Look for the Helpers – Part Two

A few years ago I wrote a post, "Look for the Helpers", which was my review of the wonderful documentary about Mister Rogers - “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”. The post title is in reference to one of Mister Rogers well-known quotes: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the … Continue reading Look for the Helpers – Part Two

Blogging on NES

I'll never forget the chant. It was at one of the four state swimming championship events I attended while in college, but I can't remember which year. But I do remember the chant from the swimmers of Edinboro State College, loud and clear: "Oh Dee" (clap-clap) "ON NED" (clap-clap) "Oh Dee" (clap-clap) "ON NED" (clap-clap) … Continue reading Blogging on NES

Want to Boost Your Kid’s SAT Scores? Don’t Hire an SAT Tutor, Hire a Swimming Coach Instead

Many high schoolers, and their parents, are often looking for ways to boost their SAT scores. The hope is that a higher score will increase their probability of getting into their school of choice. One popular approach is to hire an SAT tutor; someone who will work one on one with the student to improve … Continue reading Want to Boost Your Kid’s SAT Scores? Don’t Hire an SAT Tutor, Hire a Swimming Coach Instead

Music Monday: Making Things Right, Nearly Fifty Years Later

It's my favorite song of all time, and I sing along with it every time I hear it. In fact, one of my blog posts features the one and only solo singing performance of my life. In case you missed it (it's from 2017, so most readers have not seen it), here it is again: … Continue reading Music Monday: Making Things Right, Nearly Fifty Years Later

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

Am I As Creative as a Kindergarten Student?

Last week, Brad Osbourne, the poet laureate of WordPress at commonsensiblyspeaking, shared a style of poetry known as a Diamante poem, as part of his weekly Whittled Words series. Here is the format of such a poem: A diamante poem is a 7-line poem that looks like a diamond. It can be used to describe … Continue reading Am I As Creative as a Kindergarten Student?

Let’s See If Less Is More…

The following email, and subsequent response from Dan Ariely, were originally 156 words; I've cut it to 97 words, a decrease of almost 38%. Dear Dan, For years, I’ve been organizing a charity event for an animal rescue organization. Every year people tell me I’ve outdone myself, and it’s starting to feel like an expectation … Continue reading Let’s See If Less Is More…

Life’s Simple Pleasures – What Are Yours?

Researchers at One Poll, polled 6,000 adults in UK, US, Singapore, and Australia to determine all the little things that bring joy. The researchers came up with a list of the top 50 responses for each country; here are the top 10, by country. UK Top 50 Simple Pleasures 1. Feeling of sun on your … Continue reading Life’s Simple Pleasures – What Are Yours?

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 Power of a Spark File

We've probably all experienced it; I know I have. You're in the middle of doing something that needs to be done, like writing a blog post, and an idea pops into your head. In my case, that could be an idea for a future blog post, a new way to teach an accounting concept, or … Continue reading The Power of a Spark File