Some New Year’s Eve Traditions from Around the World

A quick look at some different traditions around the world for New Year's Eve: SCARECROW BURNING (ECUADOR) - Over in Ecuador, many citizens set fire to scarecrows filled with paper at midnight on New Year's Eve, as well as burning any old photographs that represent bad memories. According to age-old tradition, it's thought doing so … Continue reading Some New Year’s Eve Traditions from Around the World

Libraries: The Crown Jewel of a Community

I've long referred to libraries as the crown jewel of a community. My wife and I have said that one of the criteria we will use if we decide to relocate is what the local library is like. We are blessed to have a wonderful local library - Radnor Memorial Library - that offers so … Continue reading Libraries: The Crown Jewel of a Community

Local Radio Station Gets Early Jump on Memorial Day 500 Countdown

Philadelphia radio station PHYL (99.99) started its Memorial Day countdown of the top 500 rock songs on Thanksgiving Day. The move appears to be in response to a decision by its closest competitor, station WAQW (100.00), which began playing Christmas music on July 4. Bruce Turley, station manager at PHYL, had plans to begin broadcasting … Continue reading Local Radio Station Gets Early Jump on Memorial Day 500 Countdown

Thanksgiving in the U.S. and Around the World

We were blessed to share the day with family; thank you for inviting us. Thank you to all of you who have wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, especially those of you outside the U.S. How kind of you to think of us. In my attempt to become more globally aware of other countries that celebrate … Continue reading Thanksgiving in the U.S. and Around the World

Where Should You Live?

The New York Times Opinion editors have created a website that will help you find places in the United States that best suit what you are looking for in terms of potentially multiple criteria. Here is the link: Where Should You Live? The choices are grouped into four categories: Lifestyle (17 choices) Climate (6 choices) … Continue reading Where Should You Live?

Good News! There Will Be No Price Increase at Borden’s Blather

The Labor Department said the consumer-price index—which measures what consumers pay for goods and services—increased in October by 6.2% from a year ago. That was the fastest 12-month pace since 1990 and the fifth straight month of inflation above 5%. Price increases were broad-based, with higher costs for new and used autos, gasoline and other … Continue reading Good News! There Will Be No Price Increase at Borden’s Blather

Sorry. No Scholarship for You. You’re Too Slow at Jumping Rope.

In 2014, Chinese authorities introduced physical-education requirements that included a national jump-rope exam for boys and girls from first through sixth grades. To pass, students must complete minimum numbers of skips a minute, and failure can trip up an otherwise promising academic trajectory. Top officials see the activity as an accessible, low-cost way to help … Continue reading Sorry. No Scholarship for You. You’re Too Slow at Jumping Rope.

Where Have All the Workers Gone?

It seems like every restaurant and retail establishment I go to has a Help Wanted sign on the door. Earlier this week I called a doctor's office to check on an upcoming appointment. After 15 minutes on hold, I had to hang up. Service times at restaurants and grocery stores seem to be getting longer … Continue reading Where Have All the Workers Gone?

Serendipity, Stupidity, and the Web

This is probably about the fifth post I've written that refers to the word serendipity. It's no surprise given how much I surf the web, and end up clicking on random links that pop up. Today's serendipitous moment started while watching ESPN's Gameday show, which was set at Penn State (where they are having one … Continue reading Serendipity, Stupidity, and the Web

Americans Should Be Embarrassed

The Annenberg Civics Knowledge Survey, conducted since 2006, focuses on the American public’s understanding of the Constitution of the United States. Since 2013, the civics knowledge survey has been conducted annually for Constitution Day (Sept. 17) as the Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey. The latest results from the 2021 survey, while encouraging, are also, in … Continue reading Americans Should Be Embarrassed