Day Four of My Blogging Break: This Time, I Agree with Dan Ariely

It seems that lately, I haven't agreed much with Dan Ariely's advice to his readers. But this time I do, and in fact, I am going to urge all of you to follow his advice as well. I'll even give you an example of how to do so. Here is the letter Dan received: I’m … Continue reading Day Four of My Blogging Break: This Time, I Agree with Dan Ariely

Day Three of My Break from Blogging: Please Don’t Be Mad at Me, PETA

I hadn't eaten anything for two days, and while I still wasn't that hungry, I figured I had to eat something. And for some reason the only food that came to mind that I thought I could handle was some Chicken Noodle soup. As many of you know, I've been a vegan for over 15 … Continue reading Day Three of My Break from Blogging: Please Don’t Be Mad at Me, PETA

Day Two of My Break from Blogging

A while ago, I had planned to do a post that would include two videos of me solving Rubik's Cube (I'm guessing I've lost half my readers at this point). One video would be a relatively short one of me solving without much talking, and the second video would be a longer one that included … Continue reading Day Two of My Break from Blogging

Taking a Bit of a Blogging Break

I'm not feeling 100%, so I will be scaling back my blogging activities. This means I will not be reading or commenting on other people's blog posts, and I have turned off comments on my blog, for now. Today's post will be the equivalent of Jason Kelce of the Philadelphia Eagles football team going in … Continue reading Taking a Bit of a Blogging Break

Simple but Fun Word Game Goes Viral

I'd never heard of the game until reading today's Wall Street Journal. The name of the game is Wordle, and it was created by John Wardle (seems like he was meant to create such a game). Wordle is a word guessing game that tasks the player with correctly identifying a random five-letter word. You only … Continue reading Simple but Fun Word Game Goes Viral

Music Monday: Philadelphia’s Mummer Parade

The Mummers are a Philadelphia institution, perhaps most well-known for their annual New Year's Day parade. I've mentioned them before in a few posts I've written about our neighborhood's 4th of July parade, which often included a guest appearance from a small subset of one of the Mummers' string bands. But I've never written a … Continue reading Music Monday: Philadelphia’s Mummer Parade

Grown Men Are Dressing Like This?

It's been a while since I've written about a men's fashion piece from the Wall Street Journal. Back then, I referred to it as the annual comedy issue of the WSJ. Here were some of the photos I had included with those posts: The basic point of each of those posts was questioning whether or … Continue reading Grown Men Are Dressing Like This?

Best. News. Ever? Dan Ariely Says to “Stop Making Small Talk”

I've written a few times about how uncomfortable I am making small talk. And it doesn't matter if it's someone I know or a complete stranger. So imagine my excitement when I saw the headline for Dan's most recent Wall Street Journal advice column: "Stop Making Small Talk. No One Will Miss It." Here was … Continue reading Best. News. Ever? Dan Ariely Says to “Stop Making Small Talk”

Where’s My Joie de vivre?

Joie de vivre is a French phrase often used in English to express a cheerful enjoyment of life, an exultation of spirit. It "can be a joy of conversation, joy of eating, joy of anything one might do… And joie de vivre may be seen as a joy of everything, a comprehensive joy, a philosophy of life, a Weltanschauung. Robert's Dictionnaire says "joie" … Continue reading Where’s My Joie de vivre?

Do You Suffer from Nose Blindness?

We've all got our fears. Public speaking. Walking down a dark street. Swimming in deep water. Me? Reptiles. Snakes, alligators, crocodiles. I don't want to be within 100 miles of them. Retiring to Florida could be a problem. But there is one fear I was not aware of. According to the Wall Street Journal, "one … Continue reading Do You Suffer from Nose Blindness?