When in Doubt, Reach Out

It's been a  while since I've shared a Pinkcast, video clips from Dan Pink that offered useful advice typically in less than two minutes. One of Dan's recent Pinkcasts deals with a dilemma many of us have faced. The thought comes into your head to get in touch with a friend you haven't communicated with … Continue reading When in Doubt, Reach Out

I Guess 181 Weeks In a Row Wasn’t Enough to Make It Part of My Long-Term Memory

I guess I was so excited about my home repair success over the weekend that I couldn't wait to write a blog post about it. But what I forgot is that Mondays have always been my day to write about music, at least they had been for 181 weeks in a row until I took … Continue reading I Guess 181 Weeks In a Row Wasn’t Enough to Make It Part of My Long-Term Memory

How I Used WordPress and YouTube to Replace Our Bathroom Exhaust Fan

I am one of the world's unhandiest men (the image above is not my handiwork, but it could have been). It goes back to high school when I scored a 7 out of 100 on the Armed Forces Aptitude test for General Mechanical Ability. I've used that as an excuse not to fix anything for … Continue reading How I Used WordPress and YouTube to Replace Our Bathroom Exhaust Fan

So Where Is Waldo, Really?

The headline above was a recent essay prompt as part of the college admissions process for the University of Chicago. It seems like it would be a fun essay to work on, but to me, it seems crazy that perhaps such a question could carry more weight than the results of standardized math and verbal … Continue reading So Where Is Waldo, Really?

A Perfect Setting for a Classic Joke

Today, I was at the University of Penn Dental School's wonderful White Coat ceremony for the son of a cousin of a cousin (with an opening line like that, I know I've got you on the edge of your seat). The keynote speaker was the Reverend Chaz Lattimore Howard, the University Chaplain and Vice President … Continue reading A Perfect Setting for a Classic Joke

I’m Not Sure What This Says about My Blogging Skill, or Lack Thereof

It's just my second day back of blogging, and already I've become obsessed with my stats, again. I had done a pretty good job of only looking at my stats about once a day since I stopped blogging on March 31, but today I must have checked them at least 20 times. There was a … Continue reading I’m Not Sure What This Says about My Blogging Skill, or Lack Thereof

A Tribute to My First Crush – Olivia Newton-John

Note: this is a repost of my blog from September 29, 2018, titled: Returning to the Scene of My (One and Only) Crime I think at this point the statute of limitations has expired. So it’s time to come clean. When I was about 18 years old a friend and I went to Zern’s Farmers … Continue reading A Tribute to My First Crush – Olivia Newton-John

This May Be the End of My Streak

There's a good chance this will be my last blog post, or at least my last one for quite a while. I'm a bit overwhelmed with work this semester, and with blogging taking up about two to three hours of my day, I need to cut back. So a big thank you to all of … Continue reading This May Be the End of My Streak

Hard to Believe This Was Seven Years Ago

It's hard to imagine that Stuart Scott, an iconic ESPN anchor died over seven years ago. Here is the tribute I wrote in his honor at that time, as well as recounting other times I've been moved to tears. from January 4, 2015 I just watched a beautiful tribute to Stuart Scott, a longtime ESPN … Continue reading Hard to Believe This Was Seven Years Ago

Getting the Most Out of Your Good Deeds

I think most of us would agree that doing a good deed is doubly good. Good for us, and good for the person we are doing it for. But is there a way to make a good deed even more effective? Apparently, there is. And Dan Pink has a short video about it. https://fast.wistia.net/embed/iframe/c026r83113 Research … Continue reading Getting the Most Out of Your Good Deeds