Civilizing Pottery

Pottery is impervious to decay, even when submerged in water or soil for thousands of years. That property is essential; without the invention of pottery, civilization and the modern world would not exist.

Economics Isn’t

Economics has long been called ‘the dismal science.’  I question whether it is truly a science.  That’s not a knock on economics, but on science.  Science often takes on a fundamentalist approach, one which assumes that reality – and therefore Truth – must be universal, it must be valid at all times, and to all observers. When … [Read more…]


Local entrepreneur and civic leader Alfred Lamson died some years back, and I still miss him.  He was a force of personality to be reckoned with.  He was highly successful in both business and philanthropy, and was involved in the creation and expansion of numerous local fixtures.  For instance, he single-handedly got the moribund University … [Read more…]

Paying it Forward

I want to tell a nice story about myself, not to brag, but in the hope that others might do similar things. I try to head overseas every year or two, and so far my wife and I have been able to do that with our children.  It requires some hard choices; even though I’m … [Read more…]