“Quirky” Must Be the WordPress Word of the Day

My post from last night, Music Monday: Revisiting WOTE (Walk Off The Earth), used the word quirky to describe the wonderful Canadian band, Walk Off The Earth. It’s not unexpected that last night’s post is my most viewed post today, with 40 views so far today (and 20 from yesterday). What is surprising is that a … Continue reading “Quirky” Must Be the WordPress Word of the Day

This Blog Post Needs to Get a Lot of Views. Feel Free to Click, Like, and Leave…

My view count is running behind schedule this week. I am on a streak of 10 straight weeks with at least 3,000 views per week. That averages out to about 429 views per day. Currently, it looks like I will end today with slightly less than 1,600 views so far this week, which mean for … Continue reading This Blog Post Needs to Get a Lot of Views. Feel Free to Click, Like, and Leave…

Just Mercy: Streaming for Free During June

Four years ago I wrote about the wonderful book “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption ” by Bryan Stevenson. It is one of the best books I have ever read. The book was made into a Warner Brothers film which was released in December 2019. Here’s a short summary of the movie from … Continue reading Just Mercy: Streaming for Free During June

It’s International Haiku Poetry Day!

I didn't want to write another haiku, but what can I say - it's International Haiku Poetry Day. Thank you to Beth at I Didn't Have My Glasses On for letting me know about this holiday. Observed annually on April 17, it's a day that encourages everyone to try their hand in creativity. For those … Continue reading It’s International Haiku Poetry Day!

Seeing Signs of Hope While Out for a Drive

Today, my wife, son, and I went for about a two-hour car ride, never venturing more than five miles from our house. The purpose of the trip was for my wife to drop off schoolwork for her preschool students. A fellow teacher had put together a driving route, using Mapquest, that configured the best route … Continue reading Seeing Signs of Hope While Out for a Drive

You Call This After-Dinner Entertainment?

I recently finished reading Pride and Prejudice, and I have to admit that while it was an enjoyable read, I much prefer reading a Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, or Lee Child mystery. After all, who can top Myron Bolitar or Harry Bosch or Jack Reacher? Anyway, for whatever reason, there was one brief section in … Continue reading You Call This After-Dinner Entertainment?

Declutter Your Bookshelves with This Two-Minute Tip from Dan Pink

Many of us are looking for something to do while we are stuck at home (not me, mind you; I'm plenty busy with Netflix and walks back and forth to our snack cabinet). But if you're the ambitious type, then this week's Pinkcast may be right up your alley. In this two-minute clip, Dan Pink … Continue reading Declutter Your Bookshelves with This Two-Minute Tip from Dan Pink

I Think We’re Going to Make It…

My wife and I pledged to each other that we would not check our phones, laptops, or the TV for any news today. A full 24-hour news detox. There's only a couple of hours left in the day, so it looks like we are going to make it. Of course, it was near impossible to … Continue reading I Think We’re Going to Make It…

If I Read These Books, Will I Be More Like Mr. Rogers?

Back in 2018, I wrote about my experience of seeing “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”, the documentary about Mister Rogers. The film, which has a 98% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, was phenomenal. I also wrote: To say he was one of the kindest, gentlest men I have ever seen would be an understatement. I also … Continue reading If I Read These Books, Will I Be More Like Mr. Rogers?

Haikus About Blogging

Last week I wrote a post, "The Power of Poetry", and referenced John Paul Lederach, a Mennonite conflict mediator who likes to write meeting notes and trip reports in haiku form. He believes that the act of distilling information to a five-seven-five syllable format is a way to “capture the wonder of the human experience … Continue reading Haikus About Blogging