Thanks, Google, for Crushing My Hopes and Dreams

Note: this article will be of little interest to most, if not all, readers. Unless you're into hearing someone complain about how changes to a search algorithm ruined their life, it's best that you just hit the like button and move on. For those who decide to continue reading, you've been warned. In late September … Continue reading Thanks, Google, for Crushing My Hopes and Dreams

A Wonderful Interview with Bruce Springsteen

After five years of trying, Gayle King was finally able to land an interview with Springsteen, and as a viewer, it was worth the wait. The interview was originally split into a couple of parts. Below are parts one and two. (I've also included the full interview at the end if you'd prefer to watch … Continue reading A Wonderful Interview with Bruce Springsteen

Six, 6-word stories

It's been a few months since my last attempt at a few six-word stories, so I thought I'd give it another shot. I figure that once I have 100 of them, I can market all the stories as a collection of "some of the worst writing found on the internet". Here we go: Warm classroom. … Continue reading Six, 6-word stories

Beware of Ads That Rhyme, They’ll Get You Every Time

According to the latest Pinkcast, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that rhymes are an incredibly persuasive tool. In a study titled, “Birds of a Feather Flock Conjointly: Rhyme as Reason in Aphorisms,” researchers found that participants who were given rhymes found the message more accurate and more insightful. The reason was that … Continue reading Beware of Ads That Rhyme, They’ll Get You Every Time

The Murder Meme

I wasn't sure what I should write about tonight. And then the murders began. That second line comes courtesy of sci-fi writer Staci Troilo, who linked to writer Jessica Bakkers's blog, which had a reference to a very popular meme from 2017, which of course I am just discovering now. The meme was started by … Continue reading The Murder Meme

Did I Just Get a Glimpse into My Future?

I had some school work I had to get done today, so I decided to go to our local library instead of working at home. This way I wouldn't be tempted to visit the fridge or snack closet every 15 minutes... It turned out to be a fairly productive day (I was there from 10:15-3:45) … Continue reading Did I Just Get a Glimpse into My Future?

Wowed Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2019

For the past several years, I have had my freshmen business students create vision boards, and then in three to four minutes, present his or her vision board to the class. The whole process takes three days of class time, but it is well worth it. All I can say after having watched the presentations … Continue reading Wowed Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2019

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