Step into my den, pull up a comfy chair and a cup of tea and let’s chat.
What makes a joke funny? This old question is answered when you laugh aloud at Lucille Ball saying, “Ever since we said ‘I Do,’ there are so many things I don’t.”
You can guffaw when you see Charlie Chaplin’s funny walk or hear one of Groucho Marx’s one-liners.
It is known that humor has a direct link to intelligence because laughing triggers not just our pleasure spot in the brain called the amygdala, but also the prefrontal cortex — that part of the brain that solves complex problems. Humor takes brains. It also helps if you’re a little neurotic.
It was known that Plato (known to be a smart guy) wanted to outlaw humor and could not abide jokes — but read to the end for the answer to my question.
You will be happy to note that I found a cook-stove for Vern that is being delivered later this week.
Now I’m looking forward to some wonderful pickles.
Since Holy Week is fast approaching, please take note of some special events.
The Mustard Seed Church is inviting everyone to share in a very special meal, called a Messianic Passover Celebration, at 6 p.m., April 19. Pastor Frank Norris will show how this festive traditional Passover three-course meal relates to the Easter season.
This small church has celebrated this meal at Easter for many years. The meal will be at the Conway Dinner Theater, 2201 Washington Ave., Conway and is free, but reserved seats are required by calling 501-339-7401.
Greenbrier First United Methodist Church will hold a sunrise Easter service on their front lawn at 6:30 a.m., Sunday, April 20, followed by a continental breakfast. Bring your own chair or blanket and invite your friends and neighbors.
In addition to their usual Maundy Thursday Communion service at 7 p.m., April 17, they will also hold a Good Friday Service of Darkness at 7 p.m., April 18.
Regular Easter services are at 9 and 11 a.m. Its annual Easter carnival and egg hunt will be 10 a.m., Saturday, April 19, for children ages 12 and under. There will be games, prizes, popcorn and much more. Call Theresa Lucas, 501-690-3067, if you would like to help.
Wooster’s annual Easter egg hunt is April 12 in Wooster City Park right after the Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market.
The festivities will begin at noon with a bounce house. The egg hunt will begin at 1 p.m.
There will be an area for babies who need a parent’s help to hunt.
Each egg will have a prize or a coupon redeemable for prizes at local restaurants who have donated.
The Easter Bunny will be on hand as well and pictures will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served at the end of the hunt. Anyone wishing to donate or volunteer, call Paula Winn, 501-679-1453. Rain-out date will be April 19. Participants are asked to bring their own Easter basket.
Don’t forget to haul all your trash that garbage men won’t take over to the dumpster this week behind City Hall at 11 Wilson Farm Road.
It’s Clean Week in Greenbrier — an annual time for anything you want to dump for free.
City residents (only) may bring their junk between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
No tires, batteries, paint or Freon items. Call 501-679-3014 for more information.
And join me to see the Liverpool Legends show 7 p.m., at the Fine Arts Building on April 3 for a really good time with the Greenbrier High School band.
Oh, and I promised an answer to, “What makes a joke funny?” APRIL FOOL!
Please send Greenbrier news, questions, comments, or suggestions to BJ Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-679-3690.