Autumnal calm #writephoto

It is late in the autumnal season

Many of the leaves have given their last regards

Soon it will be freezin’

Because Mother Nature doesn’t mess with the cards


There is an odd sense of calm in this glen

Quite unlike the stress in the U

Sunny skies abound for the forest when

Students are stuck with exam review


The leafless trees stand stately

As the cold sun beats down without clouds

It’s too quiet — foreboding eerily

The upcoming ice might make tires screech loud


As the people in the college have hit the wall

Two weeks remain before a respite

Something will have to fall

‘Cause some of us might be getting desperate


With that, there is always a duality

Calm and overwhelmed are peas in a pod

One’s worst is another’s best quality

The yin and the yang are one squad


This quatrain has taken on a stream of consciousness

As do quite a few of my writings on this blog

Thankfully this type of writing isn’t my main business

At the end of the day it’s not a dead horse to flog


The weirdness continues as a free-wheeling clerk

Thus I should probably get ready to go

After all, I should enjoy this evening free of work

And snack on ice cream while watching it snow!


Okay, okay, one more stanza I should produce

Got to give credit where the idea did come

Sue Vincent’s prompt was how this post was induced

But now I sign off before a possible call from the Mum


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Lincoln I: 13 days

Lincoln II: 43-ish days

Baltimore: 69 days


[O.C.T.O.B.E.R. VII-1] Modularity!

On October 1, I worked through the night, and realized the next day that I had failed to write an O.C.T.O.B.E.R. blog post, in order to continue a two-day losing streak from last year’s O.C.T.O.B.E.R.

I had promised in the VII-2 post that I would find a way to make it up.

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[O.C.T.O.B.E.R. VII-31] No Lightning!

There hasn’t been any lightning in the area for a while.

But, I suppose I’ll get some “No Lightning” here…

The word "NO" spelled out of Lightning Energy cards from the Pokemon TCG.

First, I should say what inspired this post. It’s from one of the songs that is frequently done at UWEC’s Zumba sessions: “No Excuses” by Meghan Trainor. That got me thinking of one of her other songs: “No.” This led me down the wormhole: How many songs can I come up with that have “No” in the name somewhere?

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[O.C.T.O.B.E.R. VII-30] This hat is made for dancing!

My most iconic use of the hard hat when I was at UNL and Northwestern was the crazy dancing that I did to the band’s music at basketball, volleyball, and football games.

However, after graduating from Northwestern, that tradition of hard hats and dancing did not proceed to UW-Stout, as I figured that it was probably better to have a more professional decorum at the games. Granted, I still got involved in cheering, but was a little more subdued than when I was a student.

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[O.C.T.O.B.E.R. VII-29] Overzealous

I was a little bit overzealous today! I had told my students in Geometry that I would prepare a test review for them (which they will have time on WEDNESDAY to attempt it in class) and have it posted before the end of class tomorrow online.

Well, that ended up being a little bit of a Pyrrhic victory for me on today’s schedule. It was prioritized ahead of tomorrow’s material, and though I managed to complete that as well, I stayed at the office later than I would have liked, and didn’t quite finish.

I had planned on going to The Plus for Karaoke, but decided that the work must come first.

Nevertheless, I was hungry, so I rode my bike home, had cereal for dinner, and then got back to work.

So it goes…


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Lincoln I: 23 days

Lincoln II: 57-ish days

Baltimore: 79 days