“A Nightmare We’re Marching Toward”

Catchy headline, huh? Yeah people like to be dooms-dayers. Using this phrase in the video, Joseph Stiglitz brings up some interesting data. Speaking about income inequality, he cites that only 8% of Ivy League students come from families in the bottom 50% of household incomes. Wow. I didn’t know that. That’s especially interesting because those…
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The Lessons Dad Taught Us

What are those life lessons dads are so good about teaching us? My article, “Five Lessons From Dad”, is now featured on the blog, The Good Life. You can see it there, or just read it right here below.  : ) ******************************************************************************************************** There are certain things that Father does best. And then there are certain…
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Lost Languages

An interesting phenomena globalization is. It produces such polarity: greater exposure and appreciation for other peoples of the world and their culture; at the same time, though, modernity has smoothed out the ridges of our differences and completely erases some nuances altogether. Some of these nuances come in the form of rare and unique languages.…
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5 Days To Go

New Plateaus’ first title is being released later this summer! For those of  you who don’t know, I spent a year living in and traveling around China. I wrote a ton about my time there (many of my articles can be found in the archives of this blog) and when I got home, I started…
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The Thrill To Serve: Know Your Glow

I recently celebrated seven years sober. I recognized this milestone as one typically does in AA. I received a small medallion during a meeting and said a few words about my experiences and obstacles over the past year as well as thanks for the support and my sobriety. The next day I wrote an email…
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Memorial Day Message: Service

Let’s heighten the message of service to New Plateaus. Greetings, Readers. On this Memorial Day, we honor the men and women who have fought and died for their service for America. In recognizing their service, we may go to a parade or think about Grandpa. These acts of respect are great, but I would urge…
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New Plateaus Geography Spotlight #2: Guyana

Okay, smarty pants. Where’s the country Guyana located? South America? Africa? Perhaps by all those little islands north of Australia? Woop, should’ve stuck with your first guess. Little-known Guyana is in South America. And here’s the first fun fact about this place: it’s the only country in South America with English as its official language. How about that?…
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Unknown Ordinances: Why Fines Aren’t Fine For Budget Use

Pop quiz: In the city of Minneapolis how far from a driveway should your bumper be when you park on the street? Four feet, two feet, five feet, one inch, ten feet? I asked this question to ten residents walking around the St. Anthony Main neighborhood. If they are indicative of most, then few of…
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Penny-wise Part 2: The Canadian State-mint

Well, well. I wrote a month ago about the issue we Americans have with our one cent piece–that it’s practically worthless, costly to make, and cumbersome. Lo’ and behold, the Canadians had already made the decision in March to phase out their own copper-colored currency. And on May 4th the Winnipeg mint pumped out it’s…
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Problem Solved? #1 Organ Donor Shortage

There are a host of issues in our world that we are nowhere near solving. Take drunk driving, we try to find that sweet spot between how to punish the problem, and prevent the problem, and even outsmart the problem. For all that we do, though, people still drink and then drive. But what if…
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