Thanksgiving in the U.S. and Around the World

We were blessed to share the day with family; thank you for inviting us. Thank you to all of you who have wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, especially those of you outside the U.S. How kind of you to think of us. In my attempt to become more globally aware of other countries that celebrate … Continue reading Thanksgiving in the U.S. and Around the World

Where Should You Live?

The New York Times Opinion editors have created a website that will help you find places in the United States that best suit what you are looking for in terms of potentially multiple criteria. Here is the link: Where Should You Live? The choices are grouped into four categories: Lifestyle (17 choices) Climate (6 choices) … Continue reading Where Should You Live?

The How and the Why of Giving Compliments

In this week's Pinkcast, Dan meets with Vanessa Bohns, a social psychologist at Cornell University and author of You Have More Influence Than You Think: How We Underestimate Our Power of Persuasion, and Why It Matters. Vanessa offers advice on why we should be more willing to give people compliments, and how to do so most … Continue reading The How and the Why of Giving Compliments

It’s Time to Replace the Expression: “In the Blink of an Eye”

With something that's 20 times faster. Imagine driving down the highway five miles per hour, and someone passes you going 100 mph. I don't think anyone would be using that slower car as an example of a speed demon. So why do people insist on using the phrase "in the blink of an eye" as … Continue reading It’s Time to Replace the Expression: “In the Blink of an Eye”

Proceed at Your Own Risk

This post from Dan Ariely hit close to home. It's an issue I think of every time I hit the Publish button and I wonder how people are going to react when they are trying to decide whether they should read my blog post or not. Dear Dan, My boss is a night owl, and … Continue reading Proceed at Your Own Risk

If You’re Going to Give a Hug, Make It Count

Let's see what science has to say. Researchers at Goldsmiths, London University, carried out two studies. In the first, participants hugged for one, five, or 10 seconds - with two different arm crossing styles and reported how pleasant, arousing, and under control the touch felt. They found that a hug lasting between five and ten … Continue reading If You’re Going to Give a Hug, Make It Count

Snap, Crackle, Pop! Is That My Phone, My Laptop, or My Watch?

The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article this week about how many of us are suffering from alert overload. It could be a calendar alert, a news alert, an email alert, a text alert, etc. And if there are sounds set to go with those alerts, your phone, laptop, tablet, desktop, or watch will … Continue reading Snap, Crackle, Pop! Is That My Phone, My Laptop, or My Watch?

Music Monday: “96 Tears” by ? and the Mysterians

At first, I wasn't sure if it was a real song. I discovered it while reading Stephen King's "Hearts in Atlantis", which was recommended to me by Jeff Cann, a fellow blogger. You can find Jeff's wonderful posts at "The Other Stuff". The book was an enjoyable read, set back in the days of the … Continue reading Music Monday: “96 Tears” by ? and the Mysterians

A Brief Look at the Metaverse

There has been a lot written about the Metaverse in the past few weeks. It was a bit confusing, and I thought one way for me to learn about it would be to write about it. So this post is more for my own benefit, but if anyone wants to read and watch along with … Continue reading A Brief Look at the Metaverse

“Fun” Facts about the Dow Jones Industrial Average

You're still reading this post after such a captivating headline? OK, you must really want to learn a thing or two about the DJIA. Here we go: the index was first calculated on May 26, 1896, and included just 12 firms, all manufacturing/industrial in nature, thus the name here are the original 12 firms: American … Continue reading “Fun” Facts about the Dow Jones Industrial Average