A Wonderful Weekend Visit to The Land

This was our second visit to Cleveland, where our oldest son lives. I previously wrote about our first visit, where we discovered how nice all the people seemed to be. On this visit, we discovered how many wonderful things there are to do and see in "The Land". We arrived on Friday and had a … Continue reading A Wonderful Weekend Visit to The Land

Two Roads Diverged on the Way to Cleveland, and I…

I took the one... with no tolls. Google Maps is my favorite app on my phone; it amazes me every time I use it. One of the features I like is the ability in the settings to select "Avoid tolls". Now sometimes, it's worth paying the toll. For example, from our house to Ocean City, … Continue reading Two Roads Diverged on the Way to Cleveland, and I…

A Tank Full of Gas, a World Full of Possibilities

It's one of life's more mundane tasks, stopping at the gas station and filling up our gas tanks. But many times, and today was one of those times, when I complete the task I get back in the car, feeling full myself, full of optimism and excitement. I start to think of all the places … Continue reading A Tank Full of Gas, a World Full of Possibilities

How to Have a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

Let's face it, most of us use our phone way too much, certainly much more than necessary. But trying to cut back on phone usage is difficult. That's why I was excited to see that creating a better relationship with your phone was the topic of this week's Pinkcast. Dan Pink's guest this week was … Continue reading How to Have a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

“And Habit Like a Crane”

For whatever reason, the title of this blog, which is a line from a poem I read more than 50 years ago, has always stuck with me. I don't remember any of the context or anything else about the poem, but that image of a crane, going through the same motions over and over without … Continue reading “And Habit Like a Crane”

Birthday Savant Sends 5,000 Birthday Cards Every Year, Using Just Her Memory

I n the July 2009 issue of Reader's Digest, Beth Catlin was named "Best Birthday Wisher" in RD's "Best of America" feature. Back then, Beth was sending birthday cards each year to 3,834 people. Today, that number is greater than 5,000. Beth's extraordinary mission began sometime in 1972: She sends hand-made birthday greetings to every … Continue reading Birthday Savant Sends 5,000 Birthday Cards Every Year, Using Just Her Memory

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?