California, The West Coast

Angela from Los Angeles

The L.A. Lakers were playing the Dallas Mavericks for the Western Conference Championship.  The game had been on for nearly an hour.  I was sitting at a bar that boasted six flat screen TVs, all in high def.  Two were switched off and the others were tuned to Wheel of…

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Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, The Midwest, The Plains States

Our Broken Asphalt Heart: Reflections on Route 66 (Part 1)

It was once hailed as “The Mother Road,” saluted as “Main Street U.S.A.”.  There have been songs written about it, books, movies, a television show.  In our collective imagination it carries us back to a more innocent time, when America was young, when entrepreneurialism was grass roots, before cookie cutter…

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New York, The East

Negative Space: Occupy Wall Street and the 9/11 Memorial

There’s a conspiracy theory making the rounds at Occupy Wall Street that alleges building 7 of the old World Trade Center was blown up deliberately on 9/11 because it housed documents revealing government collusion with widespread insider trading on Wall Street. Ah-hem.  Excuse me, guys.  First of all, widespread insider…

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