People Share What It Is Like to Say Goodbye to Social Media

This may be a first in five years of blogging every day. I'm sharing articles written by the same reporter, two days in a row. Yesterday, I shared a story written by Brittany Wong at HuffPost that explored the fear that people have of meeting new people, and how to manage such fear. Today, I … Continue reading People Share What It Is Like to Say Goodbye to Social Media

Is This All We Really Want from Life?

As I noted in last night's post about my venture into Instagram, I just finished a great book that offered a lot of insight into how Instagram got started and the impact it has had on society. The book highlighted several times how many of the users of Instagram are obsessed with the number of … Continue reading Is This All We Really Want from Life?

If Smoking Can Disappear Within the Next Generation, Maybe Guns Can Too…

In 10 to 20 years there could be no smokers left in many markets, according to analysts at Jefferies Financial Group. Governments and tobacco companies are on the same side in this shift, as more countries adopt smoke-free targets and companies push smokers over to reduced-risk products (RRP) such as vaping and oral nicotine. It's … Continue reading If Smoking Can Disappear Within the Next Generation, Maybe Guns Can Too…

Say Hello to the Newest Member of the Borden Family

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how we had say goodbye to our 2003 Buick Rendezvous. Since that time, we have been looking for a replacement car. I wanted to follow the advice I learned (a little late), that you should never buy a new car, and you should not borrow to buy … Continue reading Say Hello to the Newest Member of the Borden Family

The Secret to Happiness? It Doesn’t Really Surprise Me…

A recent study out of Cambridge University offers some insight as to what the key to happiness may be. The study surveyed 5,000 people during the past year and found the following: those who lost their jobs during the pandemic were the the most likely to be unhappy the next unhappiest group were those working … Continue reading The Secret to Happiness? It Doesn’t Really Surprise Me…

Congrats to This Year’s College Freshmen

It's been quite a year, for all of us. It's hard to think of anyone who has not been affected in some way by the global pandemic of COVID-19. From the elderly, to the health care workers, to the unemployed, to the families with young school age children, this past year has disrupted our lives. … Continue reading Congrats to This Year’s College Freshmen

Increase Your Productivity by Engaging in “dolce far niente”

The headline in the WSJ story caught my attention immediately: How Being More Productive Starts With Doing Nothing If it's true, given my mastery of doing nothing, my productivity should be ready to explode. The article, written by Annemarie Dooling, offers some suggestions on the best ways to "do nothing" Dooling notes that even brief … Continue reading Increase Your Productivity by Engaging in “dolce far niente”

Music Monday: An Early Tribute to St. Paddy’s Day

It's one of my favorite days of year; a chance to celebrate and reflect on my heritage. My mom was born in Ireland (County Leitrim) and my dad's mom was born in County Mayo. According to 23andMe, I am 100% northwestern European, with 97.7 percent of that being British/Irish. For all intents and purposes, I … Continue reading Music Monday: An Early Tribute to St. Paddy’s Day

America’s Funniest Home Videos? I Don’t Think So…

We had just finished watching ABC World News and America's Funniest Home Videos (AFV) came on the air right after. Now I'll admit I've watched this show a good bit over the years, but it struck me tonight that at the heart of many of the videos is somebody getting hurt. Almost every show has … Continue reading America’s Funniest Home Videos? I Don’t Think So…

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