Porches = Eyebrows. Let Me Explain.

I remember 30 plus years ago when my wife and I were looking for our first home my wife had a couple of basic features she wanted in a home. One of those items was a front porch. And I'll admit I wanted one as well. Well, we are still living in the first house … Continue reading Porches = Eyebrows. Let Me Explain.

What Book Has Had the Biggest Impact on You?

That was a question all of our incoming freshmen had to answer as part of a summer reading assignment. I just finished reading all of my students' answers, and I found the responses fascinating, so I thought I would share those responses on my blog. As you might expect, given that there were over 100 … Continue reading What Book Has Had the Biggest Impact on You?

These Endurance Guys Are Literally Fueled by Plants, Part Two

Last week I mentioned the autobiographies of Scott Jurek and Rich Roll, two incredible endurance athletes who realized their success while eating a plant-based, vegan diet. Their books were two of the five books that I had reviewed as part of my first attempt at blogging, Sportsographies. Part One from last week featured my original … Continue reading These Endurance Guys Are Literally Fueled by Plants, Part Two

How to Increase Your Intellectual Humility

I am grateful, once again, for Dan Pink and his biweekly Pinkcast. The content is short and sweet, and always contains a nugget or two of useful, actionable information. Today's Pinkcast is no different. According to Dan, Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman once said that if he could wave a magic wand and eliminate a single … Continue reading How to Increase Your Intellectual Humility

I’ll Never Complain about My Job, or My Life, Again

I just finished reading The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, and to sum it up in one word, wow. Many people may have read The Jungle in high school; it seems to be a popular choice on school reading lists. Somehow, I got out of school without ever having read it. But I'm glad I read … Continue reading I’ll Never Complain about My Job, or My Life, Again

Greatest Sports Book Ever? Ball Four – the Twentieth Anniversary Edition by Jim Bouton

This is a repost of the second entry in my first short-lived attempt at blogging back in 2012. The link to the original post can be found here. No site dedicated to reviewing sports biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs would be complete without a review of Ball Four. I grew up loving baseball and could recite … Continue reading Greatest Sports Book Ever? Ball Four – the Twentieth Anniversary Edition by Jim Bouton

Blogging and Streaking: Godin, Wilson, and Kanigan

Seth Godin notes that today is the 11th year in a row of daily posts to his blog. He estimates that this amounts to nearly 5,000,000 words since his first post twenty years ago, and he hasn’t missed a day since 2008. He writes: "Streaks require commitment at first, but then the commitment turns into … Continue reading Blogging and Streaking: Godin, Wilson, and Kanigan

Challenge Accepted: Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – Rock Star

Last week, a fellow blogger and educator, Norah Colvin, commented on a post I had written about the "spotlight effect", suggesting that "a story based on this would be perfect for the ‘rock star’ prompt at the Flash Fiction Challenge at  Carrot Ranch this week." I wasn't familiar with Flash Fiction or Carrot Ranch, but … Continue reading Challenge Accepted: Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – Rock Star

Foul: The Connie Hawkins Story by David Wolfe

About a week ago I wrote about my early attempts at blogging. My first venture into blogging involved creating a web site, sportsographies.blogspot.com, which would entail writing book reviews of sports-related biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. The venture only lasted about two months and included just five book reviews. Since I want to get all of … Continue reading Foul: The Connie Hawkins Story by David Wolfe

A Look Back at My First Attempts at Blogging

I started this blog on January 1, 2015 (here's that first post), and haven't missed a day since. The original intent was to see if I was up to the challenge of posting every day for 31 days. When I got to 31 days I said to myself why not try for 50 days, which … Continue reading A Look Back at My First Attempts at Blogging