The WSJ Mansion Section May Be of the People, But It’s Not For the People

It is one of the more well-known lines from Lincoln's Gettysburg address: "government of the people, by the people, for the people, ..." Those words, well at least some of them. came rushing back to me as I looked through this week's Real Estate section of the Wall Street Journal. fittingly known as The Mansion. … Continue reading The WSJ Mansion Section May Be of the People, But It’s Not For the People

Let’s See If Less Is More…

The following email, and subsequent response from Dan Ariely, were originally 156 words; I've cut it to 97 words, a decrease of almost 38%. Dear Dan, For years, I’ve been organizing a charity event for an animal rescue organization. Every year people tell me I’ve outdone myself, and it’s starting to feel like an expectation … Continue reading Let’s See If Less Is More…

More Free Publicity for Wawa!

Normally, I don't like to write about the same topic this close together, but I figured this was a legitimate exception because of the timing of the topic. A few days ago I wrote a blog: Kate Winslet and I Share an Unbreakable Bond – Wawa, in which I noted that the Netflix show Mare of … Continue reading More Free Publicity for Wawa!

Music Monday: Shorter Attention Spans Affect Length of Popular Songs

Once again, I'm just the messenger, interpreting what I read. So feel free to take the following study with a grain of salt. Researchers at Ohio State University looked into the song structure of 303 top 10 hits, both modern and dating back to the 80s, hoping to discover how pop music has changed in … Continue reading Music Monday: Shorter Attention Spans Affect Length of Popular Songs

I Guess This Was Bound to Happen

I thought I had hit pay dirt. A driving experience and a comment from a colleague this week each gave me an idea for a blog post. Since such ideas are usually in short supply, I was quite excited. The first came to me while I was out driving and I came to what I … Continue reading I Guess This Was Bound to Happen

How Wonderful It Would Be to See the World the Way Kids See It

Advertising firm Wieden + Kennedy and toymaker Fisher-Price are trying to reawaken the wonder that adults should have for children’s ability to play, to make ordinary things playthings, to make the everyday world a fantasy place. To make toys out of anything. The new ad campaign is part of Fisher-Price’s Let’s be Kids platform, the brand’s … Continue reading How Wonderful It Would Be to See the World the Way Kids See It

Kate Winslet and I Share an Unbreakable Bond – Wawa

I've written about Wawa many times before, even devoting an entire blog post to this nearly mythical convenience store. Here is the opening to that blogpost: If you haven’t heard of Wawa, then just imagine what the ultimate convenience store would be like, and that’s Wawa. It’s better than 7-Eleven, Sheetz, or any regional convenience … Continue reading Kate Winslet and I Share an Unbreakable Bond – Wawa

Who Knew We Owned the World’s Most Expensive Carpet?

According to homeadviser.com, most homeowners pay $3.50 to $11 per square foot for carpet installation. This consists of carpet materials which average $2 to $7 per square foot (with a broad range of $1 to $20 per square foot), and labor, which adds $0.50 to $1 per square foot. But the Bordens aren't most homeowners. … Continue reading Who Knew We Owned the World’s Most Expensive Carpet?

I Don’t Know What’s Worse…

Doing research that seems to have no benefit, or writing a blog post about such research. Or a third possibility, which you may soon be guilty of dear reader - reading such a blog post 🙂 Scientists in France say they’ve have determined that a half-pint of beer may contain up to two million  bubbles. … Continue reading I Don’t Know What’s Worse…

Does It Still Count as Celebrating Cinco de Mayo If You Do So on May 4th?

Like many people in the U.S., we have been celebrating Cinco de Mayo for several years. Usually we do so by either eating at or getting take-out from a Mexican restaurant. Last year we ordered take out from Qdoba, and it was quite hectic. While there was no diners eating in (you weren't allowed), there … Continue reading Does It Still Count as Celebrating Cinco de Mayo If You Do So on May 4th?