Music Monday: Harry Chapin on Writing, Performing, and Making a Fool of Yourself

Harry Chapin is one of the all-time great singer-songwriters who died way too young. One of my first blog posts five years ago ever was about Harry, and it remains one of my favorite posts. If you don't know much about Harry, that ost can get you up to speed. It was my future wife … Continue reading Music Monday: Harry Chapin on Writing, Performing, and Making a Fool of Yourself

Thanks to PowerPoint, I’ve Been an Ineffective Teacher for the Past Thirty Years

PowerPoint has been a mainstay of my teaching for the past 30 years. While I don't just stand up there and recite what is on the slides, I do use the text that is on the slides to highlight the key points I want to make and to keep me on track. Well according to … Continue reading Thanks to PowerPoint, I’ve Been an Ineffective Teacher for the Past Thirty Years

Haikus About Blogging

Last week I wrote a post, "The Power of Poetry", and referenced John Paul Lederach, a Mennonite conflict mediator who likes to write meeting notes and trip reports in haiku form. He believes that the act of distilling information to a five-seven-five syllable format is a way to “capture the wonder of the human experience … Continue reading Haikus About Blogging

No $35,000 Jockstraps: This Is Why I Love Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness is the gym for the common man - the average Joe. It might have some odd rules, like no grunting and no judgment, but at its heart, it's a gym for everyone. You can work out as hard, or as easy as you want. It's completely your call. And you can dress any … Continue reading No $35,000 Jockstraps: This Is Why I Love Planet Fitness

Writing from the Heart

A few years ago I wrote a post about our youngest son Pat, after he had received an award from the Williams Syndrome Association. It was a proud day for all of us, and in the years since, Pat has only added to the places he's traveled to, the friends he has made, the concerts he … Continue reading Writing from the Heart

Accounting Test More Stressful Than Coronavirus?

I am currently teaching a group of students from Villanova who are studying abroad in Singapore. One of the best parts of studying abroad for students (OK, and me too) seems to be using their long weekends to travel to surrounding countries. So far, the students have taken trips to Bali, Taiwan, and Malaysia, and … Continue reading Accounting Test More Stressful Than Coronavirus?

Paralysis by Analysis – Guilty as Charged

A reader wrote the following to Dan Ariely in today's Wall Street Journal: Hi, Dan. I offered to purchase a computer as a gift for a close relative, and I asked him to pick out the one he wanted. But he simply can’t make a choice. He keeps comparing different models and researching all the … Continue reading Paralysis by Analysis – Guilty as Charged

Something Is Wrong Here! Where’s Apple??

Apple not only makes great products, it consistently ranks as one of the best companies in the world. Here are some of those rankings: America's Most Valuable Company: Apple (market value of $1.4 trillion) America's Most Admired Company: Apple, for 13 years in a row Only Companies to Make Glassdoor's List of Best Companies to … Continue reading Something Is Wrong Here! Where’s Apple??

Does the News Always Have to Be Stressful?

One of the things I was most looking forward to as part of my teaching over in Singapore for a few months was taking a break from what seemed to be the constant bombardment of negative news back in the U.S. Most of that negative news was of a political nature. I know I could … Continue reading Does the News Always Have to Be Stressful?

Want to Improve Your Cardiovascular Functioning? Your Immune System? Your Sleep?

Of course you do. Who would answer no to any of those questions? But how to get such improvements is the issue. There are the usual suspects - such as exercise, diet, and stress management. But an article in today's Wall Street Journal by Andrea Petersen offered a different suggestion. Friendship. That's right, friendship offers … Continue reading Want to Improve Your Cardiovascular Functioning? Your Immune System? Your Sleep?