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Makin’ a List. Checkin’ It Twice.

Call it a hunch. Well, a hunch based on the past two years seeking products made in the USA. Especially shoes, which are 98% imported–seems more like 99.9% to me, but apparently America still manufactures 2% of its shoes. So I’m flipping through L.L. Bean’s Holiday 2012 catalogue on a frosty morning a couple of daysContinue Reading “Makin’ a List. Checkin’ It Twice.”

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Buy USA-Made Holiday Gifts. Create Jolly American Workers.

…last year alone, the number of working age nonworkers grew to 89.2 million from 86.8 million…Welfare payments…now exceed $1 trillion a year. –The Wall Street Journal (12.08.12) * When men are employed they are best contented; for on the days worked they were good-natured and cheerful, and, with the consciousness of having done a goodContinue Reading “Buy USA-Made Holiday Gifts. Create Jolly American Workers.”

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Just Hear Those {USA-Made} Sleigh Bells Jingling

On this morning in 1941, the Japanese military attacked Pearl Harbor, killing 2,300 members of the American military. The Navy and Marine Corps suffered 2,117 deaths and 779 wounded, while the Army had 228 killed and 113 seriously wounded. These Americans surely didn’t wake up on the morning of December 7th thinking: Today I willContinue Reading “Just Hear Those {USA-Made} Sleigh Bells Jingling”

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From My Front Porch to Yours: Happy Thanksgiving

Turkey’s in the oven. Smells buttery and good. Yes, it’s been a while but please know I continue to seek (at times desperately), find and buy products made in this neighborhood we call the USA. Once you begin reading labels, you just can’t stop. As one friend recently put it: “Tina, I hate you! Now I can’t buyContinue Reading “From My Front Porch to Yours: Happy Thanksgiving”

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What Not to Wear: RL’s Olympian Mistake

From The Wall Street Journal, July 11, 2012: The U.S. trade deficit with China continues to grow…climbing 17% to $99.7 billion…  * [Photo Credit: Peter Kramer/NBC NewsWire/Getty Images] Oh my. Can we talk about the Olympic uniforms? I know, I know. It’s too late to change them now, so why look in the rear view mirror? One-thousand outstanding U.S. athletesContinue Reading “What Not to Wear: RL’s Olympian Mistake”

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Who Manufactured It Best? A Tale of Two Blouses.

The lavender’s in bloom, the air’s sweet and warm. It’s late spring.   Yesterday, after more than a year blogging and hunting for products made here in our little 3.79 million square-mile neighborhood, I found myself hankering (now there’s a word I’ve never used before) for a new blouse. Something feminine and pretty, something toContinue Reading “Who Manufactured It Best? A Tale of Two Blouses.”

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Pedaling Toward the “Made in America” Quality Principle

A couple of days ago (before the latest rainstorm arrived) I spotted a red, yellow and blue tricycle on display out in front of a children’s store. I’m always on high alert for toys and such that Grandpa Don and I can keep at our place for our year-old grandson to enjoy. This tricycle lookedContinue Reading “Pedaling Toward the “Made in America” Quality Principle”