Monthly Archives: May 2011

Don’t Try This at Home

“New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed to 424,000 last week from a revised 414,000 in the prior week, pointing to a painfully slow improvement in the nation’s job markets…A [labor] department official said there were no exceptional factors … Continue reading

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Baking Cookies: The Ruth Wakefield Antidote

“I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies…”                                                                         –Hillary Clinton, March 26, 1992 * I haven’t been this depressed since grad school, when reading Virginia Woolf everyday for months sent me into a tailspin. Don would arrive … Continue reading

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Blue Monday

Blue Monday how I hate Blue Monday Got to work like a slave all day.  –“Blue Monday,” 1954 “At Lifeng we’re happy to make the jeans for the whole world. We never miss a deadline, even if it means our … Continue reading

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Dear Julia and Tom: Let’s Give Your “Favorite Things” an All American Makeover, Shall We?

Dear Ms. Roberts and Mr. Hanks, May I call you Julia and Tom? Hope so. Congratulations on your soon-to-be released film, Larry Crowne.  The premise–the title character Tom plays has lost his job–is one over 14 million Americans would likely … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Julia Roberts’ and Tom Hanks’ Favorite Things

On May 6, Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to promote their upcoming movie, Larry Crowne. During the show’s second half, Ms. Roberts and Mr. Hanks gave away their “favorite things.” Oprah’s “elves” (as Hanks … Continue reading

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Laura Ingraham Show

Click below to hear me on today’s Laura Ingraham Show… Interviewed by Laura Ingraham Responses, suggestions welcome!

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My Hallmark Moment

The number of Americans filing for jobless aid rose to an eight-month high last week and productivity growth slowed in the first quarter, clouding the outlook for an economy that is struggling to gain speed.  May 5, 2011, Reuters The … Continue reading

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Made in USA Resources

Just a quick post to alert readers to the new addition to the blog / website. Alongside About and Bio, you’ll now find Made in USA Resources. Click it and find links to the products I’ve mentioned since beginning this project January 1st, … Continue reading

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What Price Freedom?

  In the week ending April 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 429,000, an increase of 25,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 404,000. The 4-week moving average was 408,500, an increase of 9,250 from … Continue reading

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Mary-Kate and Ashley to the Rescue

“We really want The Row to be an American luxury brand. We believe in not just American by representation but American by make.” –Ashley Olsen to Newsweek, April 24, 2011 Last Wednesday President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama … Continue reading

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