Forget about the Six-Word Story, How about the Five Emoji Story?

I've previously written about the potential beauty and simplicity (and challenge) of writing a six-word story, and today I discovered, thanks to WordPress Discover, a fun, but challenging twist to the genre - the five random emojis story. Friends James Hannaham and John W. Bateman created a game where one of them texts five random emoji … Continue reading Forget about the Six-Word Story, How about the Five Emoji Story?

The 18 Uses for Dr. Bronner’s Amazing Soap

This is not the post I had planned to write tonight. We were watching Jeopardy earlier, and one of the clues involved Q-Tips and how its web site had a list of Life Hacks. So I thought that sounded interesting. My first guess was that it truly was a list of clever life hacks, but … Continue reading The 18 Uses for Dr. Bronner’s Amazing Soap

How to Lie with Statistics

I'll never forget a presentation I made several years ago during an Open House event at Villanova. The event was geared towards high school seniors and their parents who were visiting the campus for the day to learn more about the school. I had volunteered to give about a 15-minute talk about the advantages of … Continue reading How to Lie with Statistics

Writing Is a Symptom of Thinking

The title of this post is the closing line from one of Seth Godin's blog posts this week, Even if it’s not graduation week for you… In the post, Seth encourages his readers to write, to simply write. Even in an age where audiobooks outsell print, AI can turn text into speech, and people scan, … Continue reading Writing Is a Symptom of Thinking

More Six-Word Stories

I came across a fellow blogger who writes the occasional six-word story, here is her latest: She shivered in fear… and excitement. Reading her other six-word stories rekindled my interest in the genre, so I thought I'd give it a try again. It's been over a year since I wrote a short-word story (I needed … Continue reading More Six-Word Stories

What in the World Is Wheeler’s Which

I was randomly paging through Seth Godin's 17-pound book, "What Does It Sound Like When You Change Your Mind?", when I came across one of his posts titled "Hobson’s choice, Occam’s razor, Wheeler’s which and the way we decide". I was familiar with Hobson's Choice and Occam's Razor, but I had never heard of Wheeler's … Continue reading What in the World Is Wheeler’s Which

Creating a Book of Small Experiments

Between Dan Pink, Dan Ariely, Adam Grant, and Seth Godin, I've usually got material for about five or six blog posts a month. Add in my Music Monday posts, and I've got 10 posts covered. That still leaves 20 or so ideas that I need to come up with each month, but it's nice when … Continue reading Creating a Book of Small Experiments

“I Wish the Internet Had Never Been Invented.”

Those were the words of one of my dinner companions tonight, a good friend I have known for 37 years. We actually met in a Lamaze class in 1982 when our spouses were pregnant with our first child, and from that humble beginning, a close, long-lasting relationship was formed. The World Wide Web wasn't created … Continue reading “I Wish the Internet Had Never Been Invented.”

Is It Worth Living to 100?

I've always said that I want to live to be at least 100. There's no particular reason why, it just seems like a nice round number and perhaps confirmation of healthy living. I've always viewed running out of money as my biggest worry if I were to live to 100, but after reading an article … Continue reading Is It Worth Living to 100?