Empty the Bag “Obsolescence never meant the end of anything, it’s just the beginning”. Read More
Thoughts On the Structure and Dynamics of Growth “To truly know the world, look deeply within your own being; to truly know yourself, take real interest in the world.” Read More
A Capital Idea The causes of poverty have long vexed scholar and practitioner alike. Read More
The Most American Thing In America While perfection is praised in most cultures where the steady hand paints the smooth line and polishes the shinning gear, there are some that value novelty instead. Read More
The Leading Lady Corazon Aquino’s ascent to the presidency of the Philippines reads like something out of Shakespeare where heroines “have greatness thrust upon ’em.” Read More
It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature Many believe the American Environmental Movement had an unlikely start in 1962 with the publication of The Silent Spring written by a marine biologist named Rachel Carson.  Read More
A Legacy is More Intimidating than any Opposition In the commercial, a very old man with a menacing stare pulls on a black jersey with a small single silver feather while a young woman sings “Bless ‘em All” the tender hymn of the Allied Forces. Read More
In the Pink of Health The Green Bay Packers played their rivals the Minnesota Vikings in what National Football League fans call the “black and blue” division because of the hard hitting play. Read More
Hail to the Victors Valiant Many consider the University of Michigan as the prototype for the modern research university: Largest graduate school in the world, top ranked in most areas, globally connected and integrated, and the winningest football program in the land. Read More
I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going to Take It Anymore “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” declared the longtime news anchor Howard Beale in the 1975 film classic Network. Read More
Promises, Promises “Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo” the bumper stickers declared defiantly. Read More
Thoughts on First Principles “Divine am I inside and out, and I make holy whatever I touch or am touch’d from” (Walt Whitman) In any field of endeavor, there are core assumptions that serve as a foundation for more complex and ornate ideas: The laws of thermodynamics, the hierarchy of needs and the intractable rules of etiquette like never wear white after Labor Day and other fashion felonies. Read More