I am one of the world's unhandiest men (the image above is not my handiwork, but it could have been). It goes back to high school when I scored a 7 out of 100 on the Armed Forces Aptitude test for General Mechanical Ability. I've used that as an excuse not to fix anything for … Continue reading How I Used WordPress and YouTube to Replace Our Bathroom Exhaust Fan
The headline above was a recent essay prompt as part of the college admissions process for the University of Chicago. It seems like it would be a fun essay to work on, but to me, it seems crazy that perhaps such a question could carry more weight than the results of standardized math and verbal … Continue reading So Where Is Waldo, Really?
Today, I was at the University of Penn Dental School's wonderful White Coat ceremony for the son of a cousin of a cousin (with an opening line like that, I know I've got you on the edge of your seat). The keynote speaker was the Reverend Chaz Lattimore Howard, the University Chaplain and Vice President … Continue reading A Perfect Setting for a Classic Joke
There's a good chance this will be my last blog post, or at least my last one for quite a while. I'm a bit overwhelmed with work this semester, and with blogging taking up about two to three hours of my day, I need to cut back. So a big thank you to all of … Continue reading This May Be the End of My Streak
I think most of us would agree that doing a good deed is doubly good. Good for us, and good for the person we are doing it for. But is there a way to make a good deed even more effective? Apparently, there is. And Dan Pink has a short video about it. https://fast.wistia.net/embed/iframe/c026r83113 Research … Continue reading Getting the Most Out of Your Good Deeds
While last night's Academy Awards were overshadowed by some shameful behavior, there were some wonderful moments. I was happy to see CODA win two Oscars, one for Best Movie and one for Best Supporting Actor, Troy Kotsur. Kotsur, who is deaf, was greeted with silent applause, as shown in the video below: https://youtu.be/O2FvECYsmsk?t=45 a great … Continue reading Music Monday: And the Winner Is…
The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article about how a small group of retirement-age Americans are rejecting traditional ideas about retirement in favor of growing old in major urban metropolises. While many people think of big cities as having crowded, dirty streets and crammed subway cars, many retirees are finding that these big cities … Continue reading Retiring to the Big City?
Below is the second post I wrote, more than seven years ago. Back then I was questioning what my passion in life was, what my purpose was. Well, now I'm 64 years old, and I don't think I'm any closer to discovering my purpose and passion than I was back in 2015. I am still … Continue reading Finding My Passion, Updated
Looking for that unique gift for someone special? Cameo may be the answer. Cameo is the leading marketplace connecting fans directly with tens of thousands of pop culture personalities in the form of customized video messages, live video calls, and direct messages. Founded in March 2017 by Steven Galanis, Devon Townsend, and Martin Blencowe, Cameo’s … Continue reading Is This the Ultimate Gift for Those Who Have Everything?
My wife let me know about this outrageous behavior. A preschool teacher in Norco, California was caught on film leading a political chant in which the 4 and 5-year-old students were calling for President Joe Biden to leave office. The video lasts only about eight seconds. You can hear a teacher asking the students, "Who's … Continue reading Seriously? You’ve Got Nothing Better to Teach Your Students?!