How to Boost Your Immunities, 2020 Edition, Part 7–Humor, the Best Medicine (Wiz-CON-sin* Style)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Part 1–On Hearing
Part 2–On Discerning
Part 3–Perspectives from the Trenches 
Part 4–Forewarned is Forearmed
Part 5–DIY Retreat
Part 6–Spiriual Immunity
Part 8–Strategies
Part 9–A Blessed Mindset

*Wiz-CON-sin: The correct pronunciation of Wisconsin (WI), a state in the northern part of the U. S. Midwest.

It’s time for some comic relief, here, which is good for ALL the immunities: physical, mental, emotional, social, political, spiritual, relationship-al, quarantine-al, and/or just for some refreshing fun while you are NOT feeling so refreshed dealing with the virus crisis, social-distancing, finding more storage for toilet paper, homeschooling kids (and as the homeschooling parents), re-runs especially sports re-runs, and so on.

But grins, giggles, and guffaws are good every day, if not several times therein. At least that’s my staunch belief because I love humor and, back again to these particularly worrisome days, well, you’ve no doubt heard the expression, “laughter is the best medicine.”

Seriously, here’s a good feature from the Mayo Clinic on the multiple benefits of humor, including as a stress reliever.

I am inspired today to post the short video, embedded below, from YouTube channel “Manitowoc Minute” created and hosted by comedian Charlie Berens featuring the culture, accent (especially the accent), drinking preferences, sports preferences, food preferences, ice fishing, Green Bay Packers, etc., notable in his home state, WI, where I also lived for six years in the 1970s. I lived my first 12 years as a “Yooper”** in the nearby Upper Peninsula of Michigan as well, which has a very similar culture and accent but with just a skōsh more Canadian influence.

**Yooper: a mashup of Upper Peninsula, or the U.P., the residents therein  called U-pers, as officially spelled, Yoopers. (This definition will come in handy later).

Although most of my life has been lived on the West Coast of the States, and my American accent morphed into the (boring), so-called “broadcast standard English” (hear it here, especially if you are having a hard time falling asleep), the Midwest accent is still near and dear to my heart–and my funny bone.

Now, if my mother were still alive, I’d say “Shhhh, don’t tell her that,” and/or don’t tell all those nuns who worked their English lessons to the bone to get us to “Tone it down!!!!” (loudness is also an essential element of the accent, and as regarding a nun tryng hard to drive a point home, the exclamation marks are essential, too).

For your entertainment–and to boost all the immunities–here is Berens’ help with translations. But I betcha that no matter where you live in the world you’ll find some local humor regarding your own accent and/or culture to enjoy as well. In fact, share some examples if you like, from your necka-da-woods in the comment section, below.

Enjoy.

And, as Berens’ dad, a doctor, always says, “Keep ‘er movin‘”. (Laughter, especially the sustained, “gut-rockin’ belly-bustin’ kind,” is good for THAT, too).

 

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How to Boost Your Immunities, 2020 Edition, Part 6–Spiritual Immunity (DIY Retreat Part 2)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Part 1–On Hearing
Part 2–On Discerning
Part 3–Perspectives from the Trenches 
Part 4–Forewarned is Forearmed
Part 5–DIY Retreat
Part 7–Humor
Part 8–Strategies
Part 9–A Blessed Mindset

This post is a follow-up to the previous post on boosting mental and emotional immunities by creating a Do It Yourself retreat. The focus of this encouragement is spiritual, however, with a nod to what God has to say on the importance of taking time to listen, look, feel, smell, touch, and reflect on His creation–and how He reveals Himself there, too.

Like any artisan, He has put His stamp on each masterpiece micro and macro, within and without, spirit and soul.

If we take a minute… Continue reading

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How to Boost Your Immunities, 2020 Edition, Part 5–Mental and Emotional Immunity: DIY Retreats

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Part 1–On Hearing
Part 2–On Discerning
Part 3–Perspectives from the Trenches 
Part 4–Forewarned is Forearmed
Part 6–Spiriual Retreat
Part 7–Humor
Part 8–Strategies
Part 9–A Blessed Mindset

DIY Retreat, Patio Version

Amid all the fuss and fuming these days over this, that, the other and, dare I mention it, THE COVID, be sure to take a breather, a Do It Yourself retreat.Outside is good. Sunshine. Fresh Air. But it could be anywhere, really, where you could steal away for a few minutes to clear the mind, lower the blood pressure, and calm the soul–if, need be, alone. Continue reading

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How to Boost Your Immunities, 2020 Edition, Part 4–Intellectually and Spiritually, Forewarned is Forearmed

Part 1–On Hearing
Part 2–On Discerning
Part 3–Perspectives from the Trenches
Part 5–DIY Retreats
Part 6–Spiritual Retreat
Part 7–Humor
Part 8–Strategies
Part 9–A Blessed Mindset

A special note of introduction for the skeptic:

Suppose the prophecy experts are correct that by evidence of many markers* we are at what they believe could well be the threshhold of the so-called “end times” that herald the seven-year Tribulation period?

Suppose also if some of the prophecy experts are molecular biologists, physicists, medical doctors, information technology experts, lawyers, educators, writers, musicians, artists, business owners and innovaters, in short, people from every walk of life?** Continue reading

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How to Boost Your Immunities, 2020 Edition, Part 3–Perspectives from the Trenches

Part 1–On Hearing
Part 2–On Discerning
Part 4–Forewarned is Forearmed
Part 5–DIY Retreat
Part 6–Spiritual Retreat
Part 7–Humor 
Part 8–Strategies
Part 9–A Blessed Mindset

This third post in the series features several perspectives on gathering strength and remaining strong, as is the purpose of immunity (both the tangible and intangible kinds) when resisting the enemy, whether it’s a physical, mental, emotional, psychological, spiritual–or epidemiological–enemy.

Action is one thing, but the driving motivations, beliefs, and committments that power the action is another.   Continue reading

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How to Boost Your Immunities, 2020 Edition, Part 2– On Discerning What You Hear

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Part 1–On Hearing
Part 3–Perspectives from the Trenches
Part 4–Forewarned is Forearmed
Part 5–DIY Retreat
Part 6–Spiritual Retreat
Part 7–Humor
Part 8–Strategies
Part 9–A Blessed Mindset

On Discernment-Introduction

In a comment on my previous post, Part 1 of this series, I promised a follow-up post, this one, on how to know if the God we are “hearing” is not some deceptive god.

Innumerable books and articles have been written on this very important topic, because, let’s face it, there are innumerable false gods out there, and prophecy indicates the number will escalate, particularly in the so-called “end of the age,” i.e., when the “Church Age” wraps up. Continue reading

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How to Boost Your Immunities, 2020 Edition, Part 1– On “Hearing”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Part 2–On Discerning What You Hear
Part 3–Perspectives from the Trenches
Part 4–Forewarned is Forearmed
Part 5–DIY Retreat 
Part 6–Spiritual Retreat
Part 7–Humor
Part 8–Strategies
Part 9–A Blessed Mindset

Introduction to this new/review series

In my previous post  I encouraged everyone to “guard your immunities,” including physical, mental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual immunities.

Health professionals have volumes to offer concerning maintaining–and boosting–the first four, but there is also much that has been written and said about guarding the fifth kind of immunity, i.e., spiritual.

Since I began writing this blog (and featuring guest writers here and there as well), one of my most frequent topics has been “spiritual survival” at any time, but, specifically, in hard times, “end times,” personally challenging times, and so on. For a complete list of all such posts, see here and here. Continue reading

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On the Origin of Wuhan Flu (Documentary from The Epoch Times) and Resistance

Consider the following documentary that covers both the science and the consequences  of Wuhan (China) Flu, aka COVID-19. Much more of this kind of discovery has surfaced since this report was published several days ago.

And for the “bigger-picture,” far more important in my view, consider the much more serious “political virus” of any brand of totalitarian government similar to China’s–that, allegedly, in this case, covered up COVID-19 at first and continues to propagandize regarding the flu’s origin and its effects.  Continue reading

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Easter Sunday 2019…2020… Guest Post by Colin Markham

Update 2020: The world is a very different place, now, just one year after this guest post first appeared. An enemy, this one microscopic, has infected not only populations but also economies, politics, and  social structures, worldwide.

However, for those who may have forgotten for a moment, but who have eyes to see, ears to hear, and spirits to comprehend (and remember), let the timeless truth of the quiet reflection below be a reminder that Jesus Christ remains the same–“yesterday, today, and forever.” Continue reading

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“Jesus and the Bummer Lamb”–Guest Feature by Jan Spratt

Introduction: Bummer Lamb?


A “bummer lamb” is one that is “orphaned” either because the ewe has died or she has rejected her baby for reasons known only to her. If the lamb is not rescued, it will die.  That’s the literal definition.

My sister Claire was assigned a bummer lamb when she worked for a local sheep rancher years ago. She fed and tended the little thing and it followed her around constantly. In the morning, it hurried near at the sound of her voice. The lamb “knew” my sister as its very own nurturer, protector, helper. Continue reading

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