The Vicar and the Baroness

It was half past ten already, he still had a mile to go, and the sheep were really beginning to be a problem.

One large ewe was nuzzling his elbow, while what he presumed was her lamb rubbed its fuzzy head against his knee. And the rest of the flock – about three dozen, most white except for one or two black – were edging ever nearer, eager to get to know him as well. A large ram was eyeing him beadily, but had yet to approach.

Charles backed against the closed stile, cursing himself and the woolly creatures at the same time. So much for saving time by taking a shortcut through the pasture.

It had seemed such a good idea, particularly since the clouds were getting thicker and darker, and thunder was rumbling in the distance. But there he was, unable to get into the lane behind him because the maddening creatures were blocking the stile. Even if he was able to shoo enough out of the way, there was a chance some would wander out into the lane with him, and he had neither the strength nor the inclination to round them up and push them back into the pasture.
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The Vicar and the Baroness

A cheesy romance with twisted underpinnings — In serial form.

It was a dark and stormy morning.

The rain started just as Charles bid the Rev. Arthur Chasuble, his longtime mentor and friend, goodbye at the Merton College gates.

“May God be with you, Charles.”

The aged don took Charles’ hand, and shook it with a surprising strength, considering his frail build.

“And keep out of trouble this time.”
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Shameless self-promotion

lead_960 I am so happy to start the new year with a story in The Atlantic, a magazine I’ve wanted to write for for a long time. The piece is on early math education reforms, and to my mind goes a long way to explaining our awful attitudes toward math today. Thankfully we’re changing that, though. Another article I wrote for Noodle on math apps is all about encouraging kids to love numbers.

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