The Sweet Sounds of Summer

There are lots of sounds associated with summer. Waves crashing. Seagulls. Fireworks. The ice cream truck. Early morning birds. Thunderstorms. The crack of the bat and the smack of the ball hitting the catcher's mitt. There's even a song of the summer each year. But I think my favorite sound, and one I just heard … Continue reading The Sweet Sounds of Summer

Daddy Changed the World

The past couple of weeks have been a struggle to come up with something to write about. I’m not sure if it is just part of the natural ebb and flow of trying to put words on paper, or if it is partly caused by what has been going on in our country not only … Continue reading Daddy Changed the World

The People Who Watch ABC World News Tonight Must Have All Sorts of Health Care Problems

We were watching ABC’s World News Tonight earlier this evening, and my wife and I were both struck with how many health care related commercials there were, particularly drug-related. So once it was over I decided to watch it again, and write down how many commercials there were, how long each one aired, and what … Continue reading The People Who Watch ABC World News Tonight Must Have All Sorts of Health Care Problems

Words of Wisdom from Herman Munster

Perhaps you’ve recently seen this clip from an old episode (1965) of The Munsters. It seems to be having its viral moment, given the chaos that seems to be ever-present these days. Herman offers a 30-second life lesson to his son Eddie that is timeless. We need more people like Herman; he was one handsome, … Continue reading Words of Wisdom from Herman Munster

This House Puts the Fun in Funicular

Funicular: a grade-separated fixed guideway transit system powered by a cable traction designed for steep inclines. A funicular uses two counterbalanced passenger cars attached to the opposite ends of a cable, which is looped over a pulley at the upper end of the track. A funicular's two cars move in concert: as one ascends, the other … Continue reading This House Puts the Fun in Funicular

Music Monday: A Boy Named Shel

It's one of those serendipitous Internet connections again. I was exchanging comments with a fellow blogger, Michel Kuch, on his wonderfully unique blog - Kuched, when he mentioned the song, Solitary Man. I was aware of the song, it's one of my favorite Neil Diamond songs. But Michael mentioned that Johnny Cash sang it as … Continue reading Music Monday: A Boy Named Shel

COVID-19 and the Ford Pinto

In the 1970s, the Ford Motor Company introduced a new subcompact car called the Pinto. In response to several fatal accidents involving the Pinto, Ford prepared a seven-page company memorandum entitled “Fatalities Associated with Crash-Induced Fuel Leakage and Fires.” In the memo, Ford estimated the cost of fuel system modifications to reduce fire risks in … Continue reading COVID-19 and the Ford Pinto

Music Monday: The Most Popular Jukebox Songs of All Time

We have been watching the wonderful PBS Ken Burns mini-series on Country Music, and it has been quite informative. Part of today's episode featured Patsy Cline, someone I knew very little about. However, I did learn that her hit song "Crazy", which was written by Willie Nelson, at one point was the most popular jukebox … Continue reading Music Monday: The Most Popular Jukebox Songs of All Time

I Couldn’t Be Prouder of These Villanova Graduates and Students

Established in 1953, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing is one of the crown jewels of Villanova University and provides an educational experience that challenges students to become nursing leaders working at the forefront of modern health care, in every corner of the world. The College educates nurses to emerge as strong leaders in … Continue reading I Couldn’t Be Prouder of These Villanova Graduates and Students

Please Put Politics Aside and Just Work Together to Solve the Problem

I've expressed my political beliefs before; I am not a fan of President Trump and many of my views would be labeled as socialistic. As a result, I was tempted to write a post that was going to include a few anti-Trump and pro-socialist memes that I have recently found across the Internet, memes that … Continue reading Please Put Politics Aside and Just Work Together to Solve the Problem