Plague of Fireflies

  Seventeen-Year Cicadas You’ve heard them sing their song, Sonic waves unstoppable All spring and summer long But another swarm is coming- Oh what can ready your eyes? For every thousand years Is a Plague of Fireflies Some will think them falling stars Some will think them wild fires Some will think they’re dreaming When […]

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Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Thesis

The reason people like Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” is not because of the catchy beat. It’s because he speaks in a clear declarative sentence that states his point of view. “I like big butts and I can not lie. You other brothers can’t deny…” Consider weaker versions of his thesis. Here is one in […]

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Tradition

  St. Stephen’s Day At My House Happy St. Stephen’s Day!  If you plan to come over to my house on December 26th of any given year, that’s what you’ll hear.  If you are unfamiliar with the holiday, a few seconds on Google will tell you most of what you need to know.  It’s an […]

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Street Art

Banksy Banksy, Batman of Art Flew from his cave like a silent dart Emergency sirens, dreadful and loud Signal stenciled on smoggy clouds   For, underscored by a Joker’s laugh, An insidious wall broke the city in half, And a stupid riot broke out when The people were divided into “us” and “them”   Then […]

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Grammar

I am an English teacher.  I love my job, so it comes up often in conversations with people I have just met.  Invariably, someone will say, “English teacher, eh?  Oh no.  I’ll try to watch my grammar around you.”  In those moments, I feel a pang in my heart, for there begins a quake of […]

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Truth

TRUTH SAYS “PREPOSTEROUS” Truth is stranger than Fiction, but Truth doesn’t have to worry about selling advertisements.  Truth watches as Fiction holds her camera at arm’s length to take a picture of herself for the internet.  “I don’t worry about making money,” declares Truth, “because I’m pure and unhindered.” “Like Art?” Fiction asks. “Most certainly […]

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Smart-Aleck

Can God make a rock so big he can’t lift it?  Can God make a hole so small that he can’t go through it?  Can God microwave a burrito so hot he can’t eat it?  When I was a smart-alecky kid in Sunday school, I loved to ask these questions.  I, of course, did not […]

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