Villanova University was blessed to have Bert Jacobs, co-founder of the Life is Good brand, as its commencement speaker this past weekend. Bert started selling t-shirts with his brother John out of a van back in 1989. But as their web site points out, it was not very prosperous. They lived on peanut butter and jelly, … Continue reading “Life Is Good” Co-Founder Delivers Inspirational Commencement Speech and a Few Well-Thrown Frisbees
I've always said that I want to live to be at least 100. There's no particular reason why, it just seems like a nice round number and perhaps confirmation of healthy living. I've always viewed running out of money as my biggest worry if I were to live to 100, but after reading an article … Continue reading Is It Worth Living to 100?
I'm on a roll here with these graduation posts; this is four in a row. Here are the previous ones: Advice for College Grads from the WSJ and Its Readers 24 Off-the-Wall College Graduation Traditions Music Monday: 13 Songs to Accompany Graduation Today's post is offering some advice that may seem a bit counter-intuitive. Job … Continue reading Hey College Grads! Don’t Be “That” Guy or Gal
You can probably tell that graduation is on my mind; this is two straight blog posts about graduation. Yesterday I offered words of advice to college grads fro the Wall Street Journal. Today while I was not so randomly surfing the web I started reading about what commencement is like at Harvard, which got me … Continue reading 24 Off-the-Wall College Graduation Traditions
Thanks to my sister Trish for sending me the idea for today's blog. She tagged me on Facebook with the following post: The letter sequence "ough" can be pronounced eight different ways. The following sentence contains them all "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he … Continue reading How Do I Say “ough”? Let Me Count the Ways
The Wall StreetJournal just revealed the results of a year-long stock-picking contest which pitted a group of dart-throwing monkeys, I mean newspaper reporters, against a group of high-profile hedge fund managers. The idea for the contest has its roots in Burton Malkiel's famous quote in “A Random Walk Down Wall Street” that “a blindfolded monkey … Continue reading Dart-Throwing Monkeys (AKA Newspaper Reporters) Beat Stock Market Wizards
I've always been a fan of Sandler's; Happy Gilmore is one of my favorite comedies of all time, and his recent Netflix special, 100% Fresh did not disappoint. It was one of the funniest comedy specials I have ever seen, up there with Sebastian Maniscalco's. (For a better review of the special than I could … Continue reading Music Monday – A Love Song from Adam Sandler to Chris Farley
There it was, staring me in the face. My wife and I had just turned on the TV to watch ABC World News Tonight, and during the intro the screen flashed the letter that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller had sent to Attorney General William Barr. The first thing I noticed was the misspelling, sticking out … Continue reading Seriously? How Could Anyone Forget The First Spelling Rule Most of Us Learned?
Lankenau Hospital, just outside of Philadelphia, reported that three people, two men and one woman, stole at least 18 colonoscopes from its facility on April 20. The tube-like instruments are used to examine the colon during a colonoscopy procedure. The total value of the theft is at least $450,000, and police believe the stolen items … Continue reading These Thieves Are the Butt of a Lot of Jokes
A Houston school is clamping down on inappropriate dress, not by students, but their parents. A letter from the principal at James Madison High School to parents and guests on the school’s website forbids them from being at the school in such attire as shower caps, hair rollers, pajamas, sagging pants, leggings that show the … Continue reading Seriously? Parents Come to Their Kids’ School Dressed Like This?