Forget about Singing Happy Birthday, Do This When Washing Your Hands Instead

Many people are likely aware of the suggestion to sing "Happy Birthday", twice, while washing your hands to ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly. Here's Prime Minister Boris Johnson showing us (sort of) how it's done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWfZGdLeDl4 But Dan Pink has an even better idea than singing the well-known tune while washing our hands. … Continue reading Forget about Singing Happy Birthday, Do This When Washing Your Hands Instead

Music Monday: I May Lose Any Credibility I Have With This One…

OK. Let's get this out in the open right away. As a young adolescent, I was a fan of Bobby Sherman. That's right. Bobby Sherman. Yes, the man behind "Little Woman", "Julie, Do Ya Love Me", "Easy Come, Easy Go", "La, La, La (If I Had You)", and my favorite, "Seattle". I'll first post a … Continue reading Music Monday: I May Lose Any Credibility I Have With This One…

It’s Dan Ariely Time!

I'm quite happy that it appears that Dan's column in the Wall Street Journal is back with some regularity because it has always been a great source of material for my blog. And this week is no exception. Here is one of the emails Dan received: Dear Dan, I am obsessed with my blogging stats. … Continue reading It’s Dan Ariely Time!

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