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 “capture 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?

Paralysis by Analysis – Guilty as Charged

A reader wrote the following to Dan Ariely in today's Wall Street Journal: Hi, Dan. I offered to purchase a computer as a gift for a close relative, and I asked him to pick out the one he wanted. But he simply can’t make a choice. He keeps comparing different models and researching all the … Continue reading Paralysis by Analysis – Guilty as Charged

The Power of Poetry

I'll admit that I wasn't much into poetry growing up. In school, it seemed as if poetry was used as the vehicle to enhance our memorization skills, and that was fine with me. I found memorizing poems easy; understanding what the poet was trying to say, impossible. So once I finished high school, I probably … Continue reading The Power of Poetry

Something Is Wrong Here! Where’s Apple??

Apple not only makes great products, it consistently ranks as one of the best companies in the world. Here are some of those rankings: America's Most Valuable Company: Apple (market value of $1.4 trillion) America's Most Admired Company: Apple, for 13 years in a row Only Companies to Make Glassdoor's List of Best Companies to … Continue reading Something Is Wrong Here! Where’s Apple??