Like many organizations, Villanova's default email system is Microsoft Outlook as part of MS Office 365. Over the years, the spam filtering capabilities of Outlook seem to have gotten better. When an email is flagged as being potential spam, it is filtered into either a Junk Folder or a Quarantine folder. I wasn't quite sure … Continue reading This Microsoft Office 365 Feature Sums Up the Current State of Politics in the U.S. Pretty Well
Music Monday: Heavy Metal and Hijabs
I'm always grateful when a fellow blogger suggests a possible topic for one of my posts, since many days I have trouble coming up with an idea. So a big thank you to Jeff Cann at the wonderfully eclectic blog, The Other Stuff, for the inspiration for this week's Music Monday. My guess is that … Continue reading Music Monday: Heavy Metal and Hijabs
Seriously? You’ve Got Nothing Better to Teach Your Students?!
My wife let me know about this outrageous behavior. A preschool teacher in Norco, California was caught on film leading a political chant in which the 4 and 5-year-old students were calling for President Joe Biden to leave office. The video lasts only about eight seconds. You can hear a teacher asking the students, "Who's … Continue reading Seriously? You’ve Got Nothing Better to Teach Your Students?!
A Wonderfully Entertaining, and Educational, High School Play
My wife and I left the theater in awe tonight, saying to each other, "I can't believe that was a high school play!" The couple we were with had the same reaction. We had just watched Anastasia, a play based on an animated film of the same name from 1997. which was then made into … Continue reading A Wonderfully Entertaining, and Educational, High School Play
That Was, Simply Put, Reprehensible Behavior
It wasn't as bad as January 6, 2021, but man, was it terrible. I don't even want to mention their names, but two members of the U.S. House of Representatives embarrassed themselves, and our nation, during President Biden's State of the Union Speech last night. One of the reps yelled out at Biden, while the … Continue reading That Was, Simply Put, Reprehensible Behavior
Despite Survey Results, Families Still Gather During the Holidays
Ritual Zero Proof recently sponsored a survey of 2,000 Americans over the age of 21 regarding family gatherings during the holidays. The results are "sobering": 60 percent dread going to such gatherings. 63 percent agree that there’s always one family member who takes things too far when it comes to “indulging” during the holidays. 58 … Continue reading Despite Survey Results, Families Still Gather During the Holidays
Where Should You Live?
The New York Times Opinion editors have created a website that will help you find places in the United States that best suit what you are looking for in terms of potentially multiple criteria. Here is the link: Where Should You Live? The choices are grouped into four categories: Lifestyle (17 choices) Climate (6 choices) … Continue reading Where Should You Live?
Music Monday: Rising Country Duo, the Dries, Performs “Dolly Would”
Music can bring out many emotions, but I think my favorite kind of music is the type that just makes me feel good. And that's what the song in the week's post did for me. Dolly Would, a song written and performed by The Nashville-based husband-and-wife country duo of Katelyn and Derek Drye, pays tribute … Continue reading Music Monday: Rising Country Duo, the Dries, Performs “Dolly Would”
Music Monday: Practicing What I Preach?
Last year I wrote a post, "What Would Cause You to Stop Being a Fan of Someone or Something?"in which I wondered what I would do if somebody or some team or some company that I was a fan of did something I totally disagreed with, whether it’s a political stance they take or breaking … Continue reading Music Monday: Practicing What I Preach?
Sorry. No Scholarship for You. You’re Too Slow at Jumping Rope.
In 2014, Chinese authorities introduced physical-education requirements that included a national jump-rope exam for boys and girls from first through sixth grades. To pass, students must complete minimum numbers of skips a minute, and failure can trip up an otherwise promising academic trajectory. Top officials see the activity as an accessible, low-cost way to help … Continue reading Sorry. No Scholarship for You. You’re Too Slow at Jumping Rope.