And the Winner of the Emmy for Best Commercial Is….

Despite my fondness for commercials, I was not aware until yesterday that there is an Emmy award for the best commercial. So of course, I had to check them out. Here were the five finalists (two featuring Apple products): Behind The Mac - Make Something Wonderful - Macbook: Behind the Mac, people with passion are … Continue reading And the Winner of the Emmy for Best Commercial Is….

Ms. Monopoly – Seems Destined to be a Ms., Not a Hit

As soon as I saw the headline, the first thing I did was check the date, to make sure it wasn't an old story from April 1. But no,┬áit was from this week. Toymaker Hasbro announced it was rolling out a new version of its classic Monopoly board game, naming this one Ms. Monopoly. In … Continue reading Ms. Monopoly – Seems Destined to be a Ms., Not a Hit

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?

Using the Veil of Ignorance to Create a Just Society

Today was one of my favorite Saturdays - Dan Ariely's column was in the Wall Street Journal! I'll offer my perspective on his advice in a later post, but what I want to focus on in this post is a phrase which Ariely used that I had not heard of before, the veil of ignorance. … Continue reading Using the Veil of Ignorance to Create a Just Society

Is This the One?

I went to write my blog tonight, but then I heard the news about another mass shooting, this time in Texas. The headline: "5 Dead, 21 injured in Texas shooting". Right below that story was news that gunfire had broken out after a high school football game in Alabama late Friday, leaving 10 teens injured. … Continue reading Is This the One?

Hug Mobsters Aim to Satisfy Skin Hunger

This past weekend I was lucky to catch a local radio show, Flashpoint, while driving in my car. The show is hosted by Cherri Gregg and features debates on hot topics in the news and newsmaker interviews. The story that caught my attention was the segment, "Change Maker of the week". This week's Change Maker … Continue reading Hug Mobsters Aim to Satisfy Skin Hunger

Blinded by the Awesomeness

It's taken nearly 40 years, but I finally have a worthy competitor as my answer to the question, "What's your favorite movie?" Since 1981, it has always been Chariots of Fire, a British historical drama film that tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who … Continue reading Blinded by the Awesomeness

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

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

Freed After 28 Years in Jail, for a Crime He Did Not Commit

I can't imagine what it must have been like. Sentenced to life in jail for a crime you didn't commit. At what point do you just give up, and accept the fact that you are going to spend the rest of your life in jail? Or do you keep fighting, like Chester Hollman III did, … Continue reading Freed After 28 Years in Jail, for a Crime He Did Not Commit