Category Archives: unemployment

Driving and striving to survive a broken ‘Merica


I will never, ever look at a recreational vehicle, van, motor home, or campground the same way again. Not since reading Jessica Bruder’s engrossing, informative, and heartbreaking new book entitled Nomadland. I have long imagined, envied, and eagerly anticipated my … Continue reading

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Homelessness in paradise


 Since moving to Traverse City approximately six months ago we have observed a number of political and planning issues that are fairly common in larger cities, but which have percolated to the surface here more recently as the region has … Continue reading

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Opting-out of mass transit = modern redlining


Currently, more than 50 communities in Southeast Michigan opt-out of participating in SMART (the regional transit system). Just yesterday, in a narrow 3-2 vote, Bloomfield Hills voted to continue opting out. Most often, the rationale for not participating is due … Continue reading

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“Small, Gritty, and Green” just misses the mark


While quite an interesting read, the book Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World, by Catherine Tumber raised only a few new ideas to this urban planner. Perhaps that was because it … Continue reading

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How Liverpool shaped The Beatles


While I enjoy many songs by The Beatles, I tend to think of myself as more of a Rolling Stones man – music that is a little harder, edgier, and rugged. But, I too was (and still am) captivated by … Continue reading

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Review of “Captain Phillips” – “Maybe in America” sums it up


I came out of the movie theater after watching the film Captain Phillips last night literally feeling empty and frustrated. Not that the acting wasn’t terrific and the story compelling, but empty about such a needless tragedy. I also felt the title was … Continue reading

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An outstanding book – “Nothing But Blue Skies”


It is difficult to describe how truly outstanding the book entitled Nothing But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland is to read. As a nearly lifelong Rust Belt resident, I can attest to the fact that Edward … Continue reading

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Dreaming the dream…of an exquisite film


I was privileged to see Les Miserables on New Year’s Eve. It was an absolutely breathtaking movie and easily deserves a best picture nomination and award. Having seen Lincoln, Argo, Cloud Atlas, Looper, The Hobbit, and many other motion pictures in … Continue reading

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Favorite witticisms by Woody Guthrie


Aside from being an accomplished musician, Woody Guthrie was a writer (Bound for Glory) and commentator. Here are some of my favorite witticisms from him found in the book entitled, Ramblin’ Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie. Enjoy! – … Continue reading

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A masterpiece – “Ramblin’ Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie”


There are biographies that summarize a person’s life in a rather abstract and detached manner and then there are biographies that literally introduce you to them and make you feel like they were your best friend. Ed Cray’s superior biography of … Continue reading

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