Happy 35th anniversary!

Our oldest son reminded us that today is the 35th anniversary of the our family’s favorite comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes. He even sent us the first strip from November 18, 1985 in his text message which is shown below: I then went back through my old blog posts and I discovered that I also … Continue reading Happy 35th anniversary!

Is your day sprinkled with time confetti?

Most people think of confetti as associated with some sort of celebration like a parade or wedding. That is not the case with time confetti, a coin termed by Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, to describe all the small scraps of free time she experienced in a … Continue reading Is your day sprinkled with time confetti?

Uh-Oh. I Just Discovered a Feature on my iPad Kindle App…

Some readers of my blog may recall that for my birthday this year I asked my wife and sons to each gift me a book that they really liked. The first book I randomly chose to read was Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life by Rory … Continue reading Uh-Oh. I Just Discovered a Feature on my iPad Kindle App…

How to Sell Your Weird Idea

In his latest Pinkcast, Dan Pink sits with Olga Khazan, a staff writer at The Atlantic and author of Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World. In the interview, Olga talks about what it means to be weird, what the advantages are to being weird, and how such outsiders can advance … Continue reading How to Sell Your Weird Idea

A Day at the Beach!

I can't remember the last time we went an entire summer without going to the beach. The combination of COVID-19 and a revised teaching schedule made it a bit more challenging to plan a visit, but we were finally able to make it down the shore today, even though we missed summer by about five … Continue reading A Day at the Beach!

My Birthday Books

When my family asked me what I would like for my birthday this year, I thought about it for a couple of days and came up with the following: send me a book that you really enjoyed. Well, today was my birthday, and I'm happy to say my family came through with flying colors. Here … Continue reading My Birthday Books

Is Seth Godin Picking on Scrabble Players?

Here was Seth Godin's post from the other day: People who are very good at Scrabble are not more kind, better judges of character, more facile with soft skills, better long-term thinkers, more fun at parties or much of anything except good at Scrabble. (emphasis added) Of course we don’t decide on who should have … Continue reading Is Seth Godin Picking on Scrabble Players?

It Only Took 34 Years for Me to Be the “Cool” Teacher

It was the perfect storm. The weather was forecast to be perfect. Each student has their own portable chair. And I am getting closer and closer to the end of my teaching career. If it was ever going to happen, this seemed like the right time. So I did it. For the first time in … Continue reading It Only Took 34 Years for Me to Be the “Cool” Teacher

Sometimes Comments Are Out of Line

Even though I might sometimes disagree with some of the items they publish, I love the WSJ. Check my blog; dozens of posts I have written over the past five years have been based on something I've read in the Journal. Just ask my students. It's usually how I start off each class, talking about … Continue reading Sometimes Comments Are Out of Line

Reader’s Choice – Choose Your Own Adventure

I was browsing through the Study Finds web site, seeing if there might be something worth writing about, and I was just overwhelmed by the number of possible topics. So rather than pick one and offer my take on the study, I thought I would just share a few headlines and let you pick which … Continue reading Reader’s Choice – Choose Your Own Adventure