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Made in USA Space Heater? Welcome to My Alternate Universe.

Suarez Corporation Industries, a company that describes itself as a multichannel marketing company that sells products as diverse as portable heaters and fashion jewelry, plans to take part of the former Hoover vacuum cleaner plant in North Canton for a new manufacturing and distribution operation…  “This is a milestone for our company,” Ben Suarez, founderContinue Reading “Made in USA Space Heater? Welcome to My Alternate Universe.”

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Oh {Grown in the USA} Christmas Tree!

Yesterday Don and I headed over to the Christmas tree lot at our local Home Depot. Over the past few years, to Don’s relief, tree shopping has become much simpler. I used to be a perfectionist about finding The Best Christmas Tree Ever. This meant driving from lot to lot all over town, Don pulling tree afterContinue Reading “Oh {Grown in the USA} Christmas Tree!”

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Unraveling Our Economic Mess, One Turkey at a Time

The yellow-gold leaves on our neighbors’ elms shimmer against the clear blue sky. It’s Thanksgiving week. So much for which to be grateful. This morning I hiked up toward the ridge a couple of blocks from my house. Just a few feet ahead, a deer stood in the road. Its antlers branched out in regal splendor. I stopped,Continue Reading “Unraveling Our Economic Mess, One Turkey at a Time”

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Twenty Minutes at an Occupy SF General Assembly

“If you really want to understand the Occupy movement, you should sit in on the subcommittee meeting of the General Assembly.” The 20-ish college kid smiled as he said this. I felt a motherly urge to protect him. What was he doing in Justin Herman Plaza, soliciting passersby to sign a petition? Didn’t he haveContinue Reading “Twenty Minutes at an Occupy SF General Assembly”

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Notes from the Retail Revolution

Reporting from San Francisco– Protesters in the Occupy Wall Street movement seized a Bank of America branch in the city’s financial district Wednesday, a demonstration that forced jittery customers and employees to flee and ended in nearly 100 arrests… It took about 40 police officers in riot gear nearly four hours to clear the bank…Continue Reading “Notes from the Retail Revolution”