Who Has Time Anymore?

My wife makes some of her living monitoring online discussions. One of the ongoing conversations there is about how women’s contradictory conundrums have changed — how today’s overwhelmed-ness compares with yesterday’s ennui. Staying at home, one feels the pangs of unexplored career, of unmade creative contributions… Working at a career, one sees the kids for… Continue reading Who Has Time Anymore?

Time is Money (Or is it?)

I found myself on the highway today, weaving dangerously, once again, because I was attempting to eat a sandwich as I went. I started thinking about the old saw, “Time is money”. What do you suppose it costs society for people like me to not have time for lunch, eat messy sandwiches on the road… Continue reading Time is Money (Or is it?)

In Emergency, Break Glass

Too much of the talk about today’s JOBS issue has been theoretical. Here’s a real-world proposal. We need to put people to work, NOW! What’s more, it would be nice, if these newly-created jobs didn’t create too much environmental harm. My modest proposal involves two basic materials, both of which are abundant, renewable and recyclable.… Continue reading In Emergency, Break Glass

Intersecting Economies: Where the Action Is

I just got back from a rather quick work-oriented visit to New York City, with a bit of money left in my pocket. I’d been trying to control the hemorrhaging of cash that always happens in the Big Apple. I mean, everything just costs more there. In the course of my research for the presentation… Continue reading Intersecting Economies: Where the Action Is

The Bridge to Economic Nowhere

President-elect Obama’s plan for a massive national public works project will fail to revive the economy. Such works did not end the Great Depression, and they did not revive the Japanese economy during the stagnant 1990s. Most such projects also take time to plan and implement, so they will not provide quick relief. The way… Continue reading The Bridge to Economic Nowhere