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herculodge
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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Essay #4 Options (Needs 5 sources for Works Cited) Due July 27 One. Support, refute, or complicate the argument that the presence of trolls on Twitter compel us to delete our Twitter account. Consult Lindy West's "I've Left Twitter," Joel... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #4 Options (Needs 5 sources for Works Cited) Due July 27 One. Support, refute, or complicate the argument that the presence of trolls on Twitter compel us to delete our Twitter account. Consult Lindy West's "I've Left Twitter," Joel... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #4 Options (Needs 5 sources for Works Cited) Due July 27 One. Support, refute, or complicate the argument that the presence of trolls on Twitter compel us to delete our Twitter account. Consult Lindy West's "I've Left Twitter," Joel... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
Ushering in the era of a fraudulent universe is the Yule Log that burns brightly every Christmas season on televisions throughout the country. This tradition started in New York when in 1966 WPIX President Fred Thrower cancelled all programming on... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 13, 2017 at Herculodge
Ushering in the era of a fraudulent universe is the Yule Log that burns brightly every Christmas season on televisions throughout the country. This tradition started in New York when in 1966 WPIX President Fred Thrower cancelled all programming on Christmas Eve and delivered a “Christmas card” to his TV... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Death by Tofurkey
One of the most comically absurd catalogs in our nation’s history is SkyMall, which has featured a kitty cat drinking fountain, a life-size garden statue of Bigfoot, a Night Glow Toilet Seat, a Wine Glass Holder Necklace, a Talking Smurf... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 13, 2017 at Herculodge
In the early 1980s, I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area, majoring in English, and learning for the first time the difference between a phrase and a clause and a gerund and a participle with the fascination of... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 13, 2017 at Herculodge
There might be the temptation to use another, more popular term for living a life devoted to substitutions: lifehacker. We must repel this temptation. Implementing a lifehack is for the most part a good thing. Take the title of Keith Bradford’s book Life Hacks: Any Procedure or Action That Solves... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Death by Tofurkey
In my last post, I wrote there are "a type of people who seek false solutions to their problems and by doing so evidence a strong degree of gullibility, desperation, and stunted self-awareness." Take, for example, a recent divorced high school teacher who wants a man but doesn’t want the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Death by Tofurkey
One of the most comically absurd catalogs in our nation’s history is SkyMall, which has featured a kitty cat drinking fountain, a life-size garden statue of Bigfoot, a Night Glow Toilet Seat, a Wine Glass Holder Necklace, a Talking Smurf Toothbrush, a Dog Dung Vacuum Cleaner, and Justin Bieber mint-flavored... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Death by Tofurkey
In the early 1980s, I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area, majoring in English, and learning for the first time the difference between a phrase and a clause and a gerund and a participle with the fascination of a science geek’s first glimpse of cellular mitosis. Before my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Death by Tofurkey
Essay #4 Options (Needs 5 sources for Works Cited) Due July 27 One. Support, refute, or complicate the argument that the presence of trolls on Twitter compel us to delete our Twitter account. Consult Lindy West's "I've Left Twitter," Joel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
"Our Baby, Her Womb" by Arlie Russell Hochschild One. What is a typical surrogate mom situation? A woman hits about 40 because she's worked during that time, she has a lot of financial resources, and she realizes she's too old... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #3 Options Due July 17 Option One. Refute, support, or complicate Asma’s assertion that green guilt is not only a relative to religious guilt but speaks to our drive to sacrifice self-indulgence for the drive of altruistic self-preservation and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #3 Options Due July 17 Option One. Refute, support, or complicate Asma’s assertion that green guilt is not only a relative to religious guilt but speaks to our drive to sacrifice self-indulgence for the drive of altruistic self-preservation and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Christopher Vyce of Brattle Agency sent an email that he found your novel promising, but that he needed to stick with nonfiction. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Essay #3 Options Due July 17 Option One. Refute, support, or complicate Asma’s assertion that green guilt is not only a relative to religious guilt but speaks to our drive to sacrifice self-indulgence for the drive of altruistic self-preservation and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #3 Options Due July 17 Option One. Refute, support, or complicate Asma’s assertion that green guilt is not only a relative to religious guilt but speaks to our drive to sacrifice self-indulgence for the drive of altruistic self-preservation and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Develop a thesis that supports or refutes the notion that smartphones and social media stunt college students' maturity and their college success. Incorporate the ideas of Sherry Turkle and Cal Newport into your supporting paragraphs. After your thesis, write 4... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
I'd rather have a JVC boombox from 70s.
I'm tempted by U4 but the short FM antenna limits is use for hard to get stations. Also an old boombox is perfect for outdoors and snow.
Essay #2 Due July 3 Choice A In an essay of appropriate length, defend, refute, or complicate Cal Newport’s argument from his book excerpt (available online) from So Good They Can't Ignore You that the Passion Hypothesis is dangerous and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Sentence Fragments No main verb Fragment An essay with a clear thesis and organization. Corrected An essay with a clear thesis and organization has a stronger probability of succeeding. Fragment An education system based on standardized tests with no flexible... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
Essay #2 Due July 3 Choice A In an essay of appropriate length, defend, refute, or complicate Cal Newport’s argument from his book excerpt (available online) from So Good They Can't Ignore You that the Passion Hypothesis is dangerous and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer
The wisdom from Arthur C. Brooks' essay is illustrated by Jeff Henderson's journey from misery to redeemed soul evidenced by _________________, _________________, _______________,_________________, and ________________________. The wise man's rising-falling paradox applies to Jeff Henderson's hell-to-heaven journey evidenced by ___________________, _________________,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Breakthrough Writer