Hail the Micro Entrepreneurs!

Hail the Micro Entrepreneurs!

Unfortunately we are invisible to many economic development experts, who keep searching for the next mega-employer, like Ahab chasing his white whale.

National Anthem: Arise! Arise!

National Anthem: Arise! Arise!

Jean Rohe’s alternative national anthem “Arise! Arise!” has now been performed by choirs and artists across the country and was published in the popular songbook Rise Up Singing.

Elemental India: Air, Animals, Land & People

Elemental India: Air, Animals, Land & People

As I travelled around India, I kept hearing about aggressive dogs. Someone told me about two girls, who were attacked by dogs at night while they were sleeping.

Regarding Susan Sontag: Film Portrait by Nancy Kates

Regarding Susan Sontag: Film Portrait by Nancy Kates

In many ways, we live in a Sontagian world of complete visual overload, a media environment dominated by the image culture of television, advertising, YouTube, Facebook and instant access to information.

It's Not Just Trump— US Gripped by Anti-Muslim Hysteria

It’s Not Just Trump— US Gripped by Anti-Muslim Hysteria

Trump is not the only one spreading fear and loathing by ignoring facts about Muslims.  Marco Rubio claimed that Islamophobia is fictitious. Under President Obama, thousands of law-abiding people – mostly Muslims – have been denied citizenship and visas.

My Mother's Blue Chevy Convertible

My Mother’s Blue Chevy Convertible

Someone should write an erudite essay on the moral, physical, and esthetic effect of the Model T Ford on the American nation,” wrote John Steinbeck in Cannery Row. “Two generations of Americans knew more about the Ford coil than the clitoris, about the planetary system of gears than the solar system of stars.”

New York State Shook by Power of Bottom-Up Politics

New York State Shook by Power of Bottom-Up Politics

New York makes it hard for citizens to influence policy.   They cannot put an issue on the state ballot no matter how many signatures they gather.  And although the state Constitution has a home rule provision, cities and counties lack authority to undertake some of the most basic initiatives.  Even mighty New York City, with over 8 million people, must go hat in hand to Albany to request permission to reduce city speed limits, install red light cameras, open their courts at night, or raise taxes other than those imposed on property.