Art Imitating Life, and Life Imitating Art…

A few months ago, I wrote a post about my new favorite TV show, Ted Lasso, giving some background on the show and my enthusiasm for it. Apparently, I am not alone in my opinion about the show. Jason Sudeikis, who plays Ted Lasso, has already won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award … Continue reading Art Imitating Life, and Life Imitating Art…

My Blog and the Ikea Effect

This post is inspired by the most recent Dan Ariely column in the Wall Street Journal. Here is one of the emails he received: Dear Dan, My partner and I decided to do a DIY renovation of our kitchen cabinets. We spent many hours at the store discussing options and reviewing our sketches, then struggled … Continue reading My Blog and the Ikea Effect

OK, You Heard It Here First. It Was Me.

Given how much the WordPress blogging community means to me, I wanted you to be the first ones to know. It was me. The Wall Street Journal has an article in this week's Mansion section with the headline: Mystery Buyer Pays $157.5 Million for Two Condos on New York’s Billionaires’ Row Well, mystery solved. I … Continue reading OK, You Heard It Here First. It Was Me.

What Men Wear in Bermuda Should Stay in Bermuda

It's not unusual to see men in Bermuda wearing a suit with short pant legs, like a pair of shorts. I've seen it, and didn't think anything of it. I just knew it was something I would never dare to wear, at least in the U.S. But others have. Here's LeBron James: All I can … Continue reading What Men Wear in Bermuda Should Stay in Bermuda

Most People Lie Two to Four Times Per Day

And our workplaces suffer as a result. According to a recent Wall Street Journal artcle, lying in the workplace begins before somone gets a job and ends at the exit interview. While many of us may consider our lies harmless, they could have significant consequences. The habit of lying becomes contagious, and it does not … Continue reading Most People Lie Two to Four Times Per Day

The WSJ Mansion Section May Be of the People, But It’s Not For the People

It is one of the more well-known lines from Lincoln's Gettysburg address: "government of the people, by the people, for the people, ..." Those words, well at least some of them. came rushing back to me as I looked through this week's Real Estate section of the Wall Street Journal. fittingly known as The Mansion. … Continue reading The WSJ Mansion Section May Be of the People, But It’s Not For the People

The HAPPE Method of Journaling

Lara Zielin, an author and life coach, has created a method of journaling she calls “Author Your Life,” where people think about themselves as characters in a story of their making. Author Your Life is a way to write about the life you want to have as if it’s already occurring. Zielin has developed five … Continue reading The HAPPE Method of Journaling

The Spotlight Effect – Part Two: Forget About Your Bad Hair Day

I first wrote about the spotlight effect back in 2019. Simply put, this refers to the fact that all of us pay a lot more attention to ourselves than other people pay to us. Dan Ariely casts the spotlight on this phenomenon again this week with the following letter: Dear Dan, In an effort to … Continue reading The Spotlight Effect – Part Two: Forget About Your Bad Hair Day

Dan Missed the Most Obvious Solution Here…

It's been two weeks, so that must mean it's time for another "Ask Dan Ariely" post, and fortunately, Dan and the Wall Street Journal came through. Here is this week's email that caught my attention: Dear Dan, I know it’s not good for my health to sit at my desk all day without breaks, so … Continue reading Dan Missed the Most Obvious Solution Here…

And I Thought I Was the Only One Having Trouble Reading During the Pandemic

The conditions seemed ideal. Extra time on my hands, and a set of books I received from my family members on my birthday. I had plans to do lots of reading, but for whatever reason, I was having trouble getting through the books. I felt like I had lost my motivation to read. And then … Continue reading And I Thought I Was the Only One Having Trouble Reading During the Pandemic