I recently attended the Humor Project in Saratoga Springs NY. It's an annual event designed to bring humorists together with people from all walks of life- particularly those who work with students, patients or staff. I had been asked to make a small presentation, but mainly I was there to reunite with some dear friends and enjoy the beauty of Lake St George.
The event took place at a YMCA retreat called Silver Bay. It's a grand old hotel with a variety of outbuildings including an ice cream shop and a chapel. Each day, you register for a series of lectures and presentations by performers, comedians, resource folks and anyone who uses humor to make the world a better place. Most of us stayed in the main building. A covered boardwalk connected this to a large communal dining room where we all shared tables at random. Before too long, we had made new friends, and some amazing business connections.
My friend John MacPherson who does a cartoon panel called "Close to Home" gave an evening presentation on cartooning and later we were lucky enough to meet Noel Paul Stookey. (Peter, Paul and Mary) His performance made us laugh, cry and wonder at his ability to make the guitar do things others just hope to do!
[Image: Lynn and John MacPherson attending a lecture.]
There are times when people who give a lot of themselves to others run on empty. I met teachers, doctors, ministers and caregivers who came to fill up on good stories, good relationships and good humor. It was another successful and fulfilling weekend- and if you'd like to go, you're welcome. Just go to www.HumorProject.com
[Image: Joel Goodman and Margie Ingram: This incredible pair organize and produce the Humor Project. LJ]
- Again, most of her fanbase have probably never heard of 'Close To Home' or its creator so her explaining things is something of a service.
- The problem is that despite having noticed that burn-out exists, her rampaging ego probably makes her misunderstand why. We know that it's because having to care for people is like tearing out our hearts; she probably thinks that it must be horrible to watch all those people complain when they should remain silent and not remind us how very lucky we are. Can't feel martyred when real suffering has to be acknowledged, after all.