Carry Coffee, Not Guns

September 10th, 2013

I am not a rabid activist, but I do see myself as an activist consumer. For instance, I have not spent any money at Carl’s Jr. or Dominos Pizza since […]


Baby, Let’s Cruise

August 21st, 2013

I mentioned to a younger friend that I just got back from a cruise and she thought I was cruising bars to pick up men. It got me thinking of […]

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Aural Experience

June 25th, 2013

It started a couple of years ago with an email receipt from iTunes for a SpongeBob Squarepants song. I didn’t mind, my son was learning new technology, and it was […]

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The Changing Face Of Small Business

May 14th, 2013

As we recover from the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression, change is in the air. The commercial landscape of my city and, I suspect, many other cities is […]


Vacation’s All I Ever Wanted

April 26th, 2013

Wowee, do I need a vacation! An on-the-beach-under-an-umbrella-slathered-in-the-perfect-spf-cream-seconds-from-the warm-still-sea-where-I-can-swim-for-hours-and-hours-with-nice-easy-going-people-around-me-with-nothing-to-do-but-”be” vacation. I need at least seven good days of this and then, maybe a little exploring… maybe. The thing is, this […]

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It’s Tax Time

April 11th, 2013

I absolutely love the fact that the Beatles wrote a song called “Taxman.” I know these lyrics weren’t really about celebrating the IRS. But I have to say, I think […]


The Best Present I Ever Got

March 27th, 2013

The best gift I ever got was nothing at all. Good Friday marks the 25th anniversay of Spruga. I was living in Germany and Hans and I were on a […]


Pissed About Packaging

March 18th, 2013

When I was young and free spending, I didn’t think much about packaging. Now that I’ve got all these expenses and I squeeze every cent out of my paycheck, I […]