Music Monday: Starting the Christmas Music Season with an Irish Connection

Since it is now officially the season of Advent, I feel OK with sharing some of my favorite Christmas songs. And as a way for making up for not getting a crossword puzzle clue that had the answer of ERIN, I thought I would begin with an Irish tune by the Pogues, Fairytale of New … Continue reading Music Monday: Starting the Christmas Music Season with an Irish Connection

I Completed My First Newspaper Crossword Puzzle! (Not Correctly Though)

I guess it was Beth's post from earlier today, cruciverbalist, that motivated me. I was at my Aunt's house for our usual Sunday morning of coffee and bagels, watching game shows, and reading the Philadelphia Inquirer. As part of the ritual, I also do the Sudoku puzzle and just glance at the crossword puzzles. The … Continue reading I Completed My First Newspaper Crossword Puzzle! (Not Correctly Though)

Co-Founder of YouTube Dislikes Google’s Decision to Make Dislike Count Private; I Like It

The following is an excerpt from a statement issued by YouTube on November 11, 2021: "... earlier this year, YouTube experimented with the dislike button to see whether or not changes could help better protect its creators from harassment, and reduce dislike attacks — where people work to drive up the number of dislikes on … Continue reading Co-Founder of YouTube Dislikes Google’s Decision to Make Dislike Count Private; I Like It

Local Radio Station Gets Early Jump on Memorial Day 500 Countdown

Philadelphia radio station PHYL (99.99) started its Memorial Day countdown of the top 500 rock songs on Thanksgiving Day. The move appears to be in response to a decision by its closest competitor, station WAQW (100.00), which began playing Christmas music on July 4. Bruce Turley, station manager at PHYL, had plans to begin broadcasting … Continue reading Local Radio Station Gets Early Jump on Memorial Day 500 Countdown

Thanksgiving in the U.S. and Around the World

We were blessed to share the day with family; thank you for inviting us. Thank you to all of you who have wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, especially those of you outside the U.S. How kind of you to think of us. In my attempt to become more globally aware of other countries that celebrate … Continue reading Thanksgiving in the U.S. and Around the World

Where Should You Live?

The New York Times Opinion editors have created a website that will help you find places in the United States that best suit what you are looking for in terms of potentially multiple criteria. Here is the link: Where Should You Live? The choices are grouped into four categories: Lifestyle (17 choices) Climate (6 choices) … Continue reading Where Should You Live?

The How and the Why of Giving Compliments

In this week's Pinkcast, Dan meets with Vanessa Bohns, a social psychologist at Cornell University and author of You Have More Influence Than You Think: How We Underestimate Our Power of Persuasion, and Why It Matters. Vanessa offers advice on why we should be more willing to give people compliments, and how to do so most … Continue reading The How and the Why of Giving Compliments

Music Monday: It Was on the Tip of My Tongue for a Week

Somehow, I got the opening piano notes to a song stuck in my head last week, and I just could not think of what song they went with: I tried humming the opening into Siri, but to no avail. I scrolled through my playlist, it wasn't any of those songs. I mentally went through some … Continue reading Music Monday: It Was on the Tip of My Tongue for a Week

The End of an Era

The Staples Center is one of the most well-known sports and entertainment venues in the U.S. The arena is home to the NBA's Lakers and Clippers, the NHL's Kings, and the WNBA's Sparks. Nineteen Grammy Award ceremonies have been held at the venue and it regularly hosts concerts from chart-topping music artists. Several high-profile events, … Continue reading The End of an Era

It’s Time to Replace the Expression: “In the Blink of an Eye”

With something that's 20 times faster. Imagine driving down the highway five miles per hour, and someone passes you going 100 mph. I don't think anyone would be using that slower car as an example of a speed demon. So why do people insist on using the phrase "in the blink of an eye" as … Continue reading It’s Time to Replace the Expression: “In the Blink of an Eye”