The Rithmatist — Book Review

The Rithmatist is a YA novel by Brandon Sanderson. The story is set in a steam-punk alternative United States, called the United Isles, where magic-wielding rithmatists protect the people from creatures called chalklings. I will admit, seeing that past sentence in letters on the page makes the book sound super nerdy. Any I suppose it is.... Continue Reading →

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When the Heatwave Hit Nebraska

When the heatwave hit Nebraska the cows keeled over dead— Not really dead, but nearly dead, (at least that’s what the farmers said) when the heat wave hit Nebraska. When the heatwave hit Nebraska the cornfields went bone dry— Not real bones, just dirt and stones. The baking skies were filled with moans when the... Continue Reading →

I Call this Poem!

You can’t have this poem. I called it first. Shotgun. No do-overs. Can’t be reversed. It’s mine—finders keepers. It’s mine—pinky swear. It’s mine—losers weepers. Sorry. Life isn’t fair. I thought it first. I went and picked it. You sure you still want it? That’s why I licked it. -M.M.  

Foxed-Boxed (A Square Poem)

Mathematics and Language. Like mustard and custard, they should never be mixed. Or should they? Yesterday I came across a form of poetry which draws from both worlds: Mathematics and Language. Written by the beloved children's author and mathematician Lewis Carroll, "A square poem" (found here) can be read either vertically or horizotally. Fascinated, I... Continue Reading →

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