The Good Life

I have a confession to make. Zen Potluck was never supposed to be about politics. Visit my About Page and you’ll read my simple pledge to talk about sustainable, conscious living, and yes, maybe even food. You see, my partner and I like to cook and break bread together. Regardless of schedules, we manage to […]

Is the Massachusetts Senate Race a Referendum?

Tonight I wrote the following in a discussion thread on one of the mainstream media websites covering the Massachusetts senate election. Thankfully, direct feedback has been mostly positive and constructive, which is a hopeful sign.

Haiti and Lessons From History

The tragic situation in Haiti is gnawing at me. Like so many others, my family is contributing to the quake relief effort, and we’re optimistic that the world’s overwhelming generosity can help improve peoples’ lives there. Yet the tragic situation in Haiti still gnaws at me. How can two countries, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, […]

Buzzword: Mobility

Here is my first prediction for 2010: Mobility is the new buzzword. Apple may have just ensured this, based on credible reports of a mobility-themed product event on January 26th, when Apple is expected to announce a new tablet device which may be a game-changer for print-media consumption, especially newspapers and magazines. [1] Likewise, Smartphone […]

Truly Representative Government

A friend sent me this chain email today: Proposed Amendment #28 to the US Constitution Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not […]

Fear of the Known

I read this enlightening quote in a blog comment today: [1] It’s supremely stupid to discriminate, even unwittingly, against a group to which you will inevitably belong. It was just a random side-note to a larger discussion about retail customer service. The context was about how younger computer salespeople sometimes ignore older shoppers, based on […]

Smoke, Mirrors and Truth: Debating Healthcare in Fred’s World

This viral email arrived in my inbox today: Subject: Fw: Shocking Fred Thompson Interview on Senior Health Care You will NOT believe your ears!!!! Send this to all of your friends and relatives!!!! If you are over 65 and sick with a serious life threatening illness, your life is worth very little under this new […]

Roland Hedley was Meant for Twitter

Last week, longtime Doonesbury reporter Roland Hedley made the stunning announcement that he is now twittering, er tweeting. In the process, Hedley may have just revealed himself as creator Garry Trudeau’s alter ego. While I’m always amazed by the poignant currency of Doonesbury, Twitter strikes me as the perfect medium for Trudeau’s fast-paced musings, and […]

Still Life in Cleveland

A good friend who lives in Cleveland sent me this link [1] to a recent New York Times photo essay on the economic realities in Michigan. I’ve received his permission to print his thoughtful email to me in its entirety: Almost any photo frame from Michigan can be found here in Ohio. For many today […]

President Barack Obama

“We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things… And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For […]