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I am Jeff McMahon. I teach college English, I'm married to a middle school English teacher, and we have a "rescue" dog, Gretchen, with special emotional needs, though I imagine we're now just as dependent on Gretchen as she is on us. herculogical@verizon.net
Interests: power yoga, combat conditioning, cars that possess the i've-got-to-have-it factor, vegetarian cooking, blissed-out naval-gazer and underground dream pop music, a few well-chiseled books. other website: http://herculodge.typepad.com/
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McMahon Grammar Lesson: Comma Rules (based in part by Diana Hacker’s Rules for Writers) Commas are designed to help writers avoid confusing sentences and to clarify the logic of their sentences. If you cook Jeff will clean the dishes. (Will you cook Jeff?) While we were eating a rattlesnake approached... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Critical Thinker
While I dislike most Invictas, I love the Force Master 4831 and 4830. They hit a home run with those models.
You have a good memory. I remember that quote. Big ugly watches indeed.
I love Lionel Richie. "Zoom" is my favorite. But I hear you. I do indeed need to slow down.
Having a watch fetish is a pain in the ass and costly. I'm beginning to wonder if it's a fun hobby. Obsessions get the best of me.
McMahon Grammar Lesson: Comma Rules (based in part by Diana Hacker’s Rules for Writers) Commas are designed to help writers avoid confusing sentences and to clarify the logic of their sentences. If you cook Jeff will clean the dishes. (Will... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
In-Class Bluebook Exam Prompt Develop a thesis that argues how convincing, or not, Barbara Ehrenreich (606) shows that celebrated author Michael Harrington is guilty of creating an insidious "double message" about the poor that consigns the poor to "Otherness" while Ehrenreich replaces that Otherness Myth with the truth she discovered... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Critical Thinker
Time to Turn Off the Bullshit Switch The other night I consumed a tub of hummus and a bag of spicy tortilla chips so I'd have enough energy to watch a documentary about world hunger. I wasn't really hungry. I was anxious. Whenever I get anxious, which is all the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
In this CNN summary of Elaine Pagels' book on Revelations, we see the 4 myths of Revelations, which has been a real head trip throughout the centuries. Related articles When Fathers Knew Everything Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
In Dan Barker's Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists, Barker critiques the doctrine of hell: Speaking for myself, if the biblical heaven and hell exist, I would choose hell. Having to spend eternity pretending to worship a petty tyrant who tortures those who insult his... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
Thomas A. Smith has written an in-depth analysis of the various temperatures of hell throughout history in his essay "The Temperature of Hell." Related articles When Fathers Knew Everything Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
I feel oppressed by my watch addiction. It's no longer a fun hobby, but a repetitive cycle of wasted money and vanity. I prefer to be happy with the 7 watches in my collection and march forward, leave anhedonia, if you will. So there is my first wish for the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
In-Class Bluebook Exam Prompt Develop a thesis that argues how convincing, or not, Barbara Ehrenreich (606) shows that celebrated author Michael Harrington is guilty of creating an insidious "double message" about the poor that consigns the poor to "Otherness" while Ehrenreich replaces that Otherness Myth with the truth she discovered... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Critical Thinker
Part One: The Myth of Class, Education, and Race in America One. What We Really Miss About the 1950s by Stephanie Coontz 25 Two. The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates 572 Three. The Essentials of a Good Education by Diane Ravitch 105 Four. Against School by John Gatto 114... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Books Go In One Ear and Out the Other I’ve got stacks of books by Bart Ehrman, Dan Barker, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Julia Sweeney, and others and when I read them I feel better, but once the reading is over I’m back to my hell fear. All... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
"The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans" "How Americans Became So Sensitive to Harm" Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Critical Thinker
First Option Defend, support, or refute the argument that Man’s Search for Meaning gives us a cogent, appropriate and insightful analysis for evaluating Nikolai’s moral dissolution in the Chekhov short story “Gooseberries.” Second Option: Defend, support, or complicate the argument... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at Breakthrough Writer
Ulysses, well stated. I'm reminded of Kierkegaard: "Fulfillment is in the wish."
When asked to explain what he would say to someone who fears hell, Bart Ehrman explains, on his blog: I suppose the first thing I’d say is that I understand the fear very well, from the inside, as I too used to have it. This was especially a problem for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
I second that. Domed crystals are one of my favorite features in a watch.
Your In-Class Bluebook Exam for 5-4-16: From Writing #5 in Acting Out Culture, page 295: For hooks, there is a complicated relationship between education and desire. Write an essay in which you analyze how this relationship works, according to hooks.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay 5, Your Final Research Paper Worth 150 Points: Chapter 4 “How We Learn” from Acting Out Culture (Choose One Below) First Option In a 5-page essay, not including Works Cited page, support, refute, or complicate the argument that the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Breakthrough Writer
The CGT has really grown on me. I love the domed sapphire. I'm confident it has higher build quality than the MM300 overall. My desire for the MM300 has waned over the months.
First Option Defend, support, or refute the argument that Man’s Search for Meaning gives us a cogent, appropriate and insightful analysis for evaluating Nikolai’s moral dissolution in the Chekhov short story “Gooseberries.” Second Option: Defend, support, or complicate the argument... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Breakthrough Writer
English 1C Final Essay Requirements One. Students will express critical viewpoints and develop original thesis-driven arguments in response to social, political, and philosophical issues and/or to works of literature and literary theory. This argumentative essay will be well organized, demonstrate an ability to support a claim using analysis and elements... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Critical Thinker