The Friday Five Continues

We hope everyone enjoyed a nice, long Memorial Day Weekend.  For those having trouble getting back into the swing of things, fear not—we’ve got you covered.  Here’s a brief preview of what you may have missed: we were excited about biker diversity and votes of no confidence, but this week…SPOILER ALERT…working moms really got our […]

High School Confession

I have a confession–I loved high school. I loved it in the moment and I still long for the simplicity of those days. I should start by acknowledging the role privilege played in making this time more good than bad.  There was never any question that I would be going to college, as did the […]

High School Reunion Confidential

One of my classmates from the Hickory High School class of 2004 was recently on Facebook spreading a survey to make plans for a 10-year reunion.  The fact that he (and those who “like” his statuses) are already so eager to prepare for a high school reunion strikes me as fascinating, especially considering that Hickory […]

Rogue Rolex Reviews & Social Trust

While snark is apparently the official language of the Internet, for better or for worse, it’s not very often that you come across random acts of sarcasm in places you don’t expect…like Amazon. In my husband’s aimless browsing, he recently found a treasure trove of sarcastic reviews of ridiculously expensive watches: a $34,000 Rolex, an $81,779 Zenith (has anyone heard of this […]

Flexibility at work: Who’s bending and what’s broken?

Flexible workplaces are often been heralded as the answer to issues of work-life conflict.  Researchers have found that flexible work arrangements—practices and policies allowing employees greater control over when, where and for how long they work—are associated with greater productivity and employee satisfaction.  Many U.S. companies have taken note and jumped on board, showcasing impressive […]

The Worst Idea in the History of Educational Computer Games…From the People Who Brought You “The Oregon Trail”

If you attended an American elementary school at any point between the mid-1980s and the mid-1990s, you probably have fond memories of The Oregon Trail, an educational computer game that simulates the experiences of 19th century pioneers heading west.  The cottage industry of Oregon Trail nostalgia speaks to the fact that, at least for Americans under […]