Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – The Greatest Gift

"I think I'll make up a story about how for Christmas I wrapped everyone's present in gray wrapping paper. Each box was a different size and weight, and everyone could pass the boxes back and forth until they all agreed on which box they wanted to claim as their own. I'll then write about everyone's … Continue reading Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – The Greatest Gift

What Book Has Had the Biggest Impact on You?

That was a question all of our incoming freshmen had to answer as part of a summer reading assignment. I just finished reading all of my students' answers, and I found the responses fascinating, so I thought I would share those responses on my blog. As you might expect, given that there were over 100 … Continue reading What Book Has Had the Biggest Impact on You?

The Day My WordPress Stats Went Wild

Yesterday started like any other day, you know - woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head. And then I checked my blog stats. Nothing unusual, maybe 60 to 70 views by 6:00 am. That's a fairly typical number for that time of day, and by the end of the day, … Continue reading The Day My WordPress Stats Went Wild

Why I Love LinkedIn

I've used LinkedIn for several years, and it's one of the sites I go to every day. As a college professor, my favorite feature is simply reading through the Notifications to see what my former students are up to. If one of them is starting a new job, has gotten a promotion, or is going … Continue reading Why I Love LinkedIn

Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction: Old-World Charm

Here is another attempt at “flash fiction“, writing a 99-word blog post in response to a prompt. The prompt this week is “old-world charm“: In 1494, Luca Pacioli, a Franciscan friar, wrote one of the first published descriptions of double-entry bookkeeping. He described journals, ledgers, year-end closing entries, and proposed that a trial balance be used … Continue reading Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction: Old-World Charm

The Busy Person Is Wrong More Than Most People

So claims Seth Godin in his daily blog post today. But... The key is in Seth's next sentence. "Those errors are dwarfed by the impact they create." We've all heard the phrase, "if you want something done, give it to a busy person." And Seth offers a reason why that is: "a busy person has … Continue reading The Busy Person Is Wrong More Than Most People

Blinded by the Awesomeness

It's taken nearly 40 years, but I finally have a worthy competitor as my answer to the question, "What's your favorite movie?" Since 1981, it has always been Chariots of Fire, a British historical drama film that tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who … Continue reading Blinded by the Awesomeness

The A-Hed – the Quirky Side of the Wall Street Journal

It's my favorite part of the Wall Street Journal - the A-hed story. It appears on the front page of the newspaper, prime real estate. And I've heard that for reporters, it is the most coveted place for their work to appear. Barry Kilgore, the modern Journal's first managing editor, knowing that into the world … Continue reading The A-Hed – the Quirky Side of the Wall Street Journal

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

Greatest Sports Book Ever? Ball Four – the Twentieth Anniversary Edition by Jim Bouton

This is a repost of the second entry in my first short-lived attempt at blogging back in 2012. The link to the original post can be found here. No site dedicated to reviewing sports biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs would be complete without a review of Ball Four. I grew up loving baseball and could recite … Continue reading Greatest Sports Book Ever? Ball Four – the Twentieth Anniversary Edition by Jim Bouton