The Paradox of Last Place

We all (well, maybe not all) remember those dreaded gym classes when it was time for teams to be picked. If you weren't an athlete (nope), popular (nope), or good-looking (nope), you were going to be among the last ones selected. And you were just hoping you would not be THE last one selected. While … Continue reading The Paradox of Last Place

Music Monday: My All-Time Favorite Songs from Disney Animated Movies

I’ve been a big fan of Disney animated movies forever, and part of the reason is because of the great music that usually accompanies the films. I started thinking of all the great songs I’ve heard over the years, and I realized there are way too many to include in this post, so I made … Continue reading Music Monday: My All-Time Favorite Songs from Disney Animated Movies

Words of Wisdom from Herman Munster

Perhaps you’ve recently seen this clip from an old episode (1965) of The Munsters. It seems to be having its viral moment, given the chaos that seems to be ever-present these days. Herman offers a 30-second life lesson to his son Eddie that is timeless. We need more people like Herman; he was one handsome, … Continue reading Words of Wisdom from Herman Munster

Returning to Normal: Steps Two and Three Completed

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about completing the first step in getting our life back to normal by going to Wawa for the first time since the lockdown began. Since then, we’ve added two more steps to the process. Last week, we went grocery shopping for the first time. Prior to that we … Continue reading Returning to Normal: Steps Two and Three Completed

Returning to Normal: Step One Completed

It’s been over four months since I’ve stepped foot inside a Wawa convenience store. Never heard of Wawa? Here’s a little background info I provided on Wawa in a previous post. If you haven’t heard of Wawa, then just imagine what the ultimate convenience store would be like, and that’s Wawa. It’s better than 7-Eleven, Sheetz, … Continue reading Returning to Normal: Step One Completed

Villanova’s Wonderful Virtual Graduation

It was, no doubt, a strange way to end four years of college for this year's graduates. With formal commencement exercises canceled, Villanova put on a virtual graduation ceremony. And it was wonderful. Here are some screenshots of the ceremony which was broadcast live yesterday afternoon. The top photo is of our President, Father Peter … Continue reading Villanova’s Wonderful Virtual Graduation

Music Monday: At Home with John Fogerty

Tiny Desk Concerts is a video series of live concerts hosted by NPR Music at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen in Washington, D.C. The first Tiny Desk Concert came about in 2008 after Boilen and NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson left a bar show frustrated that they couldn't hear the music over the crowd noise. Thompson joked that the musician, folk singer Laura Gibson, … Continue reading Music Monday: At Home with John Fogerty

This Was One of the Coolest Toys I Had as a Kid

This post was inspired by fellow blogger Michael Kuch, who asked his readers today to respond to a series of questions as a way to get to know each other. One of the questions was "Your Favorite Toy as a Child". My kneejerk response was "Matchbox" toy cars, probably influenced by Michael's answer of Hot … Continue reading This Was One of the Coolest Toys I Had as a Kid

Everything in My Life Has Led to This Moment

Steve Jobs famously said in his Stanford graduation speech: "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let … Continue reading Everything in My Life Has Led to This Moment

I Think I May Need to Move to Belgium for a While

It was a mid-afternoon, early evening snack that oftentimes ended up being my dinner for the day when we stayed in London a couple of years ago. Of course, I'm talking about beer and french fries (or chips as they call them in England). I know french fries aren't the healthiest food in the world, … Continue reading I Think I May Need to Move to Belgium for a While