Monthly Archives: December 2008

What to do about the looming commercial foreclosure mess?

I am up against all sorts of deadlines in preparation for my 5-week national book tour starting on Friday. So it’s likely to be quiet around here until I hit the road and start encountering some really inspiring people and … Continue reading

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Ujamaa

Happy Kwanzaa everyone. I just went to my first observance of this holiday, which I must bashfully admit I had given little thought before my sister called me up yesterday; she told me that they celebrate a different principle every … Continue reading

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Good news at last!

National Public Radio’s Jacki Lyden posted a sobering story yesterday about the troubles facing Detroit’s fire department. It was a short but solid piece that outlined the difficulty of preventing a hollowed-out city from burning. The department is half its former … Continue reading

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Will pirouette for food

Among the many stories in my home town (which happens to be the capitol of California, which happens to be teetering on the brink of insolvency and governmental chaos), one must include the plight of the Sacramento Ballet, which is … Continue reading

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It’s a Wonderful Life

It is Christmas, and that means it’s time for all sorts of sentimental stories that mostly don’t do much for me. Call me scroogy, but I’m just not one for being manipulated into a specific “holiday spirit.” For example, “A … Continue reading

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Have no shame in need

People are worried. Everyone in my family and most of my friends are having some sort of stress from loss of income or potential loss of income. I think that some of this fear is about the actual difficulty and maybe … Continue reading

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Guest blogger!

From time to time I mention Argentina here. Some of you may be starting to get tired of hearing me go on and on (and on) about Argentina, so tonight I’ll give you a break and we’ll hear from someone … Continue reading

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