To thank him for writing Saturday’s Morning Feature, the resident faculty left the Squirrel a coupon for “one dozen Rosa polyantha ‘Bonica’.” He thinks it was a clue. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, you shared your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week, addisnana mused on Mental Illness and Congress in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan saw that Pathogens Evolve to Higher Virulence in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive emphasized that Obama Does Not Equal Bush on Counter-terrorism Issues in Morning Feature, we noted Once Upon Today: “Communist” First Lady “Blindly Stirs Race Discord” in Furthermore!, and readers helped tell Tuesday’s Tale: The Genius Office in Midday Matinee.

On Wednesday, Winning Progressive reminded us of The Common Good, The Planet, and Humankind in Morning Feature, the Squirrel offered inexpert advice on How to Handle a Heckler in Furthermore!, addisnana pondered Change from the Bottom Up in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan reported that the El Reno storm was The Widest Tornado in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we discussed Death Panels: The Lie that Won’t Die in Morning Feature and triciawyse shared Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee.

On Friday, we mused on Beyond Orwell: Convenience and Privacy in Morning Feature, triciawyse brought us Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan spotted “Electric” Soccer? in Our Earth.

On the weekend, the Squirrel twisted himself into 14 Dimensions? Well Of Course That Makes Sense! in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked It’s the Culture? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive shared Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, and winterbanyan brought our weekly Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

Note: Please share your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week.

Thus we return to the coupon left for the Squirrel 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.

As noted above, the Squirrel filled in for the resident in Saturday’s Morning Feature, and the resident faculty responded with a coupon for “one dozen Rosa polyantha ‘Bonica’.” Those look like this:

While pink roses are commonly given as a gesture of gratitude, the resident faculty have never sent any other guest writer a coupon for pink roses, and the coupon is redeemable only at the BPI Campus Florist. Because there is no BPI Campus Florist, the staff agreed this was a clue.

The staff hemmed and hawed, using both BPI’s state-of-the-art High-Energy Meta Mojo Elucidation Detector and the not-so-state-of-the-art High Apathy Washers En Dryers laboratories, for several minutes in trying to decipher the clue. Although our Gardener recently reported that the Official BPI Garden of Envy is up to date, the staff did not think the resident faculty intended to discuss kohlrabi, or the refreshing beverages reportedly stored in his shop fridge. Moreover, our Gardener has never mentioned cultivating Rosa polyantha ‘Bonica’.

Chef suggested the species’ name might be the clue, as no one would confuse the Squirrel with a Pollyanna. The Professor of Astrology Janitor responded by quoting Shakespeare: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

“That’s it!” the Squirrel texted on his Blewberry. “This week the resident faculty will discuss whether ‘liberal’ and ‘progressive’ are synonyms – a rose by any name. And if those two terms are not synonyms, how do they differ?”

The staff gave him a sidelong glance. He twitched his tail and tapped at his Blewberry.

“Well sure, once I knew they weren’t going to send me thank-you roses, I went out and eavesdropped at the hot tub faculty lounge squirrel bath.”

But of course. It’s only fair, right?

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Happy Monday