Month: May 2014

5 Ways To Earn Free Books This Summer

I learned at a young age that reading books can be addicting. When I was about 12 years old, I decided that I wanted to read Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer. I started reading the book a week after school let out.  Within ten pages, I was hooked and I couldn’t put the book down for […]

Investing in a Summer Academic Program

In 1935, George Gershwin captured the feeling of summer perfectly in his song, “Summertime” from the opera Porgy and Bess: Summertime, And the livin’ is easy Fish are jumpin’ And the cotton is high Your daddy’s rich And your mamma’s good lookin’ So hush little baby Don’t you cry. The music is written in the […]

10 Ideas to Fight Summer Boredom

My daughter turned six earlier this month. To celebrate her birthday, we hosted a party at an indoor trampoline park and invited a number of her friends. We figured that if we placed our daughter and her pals in a fun filled environment, they would be able to find their own entertainment. But before long, my […]

Putting Television Time To Good Use

    Although I have not had a two-month summer vacation in over 15 years, I still recall how magical they were. There were carefree afternoons playing pickup soccer games with friends. There were family vacations and camping trips with the Boy Scouts. And of course, there was TV. Growing up, TV was a contradictory […]

5 Buried Treasures That Are Still Missing

Most people associate buried treasure with pirates. The truth is that pirates did not bury their treasure. The only known example of a pirate actually burying a treasure is William Kidd. Kidd was originally commissioned by England to raid Spanish ships in the Atlantic, but he became a little too ambitious and raided anyone who […]

What Fireflies And Test Scores Have In Common

  There is nothing more magical than standing in a darkened field when the fireflies come out. For me, the yellow flashes of the fireflies are a sign that summer has finally arrived. Unfortunately, the firefly population appears to have declined in recent years. Although many scientists are attempting to identify the specific reason for […]

Don’t We All Need A Summer Vacation?

Last year, I was responsible for a major computer implementation at work. It was a new payroll system with the potential to impact paychecks for the entire company. Needless to say, I was stressed. Since the system was not going live until 2014, I decided to take some time off for Christmas. In total, I […]