Lessons from the tough neighborhoods of Rio and Johannesburg also have meaning for the United States. One of the consequences of the severe budget cuts the GOP envisions under the Ryan plan is a growing disconnect between communities and government.
Many of us are now embarrassed to say that our religious or moral or political views should and do affect our investment selections. We know the gatekeepers don't want to hear it; and they know that many of their institutional clients definitely don't want to hear it.
Let's not argue with Paul Ryan about whether "we built it" or the government built it. Let's remind ourselves that what makes America exceptional and Americans free is that when we talk about "we," it is John Dewey's "great community," the greatness of "we the people" to which we all belong.
Each of these communities brought its own sense of sacredness and grace to me as I continue to mourn my mother's death and celebrate her life. I have learned a great deal about what it feels like to be cared for.
Although I grew up in New York and have lived there for many years, I have a summer studio in Maine. Every summer I pack up and go to paint following the tradition of so many of America's painters from Winslow Homer to Alex Katz.
The Oregon Public House, just like many around the city, will have its own beer, serve food and create the perfect environment to spend time with friends and family. It will, however, have one fundamental difference: it will be a nonprofit pub.
Today, it is a fact that America must innovate to compete in the new economy and society. But we cannot have innovation without creativity. And we cannot have an innovation region by just wishing it were so.
'People thought we were crazy to do this; they kept telling us that people didn’t have disposable income during a recession. But what we knew was that alcohol, movies and make-up don’t suffer during bad times.'