This is kind of fun
as Ron and Sam play
a kind of "e" - tennis.
The ball's in your court, Sam;
Ron is keeping it in play.
We’re belling the cat, Dave. Sphinx
answers its riddle and frees us
citizens from our politically
Doubt we can answer the riddle,
but put a gong on its collar & we
might could tell when it’s around
on cat paws, measuring the
immeasurable, eclipsing what
counts with the merely count-
able, assessing learning pathways
& multiple expert judgments
addressed by currently available
standardized tests and rubricks
paving the road with good
You’re welcome to play: adding
perspective from anthropology
and sociology if not archeology
It’s not so brave a new world. .
My Friend FEAR.
Don’t diminish my Fear. My Fear is me.
Never mind contra-dicting, counter-
balancing, soothing, gainsaying,
calming or neutralizing.
I want confirmation, support: company:
do you see what I see? Other wise dig
in my tar heels & defend my
My Fear: c’est moi.
Neither sermons nor
logic convince, says Walter.
The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
Why would I want to be convinced
otherwise? It would demoralize:
un-justify my love, home land
security agent agenda. &
External Affairs (The liberal arts) :
Those of you waking at night, semi-panicked,
sweating, bed sheets awry because of environ-
mental concerns, carbon footprints, measurable
goals & outcomes, peace in the near east, sexual
predation, teenage suicide, immigration policy,
home land security and stuff like that: gather over
on the west side of Canon, next to the cafeteria.
You’re playing for the liberal arts team.
Internal Affairs (The Liberal Art):
Those of us who waking an agony over relationships,
family concerns, personal esteem & effectiveness,
liability & performance anxieties, weight, health
& stuff like that: gather over on the east side of
Canon with the view of the rope swing &
Our team is Liberal Art.
Sure: all-of-us talk all the live-long day about
sexual harassment, teenage bi-polarity
& learning disorders, universal health
insurance, assessmental educational
practice and the economy,
naturally daytime converse
do dah, do dah:
—mission statements we go to bat for,
over & over.;
But those aren’t fears that wake me
in the middle of the night.
There's a difference. A gap.
Night time & waking life.
Liberal arts & The Liberal
Art. Professional concerns
on the one hand and then
on the other: my amateur
Do not confuse, collapse,