Music Monday: Best Songs for a Funeral

I know, it's not necessarily the most uplifting of topics to write about, but it's amazing what ideas pop into your head when you've got a deadline. I recently wrote about the best songs to accompany graduation, and so I started thinking about other major life events where music can play a key role. My … Continue reading Music Monday: Best Songs for a Funeral

Getting Too Much Fake News on Facebook? Blame Your Conservative Grandparents

Researchers at Princeton and NYU's Social Media and Political Participation Lab examined the individual-level characteristics associated with sharing false articles on Facebook during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Here were some of the results: first and foremost, sharing content was a relatively rare activity. Roughly 1 in 12 users shared fake news stories. Those who shared the most … Continue reading Getting Too Much Fake News on Facebook? Blame Your Conservative Grandparents

Music Monday: The Top 25 Songs That Matter Now

The New York Times recently published, "The Top 25 Songs That Matter Right Now" in an attempt to highlight songs that capture the current mood of our country. The editors note that the songs selected represent a very earnest, very serious desire to find the right reaction to a world that feels tense and high-stakes … Continue reading Music Monday: The Top 25 Songs That Matter Now

A Look at the Future, and the Past. This Year’s Super Bowl Ads.

Now that the dust has settled and you've completely forgotten about the Super Bowl ads from last week, I thought I'd share my thoughts on this year's ads, including my favorites, and not so favorites. We had an ad going back to 1982, and ones looking at a future filled with robots. But before I dive in, … Continue reading A Look at the Future, and the Past. This Year’s Super Bowl Ads.

Sorry, Chevrolet, It Looks Like Two Thumbs Down for Your Latest Commercial

I had seen the commercial a couple of times, but I hadn't really paid too much attention to it. Then I read Harlan Coben's tweet about it: Is it weird that Chevy’s adverising campaign relies on the fact that no one believes Chevy is reliable? — Harlan Coben (@HarlanCoben) January 7, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js So I … Continue reading Sorry, Chevrolet, It Looks Like Two Thumbs Down for Your Latest Commercial

America’s Biggest Fears – and Mine

Every year since 2014, Chapman University has conducted a Survey of American Fears. The results provide an in-depth examination into the fears of average Americans. For the most recent survey (June, 2018), a random sample of 1,190 adults from across the United States was asked their level of fear about ninety-four different phenomena including crime, the … Continue reading America’s Biggest Fears – and Mine

Will I Make It into the Toy Hall of Fame? You May Rely On It.

That was the answer for three toys this year - the Magic 8 Ball, the popular card game Uno, and pinball. The honorees were chosen from a field of 12 finalists that also included American Girl Dolls, chalk, Chutes and Ladders, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Masters of the Universe, sled, tic-tac-toe, Tickle Me Elmo, and Tudor Electric Football. I … Continue reading Will I Make It into the Toy Hall of Fame? You May Rely On It.

And the Winner of America’s Best-Loved Novel Is…

The winner of the Great American Read as America's best-loved novel was no surprise. Once I saw the list come out several months ago, I predicted that it would be the number one book. Despite that prediction, it's not the book I chose as America's best-loved novel. The winner was To Kill a Mockingbird, and it … Continue reading And the Winner of America’s Best-Loved Novel Is…

Cast Your Vote! Voting Ends Thursday (Oct. 18) at Midnight!

I first wrote about The Great American Read, an eight-part PBS series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, back in May.  The show investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what America’s 100 best-loved novels have to say about our diverse nation … Continue reading Cast Your Vote! Voting Ends Thursday (Oct. 18) at Midnight!

Top 365 Songs of the 20th Century

I realize this blog is only about 18 years late in writing about the top songs of the 20th century, but I was not aware that such a list even existed until I read this week that Aretha Franklin's Respect was No. 4 on the list. The list was compiled by the National Endowment for … Continue reading Top 365 Songs of the 20th Century