Oxford Dictionary’s Word(s) of the Year

Every year since 2004, Oxford Dictionary has announced its choice for Word of the Year. According to Wikipedia, the Word of the Year need not have been coined within the past twelve months but it does need to have become prominent or notable during that time. There is no guarantee that the Word of the … Continue reading Oxford Dictionary’s Word(s) of the Year

At Least I Learned a Few Things from the Drawn-Out Election

While I spent way too much time the past few days checking CNN, 538, Fox News, and Twitter for updates about the results of the election, I did learn a few civic-related things along the way. First, I don't think I'll ever forget that a Presidential candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win the election. … Continue reading At Least I Learned a Few Things from the Drawn-Out Election

The Third Time Is a Charm

I just finished watching President-Elect Joe Biden's speech from Wilmington, Delaware. I thought it was a wonderful speech; inspirational, emotional, and optimistic. I wish him and Kamala Harris the best of luck. Here is the full text of the speech, as prepared for delivery (the video is at the end): My fellow Americans, the people … Continue reading The Third Time Is a Charm

I’m Glad This Only Happens Every Four Years

I don't know why I do this to myself, but I can't pull myself away from watching the election returns. I know it's still way too early to call the election at this point (10:30 pm), but I am still feeling quite anxious. And the different way votes are coming in from the various states … Continue reading I’m Glad This Only Happens Every Four Years

Music Monday: Sesame Street, PBS Kids, and Schoolhouse Rock Working to Get Out the Vote

It may not be quite true that everything we need to know we learned in kindergarten, but we certainly learned a lot at such a young age. Here are three short songs (one minute each) about voting that are geared towards the younger crowd, but they are good reminders for all of us. Here's a … Continue reading Music Monday: Sesame Street, PBS Kids, and Schoolhouse Rock Working to Get Out the Vote

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

This post is in response to a comment from a fellow blogger, Margy, on my recent post, "This Is What Good Neighbors Look Like." Here's part of her comment: "By the way, have you ever blogged about this President's administration's achievements?" Here was my response: Margy, your comment really made me think. I’ve just spent … Continue reading Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

Wowed Again, Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2020.

For the past several years, I have had my freshmen business students create vision boards, and then in three to five minutes, present his or her vision board to the class. The whole process takes three days of class time (spread over three weeks), but it is well worth it. All I can say after … Continue reading Wowed Again, Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2020.

The Bradley Effect and the Spiral of Silence

A few days ago I wrote about a phenomenon known as the Streisand Effect. According to Wikipedia, the Streisand Effect is an example of psychological reactance, wherein once people are aware that some information is being kept from them, they are significantly more motivated to access and spread that information. After that post, my wife told … Continue reading The Bradley Effect and the Spiral of Silence

This Is What Good Neighbors Look Like

The Wall Street Journal had a wonderful article today (written by Clare Ansberry) about two next-door neighbors in Pittsburgh who are on opposing sides when it comes to the upcoming Presidential election but still remain the best of friends. It is one of the most uplifting stories I have read in the paper in a … Continue reading This Is What Good Neighbors Look Like

The Streisand Effect

The Streisand Effect does not refer to the fact that it seems like everything Barbra got involved with became a huge success. She is, after all, one of the few people to have won the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) awards. The Streisand Effect relates to a 2003 lawsuit in which Streisand claimed that … Continue reading The Streisand Effect