How To Rock A Niche Podcast 

Podcasting 101 Looking to enhance your brand and stay busy during the COVID-19 pandemic, try podcasting. Here's a blog piece written by Jane Sandwood about how to get it going. Streaming services are quite an important part of getting your content out there, and for those who have a voice... Read more →


Nurses and the Coronavirus

Nurses are the Most Respected Profession Gallup conducts a poll each year of how Americans view the honesty and ethics in a variety of professions. The latest poll results for 2019 were issued on January 6, 2020. For the 18th year in a row, Americans rate the honesty and ethics... Read more →


Ayn Rand and the Coronavirus

Applying Rand’s Philosophy of Objectivism to the Current Crisis I’ve had a lot of time to think about how philosophers might describe the coronavirus outbreak with respect to our personal responsibilities. It seems to me that Ayn Rand’s philosophy of individualism is a good place to start. What would Rand... Read more →


Writing and Wellness Go Hand in Hand

Can Writing Make Us Feel Better About Ourselves? Having recently completed a book on happiness and meaning and how it links to ethical behavior, I want to share some of my insights about how writing can qualitatively enhance wellness. Enhancing Wellness According to Tara Parker-Pope, the founding editor of Well,... Read more →


Emphasizing the Common Good During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Ethics and the Coronavirus As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow and the death toll mounts, it’s useful, from an ethics perspective, to use our experiences to date to evaluate our personal responsibilities to each other in this crisis. Why does this matter? Our society depends on communal... Read more →


Ethics and Our Response to the Coronavirus

Have We Acted Responsibly? As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to grow and the death toll mounts, we should use our experiences so far to evaluate our personal responsibilities to each other and whether the government has met its burden in handling the crisis. Why does this matter? Our... Read more →


Is it Time to Reconfigure the PCAOB?

What is the Public Interest? It’s been about 18 years since Congress created the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in response to widespread fraud in the financial statements of the likes of Enron and WorldCom. Given the high rate of audit deficiencies identified in PCAOB inspections of public company audits,... Read more →


What does it really take to produce a wildly successful podcast?

SLO NightWriters Hosts Chris Lambert On March 10, Chris Lambert will visit SLO NightWriters, the premier writing organization in the Central Coast, for an evening on the hot seat! Chris Lambert is the host of the wildly successful podcast Your Own Backyard, a series where you join him on the... Read more →


Why is College Tuition So High?

Explosion of “Support Services” Breaks the Budget We hear it all the time during the Democratic debates. College tuition is too high; students are burdened with overwhelming debt; and state support is lacking. This is all true. Having taught at the university level for about 40 years, I’ve come to... Read more →


Are Participation Trophies a Good Thing?

The Role of Internal Motivation in Sports I must admit a bias against the awarding of participation trophies to kids even if they do not win a sports contest. From an ethical perspective it runs the risk of harming one’s internal motivation to work as hard as possible; do you... Read more →