I remember as a kid walking the fields with my grandfather. He said, "No man has the right to take more from the land than the land itself can withstand." That balanced approach made sense to me when I was six, and it still makes sense to me today.
Sure, Silicon Valley has a new hit HBO show named after it due to a well-deserved penchant for deep-pocketed VC firms and companies launching culture-altering technologies. But to quote the "X-Files'" Fox Mulder, "Are we alone in the universe? Impossible.
On the fringes of the boarded-up hinterlands of a former industrial section of a small Missouri town stands a building, decrepit yet painted a shade of purple so striking that it seems phantasmal against its drab backdrop of deadened grays and tans.
Holed up at home with your significant other/kids/dog/non-condoned space heater? Don't waste a perfectly good sub-zero day. Here are 11 ways you can have fun today (without losing any of the good parts of your face).
"Southern" conjures up certain images and characteristics in my mind. Same goes for the West Coast, Upper Northwest, Southwest, New York, and New England. But what about the Midwest?
What does it mean to be Midwestern?
A few years ago, my mom was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. At that point, I had been in government and international service for over a decade; I had begun questioning whether exporting Western capitalism to developing countries was how I wanted to spend the rest of my life.
As our children grow, we look around and wonder, "Is this the right place for us to be? Is this where we want our children to grow up? What is the environment we've chosen teaching them?" These questions were heightened after our oldest son started identifying as gay at a young age.
OK, I'll just blurt it out: I am moving to the Midwest. Please calm down, especially you, Mom and Dad. I know you never saw this coming and I suspect you have questions and concerns. I've anticipated some of them below.
Looking for more than an Internet connection in a hotel room? Being away from friends and family on business can be more comfortable in the Midwest in an inn that feels like home but offers all the amenities you need to do your work while on the road.
Not only was the lake gorgeous, but there were people everywhere -- walking, running, skating, cross-country skiing, playing hockey, chasing dogs -- ignoring the cold. I was smitten. I had found my people.