The New York Times created an online app that uses data from the Labor Department to determine what the polar opposite of a given job is. For example, here are some polar opposites: kindergarten teacher and physicist news editor and model chief executive and agricultural grader writer/author and mobile home installer The Labor Department keeps … Continue reading What Is Your Opposite Job?
Last month I wrote about the "Wacky Genius of Herb Kelleher", the founder and former CEO of Southwest Airlines, and I thought it would be hard to find another CEO who is not your typical chief executive. Well, today's Wall Street Journal had a profile of an individual who just might fit the bill. Jack … Continue reading A Different Kind of Leader
I first read about this disease while reading a Wikipedia article about the Great Barrington Declaration. The Great Barrington Declaration is a proposal drafted at the American Institute for Economic Research in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and signed there on 4 October 2020. It advocates an alternative, risk-based approach to the COVID-19 pandemic that involves "Focused Protection" of those most at risk and seeks … Continue reading This Is One Disease I Wouldn’t Mind Having
I have to give credit to a blogging friend for making me aware of one of the best songs I have heard this year. Mind you, it's not s new song, but this was the first time I heard it. Clive is from England, and every Tuesday he posts Tuesday Tunes, and for me, it's … Continue reading Music Monday: Back to My Irish Roots
This post is in response to a comment from a fellow blogger, Margy, on my recent post, "This Is What Good Neighbors Look Like." Here's part of her comment: "By the way, have you ever blogged about this President's administration's achievements?" Here was my response: Margy, your comment really made me think. I’ve just spent … Continue reading Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
I'm guessing most of us have done it. Ran up to a neighbor's house, either knocked on the door or rang the bell, and then ran away before anyone answered the door. In the U.S. it's known as ding-dong ditch, and it's probably one of the first pranks kids learned while growing up. It's a … Continue reading Has Technology Taken the Fun Out of Ding-Dong Ditch?
For the past several years, I have had my freshmen business students create vision boards, and then in three to five minutes, present his or her vision board to the class. The whole process takes three days of class time (spread over three weeks), but it is well worth it. All I can say after … Continue reading Wowed Again, Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2020.
A few days ago I wrote about a phenomenon known as the Streisand Effect. According to Wikipedia, the Streisand Effect is an example of psychological reactance, wherein once people are aware that some information is being kept from them, they are significantly more motivated to access and spread that information. After that post, my wife told … Continue reading The Bradley Effect and the Spiral of Silence
The Wall Street Journal had a wonderful article today (written by Clare Ansberry) about two next-door neighbors in Pittsburgh who are on opposing sides when it comes to the upcoming Presidential election but still remain the best of friends. It is one of the most uplifting stories I have read in the paper in a … Continue reading This Is What Good Neighbors Look Like
I have written multiple posts about community colleges, which I consider a hidden gem within our educational system. Back in 2016, I wrote an homage to community colleges, and I wrote a follow-up in 2017. In 2019 I also wrote about an alternative form of post-secondary education, the trade school, and focused on one particular trade school … Continue reading A Winning Combination: Community College + Apprenticeship