By Mike Cassidy
Don’t you feel it’s time to get a little funny?
We’re coming out of a tough winter, we’re only getting older, and events on the national scene — well, hardly a laughing matter no matter what your politics.
We’ve long wanted to bring more humor to the pages of The Good Life. Certainly, many stories now contain a comic anecdote or two, but we would like to regularly publish a bit of brightness to add cheer to our days.
The stumbling block has been finding just the right writer of just the right stories for a humor column. Somehow, in nearly a dozen years of publishing, that writer has escaped our notice.
Humor is, after all, very hard to do.
So, rather than select one writer, we decided to create a regular humor space and let anyone submit a story.
And, we’ve decided to offer a bribe… I mean, an incentive beyond the fame and glory of being published in our wonderful magazine that now has not only local readership, but national and even international readership thanks to our quickly growing website (www.ncwgoodlife.com).
Our prize each month will be a $100 gift certificate to any one of our fine advertisers from the past year.
OK, so what are the rules?
• We’re looking for fresh, true stories from local people, where perhaps you found yourself in a trying situation that only seemed to get worse. Let your own life be the source of humor and provide the details that invite readers to be there with you.
• Limit yourself to 500 to 1,000 words.
• Send along a photo if you have one.
We’re placing this column on the last inside page of the magazine, as a parting gift to our readers.
The wine column we have been running there — Alex on Wine by Alex Saliby — is moving to page 6, taking over the spot where we have been running Fun Stuff, which is finding a more natural spot as a lead-in to our calendar.
Finding just the right name for our new column was a bit of a struggle: “This American Life” has just the right attitude, but unfortunately, National Public Radio already is using it.
Likewise, “Life in These United States” has long run in the Readers Digest, “The Last Laugh” has grim overtones and “You Said It, Pal” is too colloquial.
What we’ve come up with is “The Last Page: That’s Life.” Think of saying “that’s life” with a bit of a shrug and a “what are you gonna do?” grimace.
We are kicking off the column this month with a perfect example of what we are looking for, with G. Wayne Hawks writing about a shakedown trip of an older motorhome he and his wife bought.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and then be inspired to tell us your own stories.
Send your fun bits to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A shared sense of humor helps bind people together, and also is the oil that keeps us loose enough to stand each other. Enjoy The Good Life.