The resident faculty left a plastic bag of jigsaw puzzle pieces outside the mail room door this morning. The staff hope it was a clue. (More)

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On Thursday, we began our discussion of Republic, Lost with The New Corruption in Morning Feature and winterbanyan surprised us with Human Evolution – The Past is Present in Our Earth.

On Friday, we continued our discussion of Republic, Lost with Corruption Left and Right in Morning Feature, MKSinSA shared the challenge of UnOccupying a Too Big To Fail in Furthermore!, Lake Toba said Hey One Percenters … Stop Taking Our Stuff in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan noted that Arctic Ice Melt Could Pause in Our Earth.

On the weekend, we concluded our discussion of Republic, Lost with Striking at the Root in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked about A Pair of Deez? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive shared Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, we warned Beware of Pooties in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan brought our Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

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Thus we return to the bag of jigsaw puzzle pieces left by the resident faculty, as they made their way from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference.

The bag included no picture of what the puzzle would be, which makes it very difficult to assemble a puzzle. The Squirrel offered to work on the puzzle in his tree. It seems he and Mrs. Squirrel have plenty of hours to fill, as their new twins Nancy and Michelle aren’t yet sleeping through the night. But he’s hardly bright-eyed lately, even if he’s still bushy-tailed, and we weren’t sure the solved puzzle would resemble anything so much as a Rorschach test on parental exhaustion.

Pootie the Precious also offered to play with the puzzle, though we’ve found that puzzles are easier to solve if all of the pieces stay in the same room. The Professor of Astrology Janitor was overwhelmed by the mere thought of trying to assemble the puzzle, especially with no picture as a guide. Chef said she often feels that way about politics, noting that in the past two months the resident faculty have discussed Exiting the Crisis, The Darwin Economy, Nudge, Class Matters, The Empathy Gap, and Republic, Lost.

“I know those all fit together,” Chef said. “But a picture would make it easier to see where the pieces go.”

At that very moment, a light bulb went on over the Professor of Astrology Janitor’s head. After he climbed down the ladder and put the old (compact fluorescent) bulb in the box for recycling, he said “That may be what their clue is about.”

If the Professor of Astrology Janitor is right, and the rest of the staff hope he is, this week the resident faculty will try to assemble the ideas from these books into a single, progressive picture that we can share with friends, neighbors, coworkers, and other Freds.

And if the Professor of Astrology Janitor is wrong, the staff will probably spend the week in the Squirrel’s tree, trying to assemble that puzzle.


Happy Halloween!