Music Monday: Despite Pandemic, 2020 Was a Good Year for the Music Industry

Not every industry struggled in 2020. Global music sales grew for the sixth consecutive year in 2020, with total revenues rising 7.4% to $21.6 billion, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's (IFPI) "Global Music Report 2021." Music industry sales are now close to its all time high (at least based on the … Continue reading Music Monday: Despite Pandemic, 2020 Was a Good Year for the Music Industry

And I Thought I Was the Only One Having Trouble Reading During the Pandemic

The conditions seemed ideal. Extra time on my hands, and a set of books I received from my family members on my birthday. I had plans to do lots of reading, but for whatever reason, I was having trouble getting through the books. I felt like I had lost my motivation to read. And then … Continue reading And I Thought I Was the Only One Having Trouble Reading During the Pandemic

Music Monday: What’s the Best Way to Cope with the Pandemic?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal describes the results of a research study that examined which activities worked best to lift people’s moods during the COVID pandemic. Sex and drugs were among the 43 options participants could choose from, along with exercise, cooking, social media, video calls, and various types of entertainment. The … Continue reading Music Monday: What’s the Best Way to Cope with the Pandemic?

We Are All Socially Awkward Now

Kate Murphy, a reporter at the New York Times, wrote an interesting story last month: We’re All Socially Awkward Now. Murphy writes the following: Research on prisoners, hermits, soldiers, astronauts, polar explorers, and others who have spent extended periods in isolation indicates social skills are like muscles that atrophy from lack of use. People separated from society — by … Continue reading We Are All Socially Awkward Now

If You Can’t Beat It, Then Start a Business

Today was ICE Challenge Day in my class, one of my favorite days of the year. The sponsor of the Challenge is Villanova's own ICE Institute, where ICE stands for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship. Here is a brief description of the Challenge: The ICE Challenge is an annual requirement for all students entering the Villanova … Continue reading If You Can’t Beat It, Then Start a Business

Sometimes Comments Are Out of Line

Even though I might sometimes disagree with some of the items they publish, I love the WSJ. Check my blog; dozens of posts I have written over the past five years have been based on something I've read in the Journal. Just ask my students. It's usually how I start off each class, talking about … Continue reading Sometimes Comments Are Out of Line

It Took 23 Posts, But It Finally Happened

Posts featuring Dan Pink's Pinkcast videos have been a mainstay of my blog for the past year and a half. In fact, this is my 23rd such post. The first 22 posts included topics such as: What If?? Mental Subtraction of Positive Events Creating a Book of Small Experiments Better Feedback in Just 19 Words A Simple, but … Continue reading It Took 23 Posts, But It Finally Happened

Returning to Normal: Step One Completed

It’s been over four months since I’ve stepped foot inside a Wawa convenience store. Never heard of Wawa? Here’s a little background info I provided on Wawa in a previous post. If you haven’t heard of Wawa, then just imagine what the ultimate convenience store would be like, and that’s Wawa. It’s better than 7-Eleven, Sheetz, … Continue reading Returning to Normal: Step One Completed

Another Sign That We Really Miss Sports

Some sports announcers are so desperate for any sort of competition that they've taken to narrating ordinary events as if they were the final round at The Masters or Game 7 of the NBA finals. I love how the lockdown has inspired such creativity. Who needs sports when you've got these guys? Here are a … Continue reading Another Sign That We Really Miss Sports