“PUNS NOT GUNS” Manifesto by Top Pun

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“Some claim that are the lowest form of comedy. Dan, rather, says, “ are the lowest form of .” Choose your weepin’! I prefer to hit ’em in the groan. Though and untrained minds can produce a “Not see,” and arms go hand in hand when used as a righting instrument. Mixing with peacework puts you in the dis’armament ; and though doesn’t pay, the prophets are good. With , and sharing a little peace of mine, we can realize that one side fits all. In , it’s that have too “meanings” for the price of won. Sometimes it takes everything we’ve got to see the blight (as they say, “sinner takes all”). While some may feel it’s an impossible on wars (a mortality for sure), all it takes is a sick sense (no relation to paranormal parents). Let’s have some serious fun (a free for all). is no yoke. Think good that the pun is mightier than the sword!”

I wrote this early on in my career as .  I have been a terrible punster as long as I can remember, and I have been interested in a wide range of issues since I was a young adult.  I remember that my parents, recognizing my propensity towards , gave me a dictionary of as a one year for my birthday.  In this pun dictionary, it was stated that there are an infinite number of .  At first, and actually for a very long , I thought that this could not be possible.  Now, after cementing my as the best punster for peace in the English-speaking world, I have little difficulty recognizing that there aren’t infinite number of .  I am a little surprised that this “ Not Guns” has held up so well for me over the years. I think that maybe I’m onto something with this punning thing.

As you can tell from the , much of my early comes from involvement in the peace movement.  seems to be the thread that ties together all of the many issues that I’m interested in.  Of course, perhaps conveniently, I define very broadly (that’s non-broadly if you’re a woman).  Actually, while my first foray into was in the late 70s when my took me to a peace conference at our , Central United Methodist Church in Detroit.  This is the most salient event that I can identify as far as my raising around peace issues.  Back to the whole issue of , I defined and extreme as has continued to be the defining issue for me in relation to the world.  The interface between great affluence and extreme has always challenged and perplexed me.  It is very difficult for me to reconcile these cruel and destructive differences in a world with so much.  The fact that such issues are deep and central to me really comes as no surprise.  In fact, I was literally born into it.  I was born in while my parents were serving as medical missionaries with the Mennonite Central Committee.  My father was a physician at the , and my mother was a nurse at the have a tradition of encouraging their young folks after high school or college to perform some service to others.  Also, while I have been a lifelong United Methodist, I come from a very long line of .  This influence has been very strong, with predictable outcomes, in the sense, that peace and and simple living are powerful themes in my .  Little did I realize early in my that I was a good candidate for being a hippie.  My parents never really spoke that much about their experiences in , and when they did speak of their experiences in , they spoke rather nonchalantly.  Perhaps paradoxically, this more casual exceptions of what is hardly typical service, instilled in me that such commitment and service should be ; and for me it was .

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