First, It Was Cutting Out Soap. Now, It’s Cutting Back On Showering?

Back in September, I wrote a post about a small but seemingly growing number of people who have stopped using soap and other such detergents, believing that such products have harmed our skin microbiome. Such harm could lead to an increase in inflammatory skin diseases such as eczema and acne. Sandy Skotnicki, a Toronto-based dermatologist … Continue reading First, It Was Cutting Out Soap. Now, It’s Cutting Back On Showering?

If You Knew You Had Less in Savings Than Your Neighbors, Would You Start Saving More?

Researchers in the Netherlands wanted to find out whether people with a low savings amount would start saving more if they knew they saved less than others in their neighborhood. Providing such info is referred to as a social norm nudge. Such nudges signal appropriate behavior and are classed as behavioral expectations or rules within … Continue reading If You Knew You Had Less in Savings Than Your Neighbors, Would You Start Saving More?

I’m a Big Boy Now

Four weeks ago, I broke both my wrists. A week later, I had surgery on both of them. Last week, I started physical therapy. And today, for the first time in four weeks, I was able to get completely dressed all by myself. My wife, a pre-k teacher, quickly put an end to my bragging … Continue reading I’m a Big Boy Now

Should Star Athletes and Other Influencers Have Early Access to the COVID-19 Vaccine?

It’s an interesting question posed by reporters Louise Radnofsky and Ben Cohen in a story they have written for the Wall Street Journal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s distribution playbook deems communication efforts essential but doesn’t prescribe how they should be handled. A spokeswoman for California’s public health department said: “We have not yet … Continue reading Should Star Athletes and Other Influencers Have Early Access to the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Is This My Chance to Finally Be Charismatic?

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article by Ray Smith, in face-to-face meetings, physical charisma often goes a long way in helping someone get noticed and advance in their career. More reserved or shy types are often at a disadvantage. But physical charisma can be more challenging to replicate online—creating a potentially different pecking … Continue reading Is This My Chance to Finally Be Charismatic?

Get Your Hand Santa-tizer Ready for the Big Guy

Will he be wearing a mask? Will he be using hand sanitizer as he goes from house to house? Will he have to quarantine himself before he starts his journey? Will he have to get a special exemption to be able to fly? I’m sure parents are getting a whole new set of questions about … Continue reading Get Your Hand Santa-tizer Ready for the Big Guy

Thanksgiving Fun Facts: TV Dinners and Mr. Potato Head

In a strange coincidence, I heard two origin stories today, both related to the Thanksgiving holiday. The first has to do with a comment my oldest son made about the creation of TV dinners. According to the most widely accepted account, a Swanson salesman named Gerry Thomas conceived the company’s frozen dinners in late 1953 … Continue reading Thanksgiving Fun Facts: TV Dinners and Mr. Potato Head

Oxford Dictionary’s Word(s) of the Year

Every year since 2004, Oxford Dictionary has announced its choice for Word of the Year. According to Wikipedia, the Word of the Year need not have been coined within the past twelve months but it does need to have become prominent or notable during that time. There is no guarantee that the Word of the … Continue reading Oxford Dictionary’s Word(s) of the Year

LEGOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have written about Legos before, and I consider them the best toy of all time. And I’m sure we’ve all seen elaborate constructions built completely from Legos. But the story I just read on NPR about a 12-year-old boy who builds German football stadiums using Legos added another twist to the awesomeness of these … Continue reading LEGOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks to Seth, I learned a new word that (almost) describes what I do every day

Qarrtsiluni. That was the title of Seth Godin’s blog post today. Here’s the full post: This is the Inuit word for “sitting together in the darkness, quietly, waiting for something creative or important to occur.” Of course, this works. The only difficult part is doing it. We’re buzzy people, inundated with noise, using it to hide … Continue reading Thanks to Seth, I learned a new word that (almost) describes what I do every day