Paranoia Strikes Deep

Into Your Life It Will Creep... It's one of the great lines from the classic song For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield. And until yesterday, that's all it was, a line from a song. But I guess subconsciously all this talk about the coronavirus finally got to me. We were sitting around our apartment … Continue reading Paranoia Strikes Deep

Music Monday: Harry Chapin on Writing, Performing, and Making a Fool of Yourself

Harry Chapin is one of the all-time great singer-songwriters who died way too young. One of my first blog posts five years ago ever was about Harry, and it remains one of my favorite posts. If you don't know much about Harry, that post can get you up to speed. It was my future wife … Continue reading Music Monday: Harry Chapin on Writing, Performing, and Making a Fool of Yourself

There’s Just Something About Competition

I've loved to compete my whole life. It didn't matter what it was - sports, academics, who could hold their breath the longest. I wasn't good at most sports, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the thrill of competition, whether it was against another team or against myself. These days, most of my competition … Continue reading There’s Just Something About Competition

Thanks to PowerPoint, I’ve Been an Ineffective Teacher for the Past Thirty Years

PowerPoint has been a mainstay of my teaching for the past 30 years. While I don't just stand up there and recite what is on the slides, I do use the text that is on the slides to highlight the key points I want to make and to keep me on track. Well according to … Continue reading Thanks to PowerPoint, I’ve Been an Ineffective Teacher for the Past Thirty Years

Haikus About Blogging

Last week I wrote a post, "The Power of Poetry", and referenced John Paul Lederach, a Mennonite conflict mediator who likes to write meeting notes and trip reports in haiku form. He believes that the act of distilling information to a five-seven-five syllable format is a way to ‚Äúcapture the wonder of the human experience … Continue reading Haikus About Blogging

No $35,000 Jockstraps: This Is Why I Love Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness is the gym for the common man - the average Joe. It might have some odd rules, like no grunting and no judgment, but at its heart, it's a gym for everyone. You can work out as hard, or as easy as you want. It's completely your call. And you can dress any … Continue reading No $35,000 Jockstraps: This Is Why I Love Planet Fitness

Writing from the Heart

A few years ago I wrote a post about our youngest son Pat, after he had received an award from the¬†Williams Syndrome Association. It was a proud day for all of us, and in the years since, Pat has only added to the places he's traveled to, the friends he has made, the concerts he … Continue reading Writing from the Heart

Follow Your Passion? Nah, Try This Instead.

In this week's Pinkcast, Dan interviews Tom Rath, New York Times bestselling author of StrengthsFinder 2.0, How Full Is Your Bucket?, and Eat Move Sleep. Tom has just published his most recent book, Life's Great Question, and that is the focus of the Pinkcast. I have been a fan of StrengthsFinder 2.0 since it was … Continue reading Follow Your Passion? Nah, Try This Instead.

Music Monday: Music with a Message

Maybe I'm just lazy. I think I have enough favorite music from the late 60s and 70s to get me through the rest of my life. Plus, many of the artists from back then continued to put out great albums for years, and sometimes decades, later. (one example, of course, is Bruce Springsteen). I'll admit … Continue reading Music Monday: Music with a Message

Accounting Test More Stressful Than Coronavirus?

I am currently teaching a group of students from Villanova who are studying abroad in Singapore. One of the best parts of studying abroad for students (OK, and me too) seems to be using their long weekends to travel to surrounding countries. So far, the students have taken trips to Bali, Taiwan, and Malaysia, and … Continue reading Accounting Test More Stressful Than Coronavirus?