Even casual observers are familiar with Impressionism, perhaps the most famous movement in art history. Sweeping through France in 1870’s and 1880’s, names like Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Degas, and Cezanne are familiar in many households today. The name for this movement comes from this painting by Claude Monet. “Sunrise Impression.” Part of what makes Impressionism […]

Hard Work

Game three of the NBA Finals. Warriors have won the first two games so now, back in Cleveland, it’s a must-win game for the Cavs. Though the Warriors’ high powered offence got off to a fast start, the Cavs battled back to take the lead, thanks in large part to a heroic effort by Lebron […]

Here’s our Secret Sauce

McDonald’s Big Mac sauce is delivered to restaurants in pre-sealed containers, and not even employees know what the actual ingredients are. Despite their dog Duke’s best efforts to sell it, Bush’s Baked Beans attributes their success to a secret family recipe, which has been passed down from generation to generation. Coke-a-Cola’s secret recipe famously sits […]

The Lie of Ty

When we were moving out of our apartment this spring we decided to get rid of some of my old PlayStation 2 games (circa 2000). Many of them were worthless but a few of them sold for good money and a couple sold for more than they we bought them for! Which, of course, reminded […]

A Priority

“What are your top three priorities for today?” the boss asks. Emails, meetings, and moving that stuck project forward all dance through our head. But we rarely stop to think that having many priorities is somewhat of an oxymoron. How can everything be the most important? The English word came from Old French “priorite”, which […]

Count The Cost

I’m working on building a picnic table and benches for our patio, hopefully in time for some summer cookouts this year. I cobbled together ideas from the internet, put together a design, and picked out the wood. The more I get into it, the more I realize how much work is involved. Measuring, cutting, sanding, […]


In February 1914, a massive British and French fleet appears off the coast of Istanbul (Constantinople). Sitting between Europe and Asia at the entrance to the narrow Strait of Bosporus, it’s one of the most strategically important locations in the world. Whoever controls the strait controls access to the Black Sea – and all of […]

Inspiration Strikes

In a world more and more free from the rigid timetables of the industrial revolution, work motivation has become a hot topic of business researchers. If you worked in a factory at the turn of the century, it didn’t matter much how internally motivated you were to work. You show up, you stand in your […]

Real Grass

In 2017, the city with the world’s busiest airport finally has a professional team playing the world’s favorite sport. Atlanta United has started off their inaugural season with an impressive 2-1 record and a conference-leading 11 goals. And as soon as you get near the stadium you can smell it. Real grass. Freshly cut, precisely […]

Five Frogs

There are five frogs on a log, the old riddle goes. One of them decides to jump! How many frogs are left on the log? Five. Because deciding to jump is not the same thing as jumping.   Extra Credit.