Monthly Archives: November 2011

Baby it’s cold outside!


I have been married to my wife for going on twenty years.  To say she is often cold is an understatement.  I think we probably spend as much on heating oil each winter as we spend on food for the entire year.  … Continue reading

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Let there be light!


For me, December has always been about light.  I am a sucker for Christmas lights.  In Bellevue, a city next to Seattle, they have a wonderful tradition, Garden d’Lights.  Held in the Bellevue Botanical Gardens each December, loads of volunteers make glowing flowers out … Continue reading

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Virtually none would have been a shorter answer


Over the last nine months, I have discovered loads of great American firms that make great products in America that we can all purchase to support jobs for members of our extended American family.  Just look at the long list of … Continue reading

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Tracking your personal trade deficit


Well, black friday is a mere ten days away.  The holiday spending frenzy is nearly upon us.  Americans spent more than $675 per person last year on gifts for family, friends and probably a few for themselves.  Clothes, shoes, electronics, … Continue reading

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Thomas Friedman’s interesting suggestions


Last month Thomas Friedman wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times on a bill in Congress meant to punish China for its alleged currency shenanigans.  Mr. Friedman urged that the bill be pushed forward in order to scare … Continue reading

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Wisconsin’s other champion


The Green Bay Packers are the reigning champions of the NFL and cruising (8-0) through this season.  The Packers first began playing professional football in 1919.  Green Bay is the last of the “small market” cities that still has an … Continue reading

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Starbucks should go big


Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee company, got its start in my hometown.  Starbucks should be applauded for their latest initiative, their support for investment in small businesses in the U.S.  Starbucks is partnering with Opportunity Finance Network® in order to … Continue reading

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My God, you made these khakis for me?


I am a lawyer, but a lawyer that doesn’t go to court much. Court days require suits. Every other work day requires khakis. My usual work uniform is a pair of khakis, a dress shirt, black dress shoes and a … Continue reading

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Made in USA challenge


I have recently come across a great website that I would urge you to visit.  The author of madeinusachallenge is Sarah, a mother and nurse.  Sarah focusses on finding products made by members of our extended American family.  Sarah is currently publishing a … Continue reading

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The great tat challenge


I recently read a story in the paper about a fella who was undergoing the painful process of having a tattoo removed from his face.  I have never had the urge to get a tattoo, let alone a tattoo on my face.  … Continue reading

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