Courtney T. Ball

Category - Humor

Zit Karma and Other Superstitions

My wife and I believe in “zit karma”. The way it works is, if you point out a pimple on someone’s face, you are doomed to get an equal or greater blemish on your own. It’s the universe’s way of making sure you don’t become callous toward the dermatological misfortunes of others. It teaches us compassion. Zit...

Jake’s First Trip to Red’s

I was seven years old the first time I got my hair cut at Red’s Barber Shop. Up till that point, my mom had been cutting my hair on the back porch or in the kitchen. She figured there wasn’t much point to spending hard-earned money on a barber when most of the time I did my best to look disheveled anyway. She changed her mind after the second...

Pastor Bucky and the Mardi Grass Scare

Early in his career as Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church, Pastor Bucky was given the task of preparing the ashes for Ash Wednesday, a holy day which marks the beginning of Lent. He accepted the job without knowing much about how to carry it out. All he knew was that the ashes were made of palm fronds from last year’s Palm Sunday...

I Can’t Compete with That!

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“How (and why) to Travel Around the World” by Andy Stoll Today I watched the above video which promotes Andy Stoll as a public speaker. Andy is a guy I know here in Cedar Rapids. My brother Clint sent methis link to a speakers website on which Andy is featured. He added with encouragement, “You could do this as well as Andy or some...

Lorde Visits the Hairy Nation

My brother Chris told me a fun story today. First, a little background. Chris lives in Bloomfield, Iowa, a small county seat roughly twenty miles from the Missouri border. Several years back he read an old book about Bloomfield called The Rise and Progress of Civilization in the Hairy Nation. Not long after that, a woman he knew named Nancy...

Pastor Bucky and the Stinkers

Concept artwork for their first album, “Ode to Odor” Not long ago, Pastor Bucky was asked to be on the Youth Services Advisory Board for his county’s Department of Public Health. In his first meeting, the topic of discussion was the importance of teaching good hygiene to young kids. It was a pretty dull conversation at first, but then Molly...

Sunday Lunch at the Knouse House

These are stories about my great grandpa and grandma Knouse. My dad shared these with me when I visited with him last week. Wallace Hines was not a well-educated man. Most of his book learning came from the Old Farmer’s Almanac, which he read religiously and memorized sections of. He ran a strict house, and by the time his daughter Daisy became...

Chasing Chickens

Photo courtesy of Hannah White: friend, photographer, and owner of chickens When I was a boy, I loved to visit my grandparents’ house. At my mom’s parents’, I would play outside, pick fruit off the trees, or work on projects in Grandpa’s shop. At my dad’s parents’ house, I would explore the barn, play in nearby fields, and visit with...