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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.
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:
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McMahon English 1C Critical Thinking Syllabus Fall 2016 Email: Office: H121P; extension 5673 Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday: 1:30-2:00 and 3:30-4:15 and Tuesday and Thursday: 2:30-3:45 Students with Disabilities: If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact me as soon as possible. Course... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Critical Thinker
The Assignment Write a 5-page persuasive essay addressed to a group of college students in which you argue that "Bartleby, the Scrivener," "Winter Dreams," or "The Other Woman" illustrate the need to be cautious of a life that embraces the "resume virtues" over the "eulogy virtues" discussed in David Brooks'... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Muscle by Samuel Wilson Fussell The Overcoat by Gogol Winter Dreams Bartleby Connect Pascal with Sherwood Anderson short story "The Other Woman" Have students write an argumentative thesis that addresses how one or more of the stories above are morality tales that illustrate the major themes in David Brooks' "The... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Sooner or later, they will improve to the point that they'll be very compelling at their price point.
Windows is often a nightmare. Tech radio guy Leo Laporte says don't get Windows. He recommends Apple or Chromebooks. If I get a laptop I may get a 15-inch Chromebook. Loaded, they're 400 dollars.
Tim, I'm feeling the same way. I don't have time to configure everything and increase my options. My only gripe with Apple is that their laptops are twice the cost of an Asus. I'll keep my iPod and iMac, but if I ever get a laptop, I'd be tempted to get a PC because the specs are so superior on a 1K PC to a 1,200 Airbook. I enjoy Spotify as well. It's a shame iTunes is losing its edge. Thanks for subscribing. Jeff
We read that in the latest study by the Institute for Higher Education, Leadership & Policy at Cal State Sacramento that only 30% of California community college students are transferring or getting their degrees. We have a real challenge in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
Yes, he sounds like a classic jealous guy. Very sad story.
One. Humility and Acknowledging Our Wretchedness: We read that the search for knowledge must begin with humility, not pride. During our search, we find that we are wretched or unhappy because we have deviated from the likeness of our Maker. Non-believers will take man’s wretchedness and misuse it to “prove”... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
Nice high-protein falafel recipe from Ask the Protein Powder Chef. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Put On Your Big Boy Pants
I found the Christian Agnostic blog today as I was looking at a Dale Allison interview. I'll have to read it later as my daughters are in my office. Related articles Being Separated from God's Unconditional Love When Fathers Knew Everything Mike Licona lectures on historical methods and the New... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
In one of the deepest books I've ever read, Dale Allison's Night Comes, Allison chronicles some American Christian missionaries who convert several people in Japan. These new converts are wonderfully devout, but they are now afflicted with an undying sadness, told so painfully in Allison's book, over their fretting their... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
Even though I struggle with the hell doctrine to the point that I can't be called saved, I see myself as fitting the Christian picture of humanity: broken, sinful, self-destructive, morally bankrupt, narcissistic, vain, solipsistic, turning away from life, prone to addictive behavior, sullen, petulant, prideful, self-pitying, a sort of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
Hement Mehta, on a Patheos blog post, argues against Peter Kreef's assertion that atheists should desire to believe in God. James Kirk also adds a refutation of his own. On hell, Kirk writes: If God exists, love is the nature of an eternal reality. Is torturing billions of people forever... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
This article about hell has a fascinating quote by J.I. Packer: "Scripture sees hell as self-chosen; those in hell will realize that they sentenced themselves to it by loving darkness rather than light, choosing not to have their Creator as their Lord, preferring self-indulgent sin to self-denying righteousness, and (if... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
So far, I'm very happy with Spotify. It could easily replace iTunes. I also bought an Amazon Echo for the kitchen. It plays music well. However, podcasts are a problem. The iPod/iTunes combo is the best so far. For that reason, I'm sticking with my Apple. I'm a big podcast listener. Perhaps a secondary computer, a laptop, would be an Asus with an SSD.
That Flightmaster is very rare. I've never seen it until now. Thanks. If I had more than a kinetic watch, I'd get the official charger. Thanks for those model numbers. Jeff
"Either religion breaks you and gives you the antidote after breaking you, or religion, Christianity, is true: You are, as a sinner, a broken human being, and Christianity gives you the only cure, Christ." Or this: Christianity does break some people who "freak out" at eternal hell, but others come... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
Some wisdom I culled from Rod Dreher's How Dante Can Save Your Life: One. Sin is a “distortion of love.” We read, “In Date, sin is the kind of thing that keeps us from flourishing and living up to our fullest potential . . .” Dreher continues to write that... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
One. You were a senior in high school, sitting in your Pop Lit class when you had a life-changing experience like Pascal's "fire." Two. You had a day of reckoning in which you saw yourself exposed as a fraud and a sloth. Three. You have a sense of your wretchedness,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
KR, my grandparents had one of those in the 1970s. Very cool.
For teaching David Brooks' The Road to Character for Critical Thinking, you might consider the New Yorker critique by Rebecca Mead: "David Brooks' Search for Meaning"and Pico Iyer's NYTimes critique. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lesson Plan Über Alles
Let's say I didn't fear Hell, the Christian hell, the Muslim hell, any hell. Where would that leave me? Would life be about self-interest, selfishness, self-indulgence, hedonism, success in terms of the American Dream? In his book How Dante Can Save Your Life, Ron Dreher writes about a successful businessman... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
Stephen Colbert, a Catholic, explains to his children that hell is being separated from God's unconditional love. Perhaps my greatest struggle is to accept that the Christian God is love, unconditional love, and that accepting God's grace through Jesus Christ will connect me to God's unconditional love. My conversion attempts... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Leaving Anhedonia
Muscle and The Overcoat Little Way of Ruthie Leming and David Brooks' The Road to Character: argue that the American Dream is a disease. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Lesson Plan Über Alles