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When I Was In…

You know how it is. You come back from your vacation (or from working or studying abroad) and you want to tell everyone all about it. You are so full of thoughts, memories, and experiences that you think you might explode if you don’t talk about it. And […]

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Is The Sky Falling?

Judging by this week’s news, you could say that Alberta, Canada is overrun with gun-toting psychotic murderers, California is covered with snow, and Play-Doh toys are designed to corrupt children. The truth, however, is not quite so horrifying.  There have been two Albertans who shot people this week, […]

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Interesting Times

Thirty or forty years ago, being harassed, fondled, propositioned and even assaulted by men was not unusual. The problem for Bill Cosby is that this is a new era.  If every man who had behaved as he is accused of behaving were to be vilified in the press, […]

Signature Brands

Signature Brand

Signatures used to be very important. When I was a secretary, letters would sit on my boss’s desk waiting for his signature. They could not go out of the office without it. The signature meant the document was official, approved, vouched for. Companies with a wide range of […]

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Care For The Aged

There is a building in San Jose that conjures up warm memories for those who grew up around here. It reminds them of childhood, family togetherness, and the friendly man who ran the store. It was a bicycle shop called Faber’s Cyclery, and it caught fire in 2013. […]

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Mind the Road

It is tiring, challenging, boring, isolating, and sometimes terrifying to drive from central Alberta to central California. Mostly, though, it’s satisfyingly meditative. I imagine that this is what some people pay for when they go on spiritual retreats. It’s an opportunity to be alone with your thoughts, without […]

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