The resident faculty tied a stuffed blue elephant to the light switch in the mail room this morning. It was a very cute 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 and addisnana mused on the teamwork of Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic in Midday Matinee.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive shared Excuse Me, But We’re Talking About Saving People’s Lives in Morning Feature, the Squirrel ranted on Louisiana Republicans, Hurricane Katrina, and Time Travel in Furthermore!, and readers helped tell Tuesday’s Tale: The Non-Sequitur Society in Midday Matinee.

On Wednesday, the Squirrel took a stroll through the BPI Science Center with Scientific (Il)Literacy in Morning Feature and addisnana reminded us to send Thank You Notes in Midday Matinee.

On Thursday, we began a series on Corey Robin’s The Reactionary Mind with Lord of the Manor in Morning Feature and triciawyse shared Fursday Furries in Midday Matinee.

On Friday, we continued our series on The Reactionary Mind with Transgression and Struggle in Morning Feature, triciawyse brought us Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan saw that Constant Financial Struggle Lowers IQ in Our Earth.

On the weekend, we concluded our series on The Reactionary Mind with An Ideology of “No” in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked about the Lord of the Ring of the Stuff in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive shared Weekend Reading: Labor Day Edition 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 stuffed blue elephant left on the mail room light switch 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.

Party symbols aside, the staff agreed this was a very cute clue:

The Squirrel was especially delighted when he searched on his Blewberry and discovered that the toy came from Blueberry Lane:

“That’s not where I got my my Blewberry and I’ve never had a stuffed animal,” he texted, flicking his tail playfully, “but I he gives me a warm feeling that makes me want to adopt him.”

“In other words,” Chef said as she sliced the pecan danish ring, “you already figured out the clue.”

“Well of course,” the Squirrel replied, watching Chef scrape a few stray pecans into a bowl. “This week the resident faculty will discuss Chip and Dan Heath’s Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. They use Jonathan Chait’s metaphor of the Elephant and the Rider for the relationship of emotions and analysis – and add the idea of the situational Path – to explore how best to motivate people and organizations to change their behaviors and solve problems.”

“You came out with that awfully quickly,” Chef said as she slid the bowl to him.

“You’ve made danish rings every Monday for a few weeks now,” the Squirrel texted. “Mrs. Squirrel and the twins figured out the pattern and they’re waiting for their pecans.”

Chef smiled. “So that’s how change happens?”


Happy Labor Day!