Why I Hate Mother’s Day – by Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott is one of my favorite writers of creative non-fiction. I love her writing – so raw and beautiful – because she meanders in an almost stream of consciousness fashion, then drops in a zinger so profound I have to put the book down just to let it sink in. She’s brilliant, irreverent, and unwilling to [Read More…]

Meet the top 10 banks that hold nearly 85% of all banking assets.

  Tuesday we looked at how the top 10 consumer product companies. Wednesday was a look at the top 6 broadcasting companies. Today is a snapshot of the banking industry. Over the past two decades in particular, the top U.S. banks have been buying smaller banks. In the 2008 financial crisis these banks were deemed “too [Read More…]

Say Hello to the 6 Media Outlets who control nearly everything you watch and read…

Yesterday we explored the 10 companies that make most of the products we use on a daily basis. Today I want to show a snapshot of how the media companies have been changing over the past few decades, using this interesting infographic.  Some interesting facts from the Graphic are: In 1983, 90% of American Media [Read More…]

Say hello to the 10 companies who make most of our consumer products

There is a pretty interesting graphic making its way around the internet right now, showing the hundreds of corporations and brands that are owned by just a few central companies. It’s pretty amazing to think that nearly every consumer product you buy traces back to just a handful of parent corporations. These enormous corporations are [Read More…]

The Kingdom of God is like taking a ride on the Copenhagen Subway…

The Kingdom of God is like taking a ride on the Copenhagen Subway, and the Copenhagen Philharmonic breaks out into Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt. Yes… it is! [Read more…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that our family friend Jenny Hutchinson (Thompson), is in surgery at KU Med right now donating her kidney to a little boy named Hayden. I confess that I believe her act of kindness is an example of how normal everyday people can push back the darkness by imitating the life of Christ. “No [Read More…]

Ten Things You Won’t Hear at Commencement

Here’s an interesting little segment from NPR this week – 10 things you won’t hear at commencement… I’m resonating with some of what this author is talking about. It will do your soul some good to listen: http://www.npr.org/2012/05/02/151867383/the-ten-things-you-wont-hear-at-commencement [Read more…]

Don Chaffer is a Son of a Gun

A few months ago I ran into Don Chaffer at Conception Abbey. While we were catching up on what we were into at the time, Don started telling me about his work on musical theater projects. I knew Don from years of running into each other on the road w/our respective bands. Moreover, I’d never [Read More…]

Is Education Simply About Getting a Job?

One of the unique side-effects of No Child Left Behind has been the notorious necessity of “teaching to the test.” Parents, administrators, teachers, and students all seem to disdain this lamentable practice. This week I read an interesting blog post by Adam Kotsko who notes another and perhaps even more important problem with the way [Read More…]

ExxonMobil & American Power: How the most profitable corporation in America functions as a sovereign power

On her program Fresh Air, Terry Gross conducted a fascinating interview with Pulitzer Prize winning author Steve Coll. He’s written a new book called Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power which is about ExxonMobil & how they wield power in the world. Coll describes how corporations have come to wield the kind of political and economic power [Read More…]