What’s Your Desert Island Book?

This post was inspired by a recent post of a fellow blogger, Beth. Beth wrote how yesterday (January 18) was National Thesaurus Day and paid homage to Peter Mark Roget, creator of the famous Roget's Thesaurus. Since I didn't know about his Thesaruas beyond the basics, I went out to Wikipedia and found the following: … Continue reading What’s Your Desert Island Book?

Music Monday: Song Suffragettes

Serendipity strikes again. I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Nashville Noise by Coti Howell, and she had a post about Pandora announcing its country artists to watch for 2020. There are 15 artists on the list, and I started checking out each one by going to YouTube and looking for some of their … Continue reading Music Monday: Song Suffragettes

Music Monday: Punk Rock with a Message

I can't say I know much about punk rock, but it is cool being friends with the lead singer and guitarist of a punk rock band. I've written about Bud Drago before; he is a fellow faculty member at Villanova, and was a member of a London punk rock band going back to the late … Continue reading Music Monday: Punk Rock with a Message

Music Monday: Early Hints of Stardom?

I'm not really sure what led me to the following video, but it shows the band Brand New in its early days, playing at a rec center that holds up to 150 people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cj7qzmtrgRM The video was filmed in 2001, one year after Brand New had formed. The lead singer is about 23 years old. … Continue reading Music Monday: Early Hints of Stardom?

Music Monday: Selected Songs from the Wonderful Film, The Peanut Butter Falcon

My wife and I had the chance to watch a wonderful movie this past weekend, The Peanut Butter Falcon. I highly recommend it. Here's the movie summary from Rotten Tomatoes, where it scored a 95% on the Tomatometer and 96% on the Audience Score: A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON … Continue reading Music Monday: Selected Songs from the Wonderful Film, The Peanut Butter Falcon

From Villanova Class of ’73 to President of Stanford to Chair of Google

John Hennessy returned to his roots tonight, giving a lecture about what the past 50 years have been like since he first arrived on Villanova's campus. John graduated from Villanova in 1973 with a degree in electrical engineering and then went on to Stonybrook University for his Masters and Ph.D. Hennessy then became a Stanford … Continue reading From Villanova Class of ’73 to President of Stanford to Chair of Google

The Best Part of My Job

There are lots of things to like about my job, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be watching my students transition from teenagers to professionals. There are a variety of paths that students choose upon graduation and in the years that follow - some work overseas, some perform a year or … Continue reading The Best Part of My Job

Another Favorite Childhood Memory: Brain Teasers

When I was growing up one of my favorite things to do was to work on brain teasers. My favorite type of puzzle was a logic puzzle, the kind where you have to do things like find the matching first and last names of five guys, what house they live in, what their favorite food … Continue reading Another Favorite Childhood Memory: Brain Teasers

Hot Chicken in the City. (Growing Wild and Sitting Pretty).

I came up with the first part of the title for this post based on a case competition we had today for our students. When I said the name of the company to myself (Hot Chicken Takeover), the first thought that came to my mind was Nick Gilder's song, "Hot Child in the City", but … Continue reading Hot Chicken in the City. (Growing Wild and Sitting Pretty).

College Not For You? Then You Need to Read This.

Back in 2016, I wrote an homage to community colleges, and I wrote a follow-up in 2017. In those posts, I described community colleges as the crown jewel of our post-secondary educational system, and noted that "If you believe in the power of education to change people’s lives, then you’d be hard-pressed to find a … Continue reading College Not For You? Then You Need to Read This.