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A late bloomer

I’ve been writing in one fashion or another since adolescence. I went the English major route in college because of my passion for the written word, ideas, books, thinkers … creatives. I loved literature because, along with the joy of reading something artfully written, among other things, it transported me to other worlds and informed the way I saw this world and my place in it.

While other subjects had a singularity to them, literature could embody all other subjects I was studying: history, art, psychology, philosophy, science. …


His Disconnect and Greed Exemplify the Religious Right

Dave Ramsey, a darling of money-fixated, evangelical Christians everywhere, received a hellish amount of negative attention recently. I doubt it bothered him much; in fact, he probably enjoyed it.

Maybe I am over generalizing, but I don’t think many of the folks who support his business would be overly concerned by his remarks, either.

The public outrage resulted from his tone deaf and derogatory comments about Biden’s pandemic relief plan that includes some direct stimulus payments to Americans (that as of this writing, some are still waiting to receive).

I don’t believe in a stimulus check because if $600 or…


Lobbyists and special interest groups scramble to assess new hire

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Does an education leader really need education experience?

In a former life, my dream job was to write for America’s “finest news source,” The Onion. I no longer send them my resume, but I still love to read it. Hyperbole, sarcasm, and media satire have always been personal interests — as a student of creative nonfiction — but I pay my bills writing business content. Please forgive my smelly Onion-esque title, but the absurdity of America’s last top education appointment, Betsy DeVos, and her vacuous tenure made an equally absurd title irresistible.

In response to the equally stupid question in…


On re-reading his novel White Noise 20-years later

Waves and Radiation and Hand Sanitizer

A toxic threat in the air that can kill us.

Fear-filled and surreal trips to the supermarket.

A morbid preoccupation with death and confrontation with our own mortality.

The notion of technology as our savior or destroyer.

Sound familiar?

These are all recurring themes in the brilliantly prescient 1985 novel, White Noise, by the reclusive and postmodern literary acrobat, Don DeLillo. His avoidance of the spotlight is refreshing in a world full of aspiring Instagram influencers.

Josh Spilker seems to agree in his story on biography, “Don DeLillo is a fantastic writer. But there’s no life story there. …


definitely! Part of the allure for writing ... I think most creatives want to leave a little something behind as evidence that we were here ha ha


But for many, its effects may have been profound

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His Disconnect and Greed Exemplify the Religious Right

Dave Ramsey, a darling of money-fixated, evangelical Christians everywhere, received a hellish amount of negative attention recently. I doubt it bothered him much; in fact, he probably enjoyed it.

Maybe I am over-generalizing, but I don’t think many of the folks who support his business would be overly concerned by his remarks, either.

The public outrage resulted from his tone-deaf and derogatory comments about Biden’s pandemic relief plan that includes some direct stimulus payments to Americans (that as of this writing, some are still waiting to receive).

I don’t believe in a stimulus check because if $600 or $1400 changes…


Is is the final curtain call for the ‘sage on the stage’?

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The Idea of the Lecture

I currently work for an educational technology company, worked as a teacher for many years, have a daughter in middle school, and work as a freelance writer specializing in educational content. One of my favorite courses as an undergraduate was “The Philosophy of Education,” an upper-level philosophy course taught by a wonderful professor I had taken a year earlier in a lower-level History of Western Philosophy survey course.

We traced some of the major philosophical underpinnings of Western education: from Plato’s Republic to John Newman’s “The Idea of the University” to Rousseau and Dewey’s works. Dr. Robert Mulvaney, who passed…


Is over-consumption of news and social media making us less intelligent and fulfilled?

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Over-Saturation and Exposure

Turn off the news. Just stop. Yes, you. Just turn if off and take a break from social media too, while you’re at it.

Thank you. It feels better, doesn’t it?

Feeling Overwhelmed? Too informed? Do you sometimes wake up in the middle of the night in cold sweats, sick with the thought that you can’t remember the number of confirmed cases versus probable deaths for Covid-19 in your state? Maybe you hardly slept last night because of nightmares that your credit score or personal identity was compromised. The former president pardoned or didn’t pardon so and so …


As the search for a Covid-19 vaccine persists and the global pandemic continues to disrupt the normal education environment, most K-12 public and private schools in the United States have gone fully virtual — or drastically adjusted their normal face-to-face meeting schedules. This varies from state to state; however, the key takeaway today is the much needed investment these schools need to make for content: engaging, timely, and specific content for their website (s) to keep students, parents, and the community up to date with what is going on.


When the pandemic lock-down spread across the world a few months ago, hordes of office workers grabbed their laptops and commuted home with a sense of uncertainty and doom. Public school students across the world abruptly adjusted their routine and pivoted to remote learning. Friends and colleagues had internet happy hours, eCommerce orders skyrocketed, and screen time was at an all-time high.

This moved digital marketers into the forefront of marketing. Businesses and organizations worldwide needed to remotely ensure their SEO was prioritized and working as effectively (and efficiently) as possible. …

Andrew K. Block

I write about culture, education, and more! For content and marketing needs, contact me at akblock73@gmail.com and paradigmcontentsolutions.wordpress.com

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