I went to write my blog tonight, but then I heard the news about another mass shooting, this time in Texas. The headline: "5 Dead, 21 injured in Texas shooting". Right below that story was news that gunfire had broken out after a high school football game in Alabama late Friday, leaving 10 teens injured. … Continue reading Is This the One?
For the past 21 years, Beloit Collge has created the annual Mindset List, a compilation of what has always and never been true for new college freshmen. This year, the list has been taken over by Marist College. Here is some information from the Mindset List for the class of 2023: Variously known as Gen Z, Gen … Continue reading Wanna Feel Old? Let Me Introduce You to the Class of 2023
Don Schollander. Schollander was the first swimmer to win four Gold Medals in one Olympics, doing so in Tokyo in 1964 at the young age of 18. Schollander also won the 1964 James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete, and the AP Athlete of the Year, easily defeating runner-up Johnny Unitas. Schollander followed … Continue reading Before Katie Ledecky, Before Michael Phelps, Before Mark Spitz, There Was…
I just finished reading The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, and to sum it up in one word, wow. Many people may have read The Jungle in high school; it seems to be a popular choice on school reading lists. Somehow, I got out of school without ever having read it. But I'm glad I read … Continue reading I’ll Never Complain about My Job, or My Life, Again
Each year, YouGov takes a survey of people from around the world so that they can compile a list of the world's most admired men and women. This year, the study expanded to cover the views of people in 41 countries – the most ever – with more than 42,000 people being interviewed to compile … Continue reading It’s Nice to Know I’m Not Alone in Whom I Admire
It's one of life's more mundane tasks, stopping at the gas station and filling up our gas tanks. But many times, and today was one of those times, when I complete the task I get back in the car, feeling full myself, full of optimism and excitement. I start to think of all the places … Continue reading A Tank Full of Gas, a World Full of Possibilities
I can't imagine what it must have been like. Sentenced to life in jail for a crime you didn't commit. At what point do you just give up, and accept the fact that you are going to spend the rest of your life in jail? Or do you keep fighting, like Chester Hollman III did, … Continue reading Freed After 28 Years in Jail, for a Crime He Did Not Commit
As I've gotten older, crankier, and hopefully a bit wiser, these stop signs have gotten more and more annoying. Imagine coming to an intersection where you want to make a left turn, and you have a stop sign. There is a car coming in the opposite direction, and you notice that they also have a … Continue reading Where Does Stop Not Mean Stop? In Pennsylvania, Apparently.
That was one of the questions on today's episode of "America Says", a game show hosted by John Michael Higgins (one of the commenters in the movie Pitch Perfect) and broadcast by Game Show Network. The series, which premiered on June 18, 2018, consists of two teams of four guessing the top answers to fill-in-the-blank … Continue reading “When I Think of Baseball, I Think of…”
I haven't given them much thought in the past 20 years or so, but after reading a recent article in the Wall Street Journal the memories came flooding back. I'm referring to the multiple clotheslines we had set up in our backyard where I grew up. There are so many details I remember: The wicker … Continue reading The Good Old Backyard Clothesline