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?

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

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

Music Monday: Comparing Top 500 Song Countdowns Across the U.S.A. (and the World)

It's been a tradition where I grew up, in the Philly suburbs, for a local radio station, WMGK, to play a list of the top 500 songs, as voted by listeners, over the Memorial Day weekend. This year the station replayed the list for the New Year, and I was surprised to hear that Stairway … Continue reading Music Monday: Comparing Top 500 Song Countdowns Across the U.S.A. (and the World)

So How Did These Predictions for 2020 Work Out?

Grace Hauck, a reporter for USA Today, put together an interesting story that looked at 20 predictions that were supposed to have taken place by 2020. I won't go over each one since you can read the full article for that. I thought I'd just take a look at a few of the more interesting … Continue reading So How Did These Predictions for 2020 Work Out?

The Toughest Position in Sports?

I was watching the Eagles-Giants football game the other day and it struck me how incredibly difficult the quarterback's job is. There are only 32 NFL starting quarterbacks in the world, giving you a sense of the rarefied position they hold. Here are some of the challenges associated with the position: The quarterback has to … Continue reading The Toughest Position in Sports?

Are You Smarter Than a 15-Year Old? Depends What Country the 15-Year Old Is From

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD ) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) examines what 15-year old students know in reading, mathematics, and science, and what they can do with what they know. It provides the most comprehensive and rigorous international assessment of student learning outcomes to date. Results from PISA indicate the … Continue reading Are You Smarter Than a 15-Year Old? Depends What Country the 15-Year Old Is From

It Only Took Me 50 Years to Realize There Was a Pattern, Every Year

Thanksgiving is a day full of tradition, from giving thanks, to visiting relatives, to the food that is served, to watching one or more NFL games. Today was no exception. We had a wonderful today with my wife's family, filled with lots of food, fun, and football. But when I got home and started thinking … Continue reading It Only Took Me 50 Years to Realize There Was a Pattern, Every Year

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?