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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@frontier.com
Interests: reading, kettlebell workouts, ketogenic diet, religion.
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Schedule to March 4, Essay 1 Due Date: 2-13 Cooked, read 1-60; homework #1 due: Write a 3-paragraph typed essay that explains 3 ways Henderson’s childhood shaped his personality. Comma splice lesson, writing introductions 2-18 Holiday 2-20 Cooked, read 61-200;... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
Essay Assignments Essay #1 Due 2-27-19 Choice A Develop an argumentative thesis about Yuval Noah Harari's explanation of the Cognitive Revolution. Approach That Achieves Specificity: Using Hasan Minhaj's Patriot Act episode "Supreme" show the dark side of the Cognitive Revolution. Some things to consider: Sample Thesis: Hasan Minhaj's takedown of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Critical Thinker
2-14 Homework #1: Read Sapiens up to page 60 and write a 3-paragraph essay that explains how “limited liability companies” and “imagined realities” are part of the Cognitive Revolution. See Harari video “Why Humans Run the World.” 2-19 Homework #2: Read Sapiens, up to page 132 and write a 3-paragraph... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Critical Thinker
Schedule to March 4, Essay 1 Due Date: 2-13 Cooked, read 1-60; homework #1 due: Write a 3-paragraph typed essay that explains 3 ways Henderson’s childhood shaped his personality. Comma splice lesson, writing introductions 2-18 Holiday 2-20 Cooked, read 61-200;... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Breakthrough Writer
Giving an update of his previous post about the Sangean PR-D4W, Gary writes: Sadly, my refurbished PR-D4W only worked well for a little over one day. Now, medium strength and weaker AM stations have a greatly reduced audio level. Before,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2019 at Herculodge
3 Things an Instructor Can Do to Help Student Success Success Factor One. Instructor should present a limited number of clear goals One. Write five 1,200-word typed essays that are based on argumentation and analysis. The final essay will have 5 sources for your MLA Works Cited page. All of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Critical Thinker
3 Things an Instructor Can Do to Help Student Success Success Factor One. Instructor should present a limited number of clear goals One. Write 5 1,200-word typed essays that are based on argumentation and analysis. The final essay will have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Breakthrough Writer
Comedian Bill Burr has a routine in which he talks about how disturbing it would be if he made it to heaven and he waited for his friends and family to join him, but they never made it. After he waited for hundreds of years, he explains he'd have to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Leaving Anhedonia
What Sort of Man Reads Playboy? Recently, I took my eight-year-old fraternal twins, Maggie and Alison, and my wife Lara to a gastropub in South Redondo Beach on Catalina Avenue, an area referred to as The Hollywood Riviera. Lara and her close friend, both sixth-grade teachers, had eaten at the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2019 at Leaving Anhedonia
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Watch guys, how is the hobby going? Has it taken a turn for the worse? Or is your watch hobby making you happy? Take the Watch-Addiction Questionnaire to see if you need watch rehab. If you answer yes to 10... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at Herculodge
I stood at the podium and waited for my 6 p.m. critical thinking students to settle in. Many of the students commute from a long day at work, so they are starving at the dinner hour. Because I have a lot of empathy where hunger was concerned, I am lax... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at Leaving Anhedonia
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Thanks, Gary: I noticed Amazon has Certified Refurbished PR-D4W radios for sale directly from Sangean America for about $47, so I bought one. I've been watching lots of PR-D4W reviews on YouTube, including yours from three years ago. It's not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at Herculodge
Those original Monsters command a lot of money and are considered collector's items. I miss mine. But I've got 3 third generation Monsters and may get a fourth soon.
Sounds like you're covered for the life of the car. Peace of mind.
Hell Is Watching Narcissism Triumph In September of 2017 my cousin Garrett got married under a gazebo in downtown Los Angeles. Evening was beginning to break. The rabbi draped Garrett and the bride Emily with a prayer shawl, a tallit. This tallit had special significance. Garrett’s grandparents on his mother’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at Leaving Anhedonia
4 Hell Is Self-Betrayal In 1984, I took a Shakespeare class that focused on Othello and MacBeth. A former United States Marine who who described himself as a Christian mystic, Professor Rosenbaum told us that part of tragedy is “losing the image of yourself that you value.” When I think... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at Leaving Anhedonia
Fair point. Addictions are by their very nature childish, so to address an addiction at any age forces one to look at principles one should have known at 12.
Love Saab. I just hope you can get a mechanic and parts.
3 Hell Is Separation Anxiety For Pascal, man’s resignation to his helplessness propels him into his own self-imposed hell, where he lives a life of distractions because he is too cowardly and too discouraged to deal with the fundamental questions of life: How to respond to our mortality and how... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at Leaving Anhedonia
2 Hell Is Weaponized Dopamine In spite of no longer attending church, in spite of having philosophical reservations about orthodox Christianity, and in spite of being more affable to the skeptical writings of Bart Ehrman, Elaine Pagels, Elizabeth Anderson, Martin Gardner, and others, I remain haunted by the possibility that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2019 at Leaving Anhedonia
1 Hell Is Believing in Hell I met my Great Uncle Ellis, an Auschwitz survivor, only one time. He came out of his retirement home to visit my mother, my younger brother, and me for lunch at a Jewish deli in Miami. This was July of 1973. Ellis was in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2019 at Leaving Anhedonia
I hear you. I'd like to get a Panasonic RF-2200 now that my girls are older. Just need to keep deoxit handy for scratchy volume control.
You're going Jay Leno on me, Angelo. I hope you have a capacious garage. If you could have only one of your cars, what would it be?