After Reading This Study, I Just Ordered a Lifetime Supply of Blue Medical Masks

Here's a question for you - of the four faces shown above, which one do you find most attractive? In a recent study, 43 women were asked to judge the attractiveness of a group of 40 men's faces across four scenarios: without a mask, while wearing a cloth mask, while wearing a blue medical face … Continue reading After Reading This Study, I Just Ordered a Lifetime Supply of Blue Medical Masks

I’m Looking Forward to Reading Dan Pink’s New Book: The Power of Regret

Regular readers of my blog (my wife and three sons) know that I have featured Dan Pink quite often in my blog. Dan started a series of bi-weekly Pinkcasts a few years ago, and I believe I have featured every one of those Pinkcasts. I have also read nearly all of Dan's books (I consider … Continue reading I’m Looking Forward to Reading Dan Pink’s New Book: The Power of Regret

Simple but Fun Word Game Goes Viral

I'd never heard of the game until reading today's Wall Street Journal. The name of the game is Wordle, and it was created by John Wardle (seems like he was meant to create such a game). Wordle is a word guessing game that tasks the player with correctly identifying a random five-letter word. You only … Continue reading Simple but Fun Word Game Goes Viral

Best. News. Ever? Dan Ariely Says to “Stop Making Small Talk”

I've written a few times about how uncomfortable I am making small talk. And it doesn't matter if it's someone I know or a complete stranger. So imagine my excitement when I saw the headline for Dan's most recent Wall Street Journal advice column: "Stop Making Small Talk. No One Will Miss It." Here was … Continue reading Best. News. Ever? Dan Ariely Says to “Stop Making Small Talk”

Where’s My Joie de vivre?

Joie de vivre is a French phrase often used in English to express a cheerful enjoyment of life, an exultation of spirit. It "can be a joy of conversation, joy of eating, joy of anything one might do… And joie de vivre may be seen as a joy of everything, a comprehensive joy, a philosophy of life, a Weltanschauung. Robert's Dictionnaire says "joie" … Continue reading Where’s My Joie de vivre?

When Worlds Collide

When worlds collide is one of my favorite expressions. One example that always comes to mind for me is what if Moms Demand Action, a gun rights organization, booked a hotel where there was also a meeting of the NRA taking place? Another example might be a vegan showing up at an all-you-can-eat steakhouse. And … Continue reading When Worlds Collide

Jerry Seinfeld on How to Get a Little Bit Better Every Day

In my opinion, Jerry Seinfeld is one of the greatest comedians of the past 50 years. And while I enjoy his sense of humor, I also like the commitment he seems to show to his craft and his willingness to try new outlets for his work. In these ways, he reminds me a lot of … Continue reading Jerry Seinfeld on How to Get a Little Bit Better Every Day

Is One of The Perks of Being a Teacher Gone Forever?

There was nothing like getting that email at 5:30 in the morning: "NOVA ALERT - Due to weather Villanova University will be closed March 1st." That email offered the opportunity to either go back to sleep or get up and enjoy a nice leisurely morning, drinking a cup of coffee and watching it snow. I am sure the … Continue reading Is One of The Perks of Being a Teacher Gone Forever?

“Your Food Choices Could Not Be Tied to Any One Social Class”*

That was the result of one of those weird online tests that one can take. My middle son sent the link to me, so I thought I would give it a try. You are shown 35 food choices, one at a time, and you are asked whether you would like to eat that food choice … Continue reading “Your Food Choices Could Not Be Tied to Any One Social Class”*

The Complete List of Toys in the Toy Hall of Fame, Including the Latest Inductees

This post is only about seven weeks late, but I guess with it being Christmas time, I've been thinking about toys. On November 4, the Strong National Museum of Play announced the most recent inductees into the toy hall of fame: American Girl Dolls, the board game Risk, and Sand. From the Museum's web site: … Continue reading The Complete List of Toys in the Toy Hall of Fame, Including the Latest Inductees