Some Thoughts on Summer Reading Lists for High School Students

This post was triggered by an essay in the Wall Street Journal by author Ann Patchett in which she notes that as children, many of us were forced to consume books over school break; as adults, we can enjoy those assigned classics without the academic burden. Here is the paragraph that resonated with me the … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Summer Reading Lists for High School Students

A Simple, but Powerful, Bedtime Routine

A few years ago, I was in the habit of writing something every day in my online diary, using an app named My Wonderful Days. I still have the app on my iPhone, and as I scroll through my entries, it looks like I started using the app in December 2012, writing something down most … Continue reading A Simple, but Powerful, Bedtime Routine

Writing Is a Symptom of Thinking

The title of this post is the closing line from one of Seth Godin's blog posts this week, Even if it’s not graduation week for you… In the post, Seth encourages his readers to write, to simply write. Even in an age where audiobooks outsell print, AI can turn text into speech, and people scan, … Continue reading Writing Is a Symptom of Thinking

Creating a Book of Small Experiments

Between Dan Pink, Dan Ariely, Adam Grant, and Seth Godin, I've usually got material for about five or six blog posts a month. Add in my Music Monday posts, and I've got 10 posts covered. That still leaves 20 or so ideas that I need to come up with each month, but it's nice when … Continue reading Creating a Book of Small Experiments

I Think I Might Be Part Finn

The Wall Street Journal's A-HED story today was titled, "Small Talk Is Tough for Finns. So They’re Taking Lessons. ‘I Love Your Shirt.’" As soon as I saw the headline, my first thought was that the Finns sounds like my kind of people. The story notes that in Norway's cafes, restaurants, buses, trains, and saunas, … Continue reading I Think I Might Be Part Finn

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)