Walking in not Memphis

When we found out that we had about half the time we had been planning on for a long weekend getaway my wife and I felt compelled to switch our plans from Montreal to someplace a bit closer, so we found a cool hotel in the Hudson Valley and we started to make plans based

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Watch Your Gimbals

In his book The Long Emergency as well as in many of his “Clusterfuck Nation Chronicles” James Howard Kunstler has made reference to the fact that Americans will engage in heroic efforts to salvage what he describes as “the greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the world”. In JHK’s conversation with K-MO on

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Orthodoxies Part I

I was called an icon this week. After I expressed my hopes that the person nice enough to express such a thought was not an iconoclast it set me to thinking about orthodoxies. At 17 the orthodoxies which ruled my life, whether I knew it or not, were Mormonism and God belief, laissez faire Capitalism,

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Olde Springfield Village

Spending a few hours at Old Sturbridge Village on Friday evening definitely altered my perspective on all things urban, if only for a few hours. The rather large agglomeration of historic homes and buildings brought together in what they’ve now pinpointed as being a re-creation of the year 1838 immerses the visitor, especially during an

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Wandering and Wondering in Winter

In winter I don’t get around the neighborhood as often on foot. The last week or so has been a pleasant exception to that rule and I found that each experience brought with it different insights regarding the state of the city. Friday Night I got down to the box office a little bit early

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Societal Dunning Kruger

Characteristics and traits in individuals can and do manifest themselves more generally across societies but the outcomes they predict can be very different due to scale. I’ve witnessed the Dunning-Kruger effect in myself and in my career over the years, only coming to understand my behavior and the behavior of colleagues in the context of

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Homemade Sourdough Bagels

My stepdaughter has been listening to the Hamilton soundtrack obsessively over the last few weeks, in and of itself not so objectionable, but there’s a song tucked in there with an appallingly anachronistic, though seemingly obligatory, celebration of “The Greatest City in the World”! My first response was “…this is set in 1780 or so…why

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Fava Beans and a Nice Chianti

There’s no doubt in my mind that my Mormon upbringing nurtured a sense of apocalypticism. I remember being in a “Super Saturday” lesson sometime in the late 70’s or early 80’s in Bloomfield, Connecticut where the discussion turned to whether Jesus would return precisely in the year 2000 to usher in the sabbath-like Millennium, or

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Time Keeps on Slippin’

(LuLu skating on a weekday at MGM…weekends are packed so nobody skates there, it’s too crowded) The end of the year brings out not only the Year in Review essays but also the Predictions 2019 pieces. I’m not someone who is afraid of being wrong so my reluctance to make an attempt at guessing what’s

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Who’s With Me!?

In the same spirit as my last post I’d like to change the focus from local individuals to local corporations. There are two in particular I’ll be focusing on, but the treatment the city gets is more or less the same from all of its corporate citizens. When the tornado ripped through my neighborhood in

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