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
What Has 12 Thumbs and Has Gained a Few Pounds Since College?
This group of guys. That's me in the gray hoodie with the glasses. I was lucky enough to be invited by one of these guys (the guy on my far right, the far left looking at the picture - the bald guy) to watch yesterday's Flyers hockey game from one of the suites. He had … Continue reading What Has 12 Thumbs and Has Gained a Few Pounds Since College?
How to End a Friendship
This story has been making its way around social media over the past week, so some of you may already be familiar with it. From my perspective, it falls into the category of "Outrageous Behavior". As you can see from the image above, this story revolves around a couple (Doug and Dedra) who recently got … Continue reading How to End a Friendship
Is George One of the Luckiest Guys in the World?
The following message popped up on my Nextdoor feed a couple of days ago (name, location, age changed): Looking for new friends. Hello! My name is George and I just moved into a house off Drury Ln. I live alone no friends nobody just me, I am in process for a position with one of … Continue reading Is George One of the Luckiest Guys in the World?
I Miss Those Days
Tonight we had the chance to watch our grand-niece's swim meet, and it must have been the smell of the chlorine that triggered so many wonderful memories of the sport I love. Swimming was a big part of my life for 12 years, having been a competitive swimmer from about 9 years old until I … Continue reading I Miss Those Days
It’s All About the Comfort, and the Memories
This is a photo of the shirt I wore today. I got this shirt from Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia when either our first son was born in 1982, or when our second son was born in 1985 (those early years of parenthood were a blur...) Either way, it means that I've had the shirt … Continue reading It’s All About the Comfort, and the Memories
Want to Improve Your Cardiovascular Functioning? Your Immune System? Your Sleep?
Of course you do. Who would answer no to any of those questions? But how to get such improvements is the issue. There are the usual suspects - such as exercise, diet, and stress management. But an article in today's Wall Street Journal by Andrea Petersen offered a different suggestion. Friendship. That's right, friendship offers … Continue reading Want to Improve Your Cardiovascular Functioning? Your Immune System? Your Sleep?
Maybe Sally Field Was Speaking for All of Us
If you're of a certain age, you may well remember Sally Field's famous Oscar Acceptance speech in 1985 when she won Best Actress for her role in Places in the Heart. Here is a short clip of her speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FJtsL8AJx0 Field's gushing acceptance speech is well remembered and has since been both admired as earnest … Continue reading Maybe Sally Field Was Speaking for All of Us
The Joy of Catching Up with a Long-Time Colleague
I've been at Villanova for 33 years, and many of my colleagues have been there even longer. I think part of the reason for the longevity of so many people is the nature of higher education, and part of the reason has to do with Villanova being a great place to work. But I have … Continue reading The Joy of Catching Up with a Long-Time Colleague