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BREAKING NEWS: Aliens return Agatha Christie book they abducted

Agatha abducted

Back in July, I had a theory that an Agatha Christie book I lost from the library had been raptured. However, tonight I learned that theory might be wrong as I discovered the book in my home office.

I now think it might have been abducted by aliens similar to the photo above and returned.

I had just gone done talking with my sister on the phone when I happened to look down at the floor of my office and…



…underneath a case of CDs. I first thought it was another Agatha Christie from the library, because all the ones I get are from the Agatha Christie Mystery Collection and have the same black hardcover. Then I picked it up and…


…it was the copy of Murder at Hazelmoor (also known as The Sittaford Mystery) which I had lost from the library and for which I already had bought a replacement online.

It wouldn’t be so bad to have a copy of the book except that in my review of it, I had said it wasn’t worth owning a copy, but only worth picking up at the library.

Must be the aliens didn’t think it was worth owning either.

Sources: First photo, from The X-Files; second photo, from album cover of Coulson Dean McGuiness Flint’s Lo and Behold (click on photo to go to hear samples from the album from Rhapsody, if you’re so inclined).

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Meandering Monday #37: The Benedictine edition

This week’s Meandering Monday is brought to you by the Benedictines, specifically Mount Saviour Monastery near Elmira, N.Y. where I visited this past weekend.

Guests are very accommodating as seen by this note found on the coat rack in the chapel:


In the basement of the chapel, meanwhile, Mary’s patience is wearing thin with her new son:

Our Lady Queen of Peace

As he grew older, Mary still finds herself impatient with him as seen here in this statue in St. Joseph Guest House where I stayed:

Mary teaching Jesus to read

A reading teacher, who was a guest along with me this past weekend, said that is how you have to teach brats like that.

Mary, though, finally gets her revenge, by making him, even at the age of 33, stand in a field for three days:

Wooden Jesus

And last but not least:
St. Joseph guest house


A few shout-outs to members of Humor Bloggers dot com this Monday:

1. ettarose of Sanity on Edge first, who organized Guess the Baby Bloggers Contest (click here to see if you can guess first), and then who announced the winner with the bloggers revealed here.

2. Frank Lee MeiDere of i probably don’t like you who organized the HBDC Virtual Road Trip earlier this summer and now is working to put together a souvenir book, complete with self-penned comics, of the entire trip. It’s not finished yet, but so far, it looks really good.

3. and VE of VE’s Fantastical Nonsense who included this blog in his latest round of spoofs of his readers’ blogs, and I feel quite honored (and er, humbled, at the same time).


For a more serious photo post on my past weekend’s visit to Mount Savior, visit here.

Whoa, Nellie (Nelly?)!!!!

No matter how you spell it or say it:

Keith Jackson



I may have been premature in saying yesterday that this blog was moving to a new site.

In fact, if you scroll back to the previous post, you will find no evidence of that ever having been said (oh, the power of backdating).

Author’s note: For the record, I prefer the second way of saying it, at least it looks a little better on the eyes — and sounds better too.

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What would Jesus read? Agatha Christie?

I lost a book tonight…

…from the library.

I don’t know where it is, but I have a theory:

It was raptured.

cartoon image found online various sources

It was an Agatha Christie book.

This all led The Wife in a roundabout way to what would Jesus read?

I thought the Bible, but The Wife said why not Agatha Christie? After all, she said he probably couldn’t keep up with everything that was published each year…

…which makes sense. I mean, look at the numbers of books published per country per year.

It’s hard to imagine even him keeping up with all of them, doesn’t it?

I’d like to imagine he’d be reading Agatha Christie than this:

What Would Jesus Read? Christopher Hitchens.

I mean, really? Hasn’t he read that shtick before?

Didn’t C.S. Lewis refute all that hogwash in Mere Christianity?

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