Some Thoughts on Summer Reading Lists for High School Students

This post was triggered by an essay in the Wall Street Journal by author Ann Patchett in which she notes that as children, many of us were forced to consume books over school break; as adults, we can enjoy those assigned classics without the academic burden. Here is the paragraph that resonated with me the … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Summer Reading Lists for High School Students

Forget about the Six-Word Story, How about the Five Emoji Story?

I've previously written about the potential beauty and simplicity (and challenge) of writing a six-word story, and today I discovered, thanks to WordPress Discover, a fun, but challenging twist to the genre - the five random emojis story. Friends James Hannaham and John W. Bateman created a game where one of them texts five random emoji … Continue reading Forget about the Six-Word Story, How about the Five Emoji Story?

A Simple, but Powerful, Bedtime Routine

A few years ago, I was in the habit of writing something every day in my online diary, using an app named My Wonderful Days. I still have the app on my iPhone, and as I scroll through my entries, it looks like I started using the app in December 2012, writing something down most … Continue reading A Simple, but Powerful, Bedtime Routine

Music Monday: How Did Steven and Billy Have Such Insight into Life at Such a Young Age?

Billy Joel wrote "Piano Man" when he was 24. I'm sure there are many other examples of young people writing best selling songs, but these two songs have always stood out in my mind because the lyrics seem to show wisdom beyond their ages. Here are the words to "Dream On": Every time when I … Continue reading Music Monday: How Did Steven and Billy Have Such Insight into Life at Such a Young Age?

How Do You Compare – the Annual American Time Use Survey

Yesterday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the results of the American Time Use Survey (ATUS). These data include the average amount of time per day in 2018 that individuals worked, did household activities, and engaged in leisure and sports activities. Additionally, measures of the average time per day spent providing childcare—both as a … Continue reading How Do You Compare – the Annual American Time Use Survey

Writing Is a Symptom of Thinking

The title of this post is the closing line from one of Seth Godin's blog posts this week, Even if it’s not graduation week for you… In the post, Seth encourages his readers to write, to simply write. Even in an age where audiobooks outsell print, AI can turn text into speech, and people scan, … Continue reading Writing Is a Symptom of Thinking

More Six-Word Stories

I came across a fellow blogger who writes the occasional six-word story, here is her latest: She shivered in fear… and excitement. Reading her other six-word stories rekindled my interest in the genre, so I thought I'd give it a try again. It's been over a year since I wrote a short-word story (I needed … Continue reading More Six-Word Stories

Creating a Book of Small Experiments

Between Dan Pink, Dan Ariely, Adam Grant, and Seth Godin, I've usually got material for about five or six blog posts a month. Add in my Music Monday posts, and I've got 10 posts covered. That still leaves 20 or so ideas that I need to come up with each month, but it's nice when … Continue reading Creating a Book of Small Experiments

I Think I Might Be Part Finn

The Wall Street Journal's A-HED story today was titled, "Small Talk Is Tough for Finns. So They’re Taking Lessons. ‘I Love Your Shirt.’" As soon as I saw the headline, my first thought was that the Finns sounds like my kind of people. The story notes that in Norway's cafes, restaurants, buses, trains, and saunas, … Continue reading I Think I Might Be Part Finn