Guest post: What Is My Calling?

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If you asked me a few years ago what my calling was, I would tell you I was born to teach. I loved being around elementary school children, seeing the world through their eyes. I taught music, and I loved seeing the kids build skills, learn concepts, and enjoy making music.

Then everything changed. Without going into detail, teaching became a burden rather than a joy. Recognizing that the educational paradigm was shifting, I tried to roll with the changes, telling myself I could hang on until things got better.

They only got worse. Demands increased as resources dwindled. Morale at my school plummeted. My stress level rose. After grieving for three years over my profession’s shift from rewarding labor to drudgery, I resigned in May of 2014. I had to. I couldn’t suffer it one more day.

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We hear from ‘Time’ person of the year about his debut book-guest post

Time person of the year in 1966 was the collective 'Twenty-five and under', the baby boomer generation. Image from
Time person of the year in 1966 was the collective ‘Twenty-five and under’, the baby boomer generation. Image from

To celebrate the fourth of July, we have an American baby boomer, author, and blogger guest posting today.

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Guest post: Mathematical Allusions in Sherlock Holmes

Three actors playing Sherlock Holmes side by side
Various versions of Holmes-from ‘Sherlock’ (Cumberbatch), ‘Mr Holmes’ (McKellen), released today, and ‘Sherlock Holmes’ (Rathbourne). Images from Wikimedia Commons, Youtube, and respectively

Today I am delighted to introduce Abyssbrain of Mathemagicalsite, a mathematical expert and blogger. Abyssbrain blogs in a highly entertaining style, and manages to make maths easily accessible to all, regardless of their general ability or enjoyment of the topic. Personally, given my limited maths skills, I very much enjoy Abyssbrain’s ‘Pun of the weak’, with a division joke a firm favourite.

Sherlock Holmes, the brainchild of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), is arguably the most well-known fictional detective of all time. He is most famous for his outstanding skill of deduction. But the topic of this post is not about his deduction skill. Instead, I am going to outline some allusions to mathematics found scattered throughout the Holmes saga. References to logic are omitted, being too numerous to include.

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The Good, the Scary, and the Scarring: 10 Creepy and/or Terrifying Classics

From Wikimedia Commons
From Wikimedia Commons

Today we are delighted and thrilled to have fellow book blogger, presenter at multiple conferences, and author of several publications with us: Elizabeth Preston (ekpreston). Elizabeth’s blog contains a mixture of books, writing tips, reading commentaries, and how to get a great 4.0 GPA-it’s absolutely brilliant, please take a look. Personally I loved (see what I did there?) her post on how to write a kissing scene: pucker up…

Warning: Contains spoilers.

I’m a big believer in reading “classic” texts in order to become a well-rounded and educated individual.  Also, I’m an English and literature nerd.  However, some “classics” have utterly terrified me and have left scars on my literary soul.  Here’s a list of ten creepy “classics.”

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