Today was ICE Challenge Day in my class, one of my favorite days of the year. The sponsor of the Challenge is Villanova's own ICE Institute, where ICE stands for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship. Here is a brief description of the Challenge: The ICE Challenge is an annual requirement for all students entering the Villanova … Continue reading If You Can’t Beat It, Then Start a Business
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
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!
Tonight we had the chance to watch our grand-niece's swim meet, and it must have been the smell of the chlorine that triggered so many wonderful memories of the sport I love. Swimming was a big part of my life for 12 years, having been a competitive swimmer from about 9 years old until I … Continue reading I Miss Those Days
I was about six miles into my six and a half-mile walk this morning, and it looked like I was on pace to beat my time from last week by about 30 seconds. It was then that I spotted the son of one of our neighbors in his driveway, apparently home for the weekend … Continue reading What’s My Problem?
Short version: I used to be pretty good at doing pullups. I took some time off from the gym. I decided to start doing pullups again this past Monday, planning to do three sets of five as a starting point. The result: I did three sets of one. That's right, only one pullup. And that … Continue reading Wow – I Didn’t Know That I Could Become a 98-Pound Weakling That Quickly
I was in the middle of my workout this morning, when an idea came to me for what I thought would be a great topic for a blog post. I didn’t have any way to write down or record the idea at that moment, but I repeated it to myself a couple of times, and … Continue reading My Apologies – This Could Have Been a Great Post
I finally got around to some Spring Cleaning this week that was obviously long overdue. One of the things that stood out to me while cleaning out one of our corner cabinets is how many candles and flower vases we have accumulated over the years. We have not burned a candle in our house in … Continue reading Bye Bye, Candles and Vases
His colleagues called him Bucky the Bookkeeper. His company was on the brink of bankruptcy multiple times. His credit card was declined while trying to rent a car in 1974. Six years later, he was worth $178 million. Today, he is worth $37 billion. Do you know who this person is, or what company he … Continue reading Bucky the Bookkeeper Is Now Worth a Lot of Bucks…
After we had our first videoconference call with a doctor today, it struck me how important a role technology has played in the pandemic. Here is a list of tasks that I used to do in person and then in a blink of an eye they were all being done online: teach go to church … Continue reading Thank Goodness for Technology, but…