'Mining for Humor

By Monica Yant Kinney ’93

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The tools of the trade are modest: A spiral notebook and a Bic pen. After that, it’s a lot of sitting. Thinking, waiting, remembering, hoping that a moment that made you giggle will at least make the tourists from Topeka grin.

It’s not like there’s a magical funny well from which a comic can draw jokes like water. If there is, could somebody please let Jim Brogan know? He’s been doing it the hard way for more than 25 years.…

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Love and Marriage

By Monica Yant Kinney ’93

Shortly before my wedding three years ago, my father sent me a photocopied page of advice titled “How To Be A Good Wife.” Supposedly, it came from a 1950s-era high school economics book. It might as well have been the Stone Ages.

“Take 15 minutes to rest so that you’ll be refreshed when he arrives” home from work, it said. “Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair.” It’s the least a good wife can do to “be a little gay and a little more interesting” than all the stiff suits he sees at the office.…

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