Author Archives: Tina Polito

50 in 50: Arkansas / Top 5 Picks for Great Products Made in “The Natural State”

Top 5 Picks for Great Products Made in “The Natural State” #1) Arkansas-Grown Cotton You’d think it’d be easy to find Arkansas-made cotton apparel. After all, the Natural State ranks 3rd in the nation for its cotton production: In 2014, … Continue reading

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PS: Hey, Arizona…Happy Valentine’s Day!

Short, sweet (pun intended) post. Couldn’t leave the Grand Canyon State in the copper-colored desert dust without remembering that it was admitted to the USA on Valentine’s Day: February 14, 1912. See? If I hadn’t started this project, I never … Continue reading

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50 in 50: Arizona

We had no system. We didn’t even know that we’d started a manufacturing company. We just wanted to bake the best brownies in the world and be friends and have a good time… —Eileen Spitalny and David Kravetz, Co-Founders, Fairytale … Continue reading

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50 in 50: Alaska

I’ll wake up in the middle of the night during the wintertime and I’ll have just dreamt about that big catch. —Robert Beedle, Copper River salmon fisherman It’s disorienting, this state-to-state relocation, this alphabetically-determined switching of mental gears from the … Continue reading

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50 in 50: Alabama

These quilts…represent a tradition that has been passed on for a number of generations in a very small area in America, in Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The quilts reflect the history of that area and of this country…[they ask us to] … Continue reading

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Our Patchwork Heritage. Our Strength.

We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense…For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. —President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address, January 21, 2009 My sister-in-law Suzanne sews … Continue reading

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America’s Teachable Olympic Moment

Clothing is a means of creating and communicating an identity…That’s why the attire of Olympians is so important: on the biggest stage in the world, they are constructing an identity not just for themselves, but as representatives of their country. … Continue reading

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Oh Hey, Marine Layer? Come Home.

If loyalty is, and always has been, perceived as obsolete, why do we continue to praise it? Because loyalty is essential to the most basic things that make life livable. Without loyalty there can be no love. Without loyalty there … Continue reading

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Losing Mickey

“Disney needs to avoid getting lost in translation, an especially difficult proposition in China. It is a deeply American brand trying to break into a country where the government wants to suppress Western ideals.” —How China Won the Keys to … Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons to Buy USA-Made Gifts for Dad

In researching USA-made gifts for Father’s Day, a couple of thoughts kept nagging at me: Why should anyone care where a product’s been made? Is USA-made even relevant in our increasingly globalized, border-free world? Why not shut up and stop … Continue reading

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