Am I As Creative as a Kindergarten Student?

Last week, Brad Osbourne, the poet laureate of WordPress at commonsensiblyspeaking, shared a style of poetry known as a Diamante poem, as part of his weekly Whittled Words series. Here is the format of such a poem: A diamante poem is a 7-line poem that looks like a diamond. It can be used to describe … Continue reading Am I As Creative as a Kindergarten Student?

Choose Your Own Adventure

I remember when our oldest son was around 10 years old how much he enjoyed the Choose Your Own adventures series of books. Here's a description from Wikipedia: Choose Your Own Adventure, or Secret Path Books is a series of children's gamebooks where each story is written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of … Continue reading Choose Your Own Adventure

Oh My, How Our Spending Habits Have Changed. From Toilet Paper to Teeth Whitener

A year ago, people couldn't find toilet paper, hand sanitizer, or baking flour. Fast forward one year, and now people are having trouble finding deodorant, teeth whitener, and condoms. Welcome to the post-COVID-19 world of retail. As pandemic restrictions are being lifted around the U.S., people are looking to buy products that will help them … Continue reading Oh My, How Our Spending Habits Have Changed. From Toilet Paper to Teeth Whitener

Music Monday: Eye of the Tiger – Then and Now

It seems like I'm stuck in a series of Philly-based blog posts, with some recent posts focused on Wawa and the dangerous Roosevalt Boulevard. So perhaps it's no surprise that this week's Music Monday has a Philly connection. The song is Eye of the Tiger, which was the theme song for the film Rocky III … Continue reading Music Monday: Eye of the Tiger – Then and Now

Music Monday: Small Town Hypocrisy

It's funny how these blog posts sometimes come together. As part of my blog yesterday about my confirmation song from over 50 years ago (I Just Can't Wait Till May 3rd), I wanted to compare my songwriting abilities to some of the great songwriters (of course I would), and one of the names that I … Continue reading Music Monday: Small Town Hypocrisy

🎵 I Just Can’t Wait Till May 3rd, Till May 3rd, Till May 3rd 🎵

Date: May 3, 1967 Location: St. Augustine Catholic Church, Bridgeport, PA Occasion: the Sacrament of Confirmation Featuring: Fourth Grade students, including nine-year old Jimmy Borden It used to be a big day for kids in Catholic School back in the 1960s - the day you were going to get confirmed. These days, with the dwindling … Continue reading 🎵 I Just Can’t Wait Till May 3rd, Till May 3rd, Till May 3rd 🎵

Are We Witnessing a Major Shift in the World of Work?

FlexJobs, an online job boards site, recently surveyed over 2,100 people worldwide, who either worked remotely during COVID or are still working from home. The results of the survey are eye-opening. Here are some of the numbers: Vast majority want to continue to work at home: 65 percent want to keep working remotely full-time even … Continue reading Are We Witnessing a Major Shift in the World of Work?

Dusted Off the Old Clubs Today

The headline might be a bit misleading. I don't golf. At least what most people think of when they hear the word golf. But I do like mini-golf, and so does the rest of the Borden family (or at least they say they do). So today was our inaugural 2021 Mini-Golf outing. Thankfully, we didn't … Continue reading Dusted Off the Old Clubs Today

“A society grows great when old men plant trees under whose shade they know they’ll never sit.”

If that's the case, then we're in trouble if you go by an article in today's Wall Street Journal. The story is titled: The Newest Status Symbol for High-Net Worth Homeowners: Trophy Trees, and looks at how the super rich are paying upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring in huge old trees … Continue reading “A society grows great when old men plant trees under whose shade they know they’ll never sit.”

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?