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While We Were Sleeping

How doth the little crocodile Improve his shining tail, And pour the waters of the Nile On every golden scale! How cheerfully he seems to grin, How neatly spreads his claws, And welcomes little fishes in With gently smiling jaws!                          –Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland * “Those who have compared our life to a dreamContinue Reading “While We Were Sleeping”

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My Funny Valentine

Don and I have never experienced a Valentine’s Day quite like this one. It’s certainly the first time we’ve ever discussed our country’s trade imbalance over dinner. I’ve never before brought findings by the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to the table. We had barbequed Porterhouse steak, organic sweet broccoli sautéed inContinue Reading “My Funny Valentine”

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Ok Dad. Now I Get It.

Gentle Reminders: U.S. trade deficit in goods and services for 2010: $497.8 billion*                                   U.S. unemployment: 9.8%                                   Today’s Wall street Journal: “Germans in Talks to Buy Big Board” *** We cannot hope to restore confidence in the American economy without first restoring the “lost jobs.” It takes capital to create jobs. If we takeContinue Reading “Ok Dad. Now I Get It.”

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He Said, She Said: Two American Business Owners, Two Views

Balboa Baby has cornered the market on cute. Within minutes of perusing their online site, I fought the urge to plunk heaps o’ stuff in my virtual shopping cart. Gimme one of everything: the Adjustable Sling, the Nursing Cover, the Nursing Pillow, and that nifty Shopping Cart Cover. All come in colorful yet sophisticated Hawaiian-lookContinue Reading “He Said, She Said: Two American Business Owners, Two Views”

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The Patriot Diet

“I’m starting to worry that you guys aren’t going to have anything to eat…the blog could be the beginnings of the next great fad diet…The Buy American Diet? The Patriot Diet, perhaps?”                                                                                      –Dennis, son-in-law * Ok, true confession: Since beginning this project on January 1st (despite having given up my beloved Trader Joe’s salads, pizzas, andContinue Reading “The Patriot Diet”

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Grace

The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous. —Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) On the 23rd anniversary of Emancipation in Washington, D.C. It was hard in the sense that there are emotions associated with that history. The pure economics weren’t so difficult. –Philip Marineau, CEO, Levi Strauss & Co,Continue Reading “Grace”

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On My Soupbox

And for the season it was winter, and they that know the winters of that country know them to be sharp and violent, and subject to cruel and fierce storms, dangerous to travel to known places, much more to search an unknown coast…                                                                                   –William Bradford, 1620, Of Plymouth Plantation It’s winter: Minnesota Heartland 11-Bean SoupContinue Reading “On My Soupbox”

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Show Prep: Sneaking a Foot in America’s Door

Notes scribbled on over two dozen 3×5 index cards cover my kitchen nook table. Discussion points for my brief–less than 10-minutes–morning talk radio interview. Each card tells its own China Ate My Jeans-related story. Some stories I’ve touched on in this blog, others are yet to come. How to choose…? I listen to the show onContinue Reading “Show Prep: Sneaking a Foot in America’s Door”