How Do I Say “ough”? Let Me Count the Ways

Thanks to my sister Trish for sending me the idea for today's blog. She tagged me on Facebook with the following post: The letter sequence "ough" can be pronounced eight different ways. The following sentence contains them all "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he … Continue reading How Do I Say “ough”? Let Me Count the Ways

I Guess the Eighth Time Is the Charm

I probably know the first 100 pages of The Three Musketeers as well as the author, Alexandre Dumas. Over the past few years, I have started the book multiple times, only to get distracted from it for a variety of reasons. Every time I went to start reading it again, I would have to start … Continue reading I Guess the Eighth Time Is the Charm

I’m a Sucker for Good Customer Service

This past Saturday was Independent Bookstore Day, so my wife and I decided to stop in at Main Point Books in Wayne, PA. It's a great bookstore, with a nice selection of books, but more importantly, an owner and staff who care about their customers and know their product. I went in looking for a … Continue reading I’m a Sucker for Good Customer Service

Seriously? How Could Anyone Forget The First Spelling Rule Most of Us Learned?

There it was, staring me in the face. My wife and I had just turned on the TV to watch ABC World News Tonight, and during the intro the screen flashed the letter that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller had sent to Attorney General William Barr. The first thing I noticed was the misspelling, sticking out … Continue reading Seriously? How Could Anyone Forget The First Spelling Rule Most of Us Learned?

The 2019 Drunk Shopping Census (Yes, There Is Such a Survey)

Another club that I'm not part of. But this time, I'm actually happy to be excluded. Tech and business newsletter The Hustle surveyed more than 2,000 alcohol-drinking adults about their online shopping behavior and found that on average, shoppers spent more than $400 per year on items bought while intoxicated. Based on that response, The Hustle … Continue reading The 2019 Drunk Shopping Census (Yes, There Is Such a Survey)

Thanks to Harlan Coben, Now I Know What It’s Like to Be My Dog

I'm sure our dog is no different than most dogs. When it's time to eat, she can barely contain herself. She starts spinning around, jumping up on us, pawing at the door where we keep her food, and running around the kitchen. It's the highlight of her day. But then it's over so quickly. She wolfs … Continue reading Thanks to Harlan Coben, Now I Know What It’s Like to Be My Dog

Best Stories from the Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition

Welcome to another edition of the occasional post highlighting the best stories of the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal. The Right Way to Choose a College Denise Pope, co-founder of Challenge Success, a research and advocacy group at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, conducted an extensive review of the academic literature on whether the brand name … Continue reading Best Stories from the Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition

Nashenal Grammer Deigh

I'm two days late with this post, but you know what they say about better late... March 4 was National Grammar Day, which was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG) and author of Things That Make Us [Sic]. This year, National Grammar Day is hosted by Mignon … Continue reading Nashenal Grammer Deigh

There’s a Poem for That

I have found TED-Ed to be a great source of educational lessons presented in an easy to use set of animated videos. If you are not familiar with TED-Ed, here is a description from its web site: TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers … Continue reading There’s a Poem for That

Things That Make Life Worth Living

As I was cutting up our weekly purchase of a dozen bagels so that we could freeze them, I realized how much I loved having a bagel slicer (or as Amazon calls it, a bagel guillotine). We've only had it for about a year, but now I can't remember how we were able to live without … Continue reading Things That Make Life Worth Living