I’ll Never Complain about My Job, or My Life, Again

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

It’s Nice to Know I’m Not Alone in Whom I Admire

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

A Tank Full of Gas, a World Full of Possibilities

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

Freed After 28 Years in Jail, for a Crime He Did Not Commit

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

Where Does Stop Not Mean Stop? In Pennsylvania, Apparently.

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.

“When I Think of Baseball, I Think of…”

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…”

The Good Old Backyard Clothesline

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

A Perfect 4th: a Parade, a Juggler, and Yankee Doodle Dandy

I couldn't imagine a better way to spend the 4th of July. A parade that passes right by our street, featuring: the West Powelton Drummers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dOycOn9QKc&feature=youtu.be the Mummers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_3pr8uh9Q0&feature=youtu.be and Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPtcMjTrk1s&feature=youtu.be followed by Chris Ivey, Character Juggler, at the picnic afterward: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUD2QN21kTE&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-aNp3Nn8zI&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4RG1WVfeSY&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meCAVlElJlw&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxWlYNfmmGM&feature=youtu.be   and then capped … Continue reading A Perfect 4th: a Parade, a Juggler, and Yankee Doodle Dandy

Sorry Nike and Colin, I’m Not with You on This One

I've generally been a fan of the public stances that Nike has taken on various issues, and I was a fan of Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the National Anthem at football games. I like when celebrities or athletes use the platform they have available to them to address social issues. However, I don't … Continue reading Sorry Nike and Colin, I’m Not with You on This One

People Are More Honest Than We Think, and I Find That Sad

People are more likely to return a lost wallet with money inside than an empty wallet. That should seem like a given to me, but apparently, it came as a surprise to a group of international researchers who set out to test the tension between financial self-interest and the honesty of people around the world. The … Continue reading People Are More Honest Than We Think, and I Find That Sad