Maybe We Won’t Have to Move South After All When We Retire

My wife and I have talked about moving to Florida in a few years, after we both retire. The primary reason is that we are both tired of the cold weather and would prefer to have warmer weather year-round. Well now it looks like maybe we won't have to move at all, if we can … Continue reading Maybe We Won’t Have to Move South After All When We Retire

Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire

An EasyJet flight taking off in France had to be diverted last week because of a fake bomb threat. Flight EZY4319 from Lyon to Rennes was in the air when authorities received an anonymous call that suggested a bomb could be on the plane. The pilots returned to Lyon, but no bomb was found. Investigators said the … Continue reading Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire

Music Monday: Martin Luther King’s Favorite Music

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, here is a compilation of some of his favorite songs. Those who knew him say hymns, spirituals, and other religious songs helped carry him through troubled times. While I found several songs mentioned as among his favorites, a few seemed to be mentioned repeatedly. First among these is … Continue reading Music Monday: Martin Luther King’s Favorite Music

“I teach them not to piss on their hands.”

That's one of the memorable lines from the book, Educated, which I just finished reading. Here's a brief summary of the book from the author's (Tara Westover) website: Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of … Continue reading “I teach them not to piss on their hands.”

American Attitudes, Then and Now

For more than 80 years, pollsters have been asking Americans from all walks of life to share their opinions and experiences on pretty much every imaginable topic. Thousands of those surveys are archived by the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University. As the end of 2018, HuffPost wanted to see how things have ― and … Continue reading American Attitudes, Then and Now

Call It What You Want – Seems Like Ageism to Me

Ageism: prejudice or discrimination on the basis of a person's age. For 50 years, it has been illegal under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act, or ADEA, for employers to treat older workers differently than younger ones with only a few exceptions, such as when a job requires great stamina or quick reflexes. But … Continue reading Call It What You Want – Seems Like Ageism to Me

When President Trump Tweets, He Rarely Gets Off Scot-Free

Among President Trump's tweets this week were the following: “Michael Cohen asks judge for no Prison Time.” You mean he can do all of the TERRIBLE, unrelated to Trump, things having to do with fraud, big loans, Taxis, etc., and not serve a long prison term? He makes up stories to get a GREAT & … Continue reading When President Trump Tweets, He Rarely Gets Off Scot-Free

A Beautiful Tribute to a Kinder, Gentler Man

George W. Bush gave a moving eulogy for his father today, George H.W. Bush. Here is the video, followed by the transcript (with my favorite parts italicized). Rest in Peace, George H.W Bush and thank you for your service to our country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u_Ntu3uHZk Distinguished Guests, including our Presidents and First Ladies, government officials, foreign dignitaries, and … Continue reading A Beautiful Tribute to a Kinder, Gentler Man

Thanksgiving 2018

It was another wonderful Thanksgiving, getting a chance to spend time with family. I am grateful for such moments, and I always look forward to them. In honor of the holiday, I thought I would share this crowdsourced Thanksgiving poem I came across on NPR. Earlier in November, NPR asked its readers and listeners to … Continue reading Thanksgiving 2018

Did Dan Ariely Just Suggest Breaking the Law?

Dan Ariely, who writes my favorite biweekly Wall Street Journal advice column (he doesn't have much competition in that narrowly defined niche), offered some advice that some of the commenters suggested may be illegal. Here's the question, followed by Dan's answer: _________________________________ Many of my friends and co-workers say they care about voting, but their spotty … Continue reading Did Dan Ariely Just Suggest Breaking the Law?