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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 English 1A Syllabus Summer 2016 Office H121P; Office Hours: Monday through Thursday: 5-6 PM; Email: jmcmahon@elcamino.edu Course Catalog Description: This course is designed to strengthen the students’ ability to read with understanding and discernment, to discuss assigned readings intelligently,... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Breakthrough Writer
I was in Prospect College’s faculty bathroom stall, my pants coiled around my ankles, my eyes focused on Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, the part where he describes how he escaped cannibalism, when I sensed the presence of Mary... Continue reading
Reblogged yesterday at Herculodge
I was in Prospect College’s faculty bathroom stall, my pants coiled around my ankles, my eyes focused on Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, the part where he describes how he escaped cannibalism, when I sensed the presence of Mary Beauregard, one of my students, standing just outside the stall’s... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Put On Your Big Boy Pants
Eventually, I may want a leather strap watch. One of those brands may fill the bill.
The other night I consumed a tub of Greek yogurt with peanut butter and honey so I'd have enough energy to watch a documentary about world hunger. via herculodge.typepad.com Continue reading
Reblogged 7 days ago at Herculodge
The other night I consumed a tub of Greek yogurt with peanut butter and honey 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 time, I eat like a demon. Anxiety propels... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Put On Your Big Boy Pants
What Is Viktor Frankl’s Ultimatum? Tolstoy once wrote that “The existence of death forces us either to utterly reject life or change our lives in such a way so that death cannot strip away the meaning of it.” For Frankl, this type of life change should be our number one... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
Do I Really Believe That All Suffering Leads to Meaning? One of the tenets in Man’s Search for Meaning is that we were put on this world to suffer. We are not to groan in the face of suffering. Rather, we are to embrace suffering in the service of finding... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
Rodney Dangerfield's Determinism Vs. Viktor Frankl's Free Will Rodney Dangerfield is the classic determinist. You’re born a certain way, and that is’ it. Done. At the other end of the spectrum is Viktor Frankl. In his anti-deterministic philosophy, you may reach a point in your life where realize you are... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
Not All Freak Shows Are Equal Hardly a day ever passes in which I do not hear the biting quote that the brilliant king of cynicism George Carlin once said during a performance: “When you’re born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
Waiting for the Grand Metamorphosis That May Never Happen To exorcise this demonic lion from my soul would be a moment of catharsis. A therapist would call such an exorcism a “breakthrough.” Any person, in therapy or not, can have such a “breakthrough.” I’ve had a few such breakthroughs in... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
The Scaredy-Cat Within I am cursed with a doppelganger, one that mirrors my secret depravities and incurable weaknesses and to see this reflection causes me to violently recoil and turn my head in disgust. The doppelganger in question is Bert Lahr dressed up as the Cowardly Lion in the 1939... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
We Must Conquer Our Demons Before They Conquer Us One cannot talk about shitting the bed without mentioning shame. This sense of shame causes us to recoil inside ourselves and disconnect from the world and others. This disconnection makes us vulnerable to more episodes of shitting the bed. Thus shitting... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
The Cowardly Believer I bring no glory to God, as I am commanded; nor do I believe God to be loving, as the Bible describes him. To the contrary, I find God, as he is commonly conceived, to be loathsome because he created an eternal torture pit, Hell, which he... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
Nothing that cheap. The less priced Citizen Grand Touring is about $690. If I find a Seiko that looks like that for 300, I'll let you know.
The Danger of Bottling-Up Our Bed-Shitting Tendencies What do we do when we know deep down we are something we don’t want to be, a bed-shitter for example, and we want to hide this fact from others and ourselves? Ironically enough, we rely on bullshit. But all the ploys we... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
The Man Who Sprints to Restaurants Since those days of being the unhinged young man in the rakish pirate shirt, have I transformed, now twenty-five years later at the age of 54 with a wife and twin daughters, to a mature man who is now wise and self-possessed? To answer... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
Shitting the Bed It’s a good exercise to look back at your life and find anecdotes that define something fundamental about your personality. If you’re a bullshitter, like I am, an anecdote can explain the causes of your bullshitting. One such anecdote comes to mind: I was in my late... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
Unworthy Viktor Frankl Disciple When it comes to addressing human suffering—mine and everyone else’s—I keep going back to Man’s Search for Meaning. But in spite of my admiration for this heroic author, I don’t feel like a worthy disciple. A bona fide Viktor Frankl disciple is a mature human being... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
When the Bullshit Light Switch Turns Off But then we reach an age where the bullshit doesn’t work anymore. We reach an age where we can smell the grave, so to speak. Our awareness of our death and our life narrative is so clearly defined that we can no longer... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
The Importance of Keeping Busy Viktor Frankl warns us that without a purpose, people go into decline and they hate their life because they see “it as something of no consequence.” The knowledge that deep down that we are a degraded version of ourselves and that our life is without... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
Working Overtime to Buy a Lexus Is Bullshit One of my students wrote an essay about his neighbor, an engineer, who became envious when a neighbor bought a Lexus. This envious neighbor worked overtime to buy an even bigger, higher priced model Lexus than his neighbor’s. He worked so many... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia
When Social Media Becomes a Self-Imposed Prison Living in America in the social media age, we see a different kind of imprisonment, a self-imposed one, in which the prisoners choose to be beholden to spending their days and nights on their smartphones, uploading photos of themselves, and aspiring to being... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Leaving Anhedonia