“Where Everyone Knows Your Name”

During the mid '90s I lived in Marin County, California; specifically Tiburon. Tiburon is small community of about 7,000 nestled around the Richardson and San Francisco Bays just north of San Francisco proper. It has a small town feel in an idyllic setting, yet has access to all the big city trimmings. The businesses I patronized … Continue reading “Where Everyone Knows Your Name”

“Buy Local” … or maybe not!

"Every time I step out on stage, I know the people in the audience work hard to afford a ticket to one of my shows ... so I have to prepare, work as hard as I can and do my best to make sure they get their money's worth" ~ Alicia Moore (aka P!NK) The … Continue reading “Buy Local” … or maybe not!

Don’t fall for Starbuck and “Staying off the Interstate”

About ten years ago I took a road trip from Los Angeles to visit my parents in Montana. After a couple of weeks, I drove back via my sister's place in Nebraska. When leaving Christy's place, I thought I'd try something. What if I made it all the way home to Southern California without touching … Continue reading Don’t fall for Starbuck and “Staying off the Interstate”

“Cross-pollination” and Creating Your Own Renaissance

A few years ago, when I still lived down in Los Angeles, I was on my morning walk through West L.A. when I ran across a homeless man collecting cans and bottles from a dumpster. I stopped and we talked for about for fifteen minutes. We talked about a lot things; the weather, the BP … Continue reading “Cross-pollination” and Creating Your Own Renaissance

Buy local … or maybe not!

"Every time I step out on stage, I know the people in the audience work hard to afford a ticket to one of my shows ... so I have to prepare, work as hard as I can and do my best to make sure they get their money's worth" ~ Alicia Moore (aka P!NK) The … Continue reading Buy local … or maybe not!

The death of “Small Town U.S.A.” … or maybe not!

(I wrote this a couple years ago – but it’s probably more relevant today than ever!) A couple of weeks ago I saw an MSNBC piece on an independent movie made about the small town of Medora, Indiana. Medora has a population of about 600 and is known, notoriously, for its high school basketball team, … Continue reading The death of “Small Town U.S.A.” … or maybe not!

“The Alliance” … a lesson we should learn from Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull

On June 25, 1876, two mortal enemies found that the differences they had between them paled in comparison to the a threat both encountered.  After the Civil War, the U.S. government turned its attention to the Wild West and the fight against the Indians - or as they called them, "savages." Two warring tribes, the … Continue reading “The Alliance” … a lesson we should learn from Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull