Monthly Archives: December 2011

Some interesting holiday reading


In order to write my book, Simply American and this blog, I have done a bit of research on all things related to American manufacturing. There are some very interesting studies and reports out there relating to the importance of the … Continue reading

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All hail the King!


It has been cold in Seattle recently.  Well, at least what passes for cold for in Seattle.  So I have been wearing two coats, both old and both made in America.  The first is a Holloway Original College Jacket, a … Continue reading

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Did someone say cookies?


Well, we got the tree this morning.  The house is decorated and I have finished the top ten Made in America 2011 gift list.  I think it is time to get baking.  Growing up, my mum‘s favorite baked goods were meringues with … Continue reading

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Water, water every where and quite a few drops to drink


Water is a miraculous substance.  We have a lot of water on the earth, but most we can’t drink.  Of all the water on the earth, humans can only drink 3/10 of 1% of it.  Over 90% of the fresh … Continue reading

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A shameless plea for your support


As you may know if you have read the about page of my blog, I am finishing up writing a book titled “Simply American, Putting Our Extended American Family Back To Work.”  In the book, I feature seventeen American firms … Continue reading

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Don’t worry, be happy!


It seems like a huge amount of the consumer goods available for us to purchase these days is made in China.  Toys, apparel, housewares, glasses, plates, lamps, you name it, it all seems to be produced in the Middle Kingdom.  … Continue reading

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Not your average Teen mixer


My son is a pretty great guy.  Benjamin is sixteen and a junior in high school. He is a funny, irreverent fellow yet also an altar server at our church.   He is already an accomplished actor.  But what he likes to do … Continue reading

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And the winner is…..


A couple of days ago I did a post on how you can use  the search feature on REI’s website to discover loads of American made products you can find to give as gifts this holiday season.  That got me thinking … Continue reading

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We should all buy a little of this stuff


I don’t know how I came to be signed up to the Daily Grommet, but as the name implys, on a daily basis I get sent info about a product by the folks at the Daily Grommet.  Many of them … Continue reading

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It’s a three-fer


The most rewarding part of writing my book, Simply American, Putting Our Extended American Family Back to Work, has been meeting so many wonderful Americans making great products for you and I.  Many of the these Americans work for iconic … Continue reading

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