Courtesy of my good friend and fellow bibliophile and author Charlotte, I learned about a great website today. It’s called Word Spy. If you enjoy discovering interesting ways to combine letters, check it out. One of the selections on its “most popular” list is a new one for me – nerdku. It’s defined as a haiku with “a scientific or technical theme” or one “that relates to a work of science fiction or fantasy.” Read about the more traditional Japanese offering of haiku at Poets.org, the website for the Academy of American Poets. These three-line poems with five, seven and five syllables per line, are fun to create. IRead More →

“The Meddler” with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne is not just a heartwarming tale of a widow and her daughter. It’s a sweet yet effective reminder that one is never too old to make a difference. The power of kindness is immense and the film’s screenwriter Lorene Scafaria does a terrific job in bringing that point home. Based on the true story of her mother’s loss and a desire to stay relevant and connected, this 2016 movie packs a lot into 100 minutes – humor, sadness, love, friendship, risk-taking, introspection and romance. According to an article in Variety, this screenwriter and director “wrote it as a way to process”Read More →

As someone who has been blogging for ten years, I always like to reference earlier posts when discussing a topic that has evolved over time. The problem is that I have written in excess of 1,200 commentaries for Pension Risk Matters and Good Risk Governance Pays and it is not easy to search by key words. Yes, one can sort archived posts by month, year and topic but it takes time. Enter BlogBooker, a service that allows you to quickly convert your blog posts (including photos) to either a WORD file or a pdf file. Kudos to BlogBooker for such a wonderful service and thanksRead More →

National Teacher Appreciation Day on May 3 was a nice reminder of the many individuals who generously shared their wisdom and knowledge with me. One gentleman in particular comes to mind. In charge of my high school Advanced Placement English class, Dr. Graham taught his students about the ups and downs of creative writing. Under his guidance, we had opportunities to stretch our talents as authors, poets and playwrights without the kind of reprisal that might discourage beginners. His feedback was always positive even when it was negative. I realize that now even though I did not always appreciate his candor back then. Still, he must have seenRead More →