Professor Plum paused in the doorway to the mail room and announced: “I’m at a crossroads.”

He read the mail…. (More)

Professor Plum then left with Ms. Scarlet to join the resident faculty in the wine cellar library, where they’ll spend the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”).

In the staff poker game, the Professor of Astrology Janitor was at a crossroads. His pair of red Kings looked very good at the start of the hand, so he opened with a pot-sized raise. Chef called and the flop brought the Ace of Hearts, Ten of Clubs, and Six of Diamonds. The Professor of Astrology Janitor put in a pot-sized bet, and Chef replied with a pot-sized raise.

Had Chef called pre-flop with an Ace and made a pair of Aces on the flop? Had she perhaps called with pocket Tens or Sixes, and made three-of-a-kind? Or was she trying to bluff him off his Kings? If Chef knew the Professor of Astrology Janitor had a big pair like Kings or Queens, he reasoned, this was exactly how she would bluff. On the other hand, if she had an Ace or three-of-a-kind, she would play the hand exactly the same way.

The Professor of Astrology Janitor decided discretion was the better part of valor and folded his Kings. “Aces, Tens, or Sixes,” he asked.

Chef just smiled. “You didn’t pay to find out.”

The Professor of Astrology Janitor began his plaintive mewling, and Chef went to the kitchen to make a Game of Thrones Breakfast at Winterfell, leaving your lowly mail room clerk to sort through this week’s correspondence….

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Dear Ms. Crissie

The world is at a crossroads, and we must resist discrimination against people based on race or ethnicity or religion. If we let that take root, we start seeing a rise in sectarian politics. We start seeing a rise in an aggressive kind of nationalism. We start seeing both in developed and developing countries an increased resentment about minority groups and the bad treatment of people who don’t look like us or practice the same faith as us.

To make progress, we must stand up for tolerance and moderation and respect for others. If we begin to doubt ourselves and all that we have accomplished, then much of the progress that we have made will not continue. What we will see is more and more people arguing against democracy, we will see more and more people who are looking to restrict freedom of the press, and we’ll see more intolerance, more tribal divisions, more ethnic divisions and religious divisions and more violence.

Let’s face it, if people do not show respect and tolerance, eventually you have war and conflict. Sooner or later societies break down.

Barack in Indonesia

Dear Ms. President,

Thank you for those wise and measured words. We note that contrast between you and your successor could not be more stark, and we hope people around the world will hear your words more than they hear his.

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

Okay, it’s July and I guess that’s winter in the southern hemisphere. But we’re not down there. So what is this Breakfast at Winterfell, and how does Chef make it?

Confusedly Hungry in Blogistan

Dear Squirrel,

The Game of Thrones Breakfast at Winterfell recipe is from a website titled Inn At the Crossroads, which was Chef’s attempt to link the recipe to this week’s theme. To make it, fry 6 strips of bacon, toast 4 slices of rustic bread, and soft-boil 2 eggs. In the stories, the bread is served with butter and honey or preserves. Bon appétit!

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Photo Credit: Spencer Platt, Sisi Recht (Getty Images)

Barack in Indonesia.

Game of Thrones Breakfast at Winterfell.

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Happy Sunday!