Wit & Whimsy

Do not challenge supernatural unless armed with sword of truth.

“Kung Hei Fat Choi!” Today, according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar begins THE YEAR OF THE TIGER (February 1st, 2022 – January 31st, 2023.) And since our Detective Charlie Chan was of Chinese ancestry, I thought it appropriate to post about that today! Tradition tells us to first visit the eldest seniors in the family … Continue reading Do not challenge supernatural unless armed with sword of truth.

The 2021 Charlie Chan Family Home Newsletter. Plus, Sherwin-Williams paint suggests Arugula Pizza and Cherries Jubilee this holiday!

I’ll get to the newsletter later (link’s at bottom, check it out!) But first, regarding those holiday recommendations I got in an email from Sherwin-Williams I ask you, “have things gotten out of hand?” First, I’m not that fond of arugula (especially on pizza). Second, what the heck are they doing suggesting holiday food menus? … Continue reading The 2021 Charlie Chan Family Home Newsletter. Plus, Sherwin-Williams paint suggests Arugula Pizza and Cherries Jubilee this holiday!

Like the Sunday Funnies? Then you’re in luck. As of yesterday The Charlie Chan Sunday Comics are back!

Are you tired of Mary Worth‘s lethargic pace? Is The Born Loser starting to bore you? Does Doonsbury get under your skin? Then you’re in luck! Because yesterday, October 31st, began another three and one-half years romp through The Charlie Chan Sunday Comics (no trick, just treat!) On October 30, 1938, a Sunday comic strip … Continue reading Like the Sunday Funnies? Then you’re in luck. As of yesterday The Charlie Chan Sunday Comics are back!

What ever happened to that ole classic: The Karate Chop?

Ever wonder where that old favorite of the ’60s and ’70s television disappeared to? You know what I’m talking about–The karate chop! That open-hand slice to the back of the neck that took down an adversary in record time. And it was pretty safe too! When someone woke-up from it they just shook their head … Continue reading What ever happened to that ole classic: The Karate Chop?

The Man Who Murdered Santa Claus – A Charlie Chan mystery!

Haven’t we all brooded over a holiday season or two, deep with regret Author Earl Derr Biggers never got the chance to pen a Charlie Chan Christmas mystery? OK, perhaps that never topped your list of major heartbreaks, but it’s still a shame. I mean who doesn’t love a good holiday “who done it?” Good … Continue reading The Man Who Murdered Santa Claus – A Charlie Chan mystery!

It’s November and Charlie Chan wants YOU at the polls!

Well, it’s here! November 3d, 2020 is just days away; time for what promises to be quite the onerous general election. But don’t believe for a second that a president, congressional delegates, governors and local ballot issues are the only choices requiring your attention at the polls this month! Each month, since March 2003, Webmaster … Continue reading It’s November and Charlie Chan wants YOU at the polls!

Everyone remembers their first time! Mine–October 2012.

This year the 51st Anniversary Bouchercon is being held Virtually, October 16 – 17, 2020 from Sacramento California. So I’m breaking my once-monthly blog rule to share my first time with you… The fall of 2012, I attended my first Bouchercon (famed world mystery convention.) I was ecstatic it was being held in my hometown … Continue reading Everyone remembers their first time! Mine–October 2012.

This year’s holiday stocking stuffer…Cherry CHAN Candy!

It’s Christmas Eve, circa 1960! The aluminum tree is up and the children are nestled all snug in their beds. It’s time to fill those stockings hung by the chimney with care. You grab the old favorites: some jacks, a sliding puzzle square or Chinese-finger puzzle, a yo-yo, cap bombs, a ping pong paddle or … Continue reading This year’s holiday stocking stuffer…Cherry CHAN Candy!

Those loveable “Sidekicks!” Who’s your favorite?

The Sidekick, we all love them. Robinson Crusoe had his man Friday and Tom Sawyer had Huckleberry Finn. And while Batman had Robin, Tony Stark engaged a computer-interface language system, J.A.R.V.I.S.–Just A Rather Very Intelligent System (in case you didn’t know.) But it can also get lonely when one is trying to solve those little … Continue reading Those loveable “Sidekicks!” Who’s your favorite?

Charlie Chan at the Museum! Not the movie; Cleveland and Honolulu Police Museums.

I have a confession…I’m a philatelist. There I said it! Yes, I collect stamps. More specific, for a while I was hell bent on making my own cachet envelopes (that’s an envelope with a picture that’s stamped, printed, or embossed below the return address). I made them to have first day postmarks cancelled on them … Continue reading Charlie Chan at the Museum! Not the movie; Cleveland and Honolulu Police Museums.

Two can play at that game Mr. Chan…and I never lose!

Actually, up to four players for these exciting card and board games—read on! Before the internet, cell phones, X-box, and on-line gaming, people more often gathered at a neighbor’s or relative’s house for a good old-fashioned game night. This might be a card game, such as: Bridge, Pinochle, or Hearts. Or it could entail a … Continue reading Two can play at that game Mr. Chan…and I never lose!