Learning from Our Mistakes

Seth Godin had a wonderful post earlier this week. Titled Lessons learned the hard way, Godin talks about the value of learning from our mistakes. Here is the full post: It will be a long time before I spell “handkerchief” incorrectly. That’s because in third grade, I lost the entry round of the spelling bee … Continue reading Learning from Our Mistakes

I Guess This Was Bound to Happen

I thought I had hit pay dirt. A driving experience and a comment from a colleague this week each gave me an idea for a blog post. Since such ideas are usually in short supply, I was quite excited. The first came to me while I was out driving and I came to what I … Continue reading I Guess This Was Bound to Happen

Life’s Simple Pleasures – What Are Yours?

Researchers at One Poll, polled 6,000 adults in UK, US, Singapore, and Australia to determine all the little things that bring joy. The researchers came up with a list of the top 50 responses for each country; here are the top 10, by country. UK Top 50 Simple Pleasures 1. Feeling of sun on your … Continue reading Life’s Simple Pleasures – What Are Yours?

Starting from Scratch

It felt good. Today was the first time in eight weeks I did some exercise. It wasn't much, just 15 minutes on my recumbent stationary bike, and at quite a slow pace. Even though it felt like I was starting all over, it felt good. It will take a while to get back to my … Continue reading Starting from Scratch

This Probably Has Some Meaning, But I’m Not Sure What That Would Be

My wife and I were out driving the other day, and I made the observation to her that whenever I saw two people out walking together, it was always either a man and a woman, or two women. It was never two guys. And most of the time, by far, it was two women. We … Continue reading This Probably Has Some Meaning, But I’m Not Sure What That Would Be

Dan Missed the Most Obvious Solution Here…

It's been two weeks, so that must mean it's time for another "Ask Dan Ariely" post, and fortunately, Dan and the Wall Street Journal came through. Here is this week's email that caught my attention: Dear Dan, I know it’s not good for my health to sit at my desk all day without breaks, so … Continue reading Dan Missed the Most Obvious Solution Here…

Another Hat Tip to Seth Godin

It's been a while since I wrote about one of Seth Godin's blog posts, even though I read it every day. It seems like many of his posts are a variation on a common set of themes. Since I have read so many of his posts over the years, I often recognize what the thrust … Continue reading Another Hat Tip to Seth Godin

Frustrated? Here’s How to Put an End to Such a Feeling in Five Seconds…

We've all experienced frustrations, particularly over this past year. And many times, we don't respond in the healthiest of ways to such frustrations. Here are some examples of frustrations I've experienced this past year: I'm in the middle of a workout, and the next thing I know I'm laying in my driveway with two broken … Continue reading Frustrated? Here’s How to Put an End to Such a Feeling in Five Seconds…

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?