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.

A Wonderful Interview with Bruce Springsteen

After five years of trying, Gayle King was finally able to land an interview with Springsteen, and as a viewer, it was worth the wait. The interview was originally split into a couple of parts. Below are parts one and two. (I've also included the full interview at the end if you'd prefer to watch … Continue reading A Wonderful Interview with Bruce Springsteen

Music Monday: The Quintessential Jazz Tune of All Time

I just refinished reading Range by David Epstein and one section of the book talks about the value of self-learning on a wide range of musical instruments, particularly in the fields of jazz and folk music. Epstein offered several examples of successful jazz musicians who followed unconventional paths on the road to success: Jack Cecchini, … Continue reading Music Monday: The Quintessential Jazz Tune of All Time

Why Does It Sometimes Take a Funeral to Really Get to Know Someone?

Today I attended a beautiful memorial service for my sister's mother-in-law, affectionately known to most people as Iris. I first met Iris about 40 years ago, which meant she was in her early 50s at the time. Obviously, I knew nothing about the first 50 years of Iris's life. And I really did not get … Continue reading Why Does It Sometimes Take a Funeral to Really Get to Know Someone?

Wowed Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2019

For the past several years, I have had my freshmen business students create vision boards, and then in three to four minutes, present his or her vision board to the class. The whole process takes three days of class time, but it is well worth it. All I can say after having watched the presentations … Continue reading Wowed Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2019

Music Monday: Country Music Trio MAMADEAR (you gottahear)

I'm going to keep the words to a minimum with this post, and let the music of MAMADEAR do most of the talking. I'll start with the song "Steal Away" that I discovered thanks once again to the wonderful Coti Howell at Nashville Noise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9jFHbM9hHA All I could say when I first saw it was … Continue reading Music Monday: Country Music Trio MAMADEAR (you gottahear)

Now This Is My Kind of Genius

Every year, the MacArthur Foundation selects between 20 and 30 individuals as MacArthur Fellows, commonly referred to as Genius Grant winners. The MacArthur Fellows Program is intended to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. In keeping with this purpose, the Foundation awards fellowships directly to individuals rather than through … Continue reading Now This Is My Kind of Genius

Is This the Key to Motivating My Students? No More Mr. Nice Guy?!

If you were to watch the two videos below, which one do you think would be more effective at motivating the players? (second video has some NSFW language). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwpTj_Z9v-c https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biZlEtaXbw8 In the first video, Coach Herb Brooks attempts to motivate the players in a positive, encouraging way. In the second video, Coach John Tortorella attempts … Continue reading Is This the Key to Motivating My Students? No More Mr. Nice Guy?!