I’d Choose the Degree from Harvard

A recent article on Forbes.com by Brandon Busteed had the eye-catching headline "Americans Rank A Google Internship Over A Harvard Degree". The results are based on a survey of 2,000 U.S. adults conducted in December by QuestResearch Group on behalf of Kaplan. When asked what they believe would be most helpful for a high school … Continue reading I’d Choose the Degree from Harvard

Music Monday: Shazam to the Rescue, Once Again

We were wandering through one of Singapore's many (and I mean many) malls, and a catchy tune was playing through the loudspeakers at one of the stores. I didn't recognize it all, but thanks to the amazing Shazam app, I was able to find out what the song was and who the artist was, all … Continue reading Music Monday: Shazam to the Rescue, Once Again

What’s Your Desert Island Book?

This post was inspired by a recent post of a fellow blogger, Beth. Beth wrote how yesterday (January 18) was National Thesaurus Day and paid homage to Peter Mark Roget, creator of the famous Roget's Thesaurus. Since I didn't know about his Thesaruas beyond the basics, I went out to Wikipedia and found the following: … Continue reading What’s Your Desert Island Book?

Smile! You’ve Been Caught on Candid Camera…

It's "Every Other Saturday" day, which means there is a good chance that there is a Dan Ariely column in the Wall Street Journal. So imagine my delight when I turned to the Review section, and there it was, two questions for Dan. That meant the odds were pretty high that my blog today would … Continue reading Smile! You’ve Been Caught on Candid Camera…

Sometimes, All You Want Is Mom

We were riding a crowded train earlier today, standing next to a young family who had a child in a stroller. The child appeared to be about 18 months old, and at first, seemed content to just sit in the stroller. However, after a couple of minutes, she became upset about something and started crying, … Continue reading Sometimes, All You Want Is Mom

The Hidden Power of the Confused Look

I'd like to say it's taken me 62 years to master having a confused look on my face, but in reality, I think it's the default facial expression I was born with. And while there may be times when having a confused look may not be a good thing (such as when a student asks … Continue reading The Hidden Power of the Confused Look

A Couple of Haikus about Singapore

Still feeling jet lagged It's only seven o'clock Too early for bed Hawkers pushing food The smells are hard to resist Can't wait to go back

What’s with Men and Their Watches?

  The question came to me as we were browsing the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. It is one of the highest-end malls I have ever been to (OK, I don't go to any high-end malls, so this was easily the crème de la crème of any shopping mall I've ever been to. After about … Continue reading What’s with Men and Their Watches?

Music Monday: Music from the Streets of Singapore

I love street performers of all kinds, but especially jugglers and musicians. Fortunately, when it comes to musicians, Singapore has not disappointed (I'm still keeping an eye out for jugglers...) Right across the street from our apartment there is a large outdoor gathering space at the intersection of three malls. So far, we have come … Continue reading Music Monday: Music from the Streets of Singapore

I’m Not a Fan of Fancy Words; Plain and Simple Is All I Need

I'm not a regular reader of The New Yorker (probably no surprise there), but thanks to the Apple News app on my phone, I came across a headline yesterday that seemed intriguing enough to warrant me clicking on it for further reading. As it turned out, the story, "The Real Backstory of Why Trump Ordered … Continue reading I’m Not a Fan of Fancy Words; Plain and Simple Is All I Need