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Politics & the Media: The Tipping Point

Advances in communication, in particular the rapid growth of social media, have transformed the political landscape to where our elected leaders execute their responsibilities in ways that would no longer be familiar to the Founding Fathers who crafted the process.

By Tom Cooke • Illustrated by Jon Moore
Intelligence & Unbelief

Mensan Phillip Power examines the role intelligence plays in religiosity, arguing that it’s neither correct nor helpful to frame theism and atheism into a paradigm of intelligence values.

By Phillip Power • Illustrated by Cherie Fruehan
End-of-Life Empowerment

As a physician, health plan admin, and screenwriter, Mensan Csaba Mera endeavors to let patients die on their terms. He co-wrote the film Here Awhile as part of his quest to bring choice and dignity to end-of-life planning.

By Csaba Mera, M.D., FAAP, FRCPC • Illustrated by Amanda Mattison
Helping My Daughter Avoid Getting Hungover

Everyone knows that as we age, our metabolism slows down — we can’t eat the way we did when we were in our 20s. The same is true for alcohol metabolism. In inventing a product for my millennial daughter, I actually created a product for myself. How’s that for a happy accident?

By Linda J. Kaplan, M.D.
Cess Now?

Covid-19 has brought many new words and phrases front and center in the American lexicon: Zoom meeting, social distance, ventilator…. The pandemic has also forced millions of intubations. A respiratory therapist recalls his first — and the confusing command that followed.

By Michael Breton • Illustrated by Jon Moore
Mensa Brain or Monkey Brain — Which Is at the Helm of Our Voluntary Activities?

Monkey Brain is the construct Mensan Kent Keith uses to describe the subconscious programming that runs our lives. Think of it as the amalgamation of our brain’s many autonomous programs that control all sorts of functions we’re not aware of at any given moment.

By Kent Keith • Illustrated by Jon Moore
Common Threads: An Inspection of the Morgellons Community

Morgellons disease has a complicated history, and many medical professionals do not consider the condition to be a real disease. Whether the symptoms are physical, mental, or both, Morgellons disease needs to be given consideration, argues Mensan Genevieve M.H. Corrada.

By Genevieve M.H. Corrada
In the Company of Heroes

Journey to Royal: A WWII Rescue Mission, produced by Mensan Mariana Tosca, p.g.a. and written and directed by Christopher Johnson, seeks to preserve the legacy of the 4th Emergency Rescue Squadron, whose men saved 576 lives during the war.

By Mariana Tosca
Mensan’s Elam Ending to Close NBA All-Star Game Again

We’ve all seen it: crisp, competitive basketball games devolving into foul fests in the final minutes. It’s time for basketball to finally demote a once-indispensable element of the sport — the game clock.

By Nick Elam
More Than We Think

We might not all look or sound like what people think of as the typical Mensan, but we’re all here in this little community of outliers together. And that’s pretty cool. So, I think I’ll stick around.

By Ronni Peck • Illustrated by Kirsten Wahlquist
My Father and the Fitz

About 180 years ago, Henry Fitz built his first telescope, a beautiful wood, brass, and glass 6-inch achromatic refractor. Years later, one of Henry’s creations became a beloved member of our family, bringing us closer to the stars — and each other.

By Rick Clarke
There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Dyslexic Genius

If you know a brilliant little dyslexic Einstein of your own, make sure they get the best academic and emotional support. But also give them a solid exposure to the many new assistive devices that make life so much easier.

By Carol Barnier
The Fine Art of Snowplowing

Oh, plowing the snow’s an art, no question about it. Takes years of experience to get’er down good and proper. So there ain’t no way the city’s gonna turn loose a young tenderfoot like you in a blizzard like this — not on his own, anyways.

By Greg Jenkins • Illustrated by Jon Moore
Assembling a Dream Team USA for the International Quiz Olympiad

For 20 years the International Quizzing Association has been running major international quiz events such as the Quiz Olympiad. Ken Jennings led the last squad, maybe you’ll be on the next? If you’re able and interested, there could be a spot for a Mensan or Mensans on the national team.

By Paul Bailey
Pandemic Pastime: Virtual Choirs

On March 13, my hyper-busy life came to a screeching halt. I was no longer able to see family living in a senior care facility where I had been a daily visitor. No running a million errands, no restaurant dinners with my spouse, no face-to-face chats with friends. But in the newfound space and quiet, I discovered — or rediscovered — my voice.

By Jaylene O'Keefe
Coffee Rings

While the memories gather and swirl, I go to take a sip from my coffee cup. I insert my finger through the small handle and, for the first time, notice a small ring of coffee outlining the base of my cup. And I remember it all — the glorious early years of a passionate and unfulfilling love affair with professional wrestling.

By Drew Toney • Illustration by Megan Kayleigh Sullivan
A Beastly Contest

Senior Bulletin columnist Richard Lederer invites you to become a groupie and make up your own collective nouns for animals or for people — a prickle of porcupines, an aroma of skunks, a rash of dermatologists, a brace of orthodontists.

By Richard Lederer
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Co-authoring a Novel

Distinct writing styles and clashing egos. A fallout between childhood friends. Editors who couldn’t see past rose-tinted glasses. Bestseller Nelson DeMille swore off writing collabs for decades until finally teaming up with his son, which, he says, brought the two closer together.

By Nelson DeMille
Western Religions’ Influence on Piratical Endeavors During the Golden Age of Piracy

Greed or necessity often motivated piracy, while politics have influenced the warfaring of privateering. But like politics and economics, religion was inextricably linked to its deep history.

By Joseph Mogel

A lifetime of laughter bloomed spiderwebs in the corners of Edna’s eyes, but with time her world had grown dull and colorless. Suddenly, however, she’s given license to cut loose and paint the town red.

By Abigail Rose Manis • Illustrated by Amanda Mattison