The US Represented Weekly Update

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Hello USR members and guests,

We hope you like the look of our site upgrade, and thank you for your patience during the process. We still have much to do, but we continue to move in the right direction. We’ve also added Jerome Parent to our staff. Jerome will be posting Exhibit A, a dynamic and thought-provoking weekly feature, every Thursday.

Our week rounded out with seven engaging weekly features. In a recent interview with Lindsay Deen, Dan Cordova, a Colorado Springs middle school teacher, notes, “Without unanimous results, you can’t justify what you’re paying for, and the problem is that the world doesn’t work because everyone’s the same. The world works because we have an ecosystem, we have an ecology to support, and we are part of an ecology. . . . [T]he main benefit of experiential learning is that a person can connect and find a social identity to their education versus having to choose one or the other.” In “Ten Reasons to Go on Holiday in Scotland,” Cheryl Ray says, “I recently returned from a two-week holiday in Scotland in August. I use the expression ‘on holiday’ instead of ‘on vacation’ because that is what the people in Scotland say. The people I spoke with just do not understand the expression, ‘on vacation.’ They inquire, ‘But what are you vacating?’ Ah, yes. If they only knew. Perhaps a situation that has become temporarily too unpleasant or stressful. But think about it. To get away, to go somewhere fun, exciting, new, and different; that is truly a holiday.” In “International Sponge,” Dana Zimbleman asks a unique scrubbing item, “Pardon me for being rude. . . . / Did you pick up germs in all / those places, / infections and insidious plagues?” In “Fishing for Followers,” Jerome Parent notes, “The fact is that no one, not even a certifiably crazy person, is capable of admitting that his or her behavior, choices, or thinking is irrational. Fear changes belief and behavior whereas facts do not. Rational people need to stop trying to use reason to increase the use of reason.” In this week’s installment of Emily Badovinac’s novel Deep Red, Rayne and Marlo discuss Marlo’s inner struggles, and Rayne attempts to convince Marlo to join her and Victoria in the Counsel’s plans for Marlo’s future. In “Tunnel of Lights,” Pete Howard says of the night walks he used to take, “It was like I was streaming through a wide, airy, dimly lit tunnel, accompanied by my own shadow that leaned and switched with each passing streetlight. There were neighborhood cats that skulked back into the shadows as I approached, or streaked like little goblins across the street to the safety of their porches.” Finally, in Eric Stephenson’s “For every single mother working three jobs. . . ,” Howard Collins finishes a day as a physician assistant thinking about the true nature of his job and imagining other prospects.

Best!
The USR Staff