Congrats to This Year’s College Freshmen

It's been quite a year, for all of us. It's hard to think of anyone who has not been affected in some way by the global pandemic of COVID-19. From the elderly, to the health care workers, to the unemployed, to the families with young school age children, this past year has disrupted our lives. … Continue reading Congrats to This Year’s College Freshmen

The WordPress Community Is As Real As Any Community I’ve Been a Part Of

I just finished reading a heartbreaking post from Sue Vincent, titled The Last Post?. Sue was diagnosed with incurable small cell lung cancer last September,  and spent much of last week in the hospital. As Sue writes: "It has been an interesting and informative journey on so many levels as familiar things have been stripped … Continue reading The WordPress Community Is As Real As Any Community I’ve Been a Part Of

Thank You!

I just want to express my gratitude for all the well wishes I received regarding my two broken wrists. While I am not in much pain, it is quite inconvenient. I never realized how much I take my hands for granted. My wife and son have been incredibly helpful. A couple of people wondered if … Continue reading Thank You!

Reducing Stress in Just 15 Minutes per Week

Going on a 15-minute 'awe walk' each week, where we stop to appreciate the world around us, can help boost positive emotions and reduce stress, a new study shows. These 'awe walks', where we soak up nature, architecture, and more, can boost healthy 'pro-social' emotions such as compassion and gratitude. Professor Virginia Sturm at the … Continue reading Reducing Stress in Just 15 Minutes per Week

Forget about Singing Happy Birthday, Do This When Washing Your Hands Instead

Many people are likely aware of the suggestion to sing "Happy Birthday", twice, while washing your hands to ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly. Here's Prime Minister Boris Johnson showing us (sort of) how it's done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWfZGdLeDl4 But Dan Pink has an even better idea than singing the well-known tune while washing our hands. … Continue reading Forget about Singing Happy Birthday, Do This When Washing Your Hands Instead

I Couldn’t Be Prouder of These Villanova Graduates and Students

Established in 1953, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing is one of the crown jewels of Villanova University and provides an educational experience that challenges students to become nursing leaders working at the forefront of modern health care, in every corner of the world. The College educates nurses to emerge as strong leaders in … Continue reading I Couldn’t Be Prouder of These Villanova Graduates and Students

From Thanks to Rants

In yesterday's post, I expressed my gratitude to all the wonderful people who made our time in Singapore so special. While those good feelings will last a long time, the things I noticed on my trip home today did bring me down a bit from my SIngaporean high. Since "they" say it's a good idea … Continue reading From Thanks to Rants

Grateful

It was a wonderful feeling of pure gratitude. Today, my wife, son, and I had the opportunity to join my students on a one-day trip to Malaysia. Everything about the day was perfect - the weather, the people, the bus, the lines at immigration, the places we visited, the meals we ate. Late in the … Continue reading Grateful

A Look Back at My First Attempts at Blogging

I started this blog on January 1, 2015 (here's that first post), and haven't missed a day since. The original intent was to see if I was up to the challenge of posting every day for 31 days. When I got to 31 days I said to myself why not try for 50 days, which … Continue reading A Look Back at My First Attempts at Blogging

The Gratitude Quiz

I mentioned the Greater Good web site in one of my previous posts, noting that it was my favorite new web site. Here's a little bit about Greater Good, from its web site: Through articles, videos, quizzes, and podcasts, we bridge the gap between scientific journals and people’s daily lives, particularly for parents, educators, business … Continue reading The Gratitude Quiz