To the People of SIngapore – Thank You!

It's our last day in Singapore, and to say we have loved it here would be a misunderestimate (hat tip to President Bush!) As we sat having our last teh and kaya toast at the corner cafe this morning, I reflected on all the wonderful people whose paths we have crossed that made this such … Continue reading To the People of SIngapore – Thank You!

Music Monday: The Dixie Chicks Come Roaring Back

Once again, a shout out to Coti Howell at Nashville Noise for providing me with the inspiration for another Music Monday. This past week, Coti wrote about the new album just released by the Dixie Chicks, Gaslighter, which features their latest hit single of the same name. I have to admit I don't know much … Continue reading Music Monday: The Dixie Chicks Come Roaring Back

27 Years Later, Seinfeld Episode More Relevant Than Ever

Back in 1993, George Costanza committed a faux pas that became an instant part of American culture. George was at a funeral and was caught double-dipping his chip, causing a mourner to exclaim, “You double-dipped the chip! You dipped the chip, you took a bite, and you dipped again! That’s like putting your whole mouth … Continue reading 27 Years Later, Seinfeld Episode More Relevant Than Ever

Music Monday: Harry Chapin on Writing, Performing, and Making a Fool of Yourself

Harry Chapin is one of the all-time great singer-songwriters who died way too young. One of my first blog posts five years ago ever was about Harry, and it remains one of my favorite posts. If you don't know much about Harry, that post can get you up to speed. It was my future wife … Continue reading Music Monday: Harry Chapin on Writing, Performing, and Making a Fool of Yourself

Music Monday: Music with a Message

Maybe I'm just lazy. I think I have enough favorite music from the late 60s and 70s to get me through the rest of my life. Plus, many of the artists from back then continued to put out great albums for years, and sometimes decades, later. (one example, of course, is Bruce Springsteen). I'll admit … Continue reading Music Monday: Music with a Message

Does the News Always Have to Be Stressful?

One of the things I was most looking forward to as part of my teaching over in Singapore for a few months was taking a break from what seemed to be the constant bombardment of negative news back in the U.S. Most of that negative news was of a political nature. I know I could … Continue reading Does the News Always Have to Be Stressful?

Music Monday: I Love This Wonderful Thai Tradition

We didn't know what was going on. We were having dinner this past Friday night in Bangkok at the Iconsiam Mall (side note - the most amazing mall I have ever seen) when many people around us all stood up and stopped talking. As a result, we could more clearly hear the music that was … Continue reading Music Monday: I Love This Wonderful Thai Tradition

It Looks Like I’ve Got My Finger on the Pulse of the Nation

For the second time in three years, we had to watch the Super Bowl at an odd hour. Two years ago, we were in London when my hometown Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl. The game didn't start until 11:30 at night, and I'm not a night person. But fortunately, the game was on a … Continue reading It Looks Like I’ve Got My Finger on the Pulse of the Nation

This Would Not End Well in the U.S.

We've been in Singapore for three weeks now, and absolutely loving it. There are obviously lots of things that are different here than back home in the U.S., but I think the picture above says a lot about the differences. We were walking around parts of Chinatown tonight, and most of the stores were closed … Continue reading This Would Not End Well in the U.S.

So How Did These Predictions for 2020 Work Out?

Grace Hauck, a reporter for USA Today, put together an interesting story that looked at 20 predictions that were supposed to have taken place by 2020. I won't go over each one since you can read the full article for that. I thought I'd just take a look at a few of the more interesting … Continue reading So How Did These Predictions for 2020 Work Out?