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From A to Zabaikalsk
I know it’s there.  Ask any geographers or historians and they’ll say it’s only a myth.  But I’m not about to surrender to their word.  My gut feeling is more powerful than any verbal influence that’s humanly possible.  Even if the Pope swears on an ancient Hebrew Bible that it doesn’t exist, I won’t listen.  It’s out there.  And I can prove it.
So I tell my associate, “This has gone far enough.  It’s time to start an expedition.  I’m thinking you, me, and the gang from the archaeology institute.  We’ll head over to the Russian-Chinese border ourselves and prove to the world what a marvelous and extraordinary finding it really is.  I know it exists, my friend, and we will lay eyes on it, first hand.”
“Well… it does sound interesting,” my acquaintance seems to be speaking incredulously.
“Interesting?” I reply.  “What we&
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Muppet Babies: The Forgotten Classic
It’s Saturday morning as I write this.  Twenty-five years ago at this time, like most kids my age, I would’ve been glued to the TV enjoying the child-friendly fare the major networks were presenting.  Looking back, there were some shows that I remember fondly, and others that make me say, “Really?  I enjoyed that?”  My tastes often changed from season to season, as various shows came and went, rarely lasting more than two seasons.  As a result, only a few stand out as childhood staples, such as Garfield And Friends and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I still hear people talking about these cartoons today, so they’ve certainly withstood the test of time.  Yet, there was another long-running Saturday morning cartoon that was also one of my favorites, but I don’t hear people reminiscing about it that often:  Muppet Babies.
I dare you to find someone who loved the Muppets as a kid, but ha
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Is Passion Justified?
At this point, it shouldn’t surprise anyone when I say that I enjoy writing.  It’s a hobby I’ve had for quite a few years now, and I can safely say I’ve grown to love it.  I’m not sure, though, if I’d go so far as to say that I’ve developed a passion for it.  When people start talking like that, listeners tend to start raising an eyebrow.
I can’t say I blame them.  More often than not, people who say they are passionate about something, whether it be a film series, a music genre, or even just a hobby, tend to get involved in some very heated arguments with those who feel differently about it.  At their worst, these arguments can escalate into acts of violence.  This, unfortunately, is a common occurrence among those passionate about their religious or political views.
Who or what is to blame for all this?  Have we really gotten to the point where we can say that passion itself is no longer justified?
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The Greatest Love Poem of All Time?
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
-William Shakespeare

This is arguably the most well-known of all Shakespeare’s poems, and over the years has become synonymous with love and romance, at least on a fancy, upper-crusty level.  But does this really describe the feeling of being in love, and what someone experiences when he or she sees that one ideal person?  To find out, let’s go
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Mathnet, a look back...
If someone asked me what my inspirations were in becoming a math teacher, that would be pretty difficult for me to answer.  Like many people, I can’t exactly pinpoint one particular thing or event that triggered my eventual career decision.  I can say, however, that playing a big part in my overall fondness for math education was the 1987-92 PBS children’s show Square One TV.  Much like its reading-oriented predecessor, The Electric Company, this show used a series of brief skits performed by an ensemble cast to demonstrate various mathematical concepts in often humorous ways.  There were pop culture parodies, music videos, memorable characters, and even some interactive moments.  But it didn’t stop there— every episode ended with a 10- to 15-minute segment from a sub-series called Mathnet.
I had mixed feelings about Mathnet when I was a kid.  On one hand, I did like following along with an actual story a
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Hello, everyone.  I'm back on deviantArt after taking a leave of absence for personal reasons.  I used to be Malvolio21, but now I'm seriously delving into writing in hopes of launching a new career as a freelancer.

I plan to start my own company once I get on my feet, tentatively called-- you guessed it-- "Inkwell of the Mind."  Even now, I'm looking for opportunity to get started, so if anyone knows someone who could use a writer who specializes in research, reviews, and educational materials, drop me a line.  Check out my works to get an idea of my style.

See you around!


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Formerly known as Malvolio21, I am a writer with a special passion for reviews and insightful articles. After ten years as a math teacher, I am ready to begin a new career that will allow me to exercise my more creative side.


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