My Name Is Borden. Quincy Borden…

Last week I wrote a post about how I find it annoying that when I sign my name as Jim at the end of an email, many people will write back with "Dear James". To me, it's a sign of lack of caring, a lack of paying attention to the details, and disrespect. I was … Continue reading My Name Is Borden. Quincy Borden…

Music Monday: Was I the Only Teenager Who Liked this Band?

It's a fairly clear memory from high school. Someone asked who my favorite singer/band was, and I made the mistake of telling the truth. Let's just say that for the next few days, many people were questioning my taste in music. But I couldn't have been the only one that liked this group. They were … Continue reading Music Monday: Was I the Only Teenager Who Liked this Band?

To Be or Not to Be (a College Grad), That Is the Question

TD Ameritrade recently conducted a study in which it surveyed over 3,000 U.S. teens and adults, including approximately 1,000 Gen Z (ages 15 to 21), 1,000 young millennials (ages 22 to 28), and 1,000 parents (ages 30 to 60). The results are eye-opening in terms of the changing view of the value of college. 96% … Continue reading To Be or Not to Be (a College Grad), That Is the Question

Some Thoughts on Summer Reading Lists for High School Students

This post was triggered by an essay in the Wall Street Journal by author Ann Patchett in which she notes that as children, many of us were forced to consume books over school break; as adults, we can enjoy those assigned classics without the academic burden. Here is the paragraph that resonated with me the … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Summer Reading Lists for High School Students

Earning a Varsity Letter in Community Service – What a Wonderful Idea

At Minnetonka High School in Minnesota, it's not just athletes who can earn a varsity letter. Those students committed to community service now have the same opportunity. According to Shannon Prather of the Star Tribune, the west metro high school is one of a growing number of high schools that allow students to letter in community … Continue reading Earning a Varsity Letter in Community Service – What a Wonderful Idea

I Don’t Know Why This Incident Has Stuck with Me for 45 Years

OK, back to the memory well one more time. I've recently shared a couple of college memories (Reliving the Glory Days of College and I Consider This One of the Greatest Athletic Feats I’ve Ever Witnessed) and a grade school memory (Music Monday: The Song I First Slow-Danced To), so I figured it's time to share a … Continue reading I Don’t Know Why This Incident Has Stuck with Me for 45 Years

Secret Tips for Getting into Harvard – Would My High School ID Have Helped?

Arguments began last month in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, a lawsuit that claims Harvard University is discriminating against Asian-American applicants. Many are watching the federal trial examining how Harvard uses race to shape its student body as a landmark test of civil rights laws. During the trial, information about Harvard's admission practices have been revealed, … Continue reading Secret Tips for Getting into Harvard – Would My High School ID Have Helped?

“He Likes To Talk About Bowling”

The memory is still fresh in my mind, 42 years later. It was my high school's end of year dance for the sophomore class, and as you might have guessed from the photo above, I did not have a date. However, a friend of mine said that his girlfriend knew a girl who was looking … Continue reading “He Likes To Talk About Bowling”