A Clean Sweep for “They”

It was a big year for the word "They". The word was chosen by Merriam-Webster as the word of the year for 2019 and by the American Dialect Society as word of the decade. Ben Zimmer, chair of the American Dialect Society’s New Words Committee and language columnist for the Wall Street Journal, noted a growing … Continue reading A Clean Sweep for “They”

Veganuary Can Be a Game Changer

It's that time of the year when people are starting to set goals for the New Year. One popular goal is to be healthier, so I thought I'd share some information on one initiative that focuses not only on being healthier, but also more compassionate, and more environmentally friendly. Veganuary is a UK-based non-profit organization … Continue reading Veganuary Can Be a Game Changer

I Always Knew the Rich Were Different Than the Rest of Us

Wellness Heaven recently conducted a survey of 1,157 hoteliers about which items are most commonly stolen from hotels. The chart below shows that the most commonly stolen items were what one would expect - towels, bathrobes, pens, etc. But what's surprising were some of the other items that were stolen - TV sets, phones, and … Continue reading I Always Knew the Rich Were Different Than the Rest of Us

Mattress Madness

Today's Wall Street Journal had a story by Stephanie Yang that looked at the world of online mattress sales, and how people try to scam the system. Many online mattress firms offer "free" trial periods during which customers can try out a mattress. The customer typically pays for the mattress upfront and gets a full … Continue reading Mattress Madness

‘Tis the Season, for Crying?

I don't know if it's the sentimental nature of the holiday season, but I've had tears streaming down my face three times this week. I've written many times about how much I like TV commercials, particularly at this time of the year. Many companies are starting to release their holiday ads, and many of you … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season, for Crying?

Music Monday: Selected Songs from the Wonderful Film, The Peanut Butter Falcon

My wife and I had the chance to watch a wonderful movie this past weekend, The Peanut Butter Falcon. I highly recommend it. Here's the movie summary from Rotten Tomatoes, where it scored a 95% on the Tomatometer and 96% on the Audience Score: A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON … Continue reading Music Monday: Selected Songs from the Wonderful Film, The Peanut Butter Falcon

Here’s How to Show Support for Your Favorite Political Party

Reporters Suzanne Kapner and Dante Chinni had a fascinating story in this week's Wall Street Journal that looked at the consumer behavior patterns of Republicans vs. Democrats, and how those patterns have changed over the years. The Journal analyzed 15 years of consumer surveys conducted by MRI-Simmons, a research firm. The research, which studied 2,528 … Continue reading Here’s How to Show Support for Your Favorite Political Party

Twelve Traits I Look for in a President

These twelve traits are in no particular order, although I would probably say the first one is the most important one for me: kindness wisdom humility collaborative fairness compassion honesty sense of humor enthusiasm creative peaceful sense of gratitude To me, character matters, a lot, in our leaders. I think it would be impossible to … Continue reading Twelve Traits I Look for in a President

Hot Chicken in the City. (Growing Wild and Sitting Pretty).

I came up with the first part of the title for this post based on a case competition we had today for our students. When I said the name of the company to myself (Hot Chicken Takeover), the first thought that came to my mind was Nick Gilder's song, "Hot Child in the City", but … Continue reading Hot Chicken in the City. (Growing Wild and Sitting Pretty).

College Not For You? Then You Need to Read This.

Back in 2016, I wrote an homage to community colleges, and I wrote a follow-up in 2017. In those posts, I described community colleges as the crown jewel of our post-secondary educational system, and noted that "If you believe in the power of education to change people’s lives, then you’d be hard-pressed to find a … Continue reading College Not For You? Then You Need to Read This.