Some Fatherly Words of Wisdom from Jack Bogle, Founder of Vanguard Investments, to My Sons

Art Carey, a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, shared some words of advice he received from Jack Bogle a few years ago. Carey asked Bogle the following question: "Pretend I am your son. What advice would you give me about how to live a long, happy, honorable life?" Here's a summary of what Bogle had … Continue reading Some Fatherly Words of Wisdom from Jack Bogle, Founder of Vanguard Investments, to My Sons

Guilty Pleasure Brings Back Childhood Memory

My name is Jim Borden, and I like Frosted Mini-Wheats. There. I said it. A couple of times per year, for whatever reason, I feel a need to pick up a box of Frosted Mini-Wheats, probably my favorite cereal of all time. And it's just as good, if not better, with almond milk. I know … Continue reading Guilty Pleasure Brings Back Childhood Memory

I Must Not Have Been Part of This Research Study

There was an interesting article in today's Wall Street Journal about jealousy. The main point of the story was that other people’s plans for the future irritate us much more than experiences they’ve had in the past. At first, this idea might seem strange. Don’t we feel envy for people’s accomplishments and possessions, such as … Continue reading I Must Not Have Been Part of This Research Study

More Six-Word Stories

I came across a fellow blogger who writes the occasional six-word story, here is her latest: She shivered in fear… and excitement. Reading her other six-word stories rekindled my interest in the genre, so I thought I'd give it a try again. It's been over a year since I wrote a short-word story (I needed … Continue reading More Six-Word Stories

What in the World Is Wheeler’s Which

I was randomly paging through Seth Godin's 17-pound book, "What Does It Sound Like When You Change Your Mind?", when I came across one of his posts titled "Hobson’s choice, Occam’s razor, Wheeler’s which and the way we decide". I was familiar with Hobson's Choice and Occam's Razor, but I had never heard of Wheeler's … Continue reading What in the World Is Wheeler’s Which

I Don’t Think Seth Godin Would Approve

"Is marketing the art of tricking people into buying stuff they don’t need? Or is it about spreading ideas that people fall in love with?"- Seth Godin The above is a question Seth posed way back in 2005. It seems as if Kraft is in the camp that believes marketing is about tricking people. Kraft … Continue reading I Don’t Think Seth Godin Would Approve

Music Monday: Best Songs for a Funeral

I know, it's not necessarily the most uplifting of topics to write about, but it's amazing what ideas pop into your head when you've got a deadline. I recently wrote about the best songs to accompany graduation, and so I started thinking about other major life events where music can play a key role. My … Continue reading Music Monday: Best Songs for a Funeral

Another Wonderful Walk for Williams Syndrome

Today was the sixth annual Philadelphia Walk for Williams Syndrome. The event was held once again at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and we were blessed with perfect weather. I don't know the final count of how many people were there, but it looked like a record number. The success of the event can be attributed … Continue reading Another Wonderful Walk for Williams Syndrome

Proof Once Again That I’m Not a Trendsetter

I stopped drinking alcohol about eight years ago, basically for health reasons. I will admit I missed the taste of beer, so I would occasionally have a non-alcoholic beer, like O'Douls. (I should also point out that I eat fake hamburgers and drink decaf coffee - I know, what a crazy life I lead). I … Continue reading Proof Once Again That I’m Not a Trendsetter

If Only All Works of Art Could Be Explained Like This

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I. Don't. Get. Art. I've written about my childhood and adult experiences with art, none of them good. I've also written about how Morley Safer also claims that he "didn't get art." So imagine my surprise when I came across this YouTube video that explained … Continue reading If Only All Works of Art Could Be Explained Like This