A Series of Essays
The pandemic had created a simultaneous medical and mental health crisis and I was working long hours both with individual patients and employers across the country. I had always been a news junkie but the pandemic took that to a whole new level – for most people, I would assume. In my “spare time,” the last thing I wanted to do was read something serious. Particularly deadly serious. All of us needed perspective and most of all, we needed to be able to laugh occasionally – or just smile.
In that vein, the best humor, for me, has always been what Jerry Seinfeld described as “about nothing.” That is, the funny things that happen in your home with a partner, with your children, in the market, waiting in line at the theater, anywhere. When your friends at a dinner say hilarious things and you’re thinking “why isn’t anyone recording this?” I so admire and enjoy the likes of Nora Ephron, Whoppi Goldberg, David Sedaris, Lily Tomlin, Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey, Joel Stein. “Shouts and Murmurs” in The New Yorker is, of course, the first place I turn – that is, after reading all the cartoons. During lockdown I caught up on the comedy shows that I had missed in the prior several decades.
Ultimately, the pandemic created the need for therapy of the literary kind. I re-read some of the humor essays I had written over the years and they gave me the incentive to write more that were specific to the pandemic. When the vaccine was released and we started to venture out of the house more and interact again with people, I found humor in that transition – anxiety, of course, but also humor. In that period, one of the first things that made me chuckle was that we had witnessed the absolute collapse of clothing standards, such as they were. That fact, in and of itself, was worth at least one funny essay.
Then, on the management consulting side of my practice, I’ve watched and listened as many companies have struggled for nearly three years to walk the balance beam between keeping employees safe and healthy and running a business. Some, who are particularly sensitive to employee input and feelings, have found themselves just plain flummoxed. The Omicron variant was followed by many others, shaking everyone’s grounding and sense of stability. At the same time, a new generation had not only entered the workforce, but their voices had become louder within the culture. Those issues led to other essays. And so it began.
At the point of this writing, nine of my humor essays have been published and the links to them are at the bottom of this page. While most of the essays are what I call observational humor (some are about family members, who provide the best material ever!), a couple are satirical. One of them, with the link below, is titled “I’m (Not) Sorry: Nuanced Apologies” and, as I’m sure you can guess from the title, comes right out of our current culture.
A serious piece of mine has also been published, "Can You Hear Me Now?", which you can check out below.
My book, “If You Give A Man A Tesla: A Parody” is doing well and who knows, perhaps the essays will be collected into a second book!
I’ll continue to post the links to essays here, as they are published. I hope you enjoy them and your comments and feedback would be greatly appreciated!
For a change of pace, I hope you enjoy this serious piece, titled "Can You Hear Me Now?" It was just published by The MockingOwl Roost. I'm honored that this lovely art and literary magazine liked my take on their challenge theme "Overcoming."
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