A Little Levity

Draw me a purple chicken, a kid asks me at the library — then adds, as he looks intently at me, please.

I love the kid world: what adult would take magic markering a chicken so seriously?

This might reflect simply my desire for funny things in a world that doesn’t seem particularly funny these days. After a long drive through a snowstorm — there’s a definite Driving in Snowstorms theme to these winter posts, I know, I know this — listening to VPR, I exclaimed about the craziness of makeshift food shelves for TSA workers who were working without pay. With two kids, how long could I go without my paychecks? Not too long.

So for lovers of consummate writing and of laughter, here’s the late Russell Baker’s Francs and Beans column I read early this morning, courtesy of my dad’s email.


Yahtzee: another fine family January pastime


About Brett Ann Stanciu

A writer and sugarmaker, Brett Ann lives with her two daughters in stony soil Vermont. Her novel HIDDEN VIEW was published by Green Writers Press in the fall of 2015. Let my writing speak for itself.
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6 Responses to A Little Levity

  1. “Lucullan” is a new word for me. If I ever see it again, I hope I associate it with Russell Baker’s Francs and Beans!

  2. I had to look that word up, too! It reminded me of a spelling bee I participated in a few years back, when I realized just how many words in the English language I’ve never encountered. I didn’t win the bee.

  3. Ben Hewitt says:

    What’s so cool about writing is the way that very little things add up to a lot. Like the way you say “I know, I know this.”

  4. Thanks, Ben. I’m a big fan of the little things!

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