24 Off-the-Wall College Graduation Traditions

You can probably tell that graduation is on my mind; this is two straight blog posts about graduation. Yesterday I offered words of advice to college grads fro the Wall Street Journal. Today while I was not so randomly surfing the web I started reading about what commencement is like at Harvard, which got me … Continue reading 24 Off-the-Wall College Graduation Traditions

Advice for College Grads from the WSJ and Its Readers

Sue Shellenbarger, the Work & Family Columnist for the Wall Street Journal, wrote an article recently that offered some advice for this year's college graduates. The following words of wisdom were offered: Get workplace experience before graduating. Start building a network early. Acquire technical, analytical and interpersonal skills not taught in college classes. Avoid relying … Continue reading Advice for College Grads from the WSJ and Its Readers

How Do I Say “ough”? Let Me Count the Ways

Thanks to my sister Trish for sending me the idea for today's blog. She tagged me on Facebook with the following post: The letter sequence "ough" can be pronounced eight different ways. The following sentence contains them all "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he … Continue reading How Do I Say “ough”? Let Me Count the Ways

A Thought Experiment

If students were left alone in a room to take a test, with no supervision, how many would cheat? If it's a small number, is it worth creating an elaborate set of rules and procedures to prevent such cheating? Would such rules and procedures send a message to the honest students that we don't trust … Continue reading A Thought Experiment

I Guess the Eighth Time Is the Charm

I probably know the first 100 pages of The Three Musketeers as well as the author, Alexandre Dumas. Over the past few years, I have started the book multiple times, only to get distracted from it for a variety of reasons. Every time I went to start reading it again, I would have to start … Continue reading I Guess the Eighth Time Is the Charm

Dart-Throwing Monkeys (AKA Newspaper Reporters) Beat Stock Market Wizards

The Wall StreetJournal just revealed the results of a year-long stock-picking contest which pitted a group of dart-throwing monkeys, I mean newspaper reporters, against a group of high-profile hedge fund managers. The idea for the contest has its roots in Burton Malkiel's famous quote in “A Random Walk Down Wall Street” that “a blindfolded monkey … Continue reading Dart-Throwing Monkeys (AKA Newspaper Reporters) Beat Stock Market Wizards

A Sad, but Beautiful Story

A senseless death. A mother's unending love. Martin was a father of five and ran his own music production company. No matter how late he’d work into the night, every morning he was at his parents’ door, looking for coffee and conversation with his mom, Elsa. They’d talk about their nights, their plans for the … Continue reading A Sad, but Beautiful Story

The Gift Inside the Box- a Different Kind of Children’s Book from a Different Kind of Author

Adam Grant is an American psychologist and author who is currently a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania specializing in organizational psychology. He received academic tenure aged 28, making him the youngest tenured professor at the Wharton School. He was ranked by students the best professor at the university from 2011 to 2017. In … Continue reading The Gift Inside the Box- a Different Kind of Children’s Book from a Different Kind of Author

It’s Never Too Late to Find Your Calling

Rich Karlgaard is an American journalist, bestselling author, award-winning entrepreneur, and speaker. He was named publisher of Forbes magazine in 1998. His newest book, “Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement”, explores what it means to be a late bloomer in a culture obsessed with SAT scores and early success, … Continue reading It’s Never Too Late to Find Your Calling

I’m a Sucker for Good Customer Service

This past Saturday was Independent Bookstore Day, so my wife and I decided to stop in at Main Point Books in Wayne, PA. It's a great bookstore, with a nice selection of books, but more importantly, an owner and staff who care about their customers and know their product. I went in looking for a … Continue reading I’m a Sucker for Good Customer Service