Those of us that live in Arizona’s Sonoran desert take the beauty of our environment for granted. Within the Phoenix city limits is a magical place containing some of the desert’s Greatest Hits. In 2009 and again this Spring, our Desert Botanical Garden featured the stunning glass of Dale Chihuly, interwoven amongst the cactus and flowers. Continue reading
I have always been an avid reader and have, perhaps, an overly active imagination. I often find myself dreaming about variations of the stories that I’m reading or inventing new stories of my own. Late in my career, I traveled extensively for long periods of time and even lived overseas. To keep in touch, I began to send travelogues, sometimes a photo-journal and sometimes a story. I guess these were primitive blogs, though intended only for friends and family.
Two things happened. First, I really enjoyed putting the travelogues together. Life on the road can be tough, with seemingly endless weeks of long working hours. A creative process was a welcome change from the daily grind. Second, people liked what I sent. I received a lot of positive feedback, which gave me an incentive to write and send more. Continue reading
In his thoughtful commentary “Economic Origins & the Pendulum Shift”, Chris Houston observes that we are entering a period where businesses will become socially balanced or socially optimized, rather than pure profit maximizing creatures of rational economics. This would be a significantly different state of affairs than we have become accustomed to. If such a change is to be durable and lasting, there must be significant new underlying forces at play in the global economy. Continue reading