Monthly Archives: August 2012

Four stalwarts of American manufacturing


There are certain products that are quintessentially American. Wigwam socks. Hart Schaffner Marx suits. Allen Edmonds shoes. Subzero Refrierators. Beginning on September 11th, I will be visiting each of these iconic American manufacturing firms in preparation for including them in my … Continue reading

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The one thing we all require


Nothing enforces utility like backpacking. We just got back from hiking up to the Necklace Valley.  During the steep stretch of the hike, we gained 2600 feet of elevation in two miles.  It makes me tired just writing that.  When … Continue reading

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Three things that are the key to a more fulfilling life!


Go ahead, admit it. You have missed the “Three for the Week” feature. I know I have. So it’s back and I promise I will introduce you to three great products made by members of our extended American family every week … Continue reading

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Ok, I guess he is kinda cute.


We got a new puppy last week. Titus is a nine week old White Lab puppy. I had forgotten two things about puppies.  They sleep a lot and their teeth are very sharp. Puppies need lots of accessories, so I went down … Continue reading

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What children fear more than anything else.


The memory of them still haunts me. I would be in the middle of my summer vacation.  The vacation seemed like it could go on forever. And then “it” would arrive. The dreaded Back to School circular. Upon its arrival, my … Continue reading

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I could have used one of those!


We just got back from a trip to the Oregon coast.  This photo shows Cannon Beach where we stayed.  In the distance, you can see Haystack Rock. A trip to Cannon Beach always includes at least one beach fire, and … Continue reading

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The big hand says….


I was sitting in our conference room waiting for a meeting to start. Naturally I was watching the clock. I noticed the clock was made in the U.S. Made by members of our extended American family working at Chicago Lighthouse … Continue reading

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