Declutter Your Bookshelves with This Two-Minute Tip from Dan Pink

Many of us are looking for something to do while we are stuck at home (not me, mind you; I'm plenty busy with Netflix and walks back and forth to our snack cabinet). But if you're the ambitious type, then this week's Pinkcast may be right up your alley. In this two-minute clip, Dan Pink … Continue reading Declutter Your Bookshelves with This Two-Minute Tip from Dan Pink

Where Is Everyone?

We took another stroll around Villanova's campus today. The photo above shows one of the most heavily traveled parts of campus when school is in session. Normally at this time of the year, there would be hundreds of students walking on the paths, perhaps a few students tossing a football or frisbee back and forth, … Continue reading Where Is Everyone?

From Nation to Neighborhood: Crisis Brings Out the Best in People

We were out walking our dog in between raindrops today, and we came across the Little Free Library stand shown above, one of a couple in our neighborhood. But as you can see, this one doesn't just have books. It has something that is in limited supply, with seemingly unlimited demand. For someone to sacrifice … Continue reading From Nation to Neighborhood: Crisis Brings Out the Best in People

My Retirement Is Not Looking Too Productive

These past 10 days have given me a glimpse of what my retirement might be like. Since I finished teaching my class the first week of March, I really have no teaching responsibilities right now, so my days are fairly wide open. And let's just say I have not made the best use of those … Continue reading My Retirement Is Not Looking Too Productive

What Makes the People of Finland So Happy?

The latest World Happiness Report was just released, and for the third year in a row, Finland is the world's happiest country, followed by Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, and Norway. The results are based on Gallup poll data of 1,000 people from each of 153 countries over a three-year period. The report ranks each country based … Continue reading What Makes the People of Finland So Happy?

Music Monday: What Goes Up Must Come Down, and Vice Versa (Fingers Crossed)

The stock market's historic bull market has come to a screeching halt. We all knew that at some point it would end, but not as dramatically as it has. For some reason, it made me think of the song Spinning Wheel by Blood, Sweat & Tears. https://youtu.be/P5jNJd7HRVU Fortunately, a look at the history of the … Continue reading Music Monday: What Goes Up Must Come Down, and Vice Versa (Fingers Crossed)

From Thanks to Rants

In yesterday's post, I expressed my gratitude to all the wonderful people who made our time in Singapore so special. While those good feelings will last a long time, the things I noticed on my trip home today did bring me down a bit from my SIngaporean high. Since "they" say it's a good idea … Continue reading From Thanks to Rants

To the People of SIngapore – Thank You!

It's our last day in Singapore, and to say we have loved it here would be a misunderestimate (hat tip to President Bush!) As we sat having our last teh and kaya toast at the corner cafe this morning, I reflected on all the wonderful people whose paths we have crossed that made this such … Continue reading To the People of SIngapore – Thank You!

You Can Tell When the End of Your Trip Is Near

My wife, son, and I have been blessed to spend the last ten weeks in Singapore as part of a teaching opportunity I had with a group of Villanova students. We go home this weekend, and we are trying to make the most of our last couple of days here by jamming in as much … Continue reading You Can Tell When the End of Your Trip Is Near

Well That Wasn’t The Answer I Was Hoping For! But…

A recent headline caught my attention immediately: What is the ideal age to retire? It's a question I've been giving more and more thought to, now that I'm getting, well, you know... I was hoping the article was going to reveal that the ideal age was sooner than I thought, which would mean I was … Continue reading Well That Wasn’t The Answer I Was Hoping For! But…