Forget about the Six-Word Story, How about the Five Emoji Story?

I've previously written about the potential beauty and simplicity (and challenge) of writing a six-word story, and today I discovered, thanks to¬†WordPress Discover, a fun, but challenging twist to the genre - the five random emojis story. Friends James Hannaham and John W. Bateman created a game where one of them texts five random emoji … Continue reading Forget about the Six-Word Story, How about the Five Emoji Story?

Now This Is How to Greet a Customer

"How are you doing, sir? Are you having a good day?" That, along with a handshake, was how I was greeted as I entered the Walmart in King of Prussia today. I then proceeded to have a five-minute chat with John, the customer host/greeter. Most of our conversation was centered around the 50th anniversary of … Continue reading Now This Is How to Greet a Customer

“When I Think of Baseball, I Think of…”

That was one of the questions on today's episode of "America Says", a game show hosted by John Michael Higgins (one of the commenters in the movie Pitch Perfect) and broadcast by Game Show Network. The series, which premiered on June 18, 2018, consists of two teams of four guessing the top answers to fill-in-the-blank … Continue reading “When I Think of Baseball, I Think of…”

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

The Good Old Backyard Clothesline

I haven't given them much thought in the past 20 years or so, but after reading a recent article in the Wall Street Journal the memories came flooding back. I'm referring to the multiple clotheslines we had set up in our backyard where I grew up. There are so many details I remember: The wicker … Continue reading The Good Old Backyard Clothesline

Music Monday: Madonna and Bruce End 34-Year Slump

Proving that they weren't just flashes in the pan, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen returned to the top of the Billboard Charts with their newest albums this week. The last time these two held the top two spots was back in 1985, when Springsteen was on top with "Born in the USA" and Madonna held the … Continue reading Music Monday: Madonna and Bruce End 34-Year Slump

I Can’t Even…

Long-time readers of my blog (i.e., my wife and children) will likely recognize where this photo comes from. For the rest of you, this photo was featured in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, in its most recent story about men's fashion. This post marks the fifth one I've written about the crazy men's fashion stories that … Continue reading I Can’t Even…

A Five-Minute Job That Took Me Six Months to Do

Our air conditioning system stopped working last week, and after a few days of doing without it, we finally broke down and called a local service company. The "guy" who arrived looked like he had just graduated high school, but he couldn't have been older than his mid-twenties. Despite his youthful appearance, he was very … Continue reading A Five-Minute Job That Took Me Six Months to Do

How to Lie with Statistics

I'll never forget a presentation I made several years ago during an Open House event at Villanova. The event was geared towards high school seniors and their parents who were visiting the campus for the day to learn more about the school. I had volunteered to give about a 15-minute talk about the advantages of … Continue reading How to Lie with Statistics

Guilty Pleasure Brings Back Childhood Memory

My name is Jim Borden, and I like Frosted Mini-Wheats. There. I said it. A couple of times per year, for whatever reason, I feel a need to pick up a box of Frosted Mini-Wheats, probably my favorite cereal of all time. And it's just as good, if not better, with almond milk. I know … Continue reading Guilty Pleasure Brings Back Childhood Memory