Monthly Archives: June 2018

“Homecoming went well…”

Homecoming went well this year. The Stags played the Mott Mohicans here and won 49-7. Stoop Harcourt pulled the “Sensation of the Stag Nation” float in the Saturday parade with that old Allis Chalmers tractor of his. His daughter Lirick … Continue reading

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“Tough Rocks”

Tough Rocks “Two exoplanets proven hard to kill!” A headline like that promises a thrill. “The two survived their dying star’s last gasp,” It says, but this is difficult to grasp. The parent star turned red, puffed up, and died. … Continue reading

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“When did you stop beating your wife?”

“Through his mysterious and appealing lectures, they were guided away from the cold sobriety of genuine knowledge into the picturesque realms of pseudoscience….” (Grete de Francesco, “The Power of the Charlatan,” quoted by John Ganz in an opinion piece in … Continue reading

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“A Modest Proposal”

Jonathan Swift wrote that the babies of the poor should be spitted, roasted, and consumed. The quotation, in Latin, crowns the main gate to Baldershanks, Sir Alistair Chichester’s estate in Chichesterton-Upon-Hogg. Many have dismissed the Swiftian proposition as merely a mischievous … Continue reading

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“Dancing Tango…”

“But what we fail to do in politics — harness our shared humanity — we do so easily in dance. We embrace the other. We take into account another person’s comfort, how our pace and pressure feel. We compromise to … Continue reading

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This just in!

The restaurant in the UK House of Parliament has changed the name of a classic British dessert known as “spotted dick”; henceforth it will be called “spotted richard.” (Eater, June 18, 2018) Spotted dick was featured in the cozy supper … Continue reading

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“The Rape of Dinah” (Genesis)

“If I were preaching the story of Dinah, I might simply ask, “How do you think she felt?” It’s a question that some men have never considered. Though some abusers are beyond the reach of compassion, I have in my … Continue reading

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