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Remember, Small Business Saturday is November 24, 2018

As an entrepreneur and small business owner, I would be remiss if I didn’t’ remind my readers of this blog that Small Business Saturday is almost here. Small Business Saturday was conceived by American Express and first launched in 2010 on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The idea was to encourage everyone to support local shops … Continue reading

Numbers: Recounting Some Ballots of the 2018 Midterm Election

It’s one week later, and I feel like we are still living through the November 6, 2018 midterm election. In some ways we are. In a few states some races have been deemed too close to call and election workers and volunteers are still counting ballots. I was pleasantly surprised, however, to hear on Tuesday, … Continue reading

Numbers: Stats for Veterans Day 2018

Today, November 12, 2018, is Veteran’s Day (observed) in the United States. The first Veterans Day was observed on November 11, 1919 which marked the first anniversary of the end of World War I (WWI). Veterans Day honors military veterans with a variety of events that include parades, speeches and talks, volunteer activities, and remembrance … Continue reading

Numbers: Breast Cancer Awareness – 1 in 8

It’s the first week of October and the fall foliage is in bloom! Various shades of red, yellow, purple, black, orange, magenta, blue and brown are included in the count of deciduous trees’ autumn leaf colors. One color that may be more prominent in your environment during the month of October is pink! The pink … Continue reading

Numbers: Gas Price Updates and 2018 Independence Day Stats

July 4th falls on a Wednesday this year. AAA’s latest July 4th Travel Report shows that an estimated 47 million Americans are expected to travel 50+ miles away from their homes for the holiday. This is a record number for the 4th of July holiday and a five (5) percent increase from last year. With … Continue reading

Numbers: Football in America – 2018 Draft and the Odds of Hearing “Welcome to the NFL”

The first day of the NFL’s 2018 Draft is here! There are many, many persons who have been waiting for this very special day to arrive. This year, the three-day event will be held at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The draft can be viewed as a fierce battle for some of the very … Continue reading

Numbers: Teacher Salaries in the United States

This was an interesting week for numbers in the U.S. At the beginning of this first week in April, I was initially drawn to numbers associated with mass shootings in America as news was received of yet another incident at the You Tube Headquarters in San Bruno, CA on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. However, another … Continue reading

Numbers: America Also Has An Innumeracy Problem

“Those who tell the stories rule society.” – Plato, Greek philosopher Today’s post revisits the subject of innumeracy – a topic that was mentioned in an earlier post, Numbers: Illiteracy in the United States.  Innumeracy is the mathematical analogue of functional illiteracy. Use of the term innumerate was first recorded in 1959 (Source: Dictionary.com) and coined … Continue reading

Pi Day is 03.14 and I am feeling irrational.

Question: If you divide the circumference of the sun by its diameter, what will you have? Answer: Pi in the sky! Corny jokes aside, Pi Day 2018 is almost here. While there will be countless events and activities to observe the importance of this mathematical constant , some of the best programs and activities will … Continue reading

Numbers: Mental Illness in America

News coverage of the school shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, one week ago on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 has been steady.  Since the shootings, one 19-year-old male, Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, and accused of injuring more than a dozen others at … Continue reading