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Stepparenting: What Have You Stepped Into?

April 21, 2015
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Stepparenting: What Have You Stepped Into?

Once when my wife, my 5-year-old stepson, and I took a late-afternoon walk, we paused to enjoy how long our giant shadows were. That’s when my stepson stepped into the middle of my shadow and…

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Faculty Senate Fiasco: A Political Primer

April 14, 2015
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Faculty Senate Fiasco: A Political Primer

Before I ran for Faculty Senate at my university, I was a political naif, a greenhorn, a rube, a babe in the woods, a fish in a barrel, an easy mark, fresh meat, a political…

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The ER Protocol

April 8, 2015
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The ER Protocol

This story has a happy ending. But the way it starts is that about 20 years ago as I was driving my crying mother home from visiting my youngest brother in a mental hospital the…

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Classroom Comedy: Student Slips & Quips

March 25, 2015
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Classroom Comedy: Student Slips & Quips

(Collected from freshman essays) Errors That Are Almost Right, Maybe Even Should Be Right One negative aspect of a credit card is that it is too easy to abuse. It gives one free excess to…

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An Interview with Sisyphus: The Man and the Myth

March 18, 2015
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An Interview with Sisyphus: The Man and the Myth

BS: Sisyphus declined the invitation to come sit in our posh HumorOutcasts studio for this interview, so we met with him on a steep hill in Tartarus while he stayed vigorously engaged in his usual…

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Super Duper Student Bloopers

March 11, 2015
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Super Duper Student Bloopers

I collected all of the following sentences and items from students in my college English composition courses over a 30-year teaching career. Most of the humor comes from sound-alike word confusions, typos, or misspellings. Our…

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Lit-Errata

March 6, 2015
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Lit-Errata

For thirty years as a college literature teacher, I collected student gaffes that I thought were worth saving. I invite you to judge my teaching ability based on my students’ grasp of the material. The…

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When Students Grade the Teacher

February 4, 2015
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When Students Grade the Teacher

I taught college English from the age of 24 until I was three times the age of my students. I estimate that in those 30 years, I taught about 5,000 students and graded at least…

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The Little Guy: An Unconscious Love Story

January 28, 2015
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The Little Guy: An Unconscious Love Story

I’ve lived long enough now to confirm Jung’s and Freud’s theory of the existence of the unconscious, and I believe I’ve figured out how to better understand it. What I’ve realized is that it helps…

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