Five Tips For Weathering This School Year

While there is no shortage of press coverage regarding ‘back to school’ plans across the countries – and certainly no clear national path or strategy – we’re yet again tossed into a situation where parents will continue to incur hefty tax burdens (property taxes, state sales taxes, state income taxes, federal income taxes) to support… Continue reading →

Hotel Stays During Covid Time

I recently drove through ten states to check in on family and also attend a spontaneous funeral from a death occurring while I was visiting. During my trip, I was observing how states differed in their responses to operating in the waning tail of our Covid experience in America. Counter to what you may hear… Continue reading →

The “New Normal” in Education is Anything But

On March 1st, 2020 only 1.6 million K-12 students had taken any course fully online yet within the weeks that followed that number grew not by a little, but by an astounding 45.3 million learners.  What did we learn from this sudden experiment with massively scaled online learning and what does it mean for the… Continue reading →

Masked Years

Masked years Masks are here, effectively forever. Time to rethink little bits of furniture, retail,  So, this note: first, something on the maths and science of mask effectiveness. A rumination on life in Taiwan and other parts of Asia. But first, a market for masks? Masks – health imperative and fashion market As the pandemic… Continue reading →

A Divine Restaurant Experience

Recently, I was on a short road trip with a friend and I saw a sign for a restaurant that I adore from back home in Arkansas, Cracker Barrel. I know, it’s a chain restaurant, but so what? I generally stay away from chain restaurants, but Cracker Barrel is very consistent all across the country… Continue reading →

Heal Thyself

Dr.Bones had an A.I. powered Tricorder and Dr. Long, in Mike Judge’s “Idiocracy”, had three probes in the ear, anus, and mouth. Today even doctors are having trouble getting a qualified physician. Secretary Azar, due to huge health care demand and logistical problems during social distancing, recommended increased telemedicine and for state medical boards to… Continue reading →

Disease and Incompetence

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a nation, in the throes of a dire predicament, must be in want of a competent government. To be honest, that truth is not universally acknowledged. It is particularly the case that the wanton incompetence of some governments in the face of the COVID pandemic has many wondering… Continue reading →

Community Now

Neither pre- nor post-, but with-COVID. And so we find ourselves in the messy middle. While debate rages on about whether and how to reopen for business, how to reopen for life really, artists are navigating uncharted territory in an effort to not only survive, but thrive.  Artists and creators do plenty of work in… Continue reading →

May Day – Mayday

Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it. Winston Churchill It’s been two weeks since May 1, known as May Day, an ancient festival of Spring and which was also chosen by worker’s movements to commemorate the Haymarket Affair in Chicago of 1886. It began as a peaceful rally for an… Continue reading →


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