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Algebraic Love (when the solution is 20)

photoA milestone occurs today: the 20th wedding anniversary. It just so happens to coincide with the conclusion of my second dance at the Algebra Ball. (Yep, that was a pun.) Inspired by love for my husband (and love for the termination of Algebra), I’ve written a poem to memorialize this milestone. (to Keith – spoken words never really say it all for me, so I write them down, wrestle them around, to say what needs to be said: on this day – it’s the truth of three simple words.)



Algebraic Love: (when the solution is 20) 

Let x equal you

and y me

With the expression of these two

Equaling twenty


Now, an original equation altered

by events, blessed and burdened

Negative numbers: losses of Mom, Dad,

and mentor too

An equation unbalanced on days that we rue.


Then addition – as it always does –

increased our world:

The sum of us

divided by 2

yielded 1 just like me

and another-you


Then the radius of our circle grew long

and widened

a lamentable line of change

To joy in the jungle

And exponential growth in faith.


Now like Pi, our days stretch uncountable,

unknown before us

But each place after this point

Finds us always squared

(you2 + me2 = us2)


Together, compounding our interests

Finding our function

in a world where some problems


Push us to resolve

Our love

with the wisdom of the

always unerring Mathematician.


Weekend Word Gift Tip

According to Carleton Kendrick Ed. M of the majority of parents spend less than 20 minutes a day in conversation with their kids, and most

of that conversation tends to focus on complaints, commands, or requests. What’s even more disturbing is that the ratio of negative to  positive comments increases as they get older.

As we each remember what life was like as a teen, we can easily agree that every positive word spoken to us was like a drink of water in a barren desert.  We thirsted for encouragement because of the constant battle against the negative words spoken at school, from the media, or even at home.

Take a moment this weekend to encourage a teenager in your life. It’s probably best to do it quietly — with a simple note or gift — that doesn’t bring too much attention to them. Your word gift could brighten an otherwise dismal weekend for a teen who is much deserving of some uplifting words.