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?

The Gratitude Quiz

I mentioned the Greater Good web site in one of my previous posts, noting that it was my favorite new web site. Here's a little bit about Greater Good, from its web site: Through articles, videos, quizzes, and podcasts, we bridge the gap between scientific journals and people’s daily lives, particularly for parents, educators, business … Continue reading The Gratitude Quiz

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

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

For Once, It’s Just Not Me – Getting Annoyed at Poor Gym Etiquette

It seems like every day I find a new thing to annoy me, and I often wonder if it's just me. So it's nice when I find out that there are other people who get annoyed at the same thing, and even better when the Wall Street Journal does a story about that annoyance. It … Continue reading For Once, It’s Just Not Me – Getting Annoyed at Poor Gym Etiquette

Just Let Us Introverts Be Introverts

A couple of years ago I wrote about how I often went entire meetings without saying a word. I called it doing my Clarence Thomas impression. I suggested that such behavior was probably linked to my introverted nature, as well as a lack of confidence. And not much has changed since I wrote that post. Sometimes … Continue reading Just Let Us Introverts Be Introverts

Blind Theater Offers a New Way to “See” a Play

Can you imagine going to a play where you could not see anything because the theater was completely dark, pitch black? Well, that's the idea behind Teatro Ciego, a theater in Buenos Aires’ Abasto district. It’s known as blind theater, and blind doesn't refer just to some of the cast members. Everyone — the audience, … Continue reading Blind Theater Offers a New Way to “See” a Play

I Don’t “Have to Blog”, I “Get to Blog”

Thanks to Daniel Pink's most recent Pinkcast for helping me come up with an idea for today's post. It's after 11:00 at night, and I had exhausted many of my usual sources of material for my blog, from what I did and saw today, to reading a variety of newspapers, to scouring through my emails. … Continue reading I Don’t “Have to Blog”, I “Get to Blog”