Literally, a Blog Post about Nothing, Part Two

Yesterday I wrote about my attempt to take an online quiz on well-being, but I never got the results. That led me to write a blog post about, well, nothing. I figured I check for my results one more time, and there was the email. It was in my daily quarantined email message, which summarizes … Continue reading Literally, a Blog Post about Nothing, Part Two

Literally, a Blog Post about Nothing

I've often said my blog is like the Seinfeld show, in that I also reap millions of dollars in royalties from my old blog posts. Actually, it's more like Seinfeld because most of my blogs are about nothing, and have no redeeming qualities. And many of the comments I have received over the years offer … Continue reading Literally, a Blog Post about Nothing

Music Monday: It’s No Longer Hypothetical, I Am 64. Will You Still Read Me?

Today is my 64th birthday and the first song that came to mind was the Beatles "When I'm 64". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCTunqv1Xt4 When I'm Sixty-Four is a song by the English rock band The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and released on their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was one of the first songs written by McCartney, who … Continue reading Music Monday: It’s No Longer Hypothetical, I Am 64. Will You Still Read Me?

The End of History Illusion

I am happy to see that Dan Ariely still has his biweekly column in the Wall Street Journal, so I guess no fallout yet from the issues I had written about before. Even better from my perspective, this week's column introduced a new psychologic term I had never heard before - the End of History … Continue reading The End of History Illusion

Why Would Anyone Want to Be on Their Local School Board?

School board members are typically unpaid volunteers, often parents who step forward to shape school policy, choose a superintendent, and review the budget. In most places, and during most times, it was a relatively unremarkable, yet vital position, one that few people paid attention to, or even knew who the members of the local school … Continue reading Why Would Anyone Want to Be on Their Local School Board?

A Hidden Challenge of Being the Bride and Groom

We were blessed to be able to go to a wonderful wedding yesterday for another one of my remarkable nephews and his equally remarkable bride. The wedding ceremony was held outside under perfect conditions, where the bride and groom shared a beautiful set of vows with each other. After a fun outdoor reception, it was … Continue reading A Hidden Challenge of Being the Bride and Groom

As If I Needed to Be Reminded That I’m Old

We are nearly two weeks into the semester, and once again I am blessed with a wonderful group of students. They are engaged, curious, friendly, respectful, and just seem happy to be here. I wrote in a post a couple of weeks ago that this was the start of my 36th year at Villanova. So … Continue reading As If I Needed to Be Reminded That I’m Old

How to End a Friendship

This story has been making its way around social media over the past week, so some of you may already be familiar with it. From my perspective, it falls into the category of "Outrageous Behavior". As you can see from the image above, this story revolves around a couple (Doug and Dedra) who recently got … Continue reading How to End a Friendship

To Track or Not to Track?

Across the U.S., colleges are getting ready to start a new academic year. For recent high school graduates, and their parents, it is a momentous occasion. For many of these students, it will be their first time away from parental supervision, and for some of the parents, it will be the first time they won't … Continue reading To Track or Not to Track?

We’re Number 11, Again! :(

Eleven years ago New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote an opinion piece titled "We're No. 1(1)!" The title was in reference to a Newsweek ranking of the 100 best countries in the world. The U.S. didn't even make the top 10; we came in at No. 11. Not bad, but it seems that for … Continue reading We’re Number 11, Again! 😦