It’s true! There’s an easy and cool way to shoot rubber bands that I learned sometime long long ago from an amazing person (who this person is, exactly, I don’t remember, but I know the person to show me such a nifty skill must be amazing).

And now, at last, I am sharing the secret with you. It’s a good summer activity. And rubber bands aren’t too expensive, either, so that’s yet one more thing going for this quick trick. Oh, yeah. I know how to have a good time.

If you’re looking for a hairstyle that looks lovely and is simple to do, check this out. It’s especially useful if you have bangs that you constantly have to brush out of your eyes. (Note: If you have little or no hair, you can skip this one. Unless you enjoy doing other people’s hair. In that case, watch away!)

Oh, and the title? It’s named after Elysabethe, one of the students who was on the study abroad trip to Ireland I co-led recently. I don’t know 100% if Elysabethe invented this ‘do, but I think she did. And the Elysabethe Twist is a great name for either a hairdo, a dance, or a mixed drink. I think we’ll stick with the hairdo for now.


I had the privilege of recently traveling to Sneem, Ireland with a group of Marywood University and Robert Morris University students. We encountered one or two trials during our otherwise idyllic trip, and here is how my colleague, Lindsey Wotanis, and I worked to overcome this challenge. If you ever find yourself in a situation with swarms of midges, I believe our strategies will be key to your well-being and survival.

Of course, as one YouTube commenter mentions, seeing Don the Chemist for Jungle Spray might also be worth your time. But that solution is not quite as creative as what Lindsey and I have come up with….

Conversing across cultures is increasingly important in a globalized world, and this short guide to speaking whale is but a small step in efforts to communicate in ways that both acknowledge and appreciate differences. Yes, Dory would be proud.

2011 in review

Posted: January 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,300 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Every family has holiday traditions, and here’s one my kids and I share. It’s definitely a classic, sure to enrich your lives for many years to come. It may even be passed down from generation to generation.

If you enjoy snack cakes but you don’t enjoy gnawing away at the plastic wrapper in order to enjoy the icing, this video is for you. The god of TastyKakes (aka Kathy R, teacher extraordinaire) showed me how I could prevent the icing from sticking to the wrapper, and I believe it’s my responsibility to share the divine wisdom I have received. Go forth and eat well.