By Maria Cory
Do the summer months make you long for vacation? Well, if "Laughter is an instant vacation" (Milton Berle), then this past Sunday, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula attendees did not have to travel far to experience a ready respite from the routine.
Record numbers of people gathered eagerly at Sunday Morning Forum, as "Team Moseley & Moseley" returned to the podium to guide us on an animated trip encompassing "Life's Lessons from the Newspaper Comics." With Punny Patricia leading the merry excursion through the newspaper funnies, and amusing sidekick Mirthful Mason assisting with the tour, laughter filled the room!
Patricia's early explorations in the comics inspired a desire to be a cartoonist. While winning a fifth grade contest for her creative flair did not give rise to pursuing a comic artist's career, she gleaned wisely from this world of witticisms.
“Ever since I could read, I found comics a great source for pop culture news, amusement, and easy to understand political commentary," notes this cartoon enthusiast. "I still read the comics before facing daily life." By illustrating a variety of comedic styles with storylines portraying the signs of our times, Patricia applied the cartoon themes and anecdotal lessons to the UU Seven Principles.
Quoting Rabindranath Tagore for the chalice reading, Patricia affirmed, "You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water." In this life full of Mystery, our funny Forum facilitator embodies how a spirit of Wonder is a gateway to Wisdom…and Wisdom leads to more Wonder. So while we are on the road together, why not delight in the joy of the journey?
Laughter—t'is good for the soul!
This captures only a portion of the light and lively group energized by Patricia Moseley's upbeat presentation! Surely, many a sage would agree with this Wisdom Literature excerpt: "A cheerful heart is good medicine." (Prov. 17:22a NIV). Let all of us experience a healthy dose of joy and laughter to share with each other and brighten our world! (Click to enlarge.)