Overcoming Attachment

Overcoming Attachment Why send me a bloated great MS Word file Or a PDF picture with format and style To convey a few lines of text easily said Or an address or date I can keep in my head? An email’s text content is all that I need, No attachments that need a vast program […]

A Note to Greta Thunberg

We applaud your resolve when you sound the alarm And disparage the deeds that will cause our world harm When one sees how depravity took us so far It’s hard to believe how dimwitted we are! But despite noble efforts from scientists who research and conclude what what we really must do So much of […]

A Christmas Round

http://abacus-es.com/dt/xrnd.mp3 Now it’s Christmas Gone is the year What did I do in April Or midsummer’s day? Then as the leaves turned gold It slipped away

The Cure For Mondayosis, Excerpts from Rise of the Pirate Classes — Freedom from Mental Manacles

The Cure For Mondayosis Excerpts from Rise of the Pirate Classes — Freedom from Mental Manacles We still had to get all the other parents to agree at least to considering the proposal before anything could go forward. I felt that it fell to me then.  Such sudden wonderful visions of hope could end up […]

Forrest Waltz

Written for dance teacher, Forrest Walsh, on his 40th birthday.  He probably never listened to it. — DK Titche Musical Score      

Cicero’s Library Garden

“A garden and a library!” That’s all we really need. The Roman statesman’s words ring true for most of us indeed But think back to the times of youth when slowly trudged the day And minutes seemed like hours and days when she was far away. A garden was scant solace then and books unread […]

X Times More Than

If you have twelve and I have three You have four times as much as me If I have four and you have two Do I have two times more than you? Is “X times more” “X times as much”? Well yes, it’s often meant that way But when it’s stated straight as such One […]

The Ben and Laura Jig

Performed by Ben Hockman

Cranky Old Man poem

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made […]

New free online seminar: Rhetoric, the art of persuasive language.

Seminar to start in January 2012 Rhetoric — the art of persuasive language, both written and spoken. Topics may vary but emphasis will be upon vindicating and validating the unaffiliated, out-of-the-loop scholar and organization. Projects will include papers, lectures and debates and selected products will be published. The theme: Academics should be judged by their […]