I Knew It Was Good, but I Didn’t Know It Was Also Good for You

It usually happens every summer. I get obsessed with watermelon, and it just kicked in again this past week. It is my favorite fruit, and it just seems to go hand in hand with summer, like Mungo Jerry. But little did I know how good it was for your health. Here are nine benefits of … Continue reading I Knew It Was Good, but I Didn’t Know It Was Also Good for You

Am I As Creative as a Kindergarten Student?

Last week, Brad Osbourne, the poet laureate of WordPress at commonsensiblyspeaking, shared a style of poetry known as a Diamante poem, as part of his weekly Whittled Words series. Here is the format of such a poem: A diamante poem is a 7-line poem that looks like a diamond. It can be used to describe … Continue reading Am I As Creative as a Kindergarten Student?

Choose Your Own Adventure

I remember when our oldest son was around 10 years old how much he enjoyed the Choose Your Own adventures series of books. Here's a description from Wikipedia: Choose Your Own Adventure, or Secret Path Books is a series of children's gamebooks where each story is written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of … Continue reading Choose Your Own Adventure

OK, You Heard It Here First. It Was Me.

Given how much the WordPress blogging community means to me, I wanted you to be the first ones to know. It was me. The Wall Street Journal has an article in this week's Mansion section with the headline: Mystery Buyer Pays $157.5 Million for Two Condos on New York’s Billionaires’ Row Well, mystery solved. I … Continue reading OK, You Heard It Here First. It Was Me.

Learning from Our Mistakes

Seth Godin had a wonderful post earlier this week. Titled Lessons learned the hard way, Godin talks about the value of learning from our mistakes. Here is the full post: It will be a long time before I spell “handkerchief” incorrectly. That’s because in third grade, I lost the entry round of the spelling bee … Continue reading Learning from Our Mistakes

Dear Spammers: How About Just a Little Bit of Effort

Just about every bloggerhas gotten a comment similar to the following: "Hello sir/madam your website looks awesome please help me out to create like this. My website is.... Thank you for your support" Usually, I pay no attention to such comments, but this one stood out because of the salutation. I don't know if this … Continue reading Dear Spammers: How About Just a Little Bit of Effort

Is There Room for Another Dad Who Knows How to Do Stuff?

Rob Kenney’s father left him and his seven siblings when he was fourteen years old, and the youngest had to fend for themselves. He wished that he had someone who could teach him the basics—how to tie a tie, jump-start a car, unclog a drain, use tools properly—as well as succeed in life. But he … Continue reading Is There Room for Another Dad Who Knows How to Do Stuff?

Friday Fallacy: If By Whiskey

This may or may not become a  semi-regular feature on Fridays. It depends on how many fallacies I find interesting enough to write about. I have been fascinated by the world of behavioral economics for several years now, and always enjoy learning something new, especially when it comes to our cognitive biases. Dan Ariely mentioned … Continue reading Friday Fallacy: If By Whiskey

Dear Students: Cheating Is Disgusting

This post was inspired by the following Dan Ariely letter of advice: Dear Dan, Our neighborhood park has seen a surge in litter and trash. As chair of our neighborhood association, I was thinking of putting up signs, informing people about this issue and reminding them to please use the trash cans. Can you think … Continue reading Dear Students: Cheating Is Disgusting

Some Striking Financial Disparities Between Black and White Americans

CNN recently had a story that used four charts to show the financial disparity between Black and White Americans. I think this is worth sharing so that as many people as possible are aware of such disparities. Awareness of a problem is often the first step needed before working towards a solution. As they say, … Continue reading Some Striking Financial Disparities Between Black and White Americans