Wall Street to Lance Armstrong: We Get It!

As human beings we try to do two things at the same time. On one hand, we want to look in the mirror and feel good about ourselves … and on the other hand, we want to benefit from dishonesty.    Dan Ariely, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology   and Behavioral Economics, Duke University   Before you complain […]

The Frog is Cooked!

WARNING: Graphic Frog Content.  Read at your own risk. As the story goes, a frog is placed into boiling water.  And when the frog hits the hot water, it immediately jumps out. But when the frog is placed in cold water … heated slowly over time … the frog doesn’t move so quickly.  As a matter […]

This is the worst day ever … how’s yours going?

I was in the break room when a coworker from another department walked in.  Within seconds we got to the “Hi, how are you” exchange … promptly followed by the obligatory “I’m good, thanks.” But today was different. As I was speaking something inside me gave me pause.  I finished getting water from the cooler […]

Greek Lessons in Economic Alternatives— Hope for the West?

If you look beyond the surface of the global financial crises — beyond what the mainstream media feeds us — you will truly begin to see the magnitude of the current dilemma. The troubles in Greece seem a world away … but in reality, they are much closer to home than any of us realize. […]

Entrepreneurs: Modern Day Heroes and Heroines

As the global economy cycles through the worst growth in half a century … Entrepreneurs, both Hero and Heroine, will be at the center of any true recovery. And rightfully so.  Its the ability of the entrepreneur to see an unmet need in society, have the desire to meet that need, and the courage to make it […]

Tomorrow Has Been Sold … Want a Refund?

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, a highly regarded astrophysicist, makes a compelling case for redistributing the way Washington spends our tax dollars.  He claims that the decisions Congress is making today do not factor in our “tomorrow.” He contends that Congress is merely playing to the quarterly-report and next-election cycles. And the $850 billion in bank […]

Had your fill of Bread and Circuses?

 “… the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.” Juvenal, Satire X (circa 100 AD ) In this quote from “Satire X,” the Roman poet Juvenal observes two tenets of Roman society … not long […]

As You Thinketh about Money … So It Is!

You are what you think.  Your character and being are the complete sum of all your thoughts.  And one thing many of us think about … a lot … is money. In my first post for the Campaign for a Sound Dollar,  I shared how my own thoughts on money had been skewed by a culture of […]

What Do We Do When We Stop Running?

When Congress continually raises the budget ceiling … fails to reach even a modicum of common ground (let alone consensus) on ways to rein in government spending and/or to increase revenues to avoid painful cuts … and throws up its hands and points its blame-filled fingers toward the other party, it’s their way of telling […]

The Ongoing Power of Whim!

Following John Cleese’s advice to “… just see where these whims take you”  this video-song from Ben Folds, Nick Hornby, & Pomplamoose might help you get out of a creative rut. Its worth a try! If anything … it will at least make you think. You smoke your little smoke … and you drink your little drink […]