Standing In Line

Walking along 56th Street in NYC, maybe a half block before 5th Avenue, I always see people on line. (New Yorkers say on line. Almost everyone else says in line.) They are waiting to enter Abercrombie & Fitch. Usually we…

Everest Economics

Having no inclination to climb Mount Everest, I have always been fascinated by its economic connection. Now, hearing that Prince Harry was considering the ascent as a part of his “Walking for the Wounded,” it reminded me that Everest is…

Calorie Matters

Learning that a Big Mac has 540 calories and a large fries, 500, will people select a salad? According to the Washington Post, “No.” We do not have the will power to avoid long term cost when faced with short…

Preschool Education Matters

Did you have to care for a hamster in your preschool class? Line-up? Clean up? Share? According to this NPR Planet Money podcast preschool probably provides irreplaceable job training.  Taking place during a developmental window that does not reappear, the…

Getting the Most From Our Money

In 2020, according to the World Health Organization, traffic fatalities will be the second leading cause of deaths in the world. Moreover, in the U.S. alone, approximately 57 million birds are killed by cars annually. (from Cool It, p. 154)…

In A Good State

We know it’s not New York or California. The bottom of the list also includes New Jersey, Arizona, Florida, Nevada and others. These are the states that, having mismanaged spending and taxing, are now facing tough fiscal decisions. Their finances…