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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, 335,000 acres were planted, yielding 820,000 bales of cotton. So why is it that–when IContinue Reading “50 in 50: Arkansas / Top 5 Picks for Great Products Made in “The Natural State””

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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 would’ve known that. Makes it all worthwhile. One other non-Arizona, Valentine’s Day factoid: according toContinue Reading “PS: Hey, Arizona…Happy Valentine’s Day!”

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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 sultry south’s Alabama–birthplace of Harper Lee, heart of the civil rights movement, home to SockContinue Reading “50 in 50: Alaska”

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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 the most amazing quilts. Each is unique; each a work of art. The grateful recipientContinue Reading “Our Patchwork Heritage. Our Strength.”

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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. —Prof. Michael Mamp, Central Michigan University Before the 2016 Summer Olympics fade from memory, theContinue Reading “America’s Teachable Olympic Moment”

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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 irritating everyone, from a blameless Marine Layer employee (story to come in a future post) to myContinue Reading “Top 10 Reasons to Buy USA-Made Gifts for Dad”