'dip-in' book of humour for cancer patients

What on earth is a ‘dip-in’ book?

When I came home from my cancer op, all I wanted to do was laze around.  The newspapers were too ‘in-depth’ for me – TV needed thought, radio got on my nerves.

The only thing that kept me sane was a little book with photos of dogs doing funny things.   I could ‘dip-in’ to half a dozen pages, then go back to semi-somnolence.  I didn’t need to use any brain-power, but each picture or page bought up a little smile, and sometimes I laughed out loud.

I also found the wonderful Indian doctor (and cartoonist) or should I say cartoonist (and doctor) Dr. Hemant Morparia – whose humour made me laugh about things that happened in hospital – which anyone else would think was weird (but maybe I am!)

So when  a friend (and fellow patient) kept on sending me lovely pieces for the Humour section, I asked if she minded if we kept them and made up a ‘dip-in’ book to sell in aid of Paul’s Cancer Support Centre.  I am now a Trustee, and we are oldest support centre in Britain.

My friend is really keen and faxed me over some fabulous stories, which have kept me in stitches.  Not all of them medical, but what does that matter!  Here is a taste, and if anyone knows of a sponsor who would help us get this book going, please send an email to verite@greenbee.net.

Sample:

These came from notices outside churches etc.  We have similar ones relating to dogs, shoes, fashion, cricket, football, etc.


The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
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The sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on the Water.’ The sermon tonight: ‘Searching for Jesus.’
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Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
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Don’t let worry kill you off – let the Church help.

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Miss Charlene Mason sang ‘I will not pass this way again,’ giving obvious pleasure to the congregation…
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For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
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Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
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Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
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At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What Is Hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir practice
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Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
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Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
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Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
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The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
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Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM – prayer and medication to follow.
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The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
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This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
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Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S. is done.
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The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
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Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.
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The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM.. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
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Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
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The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new campaign slogan last Sunday: “I Upped My Pledge – Up Yours”

end – and if anyone knows a printer with a philanthropic turn of mind, or a company that would like to sponsor such a book – please contact verite@greenbee.net

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One thought on “'dip-in' book of humour for cancer patients

  1. johanna thomson April 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm Reply

    Brilliant, laughed out loud (not something I do too often these days)

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