Every Big Business Was Once a Small Business, Too

So it’s Small Business Week, but I was thinking: isn’t every business technically a “small business” at one point or another? The biggest companies in the world — Apple, Wal-Mart, Ralph Lauren, etc. — all had to start somewhere and then they became huge and sort of vilified by the public, for different reasons. But […]

Bernie Sanders: Why his views matter in a changing America

Sen. Bernie Sanders sat down with Bill Moyers and discussed why America needs a change in landscape. The result was poignant, informative and all around honest. Enjoy. http://billmoyers.com/episode/bernie-sanders-breaking-big-moneys-grip-elections/

Frank Sinatra, God and Playboy

It was 1963. The height of the Cold War was upon the United States of America, and journalist Joe Hyams was interviewing Frank Sinatra. Hyams: Do you believe in God? Sinatra: Well, that’ll do for openers. I think I can sum up my religious feelings in a couple of paragraphs. First: I believe in you […]

Amazing Advice From A Cartoon King

Bill Watterson (of Calvin and Hobbes fame) gave a keynote address in 1990, at the school in which he graduated: Kenyon College. He talks about what it means to really, truly love something you do in life. He said that a “real job” is a job you hate because, well, you do it for reasons other […]

FCC You Later

Amid the discussions surrounding Comcast and the F.C.C. and (the perils of) net neutrality, I find myself in continuous thought regarding why this country continually allows for the big fish to swallow the minnows. Comcast is a big fish, a shark or whale in the pantheon of providing cable and Internet service to Americans. It […]

America: Revised

I wrote this piece almost (gasp) seven years ago, but it feels like it was written yesterday. Time flies when you write something dear to you and try to act out the message. This piece in particular discusses the messages laid out in prose by Jack Kerouac, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman — or, […]

Things Americans Do That Foreigners Find Bizarre

This is a fun read in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (originally published in Business Insider). Many of these things are second nature to Americans who have been in the United States all their lives, or even those who have been around for six months. But really, who doesn’t want to buy toilet paper rolls, strawberry jam, […]