A Dozen Universal Truths

Apple products are better than PCs and Android A smile is better than a frown Warm weather is better than cold Guinness is better than Bud Sunrise is better than sunset Vacation time is better than working time Ruffles potato chips are better than regular Women are more mature than men Bruce Springsteen and the … Continue reading A Dozen Universal Truths

A Wee Bit of Gaelic

Ar dtús, má tá tú á léamh seo i mBéarla, caithfidh tú bealach níos fearr a fháil chun do chuid ama a chaitheamh… Tá an post seo scríofa i nGaeilge na Gaeilge, teanga mo shinsir. Ná bíodh imní ort le do thoil é seo a chur isteach i Google translate; ní chomhlíonann sé fiú na … Continue reading A Wee Bit of Gaelic

Research Suggests Help for Loneliness

In today's Wall Street Journal, Susan Pinker shares the results of a 2019 study led by Lauren Powell, now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. The study looked at whether getting a dog improved the owner’s activity level, cardiovascular health, and psychological state. On the physical side, owning a dog did not seem … Continue reading Research Suggests Help for Loneliness

It Can Only Get Better (I Hope)

I'm a fan of motivational books, and one of the mantras that appears in several such books is "Make today better than yesterday", or put another way, "make tomorrow better than today". So today being New Year's Day, I thought I would give it a shot. To make it easy on myself, I did absolutely … Continue reading It Can Only Get Better (I Hope)

Then and Now: In This Case, I Think I Liked Then Better

We were watching the New Year's Rockin' Eve show earlier this evening and one of the performers was Nelly. I've heard the name, but I don't really know any of his music (fun fact, though: our dog's name is Nellie - just a coincidence. That was her name when we rescued her). The song he … Continue reading Then and Now: In This Case, I Think I Liked Then Better

I Thought I Was in the Minority on This Issue, But Apparently Not

"Alexa. What's 50 factorial?" "Alexa. Let's Play Jeopardy." "Alexa. Sing Happy Birthday to me." "Alexa. Tell Me a Joke." "Alexa. Play Bruce Springsteen." Those are among the many commands I have issued to my Amazon Echo device over the past few years. The device answers promptly, and correctly. It's one of the reasons I enjoy … Continue reading I Thought I Was in the Minority on This Issue, But Apparently Not

Send in the Clowns!

Clowns, for some reason, seem to have gone out of style. Sure there were always a few kids creeped out by a clown, but I think, for the most part, clowns used to have a good reputation. That is no longer the case. Everyone seems creeped out by clowns now. Well, not everyone. I like … Continue reading Send in the Clowns!

This Might Be a Little Late, But I Think I’ve Discovered the Perfect Christmas Gift for Babies

Two words. Ripping paper. The video says it all. Watching it is sure to put a smile on your face. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP4abiHdQpc Merry Christmas...

When Worlds Collide

My wife and I were watching the sixties TV show Hazel the other day, and it was quite a throwback to a world I don't think exists anymore. For those who may not be familiar with the show, Hazel is an American sitcom about a spunky live-in maid named Hazel Burke (played by Shirley Booth) and her employer, the … Continue reading When Worlds Collide

First, It Was Cutting Out Soap. Now, It’s Cutting Back On Showering?

Back in September, I wrote a post about a small but seemingly growing number of people who have stopped using soap and other such detergents, believing that such products have harmed our skin microbiome. Such harm could lead to an increase in inflammatory skin diseases such as eczema and acne. Sandy Skotnicki, a Toronto-based dermatologist … Continue reading First, It Was Cutting Out Soap. Now, It’s Cutting Back On Showering?