Donald Trump Sheriff If only he believed in law and order, if only he respected the Constitution, and if only he made an effort to be a true superhero. I don’t think the Founders could have imagined a future President who would care so little about the country as Trump does. I also don’t believe … Continue reading Man With A Badge
The Fall of American Evangelicals
American evangelicals tired of getting kicked around in America hitched their wagons to Trump. Trump appealed to their weaknesses, their besetting sins, their vanity. He appealed to their desire for power. Angry with Christ because his Sermon on the Mount calls them to be humble servants of Christ, the call of Trump beckoned them to … Continue reading The Fall of American Evangelicals
Out of Focus
Pence and Trump How do we understand Pence? He will probably be remembered for January the 6th. He sought advice from Quayle as his friend and from Luttig as a constitution scholar ( as was Eastman) and did the right thing. Vice Presidents are usually kept in the background. I have to go online to … Continue reading Out of Focus
Maga Man the Statue
Trump immortalized as a statue is now a realization for his adoring fans. Hopefully, a portable scaled-down version will be available so we can worship him at home at our convenience. Maybe the wand or rather the scepter will be motorized to come down and bless us when we call on Alexa to do our … Continue reading Maga Man the Statue
Power of the Particular and the Flashlight.
https://youtu.be/Afa9YwcNWGs The movie above, which hopefully you can play, shows how Ronald Reagan knew when to cut back on wordiness and put some imagery in his dialogue. From the applause, “The Great Communicator” did pretty well. I struggle with this in my writing, cutting down on the wordiness and putting more visuals into it. Sometimes … Continue reading Power of the Particular and the Flashlight.
Striving for Five
I just reached a difficult class assignment, which gives me pause. We all need to be given a break by something that enters into our life, causing us to think, causing us to wonder how are we going to scale this mountain. This assignment has become my Mt.Everest because I don't think I include enough … Continue reading Striving for Five
The teacher of the writing course I am taking likes to peruse all the literature about what helps students learn better and occasionally, if it seems helpful, pass it on to students. Interleaving is something he is passing on with the hope it will help someone. Robert Bork, a psychologist, applied the word to learning … Continue reading Interleaving
Almost, Even, and To
The teacher of the writing course I am taking — Patrick Barry — suggests using the words almost, even, or to in your essays to add nuance to your writing. I was not sure what nuance meant applied to writing, so I looked up the word online to get some understanding. From YourDictionary, I got … Continue reading Almost, Even, and To
Rule of Three
https://youtu.be/P2dZ-CRHYM0 Well, here is another writing tip from my teacher. Rule of Three (or short-short-long) is discussed in video lectures from week 3 of the writing course I am taking from the University of Michigan as a MOOC through Coursera. He gives some good examples, which I will share with you. For the first example, … Continue reading Rule of Three
https://youtu.be/r5NGghH9WeA Deliberate Practice or getting better at getting better is how Patrick Barry puts it in his writing course. When I was a child, my parents wanted a break from us kids and decided to put us in different camps. My parents both worked, and we're quite busy. For some reason, they had forgotten about … Continue reading Deliberate Practice
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