Coming Soon to a Bathroom Near You – the Forever Roll XXXL?

Let's face it, toilet paper math is hard. How is anyone supposed to make sense of all those numbers that appear on toilet paper packages? But apparently there's something even more troubling than toilet paper math. I guess you would call it toilet paper etiquette. The Wall Street Journal has a cover story (that's right, … Continue reading Coming Soon to a Bathroom Near You – the Forever Roll XXXL?

Peanut Butter and Jelly – a Marriage Made in Heaven

They say you should write about what you know. Well, here goes. I've been eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for over 50 years. According to Wikipedia, a 2002 survey showed the average American will have eaten 1,500 PB&J sandwiches before graduating from high school. (I wonder if it's just as popular outside the U.S. … Continue reading Peanut Butter and Jelly – a Marriage Made in Heaven

Music Monday: An Eclectic List of Musical Firsts

For whatever reason, I have always been fascinated by the "first" of things. So I thought I'd spend some time searching the web and looking for some historic firsts in the world of music. I'm sure there are many other categories I could come up with, but the ones shown below will do for now. … Continue reading Music Monday: An Eclectic List of Musical Firsts

Liberal Arts vs. STEM: a Modern Twist on the Tortoise and the Hare

The race is not always to the swift. That's the moral of the classic tale of the tortoise and the hare. In the case of liberal arts majors vs STEM majors, the moral of the story is: The race is not always to those who start with the highest salary. A recent New York Times story … Continue reading Liberal Arts vs. STEM: a Modern Twist on the Tortoise and the Hare

Why Does It Sometimes Take a Funeral to Really Get to Know Someone?

Today I attended a beautiful memorial service for my sister's mother-in-law, affectionately known to most people as Iris. I first met Iris about 40 years ago, which meant she was in her early 50s at the time. Obviously, I knew nothing about the first 50 years of Iris's life. And I really did not get … Continue reading Why Does It Sometimes Take a Funeral to Really Get to Know Someone?

Wowed Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2019

For the past several years, I have had my freshmen business students create vision boards, and then in three to four minutes, present his or her vision board to the class. The whole process takes three days of class time, but it is well worth it. All I can say after having watched the presentations … Continue reading Wowed Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2019

The Social, Psychological, Emotional and Physical Health Costs of Politics

A recent study published in PLOS One reports the results of a survey designed to measure the many personal costs of political engagement. The results are sobering, to say the least: Physical Health 38% say politics has caused them to be stressed 26.4% say they have become depressed when a preferred candidate lost. 18.3% say … Continue reading The Social, Psychological, Emotional and Physical Health Costs of Politics

The Power of Two, Two-Minute Rules (in Less Than Two Minutes)

Who doesn't want to be more productive or establish some good habits? Thanks to David Allen, best-selling author of Getting Things Done, and Jame Clear, author fo the best-selling Atomic Habits, there are two simple methods that anyone can use to achieve these goals. Each author uses what they refer to as the two-minute rule. … Continue reading The Power of Two, Two-Minute Rules (in Less Than Two Minutes)

The King of Queens and the Paradox of Choice

"In the decade since streaming TV technology ushered in the concept of binge viewing, the “rewatch” has evolved as a phenomenon with motivations and rituals of its own. While bingeing is associated with devouring new shows, rewatching is more about savoring old favorites." Wall Street Journal Who doesn't like to just occasionally plop down in front … Continue reading The King of Queens and the Paradox of Choice

Music Monday: the Beautiful Sadness of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’

Like many people, I think my introduction to Joni Mitchell's classic song River from 1971 happened just this past week thanks to the new show on Netflix, The Politician. The song is covered by Ben Platt, the 26-year old Emmy Award winner for his role as Evan in Dear Evan Hansen. Here's the performance by … Continue reading Music Monday: the Beautiful Sadness of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’