Saving Face

Finding one of her students making faces at others on the playground, Ms. Smith stopped to gently reprove the child.

Smiling sweetly, the teacher said, “Bobby, when I was a child, I was told if I made ugly faces, it would freeze and I would stay like that.”

Bobby looked up and innocently replied, “Well, Ms. Smith, you can’t say you weren’t warned.”

Musical Fruit

A guy comes into a coffee shop and places his order: “I want 3 flat tires & a pair of headlights”

The waitress, not wanting to appear stupid, goes to the kitchen & asks the cook, “This guy out there just ordered 3 flat tires & a pair of headlights.
What does he think, this is an auto parts store?!”

“No,” the cook says, “3 flat tires means 3 pancakes & a pair of headlights is 2 eggs sunny side up.”

“Oh,” says the waitress. She thinks about this and then she spoons up a bowl of beans and gives it to the customer.

The guy says “What are the beans for?”

The waitress replies “I thought that, while you’re waiting for the flat tires & headlights, you might want to gas up.”

A harp that was shaved is a bare-faced lyre

Hold Your Horses

A cowboy rode into town and stopped at the saloon for a drink. Unfortunately, the locals always had the habit of picking on strangers, which he was.  When he finished his drink, He found his horse had been stolen.

He went back into the bar, handily flipped his gun into the air, caught it above his head without even looking and fired a shot into the ceiling.

“Which one of you sidewinders stole my horse?!?!?!” he yelled with surprising forcefulness.

No one answered.

“Alright, I’m gonna have another beer, and if my horse ain’t back outside by the time I finish, I’m gonna do what I dun in Texas! And I don’t like to have to do what I dun in Texas!”

Some of the locals shifted restlessly. The man, true to his word, had another beer, walked outside, and his horse had been returned to the post.

He saddled up and started to ride out of town.  The bartender wandered out of the bar and asked, “Say pardner, before you go…what happened in Texas?”

The cowboy turned back and said, “I had to walk home.”


Recently one Congressman from a Bible Belt congressional district was asked about his attitude toward whiskey.

The politician responded, “If you mean the demon drink that poisons the mind, pollutes the body, desecrates family life, and inflames sinners, then I’m against it.”

He continued, “But if you mean the elixir of Christmas cheer, the shield against winter chill, the taxable potion that puts needed funds into public coffers to comfort little crippled children, then I’m for it. This is my position and I will not compromise.”

Not A Prayer

young man, living away from home, writes to his parents…

Dear folks,

I feel miserable because I have to keep writing for money. I feel ashamed and unhappy to have to ask for another hundred, but every cell in my body rebels. I beg on bended knee that you forgive me.

Your son, Marvin.

P.S. I felt so terrible I ran after the mailman who picked this up in the box at the corner. I wanted to take this letter and burn it. I prayed that I could get it back. But it was too late.

A few days later, he received a letter from his father. It said…

Dear son,

Your prayers were answered. Your letter never came.

Mary’s father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini, 4. Nono. What is the name of the fifth daughter? THINK – Think –re-read – Think


Off the coast of Newfoundland, a great many fishermen do their fishing at night. They navigate solely by the light of the moon, scorning more sophisticated methods. Of course, from time to time this method fails, and shipwrecks are the result.

The Department of Fisheries was reviewing statistics one day and was shocked to discover how many shipwrecks there were during night fishing. When they discovered that the fishermen were navigating by the light of the moon, they promptly installed buoys near all the dangerous shoals and reefs to aid night navigation. To their surprise, when the statistics came in the following month, the shipwrecks had tripled! The buoys were removed, and things returned to normal.

The moral of the story: You can’t send a buoy to do a moon’s job!

Actual Country Song Titles From Bad to Verse

How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away?
I Flushed You From The Toilets Of My Heart
I Keep Forgettin’ I Forgot About You
I Would Have Wrote You A Letter, But I Couldn’t Spell Yuck!
I Wouldn’t Take Her To A Dawg Fight, Cause I’m Afraid She’d Win
I’d Rather Have A Bottle In Front Of Me Than A Frontal Lobotomy
I’m The Only Hell Mama Ever Raised
If The Phone Don’t Ring, Baby, You’ll Know It’s Me
Mama Get The Hammer (There’s A Fly On Papa’s Head)
My Wife Ran Off With My Best Friend, And I Sure Do Miss Him
You Can’t Have Your Kate And Edith Too
You Can’t Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd
You Done Tore Out My Heart And Stomped That Sucker Flat
You Were Only A Splinter As I Slid Down The Bannister Of Life
You’re The Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly

Q: What kind of tea is hard to swallow? A: Reality!

Q: Why did the can crusher quit his job? A: Because it was soda pressing.

Q: What do you call a seagull that flies over the bay? A: A Bagel!

Q: How do snails fight? A: They slug it out.

Q: What happens when the smog lifts over Los Angeles? A: UCLA!

The pelican faced a huge bill

Resurrected by a Hallelujah

From Guidepost

November 11, 2012, is a day Belinda Leal will never forget: the day her mother, Evangelina Garza, died. What happened next has left the doctors and nurses at McAllen Medical Center in south Texas baffled. But to Belinda and Evangelina—now very much alive—the explanation for the events that unfolded is quite clear…

Evangelina: The first thing I heard that day was Onesimo’s voice. “Do you want to go out to breakfast?” my husband asked from the foot of the bed. I sat up and rubbed my eyes. I’m 71, and have diabetes, and I don’t get moving as fast as I used to.

“Give me a little time,” I said, yawning. The morning sun was peeking through the blinds. I remembered that it was Veterans Day. My daughter Belinda and granddaughters Alex and Amy would be visiting us later. If only all of my five children and their families could live so close!

My girls and I had such good times together. Not long ago they took me to see Il Divo, Belinda’s favorite singing group, in concert. I loved it!

What was that song of theirs I liked so much? “Hallelujah.” I hummed it while I showered and got dressed. Hallelujah! The word ran through my mind, but suddenly my mind seemed to run away.

I sat on the bed. A red, shiny apple sat on my nightstand—in case my blood sugar got low. It was the last thing I saw before everything went dark.

Belinda: That morning, Alex and I pulled up at Amy’s house. Dad’s car was there. Odd. I didn’t expect to see my parents until later. Dad stood on the lawn. He looked pale. Frightened. Amy ran outside. “Thank God you’re here,” she said.

“Where’s Grandma?” I asked.

“ She collapsed,” Amy said. “Grandpa found her and gave her CPR, but she didn’t respond. The EMTs are rushing her to the hospital. Grandpa’s a wreck.”

“Let’s go,” I said, my voice quavering. “I’ll drive us to the hospital.”

Evangelina: Dark. Everything dark, silent. I felt a sensation. Like floating, but also like being pulled. As if I was being picked up and taken somewhere not in this world. Then a light, a golden light. It filled the space below my feet, glowed all around, lifting me up. It was like nothing I had experienced before, nothing at all, yet I wasn’t scared.

Belinda: I will not be afraid, I thought, speeding down the freeway. I will trust in God. I left the car near the emergency room and we hurried inside. A group of doctors and nurses were waiting.

“Evangelina Garza, how is she?” I sputtered. The doctors looked somber. “We did everything we could,” one said, “but she’s passed away.”

I couldn’t breathe. I thought I would faint. Finally a cry escaped my throat. “How can it be?” She can’t be dead. She can’t. In a daze I followed the doctor into the trauma room. He pulled back a curtain. Mom. She was so pale, so white, she seemed to vanish into the crisp hospital sheets.

Wires and tubes came from her arms and chest. The ventilator was still on, but the monitor beside her showed flat lines, no heartbeat, no brain activity. I’d seen enough medical shows to know what that meant.

But how could my mother be dead? How could she just be gone from this earth? She’d been dancing and singing at a concert just a while back. How? How?

“When she got here, she was already gone,” the doctor said.

Evangelina: I wasn’t alone, in this golden place. There was a man, maybe in his forties. He was with a woman, a little younger than him. Dad? Mom? They’d both died many years ago, Dad at age 74 and Mom at 78. But here they were, Dad so strong, so handsome. And Mom so beautiful.

“How can I be seeing you, when you’ve been dead all these years?” I asked. My parents said nothing. No, not nothing. Their faces were filled with love, with that golden light. I tried to touch them, to hold them, but a wind kicked up, fast and strong, swirling all around.

Belinda: I never got to say goodbye. I was sobbing uncontrollably. I staggered down the hall, leaning on the wall, past the gurneys and wheelchairs and carts. She was so pale…. I found a desk and chair, sat down and closed my eyes.

A sudden urge gripped me. Talk to God. She’s the rock, the glue that binds this family, my soul cried out. God, please, don’t take her. She’s not done yet.

Evangelina: It was a whirlwind, made of flowers—all kinds and colors: red roses, yellow daisies, orange tulips, purple violets….Too many to count. A rainbow of blooms, spinning in the air, swirling so fast that everything blended together. More beautiful than anything I could ever imagine on earth.

“God, where am I?” I said aloud. No answer. All at once the golden light, the light I understood to be the pure essence of love, dissolved below me. I saw myself in a hospital bed, my eyes closed.

Belinda: A voice cut through my shock and disbelief. Was that Alex calling me down the hall? Her words made no sense. “Mom, come quick! Grandma is moving!” I ran back to Mom’s room, that terrible, stark room.

“Look,” Amy said. Mom moved her right foot. My eyes shot to the monitor. The lines, were they moving too?

I pulled the doctor in. “Muscle spasms are normal immediately after death,” he muttered. He held Mom’s wrist like an afterthought. “It doesn’t mean…” He suddenly got real quiet. Switched hands. Frowned at the monitor. “There is something,” he said, clearing his throat. “It’s a very faint pulse.”

I was too confused to cry, too stunned for joy, caught between relief and fear. My sisters Thelma and Leslie and my brother, Homer, arrived, and the whole family huddled close while the doctors consulted. They monitored Mom for six hours, then they took her to the ICU.

“I must warn you,” the neurologist said, “she went at least thirty minutes without a heartbeat and oxygen. The brain starts to die after just a few minutes of oxygen deprivation. She’s technically alive, but whether she ever wakes up is another matter.”

Evangelina: Seeing my body in the bed…now I knew. God, how do I get back? I asked. I was being pulled again, up, away from my body, the whirlwind of blooms picking up speed. No, I wasn’t ready to go! My daughters. My son. Onesimo. How could I get back? Which way was home?

Belinda: Please, Mom, come back, I prayed. For three days, my father, my daughters, my siblings and I stayed by Mom’s side. She was on heavy sedation while the doctors ran tests. The wait was too much. I needed answers. I needed to know if Mom was still Mom.

“Please,” I begged the doctor, “tell me, what do you know?”

“I don’t know anything,” he responded. “At least, I can’t explain it.” They had found no damage to Mom’s brain. No damage to her heart or other organs. No signs of a stroke or an aneurysm. Everything was normal. She was even able to breathe on her own now, so they had taken her off the ventilator.

“It’s hard for me to say, but it’s a miracle.” Then why wasn’t she awake?

Alex approached the bed. She placed her iPhone on her grandmother’s shoulder. What on earth is she doing? I wondered.

Evangelina: This time the swirling was in my ears, somewhere far away. It became a sound, a melody. I knew that song! Spanish lyrics I could just make out. “Un desamparado se salvó, / Por causa de una buena acción, / Y hoy nadie lo repudia, Aleluya. / Aleluya, Aleluya….”

Il Divo’s “Hallelujah.” I struggled to move toward the sound, somehow.

Belinda: Aleluya, Aleluya… “Remember, Grandma, when you saw the concert?” Alex whispered. “Please, wake up.” I wiped away my tears. Mom had been so happy that day. Her grandchildren gave her so much joy. Would she ever see them again? We listened together until the music faded out.

“Mom, look!” Alex gasped. Her grandmother’s eyelids fluttered, then flew open. We all converged on her bedside, too stunned to speak. Mom broke the silence. “Gold…” she murmured. “You’re all covered in gold. Like heaven.”

Evangelina: Onesimo brought me home on November 16. We finally shared that breakfast he’d suggested. I told him all that I had seen. He nodded and held my hand tight.

I know it’s hard to believe. I can hardly believe it myself. But I know God sees us and blesses us every day. And the hospital’s trauma room report is clear. On the first page, written in a doctor’s hand and signed with his name, is the word Deceased and the exact time of my death.


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