As I noted in yesterday's blog post, today was my first day of classes for the semester. The course I am teaching is a freshmen-level, Intro to Business course. I typically start each class by sharing and discussing a few articles from that day's Wall Street Journal. Since this was our first day together, I … Continue reading It Only Took One Day for My Students To Realize How Out of Touch I Am
And So Another Year Begins
One of the unusual things about having spent most of my career in academia is that I think in terms of semesters, and not calendar years. Tomorrow is the first day of classes at my school, Villanova University, and I think of it as the beginning of a new year. This will be the start … Continue reading And So Another Year Begins
Music Monday: What Band Do You Regret Never Seeing Perform Live?
The idea for this post came from an exchange I had with Clive who has the wonderful blog, Take It Easy. Clive mentioned he had never seen Rod Stewart perform live, and I mentioned that I was surprised at that revelation. He noted that Rod was just one of many he had never seen perform … Continue reading Music Monday: What Band Do You Regret Never Seeing Perform Live?
It’s Been A While Since I Shared Some of the Real Estate Bargains Found in the Wall Street Journal
I've written several posts over the years that were based on stories from the real estate section of Friday's Wall Street Journal, formally known as the Mansion section. To get you up to speed again on what kind of houses are featured in the WSJ, here is a selection of headlines from the last two … Continue reading It’s Been A While Since I Shared Some of the Real Estate Bargains Found in the Wall Street Journal
Are You Part of Team Top Sheet Or Team No Top Sheet?
It's always fun to read (and then write about) something that is totally meaningless, yet can lead to heated debates. And that's what we've got here. A story in the Wall Street Journal a few days ago looked at the debate between those who like having a flat top sheet as part of their bedding, … Continue reading Are You Part of Team Top Sheet Or Team No Top Sheet?
When in Doubt, Reach Out
It's been a while since I've shared a Pinkcast, video clips from Dan Pink that offered useful advice typically in less than two minutes. One of Dan's recent Pinkcasts deals with a dilemma many of us have faced. The thought comes into your head to get in touch with a friend you haven't communicated with … Continue reading When in Doubt, Reach Out
I Guess 181 Weeks In a Row Wasn’t Enough to Make It Part of My Long-Term Memory
I guess I was so excited about my home repair success over the weekend that I couldn't wait to write a blog post about it. But what I forgot is that Mondays have always been my day to write about music, at least they had been for 181 weeks in a row until I took … Continue reading I Guess 181 Weeks In a Row Wasn’t Enough to Make It Part of My Long-Term Memory
How I Used WordPress and YouTube to Replace Our Bathroom Exhaust Fan
I am one of the world's unhandiest men (the image above is not my handiwork, but it could have been). It goes back to high school when I scored a 7 out of 100 on the Armed Forces Aptitude test for General Mechanical Ability. I've used that as an excuse not to fix anything for … Continue reading How I Used WordPress and YouTube to Replace Our Bathroom Exhaust Fan
So Where Is Waldo, Really?
The headline above was a recent essay prompt as part of the college admissions process for the University of Chicago. It seems like it would be a fun essay to work on, but to me, it seems crazy that perhaps such a question could carry more weight than the results of standardized math and verbal … Continue reading So Where Is Waldo, Really?
A Perfect Setting for a Classic Joke
Today, I was at the University of Penn Dental School's wonderful White Coat ceremony for the son of a cousin of a cousin (with an opening line like that, I know I've got you on the edge of your seat). The keynote speaker was the Reverend Chaz Lattimore Howard, the University Chaplain and Vice President … Continue reading A Perfect Setting for a Classic Joke