Some Thoughts on Summer Reading Lists for High School Students

This post was triggered by an essay in the Wall Street Journal by author Ann Patchett in which she notes that as children, many of us were forced to consume books over school break; as adults, we can enjoy those assigned classics without the academic burden. Here is the paragraph that resonated with me the … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Summer Reading Lists for High School Students

Where Does Stop Not Mean Stop? In Pennsylvania, Apparently.

As I've gotten older, crankier, and hopefully a bit wiser, these stop signs have gotten more and more annoying. Imagine coming to an intersection where you want to make a left turn, and you have a stop sign. There is a car coming in the opposite direction, and you notice that they also have a … Continue reading Where Does Stop Not Mean Stop? In Pennsylvania, Apparently.

Forget about the Six-Word Story, How about the Five Emoji Story?

I've previously written about the potential beauty and simplicity (and challenge) of writing a six-word story, and today I discovered, thanks to WordPress Discover, a fun, but challenging twist to the genre - the five random emojis story. Friends James Hannaham and John W. Bateman created a game where one of them texts five random emoji … Continue reading Forget about the Six-Word Story, How about the Five Emoji Story?

Now This Is How to Greet a Customer

"How are you doing, sir? Are you having a good day?" That, along with a handshake, was how I was greeted as I entered the Walmart in King of Prussia today. I then proceeded to have a five-minute chat with John, the customer host/greeter. Most of our conversation was centered around the 50th anniversary of … Continue reading Now This Is How to Greet a Customer

Music Monday: the Figlie del Coro

I am in the midst of reading a fascinating book - Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein - and I thought one of the stories he shares would fit in nicely with my Music Monday posts. Epstein tells the story of the figlie del coro, which means "daughters of the … Continue reading Music Monday: the Figlie del Coro

“When I Think of Baseball, I Think of…”

That was one of the questions on today's episode of "America Says", a game show hosted by John Michael Higgins (one of the commenters in the movie Pitch Perfect) and broadcast by Game Show Network. The series, which premiered on June 18, 2018, consists of two teams of four guessing the top answers to fill-in-the-blank … Continue reading “When I Think of Baseball, I Think of…”

Falling in Love on a Lift

This is a great five-minute "film" from Bianco, a Danish shoe brand. It was part of Bianco's "Step Out of Your Head" campaign; here is a description of it from the campaign web site: In this year's campaign, we're encouraging you to silence your worst critic, yourself. Most of us tend to let our thoughts … Continue reading Falling in Love on a Lift

The 18 Uses for Dr. Bronner’s Amazing Soap

This is not the post I had planned to write tonight. We were watching Jeopardy earlier, and one of the clues involved Q-Tips and how its web site had a list of Life Hacks. So I thought that sounded interesting. My first guess was that it truly was a list of clever life hacks, but … Continue reading The 18 Uses for Dr. Bronner’s Amazing Soap

This Looks Like One of the Coolest, and Most Useful, Gadgets Ever

Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. It's not very often that … Continue reading This Looks Like One of the Coolest, and Most Useful, Gadgets Ever

Women Score Higher Than Men in Most Leadership Skills

Given that today was the ticker-tape parade to celebrate the U.S. Women's Soccer team winning the World Cup, this seemed like an appropriate time to share this research I recently came across. Using their database of 360-degree reviews in which they asked individuals to rate each leaders’ effectiveness overall and to judge how strong they … Continue reading Women Score Higher Than Men in Most Leadership Skills