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Leave It To the Grownups

The Gainesville Tea Party had an interesting idea: Treat the Federal budget like a family budget: U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000 Federal budget: $3,820,000,000,000 New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000 National debt: $14,271,000,000,000 Recent budget cut: $ 38,500,000,000 Remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a family’s budget: Annual family income: $21,700 Money the family spent: $38,200 New debt [...]

The Economist Versus the Artist

Mises vs. the greatest artists of our age. (Hint: Mises loses big time.)

Write it and She Will Come

I wrote the first version of this note in answer to a young writer on the discussion board of my novel revision course. ( by fantasy writer Holly Lisle.) It was in answer to her- but it was really for me- to remind myself, as I go through this novel-writing and revision process again, all [...]

Ada and I

A wonderful article from Tim Kastelle: “Ten Great Women to Write About for Ada Lovelace Day” has gotten me started on reminiscences. I first met Ada Lovelace sometime in the ’70′s. I was in my early 20′s and had begun a frantic scramble to escape the unwelcome recognition that I was not who I was [...]

Bring Back Good Day!

Americans are generally seen as being open and friendly. At the same time, we’re often viewed as rude and uncouth. How can that be? The explanation dawned on me when I was studying Hungarian. Our Hungarian teacher remarked at how off-putting she found it that she was greeted by total strangers with, “How are you?” [...]

Bohemian Beads

The Czech bead making industry had become well established in the 16th century, and by the time trade was established in North America it had become world renowned.