And the Winner of the Emmy for Best Commercial Is….

Despite my fondness for commercials, I was not aware until yesterday that there is an Emmy award for the best commercial. So of course, I had to check them out. Here were the five finalists (two featuring Apple products): Behind The Mac - Make Something Wonderful - Macbook: Behind the Mac, people with passion are … Continue reading And the Winner of the Emmy for Best Commercial Is….

A “Helping You to Be More Thoughtful” App

We use apps to play games. We use apps to check our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. We use apps to read the news. None of these apps makes us a better person or improves our relationships with those we are close to. In fact, it might be argued that if we are using these … Continue reading A “Helping You to Be More Thoughtful” App

Porches = Eyebrows. Let Me Explain.

I remember 30 plus years ago when my wife and I were looking for our first home my wife had a couple of basic features she wanted in a home. One of those items was a front porch. And I'll admit I wanted one as well. Well, we are still living in the first house … Continue reading Porches = Eyebrows. Let Me Explain.

Maybe Sally Field Was Speaking for All of Us

If you're of a certain age, you may well remember Sally Field's famous Oscar Acceptance speech in 1985 when she won Best Actress for her role in Places in the Heart. Here is a short clip of her speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FJtsL8AJx0 Field's gushing acceptance speech is well remembered and has since been both admired as earnest … Continue reading Maybe Sally Field Was Speaking for All of Us

Music Monday – The Quirky, Creative, and Wonderful Music of Walk Off The Earth

I love music, I love creativity, and I love quirky. And I think I may have discovered the perfect blend of all three in the music of Walk Off the Earth. (WOTE) WOTE has been around since 2006, and I'd actually watched one of their videos from a few years ago, and I remember coming … Continue reading Music Monday – The Quirky, Creative, and Wonderful Music of Walk Off The Earth

Using the Veil of Ignorance to Create a Just Society

Today was one of my favorite Saturdays - Dan Ariely's column was in the Wall Street Journal! I'll offer my perspective on his advice in a later post, but what I want to focus on in this post is a phrase which Ariely used that I had not heard of before, the veil of ignorance. … Continue reading Using the Veil of Ignorance to Create a Just Society

Why I Love LinkedIn

I've used LinkedIn for several years, and it's one of the sites I go to every day. As a college professor, my favorite feature is simply reading through the Notifications to see what my former students are up to. If one of them is starting a new job, has gotten a promotion, or is going … Continue reading Why I Love LinkedIn

These Endurance Guys Are Literally Fueled by Plants, Part Two

Last week I mentioned the autobiographies of Scott Jurek and Rich Roll, two incredible endurance athletes who realized their success while eating a plant-based, vegan diet. Their books were two of the five books that I had reviewed as part of my first attempt at blogging, Sportsographies. Part One from last week featured my original … Continue reading These Endurance Guys Are Literally Fueled by Plants, Part Two

Looking for a Cheap Date? Try South Dakota

I guess this is kind of like a follow-up to my post the other day about "The Surprising Truth About Online Dating Apps"; you might call this one "The Surprising Truth About the Cost of Going on a Date". Match.com released the results of a nationwide survey that compared the average cost of a date … Continue reading Looking for a Cheap Date? Try South Dakota

Music Monday: the Irish Traditional Music Session

If you're looking for some great music, you've come to the right spot. I'm following up on last week's Music Monday where I noted I needed to get more in touch with my Irish roots and start learning more about Irish music. Last week's post featured the great Irish folk music group, The High Kings. … Continue reading Music Monday: the Irish Traditional Music Session