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?

Now This Is How to Greet a Customer

"How are you doing, sir? Are you having a good day?" That, along with a handshake, was how I was greeted as I entered the Walmart in King of Prussia today. I then proceeded to have a five-minute chat with John, the customer host/greeter. Most of our conversation was centered around the 50th anniversary of … Continue reading Now This Is How to Greet a Customer

“When I Think of Baseball, I Think of…”

That was one of the questions on today's episode of "America Says", a game show hosted by John Michael Higgins (one of the commenters in the movie Pitch Perfect) and broadcast by Game Show Network. The series, which premiered on June 18, 2018, consists of two teams of four guessing the top answers to fill-in-the-blank … Continue reading “When I Think of Baseball, I Think of…”

Women Score Higher Than Men in Most Leadership Skills

Given that today was the ticker-tape parade to celebrate the U.S. Women's Soccer team winning the World Cup, this seemed like an appropriate time to share this research I recently came across. Using their database of 360-degree reviews in which they asked individuals to rate each leaders’ effectiveness overall and to judge how strong they … Continue reading Women Score Higher Than Men in Most Leadership Skills

The Good Old Backyard Clothesline

I haven't given them much thought in the past 20 years or so, but after reading a recent article in the Wall Street Journal the memories came flooding back. I'm referring to the multiple clotheslines we had set up in our backyard where I grew up. There are so many details I remember: The wicker … Continue reading The Good Old Backyard Clothesline

A Perfect 4th: a Parade, a Juggler, and Yankee Doodle Dandy

I couldn't imagine a better way to spend the 4th of July. A parade that passes right by our street, featuring: the West Powelton Drummers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dOycOn9QKc&feature=youtu.be the Mummers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_3pr8uh9Q0&feature=youtu.be and Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPtcMjTrk1s&feature=youtu.be followed by Chris Ivey, Character Juggler, at the picnic afterward: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUD2QN21kTE&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-aNp3Nn8zI&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4RG1WVfeSY&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meCAVlElJlw&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxWlYNfmmGM&feature=youtu.be   and then capped … Continue reading A Perfect 4th: a Parade, a Juggler, and Yankee Doodle Dandy

I Can’t Even…

Long-time readers of my blog (i.e., my wife and children) will likely recognize where this photo comes from. For the rest of you, this photo was featured in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, in its most recent story about men's fashion. This post marks the fifth one I've written about the crazy men's fashion stories that … Continue reading I Can’t Even…

A Five-Minute Job That Took Me Six Months to Do

Our air conditioning system stopped working last week, and after a few days of doing without it, we finally broke down and called a local service company. The "guy" who arrived looked like he had just graduated high school, but he couldn't have been older than his mid-twenties. Despite his youthful appearance, he was very … Continue reading A Five-Minute Job That Took Me Six Months to Do

It Was Deja Vu All Over Again, Thanks to Gaelic Storm

Three years ago I wrote about "The Best Night of Summer 2016, Thanks to Gaelic Storm", recounting what a perfect summer night my wife, son, and I had at a free concert featuring Gaelic Storm. Well, tonight they were back in town, putting on another free concert as part of Upper Merion's Summer Concerts Under … Continue reading It Was Deja Vu All Over Again, Thanks to Gaelic Storm

How Do You Compare – the Annual American Time Use Survey

Yesterday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the results of the American Time Use Survey (ATUS). These data include the average amount of time per day in 2018 that individuals worked, did household activities, and engaged in leisure and sports activities. Additionally, measures of the average time per day spent providing childcare—both as a … Continue reading How Do You Compare – the Annual American Time Use Survey