Z – Zany


“Dare to ask for what you want.  Believe in your dreams.  Count your blessings.  Do the right thing. Enjoy the moment.  Fail, and dare to succeed.  Give more then you receive.  Have no regrets.  Inspire kindness.  Join in more.  Never settle for less.  Overcome Adversity.  Practice moderation.  Take personal responsibility.  Shoot for the moon.  Veto hate and negativity.  Understand more, judge less.  Exercise body and mind.  Yodel more, yawn less.  Walk your talk.  Be ZANY!”   Unknown

“There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, and humor and hurt.”               Erma Bombeck

“When humor goes, there goes civilization.”  Erma Bombeck


Zany can be defined in many ways:  absurd, comic, eccentric, peculiar, funny, screwy and much more.  To me, Erma Bombeck espouses zany as she writes about ordinary daily life, yet somehow manages to make us chuckle.  As a housewife and mother of three children she could take the happiness and sorrow of life and poke fun at it.  Erma had a gift for words.

Erma Bombeck, the author of 15 books and many newspaper articles, was born in 1927 and passed away due to cancer in 1996.  But to me she was famous for her humor. She would take everyday life and make us smile.  Her gift for being zany is what I am drawn towards, thus the reason for my attempt at humor in my family stories.

Years ago, one of my employers said, “What we appreciate about Gwynn is she defuses stress through humor.”  Life can be serious, sad, boring, and stressful so it is crucial to see the fun and laughter in life too.  I can growl through life or I can smile… what do you choose to do?

I laugh about the zany conversation I had with tourists down at the marina the other day.  As I walked my fourth lap past the marina, a man from a family came up to me and said, “Mame, if you are lost, your yacht is out at the end of the marina.”  My laughing reply was, “Yeaaa, MY boat FINALLY came in!” This thinking is what entertains me as I walk.

Or my friends have been teasing me about the nuclear substance that the doctors injected into my body last week.  I laughed and wondered if it was safe to sit on my monstrous yoga ball.  I feared the nuclear substance would ignite my ball and I would be blown sky high up  into the Osprey nest behind my home.  I would have a dynamite view of the bay from up there.  I wonder if the mother Osprey would notice my intrusion into her family?

Thank you for visiting my Blog and chuckling at life with me.



About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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12 Responses to Z – Zany

  1. Tina says:

    Thank you, Gwynn, for sharing your wonderful visuals through the A to Z Challenge! Every letter brought new aspects of your world to life for us all. It was a great journey.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Tina, you are wonderful! Thanks for your kind comments and your feedback over the years. As I told Pat, I can’t believe I survived this challenge, but I’m SO glad I took it on. Now, I wish I was with you on your journey as it could give me more fuel to write about. On the other hand, I’ll be with the grandkids at the end of the month… I’m SURE they will come up with something for me!! Take care… and Thanks!! You are a wonderful friend!

  2. patgarcia says:

    Your stories, some a little sad, some very humorous were a joy for me to read. Yes, you are in many ways like Erma Bombeck and we need more people like you in the world.
    Sometimes we human beings take ourselves too seriously. So I agree with that boss of yours that said you defuse stress and anger with humor.

    Nice going, Lady. You have completed the Challenge and I am proud of you.


    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks Pat for being by my side! I CAN’T believe I actually took on this challenge, let-alone completed it. I definitely struggled at times. Where I LOVE intellectual commentary I also love family life and humor. Life can be extremely stringent and to me that is a dark hole … I need humor. A smile, a good belly-laugh, and a giggle can defuse the stress and keep us healthy.

      I appreciate your kind comments and support! Now… YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, we’re DONE!!!!!

  3. Susan Scott says:

    Yes! Although I posted a comment an hour or so ago and it DISAPPEARED! Well, all is not lost .. I have so enjoyed your posts Gwynn thank you so much for always bringing a smile to your readers; there were times I laughed out loud. You have truly helped us see the humour of life in amongst the difficulties of it and I will always be grateful. Well done old friend for completing the challenge in your inimitable way. I’ve loved all your quotes as well ..
    Have you worked out how to do the linky thingamy for the Reflections post? Mike is unreachable on AfrikaBurn … can YOU help me with this?? Take a break – for a while ..
    Garden of Eden Blog

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Susan, I sooooo appreciate your support and continual nice comments to my crazy stories. I do love intelligence and once would have attempted to post my opinion of life in my posts. Or I would have worked about writing of other subject matters… but to me, my family is crucial as is a chuckle.

      I think this is another point about aging… the quote on my book case reads: “You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.” I see this example in SO many elderly people… especially with the stress of health, and dealing with illnesses of spouses… and being at death’s door.

      As I mentioned on your site, a 96 yr. old friend passed away yesterday. His life was horrendous. He accomplished a lot and did much to help our country, but he didn’t know how to enjoy life. It is truly sad. Or I see my Type A+ husband locked away in his office 24/7… I NEED to laugh, because he doesn’t know how… thus, my streetwalking and talking to strangers!

      Anyway, as for helping you with the Liebster Award… a friend put it up there for me. I would ask Pat, though. I’ll bet she can instruct you.

      Congratulations on an EXCELLENT Challenge… we are done!! YEAAAAA!!

  4. Very zany post, Gwynn. I, too, love Erma Bombeck’s quote. Humor is the best medicine, isn’t it? So much better than frowning or anything else. Thanks for this post, it was a wonderful reminder to get out more, laugh more, hug more. Living life happily sure makes life a heck of a lot easier to deal with.
    And, yay, we’re done! It’s been a pleasure reading your posts and chuckling at life with you (I need to chuckle more sometimes). Congratulations on completing the challenge. Feels good to say: Woo-hoo one more time. 🙂
    See your soon.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Boy, Silvia, you hit the nail right on the head…”get out more, laugh more, and hug more!” If we don’t bring warmth into our life we turn brittle and break from freezing to death!

      You truly are a JOY! Thanks so much for stopping by… you are a valued friend! And, I’m TOTALLY with you in saying “WOOO-HOOOO” We did it!! I can’t believe I survived! Thanks for your support. I look forward to seeing you soon. Gwynn

  5. Congratulations, Gwynn! You made it through! I am so impressed with you. Yes, humor disperses the stress. We need more humor in the world today. I believe you have achieved the Erma Bombeck award. So very happy for you.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Years ago I read Erma constantly in the newspaper. Now, I realize that I need to read her books too.

      I love intelligent conversations and questioning… but the humor, to me, really can add to life. Too many people forget how to laugh.

      Again, thanks for being so supportive and for your wonderful comments. Congratulations on surviving ALL of my stories too! PHEW!! We are done! At least for now. Have a great day with your Lobster Award! 😉

  6. GWYNN, you are a tonic, and I’ll be dropping by from time to time to catch up with you. Congrats for getting through the Challenge and finishing. Love and bubbles.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Bridgina, I enjoyed your posts too. However, NOW it is a relief to sit back and enjoy my friends out there in cyberland rather than rushing through everything. It was a wonderful experience for me, AND I’m glad it is over!

      I look forward to hearing more from you! Thanks for stopping by and have fun with the Liebster Award.

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