We’re Not Mourning The 80’s. We’re Returning To Them.

I know what everyone has been thinking as we look gleefully forward to the end of 2016, with a desire to put the social and political turmoil behind us as well as say "good riddance" to the year that took several beloved artists from us. We are thinking, "How did we lose so many of our treasured … Continue reading We’re Not Mourning The 80’s. We’re Returning To Them.

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Why Coke’s “America The Beautiful” Superbowl Ad Brought Out America’s Ugly

Let me start by saying that I may be a few day's late to this party having been engaged in other life event activities over Superbowl Sunday and not having turned on a television until last night.  Why? That being said, I am aware that I apparently missed a doozy of a backlash against one … Continue reading Why Coke’s “America The Beautiful” Superbowl Ad Brought Out America’s Ugly

In Jeans We Trust: Celebrating 140 Years of Levi’s

If I asked you where Jeans were invented I be your first guess would likely be AMERICA! Or maybe it would be China - given where most of the things we buy are made. Fact is you would me mostly correct. Even though the fabric that today we call Denim comes from Nimes, France - … Continue reading In Jeans We Trust: Celebrating 140 Years of Levi’s

Honoring The Drive-In: An American Cultural Tradition

Tonight, I'm going to the Drive in for the first time this season.  It's not something I do often, but about once or twice in the Spring / Summer months a bunch of us girls drive our SUVs out to the east side of town, pack up coolers and camp chairs and tailgate at the … Continue reading Honoring The Drive-In: An American Cultural Tradition

Putting Federal Ruling about Gay Marraige In Context: A Look Back to Roe V. Wade and A Discussion of Human Opinion V. Social Science

One funny thing about being human is we tend to get pretty emotional about the topic of human rights.   Hilarious, right?  I mean, why do we have to take this stuff so personally?  😉   And that's not the only funny thing about humans.  Another is, on the one hand - especially in America where we … Continue reading Putting Federal Ruling about Gay Marraige In Context: A Look Back to Roe V. Wade and A Discussion of Human Opinion V. Social Science

Are We What We Watch? TV content as a Reflection of American Culture

As per usual I was being kept company by CNN at the start of my workday this morning and there was an interesting "filler" story about how the content of TV programming has changed over the years since, well, TV was invented and  the role it plays as a reflection of our culture.  The question … Continue reading Are We What We Watch? TV content as a Reflection of American Culture

Remembering “Dear Abby” Pushing The Social Envelope as a Defining Part Of America’s Context

Last week we lost a cultural Icon:  Pauline Friedman Philips - otherwise known as Abigail VanBuren or "Dear Abby".  In the pre-therapy era where we didn't have an internet to go to for advice from our social networks or blogs or a lineup of daytime chat shows to share "The View" of how to handle … Continue reading Remembering “Dear Abby” Pushing The Social Envelope as a Defining Part Of America’s Context

For Christmas I Want A Fat Dude Sliding Down My Chimney To Bring Me Stuff

I remember when I was little and (despite the fact that both my parents are Jewish) I would spend the weeks up until Christmas anticipating Christmas morning, when Santa would have brought me and my brothers a living-room full of presents.  I took the responsibility of making sure Santa had cookies and milk (as well … Continue reading For Christmas I Want A Fat Dude Sliding Down My Chimney To Bring Me Stuff

Some Pre-Thanksgiving Native American Education: The Creek Indians

In the spirit of Thanksgiving's connection to the Native Americans (If you recall from the stories of the pilgrims, they helped us find / grow food so we wouldn't die when our pasty white ancestors were fresh off the boat) and as inspired by my vacation travels, I thought I would drop a little knowledge. … Continue reading Some Pre-Thanksgiving Native American Education: The Creek Indians

Sacrifice So We Might Be Reborn: A Eulogy For Hostess Snack Cakes

The walls of Facebook are bleeding yellow cream-filled tears. Grocery store check-out belts are overrun with rectangular boxes of hydrogenated vegetable oil-laden snack cakes. A thirty-five year old eBay addict is looking at his Twinkie The Kid collectible figurine and thinking "yesssssss!". Is it the beginning of the end of a sugar-shocked era? Will we … Continue reading Sacrifice So We Might Be Reborn: A Eulogy For Hostess Snack Cakes