Navigating a Whackadoodle World: Episode Three

The Power of Reflection. In which my Whackadoodle student and I begin the third of fourteen lessons for navigating life, and spend some time reflecting on what makes people tick. If you have entered this story in the middle, click here for the prologue. “So I have that list of abstract nouns you assigned me last … Read more

Court Reform: Or Why Do Nine People Hold So Much Power?

A Whackadoodle discussion about the Supreme Court, Court Reform, Dark Money, and whether or not people like you are interested, including links to Senator Whitehouse of Rhode Island’s eighteen floor speeches regarding the need for change. “I still don’t understand why you want to post a bunch of speeches given on the Senate floor on … Read more

Navigating a Whackadoodle World: Episode Two

The Power of Definition and Belief. In which my Whackadoodle student and I begin the second of fourteen lessons for navigating life, and rediscover how important it is to keep examining our definitions. If you have entered this story in the middle, click here for the prologue. ______ “So I have been thinking about how to … Read more

The Magic Fairy: Irony, Sarcasm, Saying or Satire?

A Whackadoodle answer in which my student and I answer a Dear Navigator question about sarcasm; only to end up discussing why classifications matter. “So we have another one,” she told me, waiving her iPhone. “Another Dear Navigator question?” I asked, pleasantly surprised. “Sort of,” she nodded. “It was a question posted as a comment … Read more

Navigating a Whackadoodle World: Episode One

The Power of Cause and Effect. In which my student and I begin the first of fourteen lessons for navigating life, and rediscover how important it is to keep asking why. If you haven’t read this story’s prologue, click here. She looked at me thoughtfully. “I’ve been considering the best way to introduce Episode One … Read more

Navigating a Whackadoodle World: A Prologue

A Whackadoodle discussion in which my student challenges me to teach her about A River Worth Riding: Fourteen Rules for Navigating the River of Life. “I think that we need to start talking more about your rules, and less about my lessons.” “How’s that?” “Well, isn’t the point of our website to get people interested … Read more

Mask Mandates: Just Trying to Keep Us Safe

A Whackadoodle discussion about prejudice, public health, mask mandates, why I will be wearing a mask for the rest of my life, even if you won’t. “For the first time in my life, I know what it’s like to feel prejudiced,” I blurted out. “What?” she exclaimed. “You don’t have a prejudiced bone in your … Read more

Do I need a Website? Should I Sell Stuff or Build Followers?

A Whackadoodle lesson in which we answer a Dear Navigator question: Do I need a website? Do I concentrate on selling stuff, or on building a list of followers? __________ “We have another one,” she informed me, busting passed my door. “Another what?” I asked, following her. “Another question from a blog follower,” she said, … Read more

Satirical or Ironic: Political Essays Have Power

A Whackadoodle lesson about the difference between Satirical and Ironic essays, with political examples of each. Including The Garlic’s Exclusive Interview with the Governor. “I’m supposed to write a satirical essay for my English 101 class,” she told me as soon as our lesson began. “Zowy,” I said. “Your teacher is quite ambitious.” “How do you … Read more

Writing a School Board Proposal: A Whackadoodle Lesson

A Whackadoodle discussion regarding my student’s desire to write a school board proposal asking the school board to add American Sign Language to their K-12 core curriculum. “How do you write a proposal?” she asked me out of the blue. “Well,” I said, struggling to get my thoughts in order. “I suppose it depends on … Read more