasonable, but none of us could imagine such a thing. One might ask why?! Glad you liked the humor.

  7. Love the humour, and the opinions you shared really resonated with me. America seems to be at a genuine crosswords politically and socially. It’s as if they’re in a battle for their morality.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Let’s hope with all our might that they get it figured out soon. The world needs a healthier, happier, more united U.S.

      • So true, and I think many Americans want this too, but some of the politicians and others seem bent on unravelling things further. Voters need to go to the polls, otherwise their own apathy will destroy their country’s greatness, which is true for Canada as well.

        • Jane Fritz says:

          Without leaders/politicians to stand for office who have a willingness to show mutual respect and some sense of common purpose, it’s very difficult to see how things can improve (become more civil, less violent). 😥

  8. Jane, I love everything here! And thank you for some needed giggles 😁

  9. Reblogged this on Musings and Wonderings and commented:
    A little something to ponder and a little humour to lighten your day.

  10. Thanks for these and especially the Paternity piece, seems reasonable enough, but of course it won’t seem that way to the male lawmakers. Great humour, especially the last one.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Thanks, Wayne, especially your approval of the last joke. I was afraid I might offend some readers, but it IS funny and you can’t please all the people all the time! 😏😂

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