Sacrifice fly

There are two ways that I want to go with this post. The first way is in honor of Tax Day last Monday, with my favorite Tax Day political cartoon… even though I was minus-11 years old when said cartoon came out!

A political cartoon mocking the 1040 tax form in the USA. Image credit:


The other part is based on quick improvisation. I’ll start with the photo and then go to the words. But if you’re on the home page, you’ll have to click “Read more…” to continue the story. No worries—no paywall! Continue reading



Last week when I was chatting on the phone with my friend Sarah, an interesting idea came up during the conversation. In some contexts, the word “uphill” and “downhill” appear. For example, you might hear the phrase “It went downhill from there.” Normally, this phrase is associated with something going wrong and getting worse!

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Block letters

“If your handwriting is suspect (this is surprisingly true of many people!) then write in block letters.” ~Syllabus for Physics 213 (Intro to Modern Physics), Fall 2006, UNL.

When I read this, I thought block letters literally meant “blocky” capital letters, so I think that most of my exams in that class were written in all-caps and with an unusual “block” pattern (like you might see on an electronic dot matrix display), rather than just “manuscript” letters.

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Thoughts and photos from the road #writephoto

All of these photos are probably illegal, because I was taking them while at the wheel on a solo drive from the Twin Cities to Lincoln, but I’m willing to take that risk since I’m an otherwise safe driver.

A long drive means a long time to think, listen to music, talk on the phone, and more. So, here’s an account of the drive, which has more detail (!) than what I journaled about.

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