Welcome to Wiser Now’s weekly email blast which reflects our eclectic interests and, we hope, yours. December is officially Sensory-Rich Month, but for many of us, it’s Too Rich Month, so this blast is about fizzling back to All Is Calm.

We welcome your feedback. (


The Quote

"May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter,
and every window open to great possibility."
~ Mary Anne Radmacher

The Quirky Observation

The cartoon aside, Wisdom comes from experience. Writer J.B. Priestley wrote, “One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth, is that of Not Going.”

The Quirky Fact

We do it to ourselves. Most of our “ought to’s” are self-imposed expectations. We CAN limit the baking, buying, cooking, cleaning, decorating, and delivering and focus on kindness to others and ourselves. If you are overwhelmed by too many presents to buy, think of all those for whom your presence is enough. And if you are lonely, kindness toward others is a cure that will bring others closer. As for being good to yourself, find the funny in the frenzy, and a quiet corner to smirk about it.


The Quiz

With respect for the need to keep one’s sense of humor for one more week in 2019, here are eight truly awful jokes about the holidays. Can you match beginnings with endings?

Group 1
  1. I asked the waiter if my latkes would be long. ___
  2. Which hand is it better to light the menorah with? ___
  3. What's the best Hanukkah gift for someone who has everything? ___
  4. How can you recognize a Hanukkah hippie? ___
    1. He's the one with his hair in dreidel-locks.
    2. A burglar alarm
    3. Neither; it's best to light it with a candle.
    4. He said, "No sir, they'll be round."

Group 2

  1. How are dry Christmas trees like bad knitters? ___
  2. How did Santa do at the comedy club? ___
  3. What makes December a warm month? ___
  4. How do vegetarians greet each other at Christmas? ___
    1. Peas on Earth
    2. He sleighed them.
    3. They both drop their needles.
    4. The ember in it

Answers are at the end of this email.

The 3 Requests

1. The year is nearly over: Laugh, love, breathe

2. As the year draws to a close, I urge you to purchase the Happy New Year slide show. All the slide shows consist of family friendly, highly visual trivia quizzes, word games, and discussion topics that work well one-on-one, in group settings, and anywhere you have access to a TV or tablet while you visit or wait. See excerpts here. For a limited time, I will send the complete slide show “Happy New Year” for free to anyone who will send me honest feedback that I might use on my website. Just ask me:

The Question
What are your holiday de-stressor suggestions? I’d love to know them and share them.

The Kiosk of Resources

If you need more help than we offered here for staying calm through the holidays, Google that phrase, and you’ll find oodles of advice, most of which is good all year.

The end of the year is also a good time for me to remind you that Wiser Now has tons of resources for stimulating minds, cheering hearts, and training staff. Call (941-773-7341) or write ( and let’s collaborate!
Our multiple goals are to amuse and inspire you, to share what we and people whom we admire are doing, to stimulate your curiosity and spur you to action. We hope you enjoyed this offering. You can access previous issues here. We welcome your feedback. (
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