Walnut Cake by Mail

Okay, so to start I’m going to confess I’m a long-time criminal.  Yup, it’s true.  The last time I committed the crime was December 20th.  It happened at the counter of our local branch of the United States Postal Service.  I know, that makes it a federal crime.  Scary stuff: prepare yourself. I drag my … More Walnut Cake by Mail

Money, Honey

The New York Times ran a Steven Rattner op-ed piece this morning titled The Rich Get Even Richer.  The article calls for our nation to address the ever widening income gap between the top richest one percent of Americans and the rest of us, citing new statistics derived by two French economists studying American’s 2010 … More Money, Honey

Purchasing Wisely

In America, escape from advertising is futile.  Our lives are saturated with messages to buy – buy this widget, buy this lifestyle, buy this political agenda (1).  Even a necessity like food is marketed to us through a partnership of the United States Department of Agriculture and major players in the food industry (2).  Remember … More Purchasing Wisely

Statistical Stories

I’m not a statistician, but I find a certain fulfillment in statistical data.  I freely admit to enjoying the occasional slice of Excel pie to satisfy the cravings of my 21st Century hunger for precise scientific measurement of life’s mysteries.  Yet, there is also an appeal to the storyteller in me – because statistics are … More Statistical Stories

Citizen, not Consumer

On this Cyber Monday, I am more than well-versed in the tools I need to get the most out of my consumer experience.  If I haven’t secured a deal in advance from groupon.com, I check upromise.com and ebates.com to see which will maximize a rebate from my online retailer.  And I never buy before searching … More Citizen, not Consumer