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

Lost in Translation

This is the third post I've gotten from reading Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life by Rory Sutherland, and the second time I'm using the quote copy feature of my Kindle app. Here's the paragraph that captured my attention:  I had never heard of this translation … Continue reading Lost in Translation

Music Monday: The Music of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tonight’s post is a reblog of one I wrote two years ago as a Music Monday that featured the music related to Martin Luther King, Jr. There are a few reasons for reblogging this old post. First, I think it’s a nice way to pay tribute to one of our greatest heroes. Second, the old … Continue reading Music Monday: The Music of Martin Luther King, Jr.

These Words from Four Years Ago Seem Just as Relevant Today

A few days ago I wrote a post in which I mentioned that this semester I will be teaching in the same room where I had the chance to meet Michael Bloomberg, about four years ago. Shortly afterward, I went back and read the post I had written about my meeting with Bloomberg. Bloomberg was … Continue reading These Words from Four Years Ago Seem Just as Relevant Today

Looking Forward to Sunrise on the Capitol

*image from I Hit The Button

Should Star Athletes and Other Influencers Have Early Access to the COVID-19 Vaccine?

It’s an interesting question posed by reporters Louise Radnofsky and Ben Cohen in a story they have written for the Wall Street Journal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s distribution playbook deems communication efforts essential but doesn’t prescribe how they should be handled. A spokeswoman for California’s public health department said: “We have not yet … Continue reading Should Star Athletes and Other Influencers Have Early Access to the COVID-19 Vaccine?

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