Hey College Grads! Don’t Be “That” Guy or Gal

I'm on a roll here with these graduation posts; this is four in a row. Here are the previous ones: Advice for College Grads from the WSJ and Its Readers 24 Off-the-Wall College Graduation Traditions Music Monday: 13 Songs to Accompany Graduation Today's post is offering some advice that may seem a bit counter-intuitive. Job … Continue reading Hey College Grads! Don’t Be “That” Guy or Gal

Music Monday: 13 Songs to Accompany Graduation

I guess I'll continue with the theme from the past couple of days - college graduation. And since it's Monday, that means music related to graduation. The classic song is Sir Edward Elgar: "Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 In D". The part most people (well at least me) are probably familiar with starts at … Continue reading Music Monday: 13 Songs to Accompany Graduation

24 Off-the-Wall College Graduation Traditions

You can probably tell that graduation is on my mind; this is two straight blog posts about graduation. Yesterday I offered words of advice to college grads fro the Wall Street Journal. Today while I was not so randomly surfing the web I started reading about what commencement is like at Harvard, which got me … Continue reading 24 Off-the-Wall College Graduation Traditions

Advice for College Grads from the WSJ and Its Readers

Sue Shellenbarger, the Work & Family Columnist for the Wall Street Journal, wrote an article recently that offered some advice for this year's college graduates. The following words of wisdom were offered: Get workplace experience before graduating. Start building a network early. Acquire technical, analytical and interpersonal skills not taught in college classes. Avoid relying … Continue reading Advice for College Grads from the WSJ and Its Readers

How Do I Say “ough”? Let Me Count the Ways

Thanks to my sister Trish for sending me the idea for today's blog. She tagged me on Facebook with the following post: The letter sequence "ough" can be pronounced eight different ways. The following sentence contains them all "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he … Continue reading How Do I Say “ough”? Let Me Count the Ways

A Thought Experiment

If students were left alone in a room to take a test, with no supervision, how many would cheat? If it's a small number, is it worth creating an elaborate set of rules and procedures to prevent such cheating? Would such rules and procedures send a message to the honest students that we don't trust … Continue reading A Thought Experiment

I Guess the Eighth Time Is the Charm

I probably know the first 100 pages of The Three Musketeers as well as the author, Alexandre Dumas. Over the past few years, I have started the book multiple times, only to get distracted from it for a variety of reasons. Every time I went to start reading it again, I would have to start … Continue reading I Guess the Eighth Time Is the Charm

Dart-Throwing Monkeys (AKA Newspaper Reporters) Beat Stock Market Wizards

The Wall StreetJournal just revealed the results of a year-long stock-picking contest which pitted a group of dart-throwing monkeys, I mean newspaper reporters, against a group of high-profile hedge fund managers. The idea for the contest has its roots in Burton Malkiel's famous quote in “A Random Walk Down Wall Street” that “a blindfolded monkey … Continue reading Dart-Throwing Monkeys (AKA Newspaper Reporters) Beat Stock Market Wizards

Music Monday – A Love Song from Adam Sandler to Chris Farley

I've always been a fan of Sandler's; Happy Gilmore is one of my favorite comedies of all time, and his recent Netflix special, 100% Fresh did not disappoint. It was one of the funniest comedy specials I have ever seen, up there with Sebastian Maniscalco's. (For a better review of the special than I could … Continue reading Music Monday – A Love Song from Adam Sandler to Chris Farley

A Sad, but Beautiful Story

A senseless death. A mother's unending love. Martin was a father of five and ran his own music production company. No matter how late he’d work into the night, every morning he was at his parents’ door, looking for coffee and conversation with his mom, Elsa. They’d talk about their nights, their plans for the … Continue reading A Sad, but Beautiful Story