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?

At Least I Learned a Few Things from the Drawn-Out Election

While I spent way too much time the past few days checking CNN, 538, Fox News, and Twitter for updates about the results of the election, I did learn a few civic-related things along the way. First, I don't think I'll ever forget that a Presidential candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win the election. … Continue reading At Least I Learned a Few Things from the Drawn-Out Election

The Third Time Is a Charm

I just finished watching President-Elect Joe Biden's speech from Wilmington, Delaware. I thought it was a wonderful speech; inspirational, emotional, and optimistic. I wish him and Kamala Harris the best of luck. Here is the full text of the speech, as prepared for delivery (the video is at the end): My fellow Americans, the people … Continue reading The Third Time Is a Charm

Using Sports Movies to Teach Management Concepts

The almost perfectly rhymed phrase above refers to a model of the dynamics of group formation, proposed by Bruce Tuckman in 1965. I heard about it today in a presentation by one of our management faculty at a seminar targeted to freshmen business students in the honors program. The program offers students the opportunity to … Continue reading Using Sports Movies to Teach Management Concepts

I’m Glad This Only Happens Every Four Years

I don't know why I do this to myself, but I can't pull myself away from watching the election returns. I know it's still way too early to call the election at this point (10:30 pm), but I am still feeling quite anxious. And the different way votes are coming in from the various states … Continue reading I’m Glad This Only Happens Every Four Years

Music Monday: Sesame Street, PBS Kids, and Schoolhouse Rock Working to Get Out the Vote

It may not be quite true that everything we need to know we learned in kindergarten, but we certainly learned a lot at such a young age. Here are three short songs (one minute each) about voting that are geared towards the younger crowd, but they are good reminders for all of us. Here's a … Continue reading Music Monday: Sesame Street, PBS Kids, and Schoolhouse Rock Working to Get Out the Vote

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

This post is in response to a comment from a fellow blogger, Margy, on my recent post, "This Is What Good Neighbors Look Like." Here's part of her comment: "By the way, have you ever blogged about this President's administration's achievements?" Here was my response: Margy, your comment really made me think. I’ve just spent … Continue reading Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

The Bradley Effect and the Spiral of Silence

A few days ago I wrote about a phenomenon known as the Streisand Effect. According to Wikipedia, the Streisand Effect is an example of psychological reactance, wherein once people are aware that some information is being kept from them, they are significantly more motivated to access and spread that information. After that post, my wife told … Continue reading The Bradley Effect and the Spiral of Silence