1940s couple on a picnic

How the American Dream Grew

If the seed of the American Dream was planted during the dark days of the Depression, germinated at the New York Worlds Fair of 1939, it was nurtured and cultivated during the sacrifices and deprivations of WWII. By wars end

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1940s couple on a picnic

How the American Dream Grew

If the seed of the American Dream was planted during the dark days of the Depression, germinated at the New York Worlds Fair of 1939, it was nurtured and cultivated during the sacrifices and deprivations of WWII. By wars end

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Nabisco oreos 1952

Inherited Dreams

Though it would be my parents generation, those who lived through the Great Depression and later rolled up their   collective sleeves, pitched in and sacrificed for the greater good in their fight against tyranny-who would be knighted by Tom Brokaw

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Nabisco oreos 1952

Inherited Dreams

Though it would be my parents generation, those who lived through the Great Depression and later rolled up their   collective sleeves, pitched in and sacrificed for the greater good in their fight against tyranny-who would be knighted by Tom Brokaw

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American Dream Post War Abundance

Introduction

For over half a century, Americans soaring confidence had always promised a sugar-frosted future filled with frost free fun and abundance and economic prosperity. But that Buoyant bubble of optimism has since gone bust. Along with our jobs, retirement funds

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American Dream Post War Abundance

Introduction

For over half a century, Americans soaring confidence had always promised a sugar-frosted future filled with frost free fun and abundance and economic prosperity. But that Buoyant bubble of optimism has since gone bust. Along with our jobs, retirement funds

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Suburbia For Sale

American Dream Foreclosed Whether a split level or a McMansion, the American Home has been the very embodiment of the American Dream. Once the mark of achievement, the suburban home was a solid investment, the guarantee of a secure future.

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American dream home 46 Scan_Pic0028

Suburbia For Sale

American Dream Foreclosed Whether a split level or a McMansion, the American Home has been the very embodiment of the American Dream. Once the mark of achievement, the suburban home was a solid investment, the guarantee of a secure future.

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vintage illustration of sick earth

Mother Earth is Under the Weather

Despite all the climate change deniers, Mother Earth is severely under the weather. Due to decades of addiction, the earth is battling a life threatening case of acute fossil fuel toxicity. Left untreated, addiction to fossil fuels is often fatal.

vintage illustration of sick earth

Mother Earth is Under the Weather

Despite all the climate change deniers, Mother Earth is severely under the weather. Due to decades of addiction, the earth is battling a life threatening case of acute fossil fuel toxicity. Left untreated, addiction to fossil fuels is often fatal.

Vintage Packard Car Ad 1937

Envy and the American Dream

Screen Envy Happy days are here again… the new iPhone is out! An uncharacteristic hush descended on my local Starbucks today as a wave of envy swept through the coffee-house. As if in unison, covetous coffee drinkers looked up from

Vintage Packard Car Ad 1937

Envy and the American Dream

Screen Envy Happy days are here again… the new iPhone is out! An uncharacteristic hush descended on my local Starbucks today as a wave of envy swept through the coffee-house. As if in unison, covetous coffee drinkers looked up from

Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt Empire Builder

America has a long history of flexing our formidable global muscles, confident that our take charge performance, and American ways would be gladly received wherever we went. If the American Century began in earnest in post war America it had

Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt Empire Builder

America has a long history of flexing our formidable global muscles, confident that our take charge performance, and American ways would be gladly received wherever we went. If the American Century began in earnest in post war America it had

Kent State sweatshirt Urban Outfitters 2014

Urban Outfitters Makes a Bloody Mistake

File this under bad taste. If one is to believe Urban Outfitters, famous for their controversial items, nothing says vintage-fun like a blood spattered Kent State sweatshirt; a nostalgic reminder of those crazy collegiate antics of the 1970s. The hip

Kent State sweatshirt Urban Outfitters 2014

Urban Outfitters Makes a Bloody Mistake

File this under bad taste. If one is to believe Urban Outfitters, famous for their controversial items, nothing says vintage-fun like a blood spattered Kent State sweatshirt; a nostalgic reminder of those crazy collegiate antics of the 1970s. The hip

World trade Center Ad  1988

Remembering The World Trade Center

News of the 9/11 tragedy found its way to me through the antiquated airwaves of a vintage Bakelite radio. Only days before, I had moved from the New York I loved to one of its  leafy suburbs. Without cable or

World trade Center Ad  1988

Remembering The World Trade Center

News of the 9/11 tragedy found its way to me through the antiquated airwaves of a vintage Bakelite radio. Only days before, I had moved from the New York I loved to one of its  leafy suburbs. Without cable or

Joan Rivers Album Cover The Next to Last Joan Rivers Album

Joan Rivers- A Cut-Up on Vinyl

  The first week of school at Syracuse University was overwhelming. Nerves and insecurities were kicking into high gear as we unpacked our familiar belongings in this new unfamiliar place. As Pioneer stereos systems were being set up in dorm

Joan Rivers Album Cover The Next to Last Joan Rivers Album

Joan Rivers- A Cut-Up on Vinyl

  The first week of school at Syracuse University was overwhelming. Nerves and insecurities were kicking into high gear as we unpacked our familiar belongings in this new unfamiliar place. As Pioneer stereos systems were being set up in dorm

Playbill Joan Rivers "Fun City" 1972

Farewell to NY’s Joan Rivers

Today we bid farewell to a quintessential  New York dame – Joan Rivers. I first saw Joan Rivers live in 1972 in Fun City a Broadway show about NY.  Bringing her sharp brand of humor to the Great White Way, 

Playbill Joan Rivers "Fun City" 1972

Farewell to NY’s Joan Rivers

Today we bid farewell to a quintessential  New York dame – Joan Rivers. I first saw Joan Rivers live in 1972 in Fun City a Broadway show about NY.  Bringing her sharp brand of humor to the Great White Way,