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From Grosgrain to Grog: When History, Alcohol, and Crafting Meet

Grosgrain- a common word in the crafting world has ties to rum, the British Navy, and the father of America. What could tie crafting, history, and booze together? Read more to find out! Continue reading From Grosgrain to Grog: When History, Alcohol, and Crafting Meet

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Somewhat Rambling Thoughts About Meritocracy and the Education System in the US

I don’t see how anyone can claim that Americans are equal when there is a clearly evidenced lack of equal opportunity. I mean, equal opportunity is one of the basic tenants upon which our society is based, but the reality is that it no longer exists.

A typical elementary school classroom. (Pic | Liz)

I ask that you please don’t misunderstand me when I write against the meritocracy. I’m not saying that anyone who has made a success of their lives has not worked very hard to get there. (I’m also not saying that everyone considered successful did.) I’m just saying that to think that because things worked out the way they did to allow you to become a success, that everyone else automatically had access to the same opportunities as you.

Whether or not you succeed in life is not so much determined by your personality as it is determined by your origins. Studies show this time and time again. You can chalk this fact up to whatever you want, bad parenting, poor schools, but whomever or whatever you try to blame, you will never be able to make a reasonable argument that it is the fault of the children themselves. Continue reading “Somewhat Rambling Thoughts About Meritocracy and the Education System in the US”

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Harvest: An Examination and Application of Definitions and Connotations

The word harvest may not mean what you think it means. In this article I explore the word’s origins and then apply the meaning to Rep. Scott Rigell’s recent announcement regarding permitting drilling for oil off the coast of Virginia. I do not think it is fair to the word harvest to use it in such a context. I believe other words are more appropriate and promote a stance that views our energy needs in terms of harnessing rather than owning. Continue reading Harvest: An Examination and Application of Definitions and Connotations

Entitlement, or Why the ‘Robin Hood’ Character Has Gone Out of Fashion

America is founded on the ideas of equal opportunity and the self-made man. The “Robin Hood” character, and the values he represents, forces people to question those assumptions. People like to believe that they are the reason for their own success. They pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, made their own way, and were successful. If somebody got to the top of the pack by hard work alone, then I would agree that he actually deserved everything that he could afford for himself. Unfortunately, the truth is that no one gets anywhere by hard work alone. While I am not … Continue reading Entitlement, or Why the ‘Robin Hood’ Character Has Gone Out of Fashion

Spending and Entitlement Links

Thinking about spending and entitlement: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/First-Person-How-I-Living-ac-2266308980.html This article got me thinking about what ‘entitlement’ really means. Judging by the number of comments on such a small article, there is some disagreement on that point. I’m still organizing my thoughts about the concept, but I would like to soon post a much longer statement. I would like to share, as a jumping off point, a Charles Dickens quote: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.” Continue reading Spending and Entitlement Links