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If every city looks alike, then we are failing as a profession


In response to a cartoon I posted yesterday on panethos.wordpress.com, (see above) a comment was made that planners are one of the reasons why so many cities look-alike. That was a very thought-provoking and rather disconcerting response. With reflection, I … Continue reading

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Are brewpubs becoming too standardized?


In a word, yes. I have visited several dozen brewpubs in seven states and am beginning to tire of the same old, same old format of restored historic building, wood floors, big screen TVs, brick walls, lots of noise, standard … 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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More musings


What exactly is a wild goose chase? Is it like a greased pig contest? If we are so free and have so many liberties in the United States, then why can’t a female state legislator in Michigan say the word … Continue reading

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‘Stop’ signs of the times?


Below are three random photos I have taken of stop signs in the past few months that have been altered in some manner to express opinions. Are they reflective of general feelings, I don’t know, but they are intriguing. If … Continue reading

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