This post was inspired by a recent post of a fellow blogger, Beth. Beth wrote how yesterday (January 18) was National Thesaurus Day and paid homage to Peter Mark Roget, creator of the famous Roget's Thesaurus. Since I didn't know about his Thesaruas beyond the basics, I went out to Wikipedia and found the following: … Continue reading What’s Your Desert Island Book?
It's "Every Other Saturday" day, which means there is a good chance that there is a Dan Ariely column in the Wall Street Journal. So imagine my delight when I turned to the Review section, and there it was, two questions for Dan. That meant the odds were pretty high that my blog today would … Continue reading Smile! You’ve Been Caught on Candid Camera…
We were riding a crowded train earlier today, standing next to a young family who had a child in a stroller. The child appeared to be about 18 months old, and at first, seemed content to just sit in the stroller. However, after a couple of minutes, she became upset about something and started crying, … Continue reading Sometimes, All You Want Is Mom
I'd like to say it's taken me 62 years to master having a confused look on my face, but in reality, I think it's the default facial expression I was born with. And while there may be times when having a confused look may not be a good thing (such as when a student asks … Continue reading The Hidden Power of the Confused Look
I love street performers of all kinds, but especially jugglers and musicians. Fortunately, when it comes to musicians, Singapore has not disappointed (I'm still keeping an eye out for jugglers...) Right across the street from our apartment there is a large outdoor gathering space at the intersection of three malls. So far, we have come … Continue reading Music Monday: Music from the Streets of Singapore
Who knew the Wall Street Journal would start sourcing some of its stories from The Onion? Nearly five years ago The Onion ran a photo story with the headline "Jumbled Nest Of Cords Makes Move To Third New Apartment". The story had no words, just the image shown above. Someone from the WSJ must have … Continue reading It’s Nice to Know I’m Not the Only One Who Has to Cut the Cords
It was a big year for the word "They". The word was chosen by Merriam-Webster as the word of the year for 2019 and by the American Dialect Society as word of the decade. Ben Zimmer, chair of the American Dialect Society’s New Words Committee and language columnist for the Wall Street Journal, noted a growing … Continue reading A Clean Sweep for “They”
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For those of you who may have wondered who goes to the gym on a Saturday night, the picture above gives you your answer. My son and I. But maybe you're thinking, "Well, of course, no one is doing cardio on a Saturday night, everybody is in the back pumping iron." Here's my answer to … Continue reading Another Saturday Night…
A story in the Wall Street Journal took a look at LSU quarterback Joe Burrow's lifestyle at LSU. Burrow won the Heisman Trophy last night, given to the best player in college football. However, as the story notes, Burrow actually spends very little time on campus. Burrow transferred to LSU early in the summer of … Continue reading Is This Any Way to Go to College?