Capitalism and Democracy: Can This Marriage Be Saved?

Capitalism and Democracy:  Can This Marriage Be Saved? It’s an odd-couple, with deeply conflicting social values.  Though they have been living together for many centuries, the strains are increasing; their relationship may now be in jeopardy.


Being Balini, Brilliance in the making

Balini Naidoo is a vivacious up-and-coming fashion designer. She not only graduated cum laude in 2017, but is already making waves. She was one of the Top 10 designers for the Society of Dyers and Colourists competition 2015, among the Top 25 Vodacom Durban July Young Designers and was chosen to showcase her Btech concept at the Design Indaba Emerging Creative in 2018.

It is however her innovative design for a braille...


The “Green New Deal”

The “Green New Deal”:  A Slogan in Search of a Program; It’s a powerful new idea, but it’s still vague and it lacks a concrete plan. It’s not yet a New Deal.  Here’s a suggestion.


New Trends in Business Funding for 2019

Capital is the lifeblood of any business. And without a steady flow of capital, any business established for the purpose of turning a profit, will soon wither and die. In the lifecycle of a most small businesses, there are two key points at which funding is most necessary - during the startup or launch phase and during times of growth or scale-up. For 2019, there are several new trends in business funding that are both innovative and responsive to the needs of entrepreneurs during launch and growth phases. 


Shirin Barekatein Ancient Iran Day at UW

Shirin Barekatein brought her design expertise to Ancient Iran Day that was held at the University of Washington HUB on December 1, 2018.  Ancient Iran Day Another Side of the Ancient World, celebrated how the many cultures of Ancient Iran played a vital role in the shaping of world civilization.  


Beauty—The Forgotten Recipe For Happiness

The filmmaker and author John de Graaf has written a stunning feature article about Beauty—The Forgotten Recipe For Happiness. Beauty also holds a truth that is undeniable. From the splendor of nature’s mountains, fields and streams to the grandeur of architecture and modern city streets, the beauty of our surroundings possesses the power to make us happy. 


Merry Christmas Tiny Tim!

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come: The Choice is Up to Us! Tiny Tim is a metaphor for our sickly global environment.  Will We Save Him?


An ode to Hayden Brumbeloe

I never met Hayden Brumbeloe, but I like the cadence of his name.   He grew up in a working-class town not far from Abilene, Texas under a hot dry sun in a land most often noted for the way it was depicted in the classic film The Last Picture Show.