A Little Calculation

Can I have a few seconds? Researchers have been videotaping classes, taking notes, making an estimate of how much time children are actually receiving instruction, as opposed to walking, listening to announcements, handing in or receiving papers, and so forth; it comes to 90 minutes of actual instruction per school day. But even that tally… Continue reading A Little Calculation

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A Bad Encounter

"Papa, up." Robert stooped to lift his little girl. Biologically, his niece. Mama Traci, unawares, turned a corner. They were heading to a Sysadmin convention. As she passed a dark alcove, an arm snaked out, encircling her neck. "Pretty girl," a voice murmured. Just as quickly, Traci ducked and twisted, and he spotted a pistol… Continue reading A Bad Encounter

Encounter With LGBTQAI Protester

My family and I were walking through the Wallenberg Airport Mall. A middle-aged woman, wearing a shirt died in rainbow hues, held a sign: "Wallenberg Hostile To LGBTQAI rights." Curious, I introduced myself. "Hi, my name is Manus." "Hi, my name is Gloria." "How are you, Gloria? May I introduce my husband, Robert, and wife… Continue reading Encounter With LGBTQAI Protester

Interview With The Advocate

Next was a young fellow from the Advocate. He too was a perky blonde, but rather more stylish. "Could we talk about gay rights?" "Could we not talk about rights at all?" "Could you explain?" "It seems any time people talk about rights, we get into a complicated discussion. Is this a right? Is that… Continue reading Interview With The Advocate

Interview With A Christian

Perhaps I should vet these reporters, thought Jim. A perky blonde reporter from some religious birdcage-liner asked "Are you a man of faith, your Majesty?" "Ma'am, I must apologize, but I never discuss such private matters." "But, are you a Christian?" Jim said nothing. "OK, moving along. Does Wallenberg have religious freedom?" "We have freedom.… Continue reading Interview With A Christian