I Think I May Need to Move to Belgium for a While

It was a mid-afternoon, early evening snack that oftentimes ended up being my dinner for the day when we stayed in London a couple of years ago. Of course, I'm talking about beer and french fries (or chips as they call them in England). I know french fries aren't the healthiest food in the world, … Continue reading I Think I May Need to Move to Belgium for a While

Music Monday: Who Do These People Think They Are? Dozens of Outrageous Rider Requests (Including Mine)

According to Wikipedia, a rider is a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance, which are typically fulfilled by the hosting venue. More specifically, a┬áhospitality rider is a list of requests for the comfort of the artist on the day of the show. Common requests include: Specific foods and … Continue reading Music Monday: Who Do These People Think They Are? Dozens of Outrageous Rider Requests (Including Mine)

Where Is Everyone?

We took another stroll around Villanova's campus today. The photo above shows one of the most heavily traveled parts of campus when school is in session. Normally at this time of the year, there would be hundreds of students walking on the paths, perhaps a few students tossing a football or frisbee back and forth, … Continue reading Where Is Everyone?

From Nation to Neighborhood: Crisis Brings Out the Best in People

We were out walking our dog in between raindrops today, and we came across the Little Free Library stand shown above, one of a couple in our neighborhood. But as you can see, this one doesn't just have books. It has something that is in limited supply, with seemingly unlimited demand. For someone to sacrifice … Continue reading From Nation to Neighborhood: Crisis Brings Out the Best in People

Too Soon? A Little Bit of Covid-19 Humor

In the midst of all the negative news about covid-19, some people have managed to poke fun at it. So I thought I'd share a small number of video clips I've seen that I thought were pretty funny. If you think it's too soon, well here's what a couple of famous comic writers have to … Continue reading Too Soon? A Little Bit of Covid-19 Humor

Thanks to Zoom, I Actually Enjoyed a Meeting

Today was the first time I've used the software program Zoom to be part of a meeting. Given the current state of affairs, my guess is that many people are also using Zoom, or a similar program, for the first time. Zoom can be used for business meetings, teacher/student interactions, or to simply stay in … Continue reading Thanks to Zoom, I Actually Enjoyed a Meeting

From Thanks to Rants

In yesterday's post, I expressed my gratitude to all the wonderful people who made our time in Singapore so special. While those good feelings will last a long time, the things I noticed on my trip home today did bring me down a bit from my SIngaporean high. Since "they" say it's a good idea … Continue reading From Thanks to Rants

To the People of SIngapore – Thank You!

It's our last day in Singapore, and to say we have loved it here would be a misunderestimate (hat tip to President Bush!) As we sat having our last teh and kaya toast at the corner cafe this morning, I reflected on all the wonderful people whose paths we have crossed that made this such … Continue reading To the People of SIngapore – Thank You!

My Phone and I Are Lost Without the World of Sports…

A few days ago I did some organizing on my cell phone, trying to reduce both the number of apps I have as well as consolidate similar apps into groups to cut down on the number of screens I have. I was able to go from six screens to two, and I only left a … Continue reading My Phone and I Are Lost Without the World of Sports…

You Can Tell When the End of Your Trip Is Near

My wife, son, and I have been blessed to spend the last ten weeks in Singapore as part of a teaching opportunity I had with a group of Villanova students. We go home this weekend, and we are trying to make the most of our last couple of days here by jamming in as much … Continue reading You Can Tell When the End of Your Trip Is Near