Category Archives: shopping

The high cost of offshore clothing


You probably heard about the horrible tragedy at the garment factory in Bangladesh last month.  More than a 1000 workers died when the factory they were laboring in collapsed.  Some American brands that source their products from Bangladesh are scrambling to … Continue reading

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Going to the cupboard


I am very excited to present my second video project with a fine American manufacturing firm.  Canyon Creek makes great kitchen, bathroom and any other kind of room cabinets in Monroe, Washington.  I had the good fortune to visit them … Continue reading

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A little of this, a little of that


I like writing in-depth posts on great firms where members of our extended American family are making useful products we can use. I like writing in-depth posts on subjects like outsourcing. But sometimes I just want to unload a few little … 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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The little things in life


I handle the bigger challenges in life better than the little ones.  When my Dad died twelve years ago, it was horrible but I think I exhibited some grace during the time between his death and his burial.  The same … Continue reading

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A little of this, a little of that


We did our video shoot at McKinnon Furniture’s wood shop and showroom yesterday and it was a hoot.  My cameraman extraordinaire Johnathan Iishi and I spend the entire day with Sheila McKinnon and Theresa Schneider and their amazing craftspeople who … Continue reading

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I actually feel sorry for the Denver Broncos


I have always been a Washington Redskins fan.  I can’t even remember what prompted me to root for the Skins initially, but I did so even after the Seattle Seahawks came to town in 1976.  My favorite Skins game memory was … Continue reading

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