Starting tomorrow, Villanova University will no longer require masks to be worn in our indoor facilities, such as the classrooms. I have been waiting for this day for a while, and it is finally here. Other than a two-week break to start the Fall 2021 semester, we have been wearing masks since the Fall of … Continue reading Our School’s Mask Requirement Has Been Lifted!
Perhaps Absence Does Make the Heart Grow Fonder
The proverb “absence makes the heart grow fonder” describes the feeling of greater affection between friends and lovers who are kept apart. It is a phrase that, in one form or another, can be traced back for millennia—the Roman poet Sextus is credited with the earliest version of the phrase. (Technology Review) Well, it may … Continue reading Perhaps Absence Does Make the Heart Grow Fonder
Introducing! The Class of 2025!
The Mindset List, aka the “always/never” list, is a compilation of key points about incoming college students. Created at Beloit College in 1998 to reflect the world view of entering first year students—and to help faculty understand incoming classes—the list started with the members of the class of 2002, born in 1980. In 2019, the … Continue reading Introducing! The Class of 2025!
Why Would Anyone Want to Be on Their Local School Board?
School board members are typically unpaid volunteers, often parents who step forward to shape school policy, choose a superintendent, and review the budget. In most places, and during most times, it was a relatively unremarkable, yet vital position, one that few people paid attention to, or even knew who the members of the local school … Continue reading Why Would Anyone Want to Be on Their Local School Board?
Using COVID As a Reason to Decline an Invitation…
A friend recently asked me if I was interested in attending an indoor concert in early October. As much as I would enjoy both his company and the music, I declined the invitation, stating that I was not yet comfortable attending an indoor concert because of COVID concerns. He replied that he totally understood, but … Continue reading Using COVID As a Reason to Decline an Invitation…
A Tale of One Chair
Of course, hindsight is always 20/20. But that still doesn't justify the foolish decision I made last year when buying my wife a birthday present. Mary had hinted that she would like a new Adirondack chair, since our old ones were well beyond their useful life. So I searched on Amazon, and found what seemed … Continue reading A Tale of One Chair
The Answer Is a Resounding Yes!
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post with the title: If You Win Gold at the Olympics, but There Are No Fans There, Did It Really Happen?. Well, after two nights of watching the Olympics, I can confirm the answer I gave two weeks ago with a resounding yes! There is just something … Continue reading The Answer Is a Resounding Yes!
An I Do Redo
Today we were lucky to be part of the celebration of the wedding of one of my nephews. It was a wedding that had been postponed because of COVID, but the wait seemed well worth it. It was a beautiful day in upstate New York, and with a lake in the background, the setting was … Continue reading An I Do Redo
Are We Witnessing a Major Shift in the World of Work?
FlexJobs, an online job boards site, recently surveyed over 2,100 people worldwide, who either worked remotely during COVID or are still working from home. The results of the survey are eye-opening. Here are some of the numbers: Vast majority want to continue to work at home: 65 percent want to keep working remotely full-time even … Continue reading Are We Witnessing a Major Shift in the World of Work?
Wonder What College Kids Do On a Friday Night These Days?
I fondly remember my Friday nights in college. There was no studying going on, and there was definitely no scrolling through social media. It often involved going to a party somewhere, and having a beer or two. Of course, this was all before Facebook came on the scene, and certainly there were no worries about … Continue reading Wonder What College Kids Do On a Friday Night These Days?