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Adkins’ Writing Is Moving to JTA is Me

I have news that won’t change your life, but it will change your inbox for your email if you subscribe to this blog.

Laughter is a Leap, the place of publication for John Adkins, is going away, only to rise again as…

JTAisMe.com, the place where JT Adkins writes.

Of course JT Adkins is me (just as the web address so grammatically states), and if you visit the new site, you’ll see it looks a lot like this old one.  It’s just a slightly different creative direction and a much shorter url. It also marks the end of me managing posting in two places.

If you are an email subscriber to Laughter is a Leap FEAR NOT! Your subscription has been moved to JTA is Me, and you should begin receiving emails when I post very soon.  I’ve missed writing (and interacting with people about writing) a lot, and I’m looking forward to getting back at it.

My only regret is that the JTA is Me logo has no place for the little Laughter is a Leap angel in the logo that was brought to us by our friend Erin.

Leaping Laughing Angel

On the first try, Erin drew an angel that was exactly what I asked for as an expression of the sentiment of the quote after which the website was named:

Seriousness is not a virtue…
it is the easiest thing to do.

For solemnity flows out of men naturally;
but laughter is a leap.

-G.K. Chesterton: Orthodoxy

Even more specifically, Chesterton said:

A characteristic of the great saints is their power of levity. Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly. This has been always the instinct of Christendom, and especially the instinct of Christian art.

Over at JTAisMe.com I promise I will continue to take myself lightly, and I hope you’ll come along for the flight.

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Oh joy

When you think of Joy what do you think of?  A dish detergent? An obnoxious daytime talk personality? A candy bar’s last name?

Joy is hard to come by.  If Laughter is a leap, then Joy is a jump.  If you don’t believe me, just ask this guy from a video I’m about to tell you about.

Joy is seriously underrated.

I’m not 100% sure what he’s up to, other than laundry and entertainment, but the video he’s briefly in has everything to do with Joy.  It’s from a band called Rend Collective, about which I know very little except that they have the same last name as the Borg Collective, which is a little frightening.

It’s not a music video.  Check it out!  It’s always easier to get a breath of fresh air about Joy from a guy from Northern Aaarerland.


Please comment below and let me know what you think.  I think Joy has been seriously underrated.

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Seriously. Waist Training.

Today, America’s Most Trusted News Source, E Entertainment News, has revealed to me several things that I did not know, all through an article on Waist Training.

The original article is here.  In it, I learned these things:

The Young Woman In The Picture Above is Scout Willis (with her sister Tallulah).

I think I’m supposed to know about Scout because she is the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.  I knew they named one of their kids Scout, but I couldn’t have told you with certainty whether Scout was a boy or a girl.  Apparently, she is a girl.

Scout sometimes forgets to finish getting dressed.

Tallulah is covering for her, however.

There is a Waist Training Craze.

This is was my final and most important lesson from E!  Based on this article, I did a little research and found that, indeed there is a thing called Waist Training.  It used to be called Wearing A Corset, which, during my lifetime, was generally referred to as Crazy.

Apparently Scout and the other celebrity adherents to the Waist Training Craze missed the day in sociology class where they teach that corsets were one of the expressions of oppressive, Victorian misogyny.  But maybe celebrity kids get to skip that class.

So, it would seem that there are people who think that shoving your guts into an unnaturally smaller space will train them to actually be smaller.  While this seems counterintuitive, or as earlier referenced, Crazy, it is a an appealing notion.  Based on this theory, I’m starting a new fitness craze myself.

JT Adkins’ Superhero Ab Training.

My fitness craze begins as soon as my new wearable fitness apparatus arrives from Amazon.  I call it Superhero Ab Training and I’m really looking forward to the results it will yield.

JT Adkins' Batman Ab Trainer

If only I had known that changing my physique was going to be this easy.

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Hill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Candidates are declaring their White House intentions, so soon we will be learning from each candidate how every other candidate is one of the Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse.  I’m not looking forward to that.

It will take some cooperation from Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton, but I have a multi-partisan solution that will end all the fighting.


Think about it.  According to the 1989 documentary, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill and Ted’s music helps bring an end to war and poverty, aligns the planets, and enables meaningful contact with all forms of life from extra terrestrials to common household pets.

Bill and Ted party on
Welcome to the hall of presidents!

If Bill and Ted can do all that, think what Hill and Ted could accomplish!

Now, of course, to be completely multi-partisan, Hill & Ted will have to be the first Co-Presidents, but it’ll be worth it.  The partisan bickering of 300 million people will cease and will be carried out exclusively within the walls of the Oval Office.  During their frequent recesses, Congress members will actually have recess outside together.  Supreme Court justices will live in harmony and trade in their solemn black robes for gentle, complimentary pastels. All taxation shall cease.  Or increase.  (We dare not hope too much)

Anyway, never mind the details.  Hill & Ted need your help! 

Please contribute your most triumphant multi-partisan slogan below.


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Political Debate: Not a piece of cake

The raging debate over Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, reminds me why I largely gave up writing about politics: Nobody tells the whole truth and everyone exaggerates.  (Yes, this is an exaggeration, but I’m talking about politics!)

Political debates and issues really matter, but golly, they wear me out.

With the Indiana RFRA case, the discussion often turns to the example of a conservative Christian couple that was sued because they refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding.  Are the bakers discriminating or exercising their religious freedom?  Neither?  Both?  I think an appealing solution to this problem would be to pass a law stating that all commercially produced cakes have to look like this:

However, my Bag End Cake Compliance Act (BECCA) seems stalled in committee, so what do we do about this issue in general and about Indiana in particular?

Apparently, what we do is name call and obfuscate.

Both sides claim the other side is lying.  Listening to the news, I’m pretty sure that with RFRA, discrimination will soon be rampant in Indiana and likely throughout the universe in perpetuity.  But, the news also tells me that without RFRA, Jewish bakers will be forced to make cakes for skin heads and the apocalypse will soon come galloping around the corner.

I’m pretty sure neither one is true.  Perhaps we should assemble representatives from both sides and have them calmly debate the issue whilst eating non-offensive cakes from the bakers of their choice.

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