In the fourth century BCE, the Greek philosopher Plato, denizen of Athens, wrote about the value of Beauty (it was capital B back then) to civic life. The idea was that people’s day-to-day welfare benefitted from the presence of beautiful things: architecture, gardens, music, poetry and communal … [Read more...] about Go Ahead. Make My Place.
Citizen Alert! It is Safe to Say that many readers of this column will Not Escape the Effects of this Terror! Guided by a Master Plan for Complete Domination! It Haunts the Earth in a Terrifying revelation of Things to Come! Big Data! It walks Among Us and it Must Be … [Read more...] about The Attack of the 100 Foot Numbers
“Recessions can hurt, but austerity kills.” That’s the message of authors David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu in The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills. Contrary to what many economists have claimed in the past, battling recession by cutting back does more harm than good, especially in terms of human … [Read more...] about Health Tips for the Economy
Imagine it’s a long time ago. The distant past. Like 1993. Back then, all you had to do to market your products to the masses was create a Facebook page, upload to Tumblr, tweet several thousand of your buddies, and… PSYCH! There was no such thing as social media then! #noway! So, how did … [Read more...] about From the Annals of Gee, Nobody Has Ever Done This Before
What is the difference between an amateur and a pro? A book, according to Jack Hitt, author of “Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character.” All the bumbling amateur stuff you did on the way to doing something really great (inventing electricity or discovering a new comet) is … [Read more...] about Praise for the Amateur
In a war between Cadbury and Hershey’s, I’d fight for both sides – if they paid in chocolate, that is. In my imaginary war, the worst that could happen would be death by chocolate. But if things went well, we could look forward to a chocolate treat-y instead. The real chocolate wars involving … [Read more...] about A Separate Piece of Chocolate
If you’re reading this, the foretold apocalypse didn’t happen and it’s back to the daily grind. Remember those New Year’s resolutions you thought you didn’t have to make this year? Well, get out the pencil and paper and start writing. Life goes on and you aren’t getting any younger. Here’s a … [Read more...] about Did Someone Say Encore?
Resiliency is not a widespread watchword for the 21st century, perhaps because many businesses and people are still in denial about the new normal. But, it ought to be. According to Andrew Zolli, author of “Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back,” adapting to new normals (plural!) is something we need … [Read more...] about Benefits of Resilience
The couple on the patio of Palmenhaus, a popular café in the Burggarten in Vienna, is clearly enjoying the unseasonal September sun. They are young, happy, and pregnant. “The baby is due in November,” the wife said to an American reporter at the next table. The husband and wife (they declined to … [Read more...] about What Euro Crisis?
Here in the Wild West (we still think that way, don’t we), doing for ourselves has a long tradition. In the early days of the American republic, we couldn’t always rely on Washington, D.C. to lend a helping hand. Not because we didn’t want the help. It was just a heck of a long way between there and … [Read more...] about Hey Pard’ner