See the blank square.
See the nine points to connect.
Solutions depend on drawing outside the imaginary box. Think outside the box, because solutions involve a trick.
When President Donald Trump met with students, teachers, and parents from Parkland, Florida, after the 2018 school shooting, a camera caught a list of the President’s talking points. The last point was “I hear you.”
Some pundits made fun of this item on the President’s list. I’m not sure what they were thinking.
Many of us use notes to remind us of the points we want to cover, an agenda. I can see myself doing exactly as the President did.
Who are the members of the press? They don’t refer to notes? We have them on camera at press conferences. Gotcha!
Have you ever seen an orchard of mesquite trees?
This scene was photographed at the Amerind Museum, Dragoon, Arizona, in February, during the winter. *
This scene was taken in February, during Arizona’s winter. *
You actually never saw such an orchard of mesquite tree. Instead, mesquite trees on their own create an order that looks like an orchard. Each tree secretes a substance that is poisonous to its own seeds. Seeds that land under or around the tree are poisoned and do not germinate. This condition is called alleleopathy.
In addition, each tree spreads roots out under the entire canopy, and these roots suck up the water in the soil. An adjacent tree, needing its own supply of water, grows at a distance from all other trees. As a result, the layout of the trees looks like it was planted in rows by human hands.
* Photos by Nesanel Segal, 2018
Someone is interviewed on TV. At the end, the interviewer thanks their guest. “Thank you for being here tonight.”
So often, the person who is being interviewed responds, “Thank you.”
What happened to “you’re welcome”?
A politician described an opponent’s bill in Congress as “a total catastrophe.”
What is this? A case that can’t get any worse? Is there such a thing?