In the latest episode of his Pinkcast, Dan Pink offers guidance on how to respond more effectively to people when they come to us with complications, confusion, and complaints. Usually, when people come to us with a problem or grievance, we try to respond with a quick solution to the issue at hand. This is … Continue reading Dan Pink: Three Simple Words for Dealing with Challenging Situations
Two weeks ago I wrote a blog post about The Hu, a Mongolian folk metal band formed in 2016. I had never heard of the group until three days before I wrote the post, but thanks to a comment from Clive at Take It Easy, I gave a listen to their music, and I liked … Continue reading Music Monday: Blogging Leads to Real-World Experience
Never heard of coulrophobia? Neither did I until five minutes ago. No, it's not a fear of Dairy Queen. Coulrophobia is a fear of clowns, and can bring on feelings of fear when you see clowns or clown images. It’s a specific phobic disorder that causes anxiety, a racing heart, nausea, and profuse sweating. This … Continue reading No Wonder Some People Have Coulrophobia
The above photo is from a polar bear plunge close to Charleston, SC. These events are usually referred to as a polar bear plunge, but I have also heard it referred to as a splash and dash. But the photo is misleading in that this blog post has nothing to do with crazy people running … Continue reading Forget Dine and Dash, Now There’s Splash and Dash
Some of you may think this post is about online shopping carts, but you would be wrong. This is about good old-fashioned physical carts, the kind you would find at a grocery store. Last week Amazon Express opened up a store near us, and we had to check what all the excitement was about. Here's … Continue reading Shopping Cart Confusion
This past weekend my wife, son, and I went out to dinner in the wonderful small town of West Chester, PA. The town is the county seat, and in addition is home to a large state university, West Chester University (one of our swimming archrivals when I was in college). The town has done a … Continue reading Is It Just Me, Or Do You Also Think This Is Disgusting and Inappropriate?
There's a chance you may have felt that there was something missing in your life. Well, I think I know what it is. It's been a while since I've shared a post from Dan Ariely's mailbag. So let me remedy that by sharing this email Dan received, with an answer that hits way too close … Continue reading The Problem With Being Vegan
The following post was originally published on January 7, 2017. More than five years later, it has no likes, and only four comments, two of which are mine. Despite those anemic numbers, it has always been one of my favorite posts. I told myself that if I ever started reblogging some of my previous posts, … Continue reading Throwback Tuesday (Or, Me Being Lazy)
As I was writing the headline for this post, my first thought was - some readers would probably prefer the Never versus the Late. But for me, I've got some catching up to do with Mr. Pink's Pinkcasts, so here we go. Let's cut right to the chase; here are the five tips, followed by … Continue reading Better Late Than Never: Dan Pink’s Five Tips for Traveling Abroad
It's always fun to read (and then write about) something that is totally meaningless, yet can lead to heated debates. And that's what we've got here. A story in the Wall Street Journal a few days ago looked at the debate between those who like having a flat top sheet as part of their bedding, … Continue reading Are You Part of Team Top Sheet Or Team No Top Sheet?