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

Thank Heaven for Engineers

I'm sure everyone has heard of the ship that got stuck in the Suez Canal last week. One of my first thoughts when I heard about the crisis was: this is a job for engineers. This is the sort of thing they thrive on - solving problems. One of my regrets is that I did … Continue reading Thank Heaven for Engineers

Music Monday: Nashville’s Charly Reynolds

Once again I am grateful to Coti Howell of the Nashville Noise for introducing me to Charly Reynolds in one of her recent posts. Coti also introduced me to the amazing band MAMADEAR, one of my favorite new artists of the past 10 years or so. Here is a brief intro to the interview Coti … Continue reading Music Monday: Nashville’s Charly Reynolds

WASTJO’s Law Is, Sadly, Alive and Well

I've briefly mentioned Godwin's Law before, an Internet adage which asserts that "as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler becomes more likely. (Wikipedia) I was thinking about that today as I was reading a few stories in the Wall Street Journal. After reading the articels I would then … Continue reading WASTJO’s Law Is, Sadly, Alive and Well

What’s Up with Saturday?

I know I had said I wouldn't talk about my WordPress stats until about a year from now, but what can I say. I'm weak. I first noticed this several weeks ago, and didn't think much of it. But now it's getting annoying. For some reason, unbeknownst to me, my stats on Saturday are almost … Continue reading What’s Up with Saturday?

Resistance Is Futile

It's not how I meant to spend my Saturday night. I was just mindlessly scrolling through the cable channel guide, hoping that an idea would come to me for today's blog. And there it was. Rocky. The original. One of the best movies of all-time. And a movie that no self-respecting kid from the Philly … Continue reading Resistance Is Futile