About Me and the Tygerpen Blog

There’s a lot of unintentionally funny stuff out there. Absurdities. And looney people you need to keep an eye on.

But enough about me.

Well, o.k. Here’s a little more:

My humor articles have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Examiner, The Sacramento Bee, The Oregonian, literary magazines, parenting presses, and other newspapers and magazines. I was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, the “Oscar” of literary magazines, for a humorous short story.

My resume says I’ve been an attorney, a national insurance company executive, a high school social studies teacher, and a speechwriter. My occupational preference would be—- humorist.

Unlike most humor blogs, this is not a daily stream-of conscious patter about my ups and down.  I  enjoy writing about the unusual, the quirky, and taking a friendly poke at politicians and politics from both sides of the aisle. Judging from comments I receive, my readers include conservatives, liberals/progressives, centrists, independents, and “I don’t have time to keep up on stuff” people.

I’m thrilled that the folks at the New Yorker’s Shouts and Murmurs department (their humor section) are fans of my humor writing. (See their letter on the Home Page, right column.)

One description of my blog from another website: ” …Gardner writes about family, politics, religion, and yes, no doubt she’ll finally get to the weather. All the topics one is supposed to avoid in polite company. You don’t have to invite her to a party, just read her blog.”

I hope you will and often. If you enjoy it, please share the blog and its posts with those you care about. (Or, depending on the topic, send it those who need a good  poke!)

My best to you,


(A/K/A  Trudi York Gardner)

READERS’ COMMENTS  (See also “Comments” section after each post)

16 responses to “About Me and the Tygerpen Blog

  1. Trudi – I love your writing – you make me laugh and smile – You are so talented and I wish you would write a humorous book. The world needs more laughter.

  2. Karen, you are SO kind!!! You made my day (my month, my year, my decade!!!) I hope you will share my blog with your family and pals. Meanwhile, I’ll have to figure out a way to bring YOU into the stories. Heh heh..EC (Evil Chuckle)

    Love to you,


  3. Just read your skunk-smell-in-the-morning post. Love your writing ! Happy Mother’s Day !

  4. Dear xyo8,

    Thank you so much your kind Mother’s Day wishes. I was on a one night weekend trip (figure that one out) after dragging Alan off to the Monterey, CA area. Andy (the 22 year old) called to wish me Happy Mother’s Day, but had to cut his call short because he was memorizing his next script. (I know what you’re thinking: is this another nude performance? I’m not going to ask. I’m taking bets, though, if you want to join the pool.) Jordan (the 24-year-old who still lives at home) called to wish me HMD, too. When I arrived back at the house, I saw he had left me dirty dishes on the counters and in the kitchen sink from entertaining friends. I know this is his way to remind me how much he values me as a mother. What more could I ask?
    Don’t answer that.

    Best to you,
    P.S. I’m so appreciative you’re a Tygerpen
    reader. Since you enjoyed the skunk-smell
    post, you might particularly enjoy the post: “Pees Porridge Hot: Some Like it in the Pot Nine Days Old.”

  5. Great work, Trudi. Wonderful break from the challenges of work. We need more laughs. Thanks again.

  6. Hi Kris,

    So glad you enjoyed the posts. You’d also enjoy the spam I received from fans of Andy’s performance.

    Best to you,


  7. Trudi, I enjoyed reading your essays, particulary the one on Adam Sandler. You have a lot of talent. I will make sure my staff is aware of your website. Jim

  8. Jim, thank you so much for you comment and your desire (threat?) to make your staff aware of my website. As for “you have a lot of talent,”
    are you sure you’re reading MY tygerpen blog?
    Is your eyesight giving you trouble? I could recommend a good opthamologist.

    Warmest regards,


  9. Trudi, you were right…I DO love this blog! Nice meeting you yesterday…and my eyesight’s fine, I guarantee it [channeling that guy from the Men’s Warehouse who drops his voice from nasal to baritone so we won’t notice the Bronx accent!].

  10. (oops, am I not supposed to use my name? If that’s the rule, feel free to change it!)

  11. Hi Victoria,

    We’ll just pretend you didn’t write your name, o.k. Victoria? Victoria, thank you for your note and kind comments. I admit when I went to hear you speak, Victoria, on your terrific new book, Face in the Mirror, I thought it was going to be a series of personal essays from women who’ve looked back on their lives to evaluate if they’ve used cosmetics more effectively now or years ago. For sure I thought I’d find essays by Amy Winehouse and the late Tammy Faye Bakker. Victoria, you can imagine my surprise when I saw on the cover of Face In the Mirror that there was an essay inside by Alan Dershowitz. Victoria, I never guessed Alan wore makeup other than a little mascara and eyeliner. You can imagine how relieved I was that your absorbing book didn’t delve into that!

    Best to you & congrats on the book,

    Tygerpen XXXX

  12. Judith Moorman

    I just read your humor piece, “Hum (or eat) a Few Bars” and am so happy to learn that my enjoyment of chocolate is sanctioned in Jewish text and practice! I no longer need to feel guilty about this pleasure.

    Another pleasure will now be reading your blog.

  13. Hi Judith,
    Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing you history of guilt over chocolate. I feel guilty that your guilt was exposed for all the readers to see but I’m also feeling extra guilt because I never had any guilt over eating chocolate…..until recently when 60 Minutes ran a story about sugar being dangerous and never exempted chocolate which, as you and I know, cures cancer as well as the common cold unless not eaten in sufficient quantities. Meanwhile, a good place to take yourself is the synagogue I’ve been considering for years—-“Congregation Beth Shokolada—but couldn’t afford the membership.

    Warmest wishes,


  14. P.S. No comments please about the misspelling of Tygerpen. Someone moved the “g” key on the keyboard.

  15. Judith Moorman

    The “g” key was removed, compliments of the rabbi at Beth Shokolada, (love the name!) so that the word “guilt” could no longer be part of one’s vocabulary!

  16. hlad you fihured that out, Judith!! Thanks!!

    XXXX Tyherpen


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