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A physical Brexit with Iberian flair


Imagine, if you will, a place known as Iberia, a peninsula consisting of two great nations (Portugal and Spain). One day, for no apparent reason or cause, this geographic feature abruptly adopts a mind and a course of its own … Continue reading

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“On The Road” observations from the King of the Beats


While reading the classic Jack Kerouac autobiographical novel, On The Road, I was struck by his interesting reflections about the various urban and natural landscapes he observed.  These were made while he was zooming back and forth across the nation’s … Continue reading

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International cities of refuge


You may never have heard of ICORN (International Cities of Refuge Network), but it has a very noble purpose: “ICORN Cities offer persecuted writers a safe haven where they can live and work without fear of being censored or silenced.” … Continue reading

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A bolder thesis from Boulder


I finished reading an excellent economic development planning and entrepreneurship book a week or so ago. It is entitled Startup Communities by entrepreneur and author Brad Feld. In the book, Mr. Feld adeptly describes how the Boulder, Colorado startup community began, … Continue reading

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Where the seeds of Steinbeck’s “wrath” were sown


Below is a letter I have penned to the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author, John Steinbeck. During my recent vacation, I had the distinct pleasure of visiting the National Steinbeck Center and his childhood home in Salinas, California. The … Continue reading

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