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.    


Happy December!

Everywhere we turn in December bright lights dazzle our senses and take charge of our lives. Food, music, and gift-giving unravels our normal schedule and plays havoc with those ordinary things we need to get done. Takeaway all of the yuletide trimming, feast, and song, there is one truth that is undeniable—the holidays remind us to connect with those whom we love.


How to Nurture a Democracy

A democratic political system can survive only if it is embedded in a society that allows it to thrive.  Rather like the three essentials for nurturing healthy plants (good soil, adequate water and sunlight), there are at least three nurturing elements that a society must provide, in order for democracy to prosper -- beyond the foundation of a healthy economy.  These elements are (1) the rule of law, (2) elections that are perceived as fair (and where the outcomes are respected), and (3) a political discourse that honors veracity and condemns lying and liars.