Choosing Our Battles, Defining Our Terms

In high school, I was fascinated with the knowledge that my thoughts may not be my own. I voraciously read Subliminal Seduction and every other book about neurolinguistic programming, advertising, and other forms of mental and emotional manipulation. I abhorred the fact that the things I thought, or bought were furthering someone else's agenda, one that may not have my best interests at heart. I...

Multitasking

An attitude of hoarding in an environment of chaos results in some terrible consequences. Many of us turn to multitasking and technology as a way of dealing with the frenetic pace and disorganization of our lives. Even though we convince ourselves that we’re being more productive when watching the news, cooking dinner, answering emails and making phone calls all at the same time, experts say...

The American Dream – A Critique

There is a reason education sucks and it's the same reason it will never, ever, ever be fixed. It's never going to get any better; don't look for it, be happy with what you got because the owners of this country don't want that. I'm talking about the real owners now. The real owners, the big, wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the...

The Stuff We Own

It seems silly to write that I love my stuff - but I do. I don't have much stuff anymore (it's taken years of dedicated culling to get to this point), but the stuff I have is useful and brings me joy or makes my life easier.  There was a time however, when I was much more impulsive about buying things. My Story I used to collect beanie babies; though I have the good sense to be embarrassed by it...