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Don’t Spray Away, Please

One image that sticks in my mind from reading Rachel Carson's Silent Spring  is the wanton spraying of chemicals the US Department of Agriculture imposed all over the nation in the years following World War II.  Carson described this mentality ...

Don’t Diss the Dakotas

Last year I worked for a company that sent me all over North America for really no good reason.  On one hand, it was a fascinating experience listening to energy executives talk about their corporate strategy when oil was hovering ...

Dancing With DeLame

The DC chattering class is having a field day with the news that Tom DeLay will compete on Dancing with the Stars.  Hopefully he can burn off those calories he’s consumed over the years, eating steaks half his size (he’s ...

Channeling Rachel

Let me be frank:  I’m not what the MBA and marketing world would describe as an “early adopter.”  I’ll buy an iPhone by 2013, we still don’t have a flat-screen TV, and well, on the environmental side, it took me ...

Melissa Wins!

I’m really glad Melissa d’Arabian won The Next Food Network Star competition, persevering in last night’s finale.  This show is one of the few reality shows I can stomach, and I had a bit of a vested interest as someone ...

Robert Gomez, 1939-2009

I recently made a quick trip to Silicon Valley to say goodbye to a very special man in my life, Robert Gomez.  Mr. Gomez was a music teacher for almost 40 years, and most of his career was spent at ...

Johnny BeBarter

Last night, we continued through our DVD queue by watching Johnny Belinda, a 1948 movie for which Jane Wyman won an Academy Award.  Wyman plays a young deaf and dumb (dated movie, eh?) woman who finds a doctor that brings ...

Julius Shulman, 1910-2009

We lost a Los Angeles icon this past Wednesday night. Julius Sherman spent decades photographing and documenting the Los Angeles that once was . . . and which we’re in danger of completely losing. Shulman brought such 20th-century architects as Frank Lloyd ...

Walter Cronkite, 1916 – 2009

I’m very sad to hear about Walter Cronkite passing away tonight. I remember his CBS news broadcasts as a child, with his reassuring “That’s the way it is . . . “ as he wrapped up his nightly 30 minute ...
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