As a retired teacher who has fled the US and is now living in Spain, and as someone who has until now eschewed most forms of social media, I am belatedly beginning to create an online presence.
To that end, I am using this WordPress website to archive some of my miscellaneous non-academic writing. I hope that some of my friends and former colleagues may enjoy this collection, which consists mainly of political editorials, light-weight essays, and silly poems. I also post here the latest version of my US History textbook, Key Moments in American History.
Okay, here is a little word game. I didn’t invent it; my wife saw it in a New York Times magazine when we were visiting the States last October. (They called it “Sound Check “ but I prefer my title.) The way it works is that you have to match a clue for a common multi-word or multi-syllable phrase in the left-hand column with a clue in the right-hand column to a homophone of that same phrase. For instance, you might see a clue “Equine sound” in the left-hand column and guess that it might be a clue for “Horse neigh” and then look in the right-hand column to see the clue “Harsh denial” (=“Hoarse nay”). Got it?
(Note: two homophone in each column are the same, so there are two different ways to link them up. If you get stuck, message me and I will send you the answers.
This new essay was inspired by some mobiles I recently made, from sea glass I have been collecting at the Ribadesella beach and from “shiny bits” of beads and broken jewelry I’ve been picking up while walking around Oviedo.