Archive for June 2014

It is what it is... Or is it?

It is what it is... Or is it?
“It is what it is.” I hear people say that once in a while. Usually I’m working on a project with these people. We’ve come to a stage in the process that might prove a little difficult or might need a little more effort than originally anticipated. We’re at a definite fork in the road—... Read more »

Slut shaming: is it woman on woman aggression?

Slut shaming: is it woman on woman aggression?
Some years ago, I took part in a series of focus groups— behind the two-way mirror on the client side, as an observer. The research involved women discussing their feelings about make-up. In groups of six or seven, women of different ages from different backgrounds gathered around the same table and came to pretty much... Read more »

Starbucks to go (in the garbage)

Starbucks to go (in the garbage)
I don’t know if Starbucks invented the “coffee prep station” but I’d say they certainly made it popular. Caribou has one that’s pretty much the same as Starbucks. Argo tea has their version. Peet’s. Stumptown in Portland has one, except with eco-friendly real silverware-type spoons to stir your brew that they wash and re-use. They... Read more »
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Father’s Day: a second-class holiday?

Father’s Day: a second-class holiday?
Sunday is Father’s Day. A day set aside once a year to honor or celebrate or at least acknowledge the male parent in our lives. This year marked the 100th anniversary of the first official Mother’s Day. Woodrow Wilson made that day a holiday in 1914. It took 58 years for a corresponding dad holiday... Read more »

Why are we here? And why are we such dicks?

Why are we here? And why are we such dicks?
Why are we here? Philosophers and stoners have been pondering that existentialist tidbit for quite some time… But we can’t even decide on how. Some people know for a fact that we just happened. Crawl out of the swamp, a million years and a little natural selection later, and badda-bing, there we are. Other people... Read more »