What’s Your Desert Island Book?

This post was inspired by a recent post of a fellow blogger, Beth. Beth wrote how yesterday (January 18) was National Thesaurus Day and paid homage to Peter Mark Roget, creator of the famous Roget's Thesaurus. Since I didn't know about his Thesaruas beyond the basics, I went out to Wikipedia and found the following: … Continue reading What’s Your Desert Island Book?

Sometimes, All You Want Is Mom

We were riding a crowded train earlier today, standing next to a young family who had a child in a stroller. The child appeared to be about 18 months old, and at first, seemed content to just sit in the stroller. However, after a couple of minutes, she became upset about something and started crying, … Continue reading Sometimes, All You Want Is Mom

The Hidden Power of the Confused Look

I'd like to say it's taken me 62 years to master having a confused look on my face, but in reality, I think it's the default facial expression I was born with. And while there may be times when having a confused look may not be a good thing (such as when a student asks … Continue reading The Hidden Power of the Confused Look

A Couple of Haikus about Singapore

Still feeling jet lagged It's only seven o'clock Too early for bed Hawkers pushing food The smells are hard to resist Can't wait to go back

Music Monday: Music from the Streets of Singapore

I love street performers of all kinds, but especially jugglers and musicians. Fortunately, when it comes to musicians, Singapore has not disappointed (I'm still keeping an eye out for jugglers...) Right across the street from our apartment there is a large outdoor gathering space at the intersection of three malls. So far, we have come … Continue reading Music Monday: Music from the Streets of Singapore

Some First Impressions of Singapore

Warning: I enjoy reading travel essays where people share their travel experiences. The photos and the writing often make me feel like I am there. I just want to let you know up front, this post will fall far short of those wonderful travelogues. My wife, son, and I are fortunate to be spending the … Continue reading Some First Impressions of Singapore

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

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

There Are Not Many Things Worse Than Running a Marathon. Or Is There?

This weekend is the Philadelphia Marathon, a 26.2 mile run through America's greatest city. Over 30,000 people compete in the race which winds its way through some of the most historic places in the United States. But apparently, it's not for everyone. A poll sponsored by Advil and Harris found that 28% of Americans would … Continue reading There Are Not Many Things Worse Than Running a Marathon. Or Is There?

Six, 6-word stories

It's been a few months since my last attempt at a few six-word stories, so I thought I'd give it another shot. I figure that once I have 100 of them, I can market all the stories as a collection of "some of the worst writing found on the internet". Here we go: Warm classroom. … Continue reading Six, 6-word stories