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A Long and Winding Post

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  –Charles Dickens * Oh let us love our occupations / Bless the squire and his relations, Live upon our daily rations / And always know our proper stations.                                                                                                               —Charles Dickens Prelude Yesterday morning, bright and early, the Roto-Rooter guy arrived to unclogContinue Reading “A Long and Winding Post”

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Does This Skype Camera Make My Blog Look Big?

A few weeks ago, at the suggestion of my wise friend Anna, I sent a query off to the producers at ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. Since they had recently launched their “Made in America Challenge,” might they be interested in my own similarly-themed project? To be honest, I’d pretty much forgotten about myContinue Reading “Does This Skype Camera Make My Blog Look Big?”

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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”