Sometimes Comments Are Out of Line

Even though I might sometimes disagree with some of the items they publish, I love the WSJ. Check my blog; dozens of posts I have written over the past five years have been based on something I've read in the Journal. Just ask my students. It's usually how I start off each class, talking about … Continue reading Sometimes Comments Are Out of Line

Now This Is My Idea of Productivity – Celebrating the Mundane

Reporter Leah Fessler had a story in this week's New York Times about how important it is to recognize our small wins and routine accomplishments, rather than just wait to celebrate when we have major breakthroughs. According to Teresa Amabile, a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School and co-author of The Progress Principle: … Continue reading Now This Is My Idea of Productivity – Celebrating the Mundane

My Name Is Borden. Quincy Borden…

Last week I wrote a post about how I find it annoying that when I sign my name as Jim at the end of an email, many people will write back with "Dear James". To me, it's a sign of lack of caring, a lack of paying attention to the details, and disrespect. I was … Continue reading My Name Is Borden. Quincy Borden…

Music Monday: Bubblegum Music – Part One…

I'm guessing that my headline has already scared a few people away. Some of you may be thinking - "bubblegum music is bad enough - there's the possibility that there will be more than one post about it?" But just keep reading... The 2001 book Bubblegum Music Is the Naked Truth rules out teen pop or boy bands as inherently bubblegum … Continue reading Music Monday: Bubblegum Music – Part One…

Following the Science Really Works!

Yesterday I was out for a walk, and my mind must have started to wander, probably worrying once again about the opening of school. The next thing I know I rolled my ankle and nearly fell to the ground, trying to maintain my balance while hopping on one foot. I finally got things under control, … Continue reading Following the Science Really Works!

The Power of Kindness

Elizabeth Bernstein wrote a wonderful story in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal: Why Being Kind Helps You, Too—Especially Now. Bernstein notes that there is research which links kindness to a wealth of physical and emotional benefits. Plus, it’s an excellent coping skill for the Covid-19 era. Here are some of the highlights from the story: Studies … Continue reading The Power of Kindness

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