A Simple, but Powerful, Bedtime Routine

A few years ago, I was in the habit of writing something every day in my online diary, using an app named My Wonderful Days. I still have the app on my iPhone, and as I scroll through my entries, it looks like I started using the app in December 2012, writing something down most … Continue reading A Simple, but Powerful, Bedtime Routine

Music Monday: A Dog, a Mercedes, and a Beautiful Song

Thankfully, Mercedes-Benz stuck with their 2018 Summer Event commercial again this year, because I don't recall seeing it last year. But as soon as I saw it this year, I had to find out what the song was in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC-mzUxXvRQ The song is Side by Side, by Layup, a band I had never … Continue reading Music Monday: A Dog, a Mercedes, and a Beautiful Song

The 11 Things I Miss Most Since Becoming a Vegan

I've been a vegan for over 12 years, and at this point, I assume I'll be one for the rest of my life. The book that opened my eyes and led me to completely change my eating habits was John Robbins’ “The Food Revolution”. The book highlighted the many positive impacts that a vegan/plant-based diet … Continue reading The 11 Things I Miss Most Since Becoming a Vegan

What If We All Faced Such Consequences in Our Jobs?

Australia's Bernard Tomic was fined his full Wimbledon prize money this week for not meeting the "required professional standard" during his lackluster 58-minute first-round defeat by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Tomic was docked the maximum £45,000 ($56,100) penalty for his limp performance in Tuesday's 6-2 6-1 6-4 loss to Tsonga, the shortest men's match at Wimbledon since … Continue reading What If We All Faced Such Consequences in Our Jobs?

The Good Old Backyard Clothesline

I haven't given them much thought in the past 20 years or so, but after reading a recent article in the Wall Street Journal the memories came flooding back. I'm referring to the multiple clotheslines we had set up in our backyard where I grew up. There are so many details I remember: The wicker … Continue reading The Good Old Backyard Clothesline

A Perfect 4th: a Parade, a Juggler, and Yankee Doodle Dandy

I couldn't imagine a better way to spend the 4th of July. A parade that passes right by our street, featuring: the West Powelton Drummers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dOycOn9QKc&feature=youtu.be the Mummers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_3pr8uh9Q0&feature=youtu.be and Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPtcMjTrk1s&feature=youtu.be followed by Chris Ivey, Character Juggler, at the picnic afterward: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUD2QN21kTE&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-aNp3Nn8zI&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4RG1WVfeSY&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meCAVlElJlw&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxWlYNfmmGM&feature=youtu.be   and then capped … Continue reading A Perfect 4th: a Parade, a Juggler, and Yankee Doodle Dandy

Better Feedback in Just 19 Words

"I'm giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know that you can reach them." In this Pinkcast, Dan looks at Daniel Coyle's book "The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups". In the book, Coyle highlights a large study of teachers giving feedback to students where it was found … Continue reading Better Feedback in Just 19 Words

Sorry Nike and Colin, I’m Not with You on This One

I've generally been a fan of the public stances that Nike has taken on various issues, and I was a fan of Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the National Anthem at football games. I like when celebrities or athletes use the platform they have available to them to address social issues. However, I don't … Continue reading Sorry Nike and Colin, I’m Not with You on This One

Music Monday: Madonna and Bruce End 34-Year Slump

Proving that they weren't just flashes in the pan, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen returned to the top of the Billboard Charts with their newest albums this week. The last time these two held the top two spots was back in 1985, when Springsteen was on top with "Born in the USA" and Madonna held the … Continue reading Music Monday: Madonna and Bruce End 34-Year Slump

I Can’t Even…

Long-time readers of my blog (i.e., my wife and children) will likely recognize where this photo comes from. For the rest of you, this photo was featured in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, in its most recent story about men's fashion. This post marks the fifth one I've written about the crazy men's fashion stories that … Continue reading I Can’t Even…