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?

Christmas Ad Features Functional Fitness at Its Finest

I'm not sure I would have ever come across this ad if it hadn't been for my middle son sending me the link. “Take Care of Yourself” is a new holiday advertisement from Doc Morris, one of Germany’s biggest online pharmaceutical services. The ad starts off with an elderly man apparently living alone, looking at photographs … Continue reading Christmas Ad Features Functional Fitness at Its Finest

I’m a Big Boy Now

Four weeks ago, I broke both my wrists. A week later, I had surgery on both of them. Last week, I started physical therapy. And today, for the first time in four weeks, I was able to get completely dressed all by myself. My wife, a pre-k teacher, quickly put an end to my bragging … Continue reading I’m a Big Boy Now

Should I blame my vegan diet for my broken wrists?

A new research study was just published that suggests that vegans are more prone to bone fractures as compared to people who eat fish or meat. The study was based on data from nearly 55,000 people – of which nearly 2,000 were vegans – and found those not eating meat or fish were 43% more … Continue reading Should I blame my vegan diet for my broken wrists?

It took 63 years but I finally broke my first bone(s)

It's ironic that I just wrote a post a couple days ago about how exercise may not be helpful (at least for losing weight). And now I have discovered another problem with exercise. Apparently, sometimes you can not trust the equipment. Today my son Pat and I were working out using exercise tubes and during … Continue reading It took 63 years but I finally broke my first bone(s)

Weight… What?

I had to read the headline twice: Exercise May Lead To Weight Gain, Not Loss, Study Finds. One of the main reasons I exercise is to maintain my weight, but this research shows that it may have the opposite effect. Here's a brief summary of the study: Researchers at Loyola University Chicago in Illinois recently … Continue reading Weight… What?

Wowed Again, Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2020.

For the past several years, I have had my freshmen business students create vision boards, and then in three to five minutes, present his or her vision board to the class. The whole process takes three days of class time (spread over three weeks), but it is well worth it. All I can say after … Continue reading Wowed Again, Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2020.

Thanks to Chase, Bill, and Andy, I Finally Started Meditating

A few years ago, serendipity led to having a former student, Chase, visit my classroom to give a talk and a demo on meditation. You can read about that wonderful visit, including unfiltered student feedback, by clicking here. Ever since then, I've wanted to get in the habit of meditating, but it never seemed to … Continue reading Thanks to Chase, Bill, and Andy, I Finally Started Meditating

If You Can’t Beat It, Then Start a Business

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