Falling in Love on a Lift

This is a great five-minute "film" from Bianco, a Danish shoe brand. It was part of Bianco's "Step Out of Your Head" campaign; here is a description of it from the campaign web site: In this year's campaign, we're encouraging you to silence your worst critic, yourself. Most of us tend to let our thoughts … Continue reading Falling in Love on a Lift

This Looks Like One of the Coolest, and Most Useful, Gadgets Ever

Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. It's not very often that … Continue reading This Looks Like One of the Coolest, and Most Useful, Gadgets Ever

A Perfect 4th: a Parade, a Juggler, and Yankee Doodle Dandy

I couldn't imagine a better way to spend the 4th of July. A parade that passes right by our street, featuring: the West Powelton Drummers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dOycOn9QKc&feature=youtu.be the Mummers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_3pr8uh9Q0&feature=youtu.be and Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPtcMjTrk1s&feature=youtu.be followed by Chris Ivey, Character Juggler, at the picnic afterward: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUD2QN21kTE&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-aNp3Nn8zI&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4RG1WVfeSY&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meCAVlElJlw&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxWlYNfmmGM&feature=youtu.be   and then capped … Continue reading A Perfect 4th: a Parade, a Juggler, and Yankee Doodle Dandy

Is This the Best Grade School Performance Ever?

Every year, Cannes Lions explores the value of creativity in branded communication: from product and service development to the creative strategy, execution, and impact. Since I'm such a fan of commercials, I always look forward to seeing what the winning ads were from the Festival. The winning ad in the Film Lions category was a … Continue reading Is This the Best Grade School Performance Ever?

How Do You Compare – the Annual American Time Use Survey

Yesterday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the results of the American Time Use Survey (ATUS). These data include the average amount of time per day in 2018 that individuals worked, did household activities, and engaged in leisure and sports activities. Additionally, measures of the average time per day spent providing childcare—both as a … Continue reading How Do You Compare – the Annual American Time Use Survey

Music Monday: Scottish Artist Lewis Capaldi

When I first started writing Music Mondays several months ago the original intent was to feature a new artist each week (well, at least new to me). The hope was that doing so would allow me to break out of my fixation on music from the 70s and discover some new artists I would enjoy … Continue reading Music Monday: Scottish Artist Lewis Capaldi

Some Fatherly Words of Wisdom from Jack Bogle, Founder of Vanguard Investments, to My Sons

Art Carey, a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, shared some words of advice he received from Jack Bogle a few years ago. Carey asked Bogle the following question: "Pretend I am your son. What advice would you give me about how to live a long, happy, honorable life?" Here's a summary of what Bogle had … Continue reading Some Fatherly Words of Wisdom from Jack Bogle, Founder of Vanguard Investments, to My Sons

I Must Not Have Been Part of This Research Study

There was an interesting article in today's Wall Street Journal about jealousy. The main point of the story was that other people’s plans for the future irritate us much more than experiences they’ve had in the past. At first, this idea might seem strange. Don’t we feel envy for people’s accomplishments and possessions, such as … Continue reading I Must Not Have Been Part of This Research Study

Music Monday: Best Songs for a Funeral

I know, it's not necessarily the most uplifting of topics to write about, but it's amazing what ideas pop into your head when you've got a deadline. I recently wrote about the best songs to accompany graduation, and so I started thinking about other major life events where music can play a key role. My … Continue reading Music Monday: Best Songs for a Funeral

Another Wonderful Walk for Williams Syndrome

Today was the sixth annual Philadelphia Walk for Williams Syndrome. The event was held once again at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and we were blessed with perfect weather. I don't know the final count of how many people were there, but it looked like a record number. The success of the event can be attributed … Continue reading Another Wonderful Walk for Williams Syndrome