Personal Blog

We Discovered a “Wildlife Superhighway” in Our Backyard

During the spring of 2020, we made an important discovery: the fence of our backyard is frequently used as a thoroughfare by animals in our neighborhood. I describe it as a discovery because it was only through some unique circumstances that we decided to place our camera trap onto our back fence and start filming. [...]

What is the Best Game Show? A Summer 2020 Analysis of Current Offerings

What is the Best Game Show? A Summer 2020 Analysis of Current Offerings

Elizabeth Banks hosts the reboot of Press Your Luck. When 2020 started, I don’t think any of us envisioned this being the year we would experience. From impeachment, to the pandemic, to the profound resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, we’ve been bombarded with news and reasons to soul-search. So in an odd way, [...]

The Words Business and Nonprofit Leaders are Using to Talk About COVID-19

The Words Business and Nonprofit Leaders are Using to Talk About COVID-19

Have you received hundreds of emails about COVID-19 from every company and organization that you've ever given your email to? Here's what they probably said. Last Thursday I became tired of all of the emails I was receiving from CEOs and organizational leaders about Covid-19. I had not been reading the emails very closely, but [...]

5 Reasons to Celebrate Kenny Rogers

5 Reasons to Celebrate Kenny Rogers

Amid wall-wall coronavirus news coverage this past weekend, I saw the sad news that Kenny Rogers died. Given the timing of his death, I'm a little sad he won't probably get the star-studded treatment a country music star of his pedigree deserves. I'll readily admit that I'm by no means a mega-Kenny fan, but he [...]

Ranking the Nine 2020 Best Picture Nominees

For the second year in a row, my wife and I managed to see all of the best picture nominees prior to the Oscars. We love movies, and while admittedly this accomplishment is minor, it's also a lot of fun. There are nine nominees this year which is a lot! Some of these movies we [...]

Some Thoughts on Artwork, Decorations, and Culture in the Workplace

Some Thoughts on Artwork, Decorations, and Culture in the Workplace

Yesterday a co-worker came over to tell me some things that were bothering her. Among them, someone who managed the building had come by and told her that she needed to remove some birthday decorations. These decorations stretched to the ceiling above her cubicle, and basically amounted to colorful streamers. I asked my co-worker how [...]

A Book Review of “Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind”

A Book Review of “Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind”

If like the show Entourage, imagine it starring River Phoenix and that's the kind of book you get here. It's all highly entertaining and full of juicy Hollywood backstories and gossip.