Music Monday: Most Likeable and Most Memorable Jingles of All Time

Advertising jingles have been part of American culture for nearly 100 years.  According to the Smithsonian, the first jingle broadcast on the radio debuted on Christmas Day 1926 to praise the virtues of Wheaties cereal. A former neighbor had his own advertising firm that specialized in creating jingles for commercials. His license plate was JINGLES. … Continue reading Music Monday: Most Likeable and Most Memorable Jingles of All Time

A Tale of Two Halves: My WordPress Stats for 2021

If you're still reading this post, I guess the phrase "My WordPress Stats" wasn't enough to scare you off. So now you're obligated to read the rest... As you can see from the right side of the graph above, the views from the first six months of 2021 were all higher than the last six … Continue reading A Tale of Two Halves: My WordPress Stats for 2021

I’m Getting Closer to World Domination

I plan to write a couple of posts about one of my favorite blogging topics - WordPress stats. Tonight I'll take a global look at where my blog has been read, and where it has not been read, over the past seven years. The map above gives a nice overview of countries where someone, in … Continue reading I’m Getting Closer to World Domination

Some New Year’s Eve Traditions from Around the World

A quick look at some different traditions around the world for New Year's Eve: SCARECROW BURNING (ECUADOR) - Over in Ecuador, many citizens set fire to scarecrows filled with paper at midnight on New Year's Eve, as well as burning any old photographs that represent bad memories. According to age-old tradition, it's thought doing so … Continue reading Some New Year’s Eve Traditions from Around the World

Perhaps Absence Does Make the Heart Grow Fonder

The proverb “absence makes the heart grow fonder” describes the feeling of greater affection between friends and lovers who are kept apart. It is a phrase that, in one form or another, can be traced back for millennia—the Roman poet Sextus is credited with the earliest version of the phrase. (Technology Review) Well, it may … Continue reading Perhaps Absence Does Make the Heart Grow Fonder

Is One of The Perks of Being a Teacher Gone Forever?

There was nothing like getting that email at 5:30 in the morning: "NOVA ALERT - Due to weather Villanova University will be closed March 1st." That email offered the opportunity to either go back to sleep or get up and enjoy a nice leisurely morning, drinking a cup of coffee and watching it snow. I am sure the … Continue reading Is One of The Perks of Being a Teacher Gone Forever?

“Your Food Choices Could Not Be Tied to Any One Social Class”*

That was the result of one of those weird online tests that one can take. My middle son sent the link to me, so I thought I would give it a try. You are shown 35 food choices, one at a time, and you are asked whether you would like to eat that food choice … Continue reading “Your Food Choices Could Not Be Tied to Any One Social Class”*

Music Monday: Before There Was Auld Lang Syne

Since this is my last Music Monday of the year, I thought I'd share a traditional year-end song. Today, many people associate the great song, Auld Lang Syne, with New Year's Eve. It is a Scottish song written by Robert Burns in the late 1700s. But did you know that there is another traditional Irish/Scottish … Continue reading Music Monday: Before There Was Auld Lang Syne

The Complete List of Toys in the Toy Hall of Fame, Including the Latest Inductees

This post is only about seven weeks late, but I guess with it being Christmas time, I've been thinking about toys. On November 4, the Strong National Museum of Play announced the most recent inductees into the toy hall of fame: American Girl Dolls, the board game Risk, and Sand. From the Museum's web site: … Continue reading The Complete List of Toys in the Toy Hall of Fame, Including the Latest Inductees

Libraries: The Crown Jewel of a Community

I've long referred to libraries as the crown jewel of a community. My wife and I have said that one of the criteria we will use if we decide to relocate is what the local library is like. We are blessed to have a wonderful local library - Radnor Memorial Library - that offers so … Continue reading Libraries: The Crown Jewel of a Community