Music Monday: Battle of the Band

Some of you may have read the headline and thought, 'Borden did it again with another typo, leaving off an "s" at the end of Band'. Well, let me assure you, I meant to write it that way. I am not writing about a competition for the best new band or anything like that, but … Continue reading Music Monday: Battle of the Band

“Additional Testing Revealed Giardia”

The headline comes from a part of a press release issued by NBC/Universal related to the network having to shut down production of the Ultimate Slip ’N Slide series after up to 40 crew members contracted giardia. Now some of you may know what giardia is, but I had never heard of such a condition. … Continue reading “Additional Testing Revealed Giardia”

Am I As Creative as a Kindergarten Student?

Last week, Brad Osbourne, the poet laureate of WordPress at commonsensiblyspeaking, shared a style of poetry known as a Diamante poem, as part of his weekly Whittled Words series. Here is the format of such a poem: A diamante poem is a 7-line poem that looks like a diamond. It can be used to describe … Continue reading Am I As Creative as a Kindergarten Student?

Choose Your Own Adventure

I remember when our oldest son was around 10 years old how much he enjoyed the Choose Your Own adventures series of books. Here's a description from Wikipedia: Choose Your Own Adventure, or Secret Path Books is a series of children's gamebooks where each story is written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of … Continue reading Choose Your Own Adventure

OK, You Heard It Here First. It Was Me.

Given how much the WordPress blogging community means to me, I wanted you to be the first ones to know. It was me. The Wall Street Journal has an article in this week's Mansion section with the headline: Mystery Buyer Pays $157.5 Million for Two Condos on New York’s Billionaires’ Row Well, mystery solved. I … Continue reading OK, You Heard It Here First. It Was Me.

Learning from Our Mistakes

Seth Godin had a wonderful post earlier this week. Titled Lessons learned the hard way, Godin talks about the value of learning from our mistakes. Here is the full post: It will be a long time before I spell “handkerchief” incorrectly. That’s because in third grade, I lost the entry round of the spelling bee … Continue reading Learning from Our Mistakes

If You Can’t Win, Then Get in a Fight, or Cheat

In a recent survey of 2,000 U.S. residents, 20 percent say that their game nights with friends or family members are often or always disrupted by competitive or unfriendly behavior. Typical antics include someone quitting because they’re losing (46%), someone accusing another player of cheating (44%), two or more players getting into an argument (44%), and … Continue reading If You Can’t Win, Then Get in a Fight, or Cheat

Music Monday: A Hidden Gem Discovered in a Geico Commercial

As I have written many times before, unlike most people, I am a fan of commercials. I love the skill that is required to put together a meaningful message in 30-60 seconds. And sometimes you get lucky, like I did this week when I dug a little bit into the background of a recent Geico … Continue reading Music Monday: A Hidden Gem Discovered in a Geico Commercial

Dear Spammers: How About Just a Little Bit of Effort

Just about every bloggerhas gotten a comment similar to the following: "Hello sir/madam your website looks awesome please help me out to create like this. My website is.... Thank you for your support" Usually, I pay no attention to such comments, but this one stood out because of the salutation. I don't know if this … Continue reading Dear Spammers: How About Just a Little Bit of Effort

Is There Room for Another Dad Who Knows How to Do Stuff?

Rob Kenney’s father left him and his seven siblings when he was fourteen years old, and the youngest had to fend for themselves. He wished that he had someone who could teach him the basics—how to tie a tie, jump-start a car, unclog a drain, use tools properly—as well as succeed in life. But he … Continue reading Is There Room for Another Dad Who Knows How to Do Stuff?