Chris Pine had been a student of mine in a senior English seminar at Berkeley. I have to admit, he was one of my favorite students. In part, this was because he wrote well. In part, it was because he was a complete nut. The last time I had seen Chris, he had run up to me in Aroma cafe in LA, a few days after the end of the semester in May 2002, begging to know his final grade. At the time, I was cupping a latte in one hand and trying to hold a poker face. It lasted about 0.68 seconds.

“Hi Chris,” I took a sip. “It’s nice to see you, too.” I looked around to see if anyone was there to witness me revealing a grade before the official end of the term. The coast looked reasonably clear, and Chris seemed SO eager to hear his grade. I lost the battle and broke out in a grin. “Oh, and I’m pretty sure you got an A.” In an instant, the man who would later be James Tiberius Kirk was jumping up and down, doing a frenetic fist pump and shouting, “Yes! Yes! WHOO HOOO!” at the top of his lungs.


Back to the (Near) Future by Sheyna E. Gifford

Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi strike bipartisan tone in House address

  • House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) called for the House “to come together” as he delivered a statement that was followed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in the wake of Wednesday morning’s shooting at a baseball field that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and four others injured.
  • “We are united in our shock, we are united in our anguish,” Ryan said, his voice rising. “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.” The House rose in applause.
  • “I identify myself with the remarks of the Speaker,” Pelosi said after Ryan as the House stood, applauding the show of bipartisanship. “We are not one caucus or the other in this House today.” Read more (6/14/17 3 PM)

“Words weigh a ton:” Republicans and Democrats reflect on harsh tone in wake of baseball shooting

  • Members of Congress echoed the above sentiment in interviews with Mic, noting how the attack motivated introspection about the heated rhetoric that often flies between Republicans and Democrats.
  • “Everybody is reflecting on what we all say,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said after he listened to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.) Read more (6/14/17)

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords shares powerful statement after Alexandria shooting

  • “It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, nor if you’re a senator or a representative, nor a staffer or a sworn officer,” Giffords said in a statement.
  • “If you serve the institution of Congress, you’re connected to your colleagues, current and former, by a shared sense of service to ideals far greater than yourself. … This shooting is an attack on all who serve and on all who participate in our democracy.” Read more (6/14/17)

Canandaigua New York ~ 1840 Inn on Main ~ Historic B&B by Onasill ~ Bill Badzo
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1840 Inn on the Main

Are Lemony’s memories of his chilhood incorrect?

“All the Wrong Questions” tells us all about the times young Lemony Snicket got things wrong… except he really didn’t. He was right about Ellington being a liar, about Hangfire being a villain, about the Bombinating Beast being central to his plot. The only parts of the plot he truly got wrong concern Kit and his family in general, and the way they relate to the VFD organization.

But what if Lemony’s misinterpretations extended even further? What if the series hid something even more ominous, more sinister, of which Lemony only got a glimpse?

We will argue (after the cut) that Lemony suffered a form of trauma during his early chilhood, which eventually caused him to exhibit symptoms of False Memory Syndrome (FMS) as a coping mechanism. This syndrom eventually damaged his relationships in later life. Simply put: Lemony’s memories of his family life prior to his VFD apprenticeship are completely wrong.

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