Throwback Thursday: My 75 Seconds of TV Fame

It was sometime during the winter of 1980. I was going to grad school out in Pittsburgh, and I had volunteered to teach a juggling class at the local YMCA. As you might expect, it wasn't a big draw. But as fate would have it, one of the local TV stations in Pittsburgh (KDKA) wanted … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: My 75 Seconds of TV Fame

Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – The Greatest Gift

"I think I'll make up a story about how for Christmas I wrapped everyone's present in gray wrapping paper. Each box was a different size and weight, and everyone could pass the boxes back and forth until they all agreed on which box they wanted to claim as their own. I'll then write about everyone's … Continue reading Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – The Greatest Gift

Music Monday: The Creative World of Music Parodies

Last week I featured the wonderful Canadian band, Walk Off the Earth, who gained fame with their amazing cover of Gotye's song, Somebody That I Used to Know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=d9NF2edxy-M I also shared a parody of the song done by The Key of Awesome, which I found quite funny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwPHy17Iu6E The Key of Awesome specializes in … Continue reading Music Monday: The Creative World of Music Parodies

Ms. Monopoly – Seems Destined to be a Ms., Not a Hit

As soon as I saw the headline, the first thing I did was check the date, to make sure it wasn't an old story from April 1. But no, it was from this week. Toymaker Hasbro announced it was rolling out a new version of its classic Monopoly board game, naming this one Ms. Monopoly. In … Continue reading Ms. Monopoly – Seems Destined to be a Ms., Not a Hit

A “Helping You to Be More Thoughtful” App

We use apps to play games. We use apps to check our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. We use apps to read the news. None of these apps makes us a better person or improves our relationships with those we are close to. In fact, it might be argued that if we are using these … Continue reading A “Helping You to Be More Thoughtful” App

Something Got You Stumped? This Is a Job for…

Rubber Ducky. In a Pinkcast from a couple of years ago, Dan Pink explains the concept of rubber duck debugging. The name is a reference to a story in the book The Pragmatic Programmer in which a programmer would carry around a rubber duck and debug their code by forcing themselves to explain it, line-by-line, to the duck. … Continue reading Something Got You Stumped? This Is a Job for…

Maybe Sally Field Was Speaking for All of Us

If you're of a certain age, you may well remember Sally Field's famous Oscar Acceptance speech in 1985 when she won Best Actress for her role in Places in the Heart. Here is a short clip of her speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FJtsL8AJx0 Field's gushing acceptance speech is well remembered and has since been both admired as earnest … Continue reading Maybe Sally Field Was Speaking for All of Us

You May Want to Hold Your Nose While You Read This Post

David Whitlock has not showered or bathed for 15 years, yet he does not have body odor. “If I get a specific part of my body dirty, then I’ll wash that specific part” – but never with soap. Sarah Ballantyne uses only water to wash, even though she is “at the gym sweating buckets six … Continue reading You May Want to Hold Your Nose While You Read This Post

Looking for a Cheap Date? Try South Dakota

I guess this is kind of like a follow-up to my post the other day about "The Surprising Truth About Online Dating Apps"; you might call this one "The Surprising Truth About the Cost of Going on a Date". Match.com released the results of a nationwide survey that compared the average cost of a date … Continue reading Looking for a Cheap Date? Try South Dakota

The Surprising Truth about Online Dating Apps

  Here I go again, writing a blog about something I know nothing about. Actually, it covers two things I know nothing about - dating and online dating apps. I got lucky. I think in high school I had three dates; one to my freshmen year dance, one to my sophomore year dance, and one … Continue reading The Surprising Truth about Online Dating Apps