Today’s Date Brings Back A College Memory

It was 1977, and I was a sophomore in college. Naïve and impressionable would have been two good words to describe me back then. I will never forget seeing the photo below in an issue of High Times magazine, which was dedicated to the culture and legalization of marijuana. I'm not sure who on my … Continue reading Today’s Date Brings Back A College Memory

If Smoking Can Disappear Within the Next Generation, Maybe Guns Can Too…

In 10 to 20 years there could be no smokers left in many markets, according to analysts at Jefferies Financial Group. Governments and tobacco companies are on the same side in this shift, as more countries adopt smoke-free targets and companies push smokers over to reduced-risk products (RRP) such as vaping and oral nicotine. It's … Continue reading If Smoking Can Disappear Within the Next Generation, Maybe Guns Can Too…

A New Job for K-8 Teachers – Spot the Narcissist

Thanks to Adam Grant for sharing this research study. Researchers at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Texas conducted, to their knowledge, the first study of the relationship between narcissism levels and various aspects of leadership in children. They first assessed narcissism levels using the Childhood Narcissism Scale and assessed leadership emergence in … Continue reading A New Job for K-8 Teachers – Spot the Narcissist

Simply Put, This Is Disgusting

I've written about gun control before, sometimes in response to a recent mass shooting, sometimes just to share my thoughts. Of all the hot-button issues we face as a nation, this is my number one. My wife and I have supported Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action through donations, protest marches, and phone calls. … Continue reading Simply Put, This Is Disgusting

WASTJO’s Law Is, Sadly, Alive and Well

I've briefly mentioned Godwin's Law before, an Internet adage which asserts that "as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler becomes more likely. (Wikipedia) I was thinking about that today as I was reading a few stories in the Wall Street Journal. After reading the articels I would then … Continue reading WASTJO’s Law Is, Sadly, Alive and Well

Is This Something to Brag About?

I've been on a crossword puzzle kick lately, after my wife had bought me a book of such puzzles. The puzzles are relatively easy, and only take about 10-15 minutes to complete, at least how I define complete. I might solve 95% of a puzzle and realize there's no way I'll ever solve for the … Continue reading Is This Something to Brag About?

Music Monday: It’s Not Really Music, But It Was Music to My Ears

I received the following email today: "Bruce Springsteen joins President Barack Obama for a new original podcast Renegades: Born In The USA, available now on Spotify. Renegades  is an eight-episode podcast featuring a deep and revealing conversation between the two friends, exploring a wide array of topics including race, fatherhood, marriage, and the state of … Continue reading Music Monday: It’s Not Really Music, But It Was Music to My Ears

Here’s Something You Probably Never Wondered About – the History of Clapping

I heard another great Geico commercial on the radio today, and one of the lines was asking about how clapping ever got started. Why would you celebrate something by hitting yourself, the announcer questioned. It gave me pause, and I wondered "how did clapping originate?" Forty years ago it may have been hard to answer … Continue reading Here’s Something You Probably Never Wondered About – the History of Clapping

Three Cheers for the Ivies

Here was the heading in a Wall Street Journal story today: The Ivy League Is Still on the Sidelines. Wealthy Alumni Are Not Happy. followed by this sub-heading: Billionaire Joe Tsai’s rebuffed offer to fund a lacrosse ‘bubble’ is one sign of how pressure is mounting on the conference that never returned to the field. … Continue reading Three Cheers for the Ivies

My Favorite Moment from the Inauguration Ceremonies

There were many highlights from the past couple of days of inauguration ceremonies, including the performances by Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, and Amanda Gorman. But I think my favorite was a simple tweet from President Joe Biden: https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1351918910199631872