Danish comedian Victor Borge is credited with observing, “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” Jason Micheli must surely be Borge’s prodigy. Though Micheli lives in Alexandria, VA, his humor in writing and in conversations over Skype have brought him very near me here in Fly Over Country. It All Started with a Punch in the Gut Father Richard Rohr once described Number 1’s on the Enneagram, sometimes referred to as Reformers or Idealists, as being the sort of person that takes life’s adversities as a full body blow. While I don’t score as a Number 1 on the Enneagram, I took the news that Jason Micheli had been diagnosed with cancer as if it were a full body blow. Remember, we have never met. But that voice! I heard Jason for the first time when he called into a friend’s podcast and left a message. Googling led me to his website, tamedcynic. His writing resonated not for just a few reasons. I followed his blog. Then more than a year ago it went dark. There were no new posts. I could not figure out what had happened. No phone number. No Skype handle. Several months later I noticed posts on his website. Clicking over to read left me stunned. Jason was battling cancer. If I may describe the news as a punch in the gut, Jason had been hounded by a pain the gut. An exploratory test left him with the results, “You have state serious cancer.” No laughing matter. Humor Plays Many Roles G. Elton Trueblood, author of The Humor of Christ, once said, “Never trust a theologian who doesn’t have a sense of humor.” If that is the case, then Jason Micheli racks up plenty of trust.