John Steinbeck Knew What It Took for the World to be a Kinder, Gentler Place

I have no idea how I've gotten to my age without ever having read Of Mice and Men. But today I put an end that gap in my literary education, and so far, so good. The beginning of the book features an essay on Steinbeck by Susan Shillinglaw, who at the time was a professor … Continue reading John Steinbeck Knew What It Took for the World to be a Kinder, Gentler Place

Welcome Back, Old Friend!

Well as it turns out, the eulogy for my beloved 2006 Matrix was a bit premature. For those of you who did not read my post from yesterday - a quick recap. I had brought my Matrix in for inspection last Friday. What I thought was going to be a relatively minor set of repairs, … Continue reading Welcome Back, Old Friend!

What’s Your Regret? Dan Pink Would Like to Know…

Imagine my excitement when I saw an email in my Inbox from Dan Pink. Dan's biweekly Pinkcast has been a great source of material for my blogs. I used to look forward to those Tuesdays when his Pinkcast newsletter would arrive because the odds were quite high that I would have something to write about … Continue reading What’s Your Regret? Dan Pink Would Like to Know…

Music Monday: Sarah Blackwood of W.O.T.E. with a Beautiful Lullaby

I started off earlier today thinking I would write about what songs were number one in other parts of the world; hoping that along the way I'd discover a new artist I might like. Unfortunately, I checked a few of the music charts from a select group of countries, and many of the songs on … Continue reading Music Monday: Sarah Blackwood of W.O.T.E. with a Beautiful Lullaby

Bathroom Habits in the U.K. and the U.S.

Yes, apparently I have gotten that desperate in keeping my blogging streak alive. But in my defense, I came across this information from one of my more recent go-to sources for blog material - Study Finds, so it's not like I was randomly seeking out articles about people's bathroom habits. A survey commissioned by Homecure … Continue reading Bathroom Habits in the U.K. and the U.S.

Despite Its Long History and Popularity, Is a Handshake a Thing of the Past?

Last week in a post I shared a statistic that close to 75% of participants in a survey believe handshakes are now a relic of the past. I also stated that I would hate to see the handshake go away, and at least a couple people agreed. Brad from commonsensiblyspeaking, commented: "I know that the … Continue reading Despite Its Long History and Popularity, Is a Handshake a Thing of the Past?

I Miss Those Days

Tonight we had the chance to watch our grand-niece's swim meet, and it must have been the smell of the chlorine that triggered so many wonderful memories of the sport I love. Swimming was a big part of my life for 12 years, having been a competitive swimmer from about 9 years old until I … Continue reading I Miss Those Days

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same?

We've been cleaning, and clearing, out our house the past couple of days, and I came across the photo shown above in one of Villanova's print publications. Like many organizations, including schools of higher education, we have committed a great deal of time, energy, and money to the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In … Continue reading The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same?

Sunday Is Fun Word Day: Flibbertigibbet!

I always just assumed it was a made-up word -"flibbertigibbet", sort of like 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Pu1adxqUAg But I came across flibbertigibbet twice today and given the source of where I came across it the second time, it made me think that it might be a real word. And that is not the only coincidence I want … Continue reading Sunday Is Fun Word Day: Flibbertigibbet!

What’s My Problem?

  I was about six miles into my six and a half-mile walk this morning, and it looked like I was on pace to beat my time from last week by about 30 seconds. It was then that I spotted the son of one of our neighbors in his driveway, apparently home for the weekend … Continue reading What’s My Problem?