How Do I Say “ough”? Let Me Count the Ways

Thanks to my sister Trish for sending me the idea for today's blog. She tagged me on Facebook with the following post: The letter sequence "ough" can be pronounced eight different ways. The following sentence contains them all "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he … Continue reading How Do I Say “ough”? Let Me Count the Ways

A Thought Experiment

If students were left alone in a room to take a test, with no supervision, how many would cheat? If it's a small number, is it worth creating an elaborate set of rules and procedures to prevent such cheating? Would such rules and procedures send a message to the honest students that we don't trust … Continue reading A Thought Experiment

I Guess the Eighth Time Is the Charm

I probably know the first 100 pages of The Three Musketeers as well as the author, Alexandre Dumas. Over the past few years, I have started the book multiple times, only to get distracted from it for a variety of reasons. Every time I went to start reading it again, I would have to start … Continue reading I Guess the Eighth Time Is the Charm

The Gift Inside the Box- a Different Kind of Children’s Book from a Different Kind of Author

Adam Grant is an American psychologist and author who is currently a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania specializing in organizational psychology. He received academic tenure aged 28, making him the youngest tenured professor at the Wharton School. He was ranked by students the best professor at the university from 2011 to 2017. In … Continue reading The Gift Inside the Box- a Different Kind of Children’s Book from a Different Kind of Author

Seriously? How Could Anyone Forget The First Spelling Rule Most of Us Learned?

There it was, staring me in the face. My wife and I had just turned on the TV to watch ABC World News Tonight, and during the intro the screen flashed the letter that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller had sent to Attorney General William Barr. The first thing I noticed was the misspelling, sticking out … Continue reading Seriously? How Could Anyone Forget The First Spelling Rule Most of Us Learned?

Dear Future Me,

I heard about this fascinating web site from Daniel Pink's monthly newsletter back in October, and I had to meant to write about it back then, but it must have somehow slipped into the deep abyss that is my mind. Fortunately, it was still in my inbox, and I stumbled upon it again today. (By … Continue reading Dear Future Me,

The 2019 Drunk Shopping Census (Yes, There Is Such a Survey)

Another club that I'm not part of. But this time, I'm actually happy to be excluded. Tech and business newsletter The Hustle surveyed more than 2,000 alcohol-drinking adults about their online shopping behavior and found that on average, shoppers spent more than $400 per year on items bought while intoxicated. Based on that response, The Hustle … Continue reading The 2019 Drunk Shopping Census (Yes, There Is Such a Survey)

Thanks to Harlan Coben, Now I Know What It’s Like to Be My Dog

I'm sure our dog is no different than most dogs. When it's time to eat, she can barely contain herself. She starts spinning around, jumping up on us, pawing at the door where we keep her food, and running around the kitchen. It's the highlight of her day. But then it's over so quickly. She wolfs … Continue reading Thanks to Harlan Coben, Now I Know What It’s Like to Be My Dog

Investing in My Daily Blogging

Today's post represents 1,536 straight days of daily blogging. While it has certainly required an investment of my time, it has not really required much of a monetary investment. The annual cost of having my own web site has been about $200 per year, which is less than 60 cents per day. I think it's only … Continue reading Investing in My Daily Blogging