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Geometry: a Love Story | Bob Shepherd

“Imagination can . . . arrange for parallel lines to meet in secret.” –Shelley Jackson, on Italo Calvino Once upon a time, there were two parallel lines, and they couldn’t stop looking at one another. My lord. Such beauty, each … Continue reading

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Trump: A Commemoration

Trump, of course, has added a number of new words to our language: unpresidented, covfefe, bigly (his pronunciation of big league). But I don’t think those new terms, rich as they are, sufficiently celebrate the man (I’m using the term … Continue reading

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The Most Monstrous Crime in Recent Memory, a Reflection on Holocaust Remebrance Day

In August of 1942, the head of the German administration of the Lodz ghetto (a forced labor camp) ordered the deportation to the Chelmno death camp of all children of Lodz under the age of 10 (the ones too young … Continue reading

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A Government That Looks like America

My Latina granddaughter, watching Kamala Harris being sworn in as Vice President of the United States.

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from Field Notes: Jabba idiota orangii

It is sometimes claimed that, as with Yeti or Bigfoot, there is but one Donald Jabba the Trump. Such cannot be the case, however, for how would such species persist across time? While Jabba idiota orangii is a monotypic taxon, … Continue reading

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A Dummies’-Style Guide to Becoming a Cult Leader

These guidelines will help people to recognize such scam artists when encountering them. Just about all cults include most or all of these elements. Make a Promise that gets at something people really want and don’t have, such as community, … Continue reading

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The President Defends Himself against Accusations of Being a Dog

On Vlad’s Agent Orange (Moscow’s Asset Governing America, MAGA) A suggestion for Family Guy episode in which the dog, Brian, assumes the name Donald, then runs for and is elected to the office of President of the United States. PRESIDENT: … Continue reading

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The Promise of Ed Tech

Ed tech companies are, of course, trying to take advantage of the pandemic to sell politicians and administrators on replacing teachers with educational technology. So, thought I would try my hand at writing some ad copy for these companies: Help … Continue reading

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Your Guide to Surviving Lockdown

Lockdown at home is hard for anyone. That’s why I’ve prepared these tips to make it gas. Paint a face on a basketball and have dinner with it. Join a deranged online community like QAnon. It’s full of people who … Continue reading

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A Star(ter) Is Born: Making Your Own Sourdough Starter from Scratch

All you need for bread is flour, water, salt, and yeast. You can do without the yeast by making your own sourdough starter from water and flour. Here’s how: Long before the ready availability of powdered yeast and baking powder … Continue reading

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