Music Monday: It’s Not Really Music, But It Was Music to My Ears

I received the following email today: "Bruce Springsteen joins President Barack Obama for a new original podcast Renegades: Born In The USA, available now on Spotify. Renegades  is an eight-episode podcast featuring a deep and revealing conversation between the two friends, exploring a wide array of topics including race, fatherhood, marriage, and the state of … Continue reading Music Monday: It’s Not Really Music, But It Was Music to My Ears

Should a 15-Year Old Spend 68 Years in Jail?

Joe Ligon, believed to be the oldest and longest-serving juvenile lifer in the United States, has been released from a Pennsylvania prison after spending nearly seven decades behind bars. And all I can say, it's about time. Ligon was incarcerated in February 1953 at the age of 15, given a mandatory life sentence after pleading … Continue reading Should a 15-Year Old Spend 68 Years in Jail?

My Favorite Moment from the Inauguration Ceremonies

There were many highlights from the past couple of days of inauguration ceremonies, including the performances by Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, and Amanda Gorman. But I think my favorite was a simple tweet from President Joe Biden: https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1351918910199631872

Music Monday: The Music of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tonight’s post is a reblog of one I wrote two years ago as a Music Monday that featured the music related to Martin Luther King, Jr. There are a few reasons for reblogging this old post. First, I think it’s a nice way to pay tribute to one of our greatest heroes. Second, the old … Continue reading Music Monday: The Music of Martin Luther King, Jr.

These Words from Four Years Ago Seem Just as Relevant Today

A few days ago I wrote a post in which I mentioned that this semester I will be teaching in the same room where I had the chance to meet Michael Bloomberg, about four years ago. Shortly afterward, I went back and read the post I had written about my meeting with Bloomberg. Bloomberg was … Continue reading These Words from Four Years Ago Seem Just as Relevant Today

Looking Forward to Sunrise on the Capitol

*image from I Hit The Button

The Top 10 Foreign Films and Series Being Watched By Americans on Netflix

Looking to add some international flare to your TV series and movie watching? Netflix has released its list of the top 10 films and series being watched by Americans on Netflix. Ellen Gamerman at the Wall Street Journal has shared that list, along with a brief synopsis of each. I feel it is my public … Continue reading The Top 10 Foreign Films and Series Being Watched By Americans on Netflix

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

Music Monday: Songs for Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving week and what better way to celebrate Music Monday than by sharing a couple of Thanksgiving related songs. First a little humor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gkmpd3Xp2GM And this Johnny Cash classic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egIB7tYW80M Happy Thanksgiving week!

To plan or not to plan?

Many of Dan Ariely’s recent columns have focused on COVID-19 issues and his current one is no exception. Here’s a question a reader posed: Dear Dan, The holidays are right around the corner, but I’ve been hesitating to make plans to visit family or host a party. The changing Covid-19 situation means that any plan … Continue reading To plan or not to plan?