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That’s what Anthony, Texas calls itself. Population of 5,000 in El Paso County, it is the first town encountered in Texas when traveling eastbound on I-10 from New Mexico. Back in 1988 local resident Mary Ann Brown and her neighbor Birdie Lewis, both born on a leap day, approached the Chamber of Commerce with the […]

Long before Wayne Gretzky, it was Jackie Gleason who was known as “The Great One”. It is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jackie Gleason this week. We honor him and his body of work – from the Honeymooners to American Scene Magazine to his movies (The Hustler, Smokey and the Bandit, Gigot, and […]

Ask modern day New York Ranger fans who was the best Ranger of all time you are likely to hear names like Rod Gilbert, Mike Richter, Brian Leetch, Ed Giacomin or Mark Messier. To those old enough or smart enough to take a wide view, many will say that person was Andy Bathgate. Andy Bathgate, […]

Helpful tips so you won’t feel you’ved missed anything, courtesy of Texas Escapes Magazine (http://www.texasescapes.com) “These suggestions are for the layperson, historical tourist, curious traveler, or anyone who enjoys the quiet and understated thrills of small town exploration”. This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

“Author of  “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Ms. Lee’s novel about racial injustice in a small Alabama town became one ofthe most beloved and most taught works of fiction ever written by an American”. This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

On February 11, “Jubilee” closed. It was the last showgirl extravaganza on the Vegas Strip. The revue ran for nearly 35 years – 18,720 shows in all – before more than 18 million guests. Here are some interesting features via the Las Vegas Sun, The Las Vegas Review-Journal and NPR This article was first published […]

In recent postings we have spoken of James Fallow’s wonderful essay in the current issue of The Atlantic. Entitled “Eleven Signs a City Will Succeed”, it is a summation of James and Deb Fallows’s 54,000-mile journey around America in a single-engine plane. The article appears in the March print edition alongside the cover story, “Can […]

In recent postings we have spoken of James Fallow’s wonderful essay in the current issue of The Atlantic. Entitled “Eleven Signs a City Will Succeed”, it is a summation of James and Deb Fallows’s 54,000-mile journey around America in a single-engine plane. The article appears in the March print edition alongside the cover story, “Can […]

Here is a wonderful essay, Eleven Signs a City Will Succeed, by the incomparable James Fallows. It is a summation of James and Deb Fallows’s 54,000-mile journey around America in a single-engine plane. The article appears in the March print edition alongside the cover story, “Can America Put Itself Back Together?” In it he described […]

Yes, it’s the day of the Presidential Primary in New Hampshire, an event sure to produce drama, joy, disappointment and perhaps surprise. No matter who your prefernce might be the show has been fascinating. As of this morning, Dixville Notch and two other communities have already counted their votes as they voted at Midnight. But […]

We are now posting on the topic “Getting to Your Smart Narrative & Beyond”. Soon we will be heading into the “Beyond” part in a series entitled “Turning Your Smart Narrative into a Journey”. There’s lots of territory to be covered. we look forward to journeying with you. Stay tuned. This article was first published […]

For years radio man, musician storyteller and author Jonathan Schwartz has presented a “Salute to Baseball” on the day of the Super Bowl. It is taking place now (Noon ET) at WNYC-FM New York (WNYC.org), and the Jonathanchannel. Worth listening to. This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

You have stories in your very own midst that are ready to be transformed into smart narratives – meaning stories of authenticity and community that if turned into smart narratives can mean dollars saved and/or new dollars earned. “Authenticity” is a popular word and notion these days. From politics to marketing and everything in between. […]

No so much more than the game, the Super Bowl is also a vehicle for many other activities – including those who pay millions to have their names and brands promoted around and during the game. Though I am not much of a fan of either the Super Bowl or all that surrounds it, it […]

Consider this smart narrative – in just a short time, quite a story is told. It’s about hockey. It’s about community. It’s about humanity. This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

Some passings touch one more than others – this is one that touches me. I always loved the good-hearted, understated humor of Bob and Ray. It was satirical but in a light way that did not unduly hurt. As the cultural historian Gerald Nachman wrote, they “never felt a need to destroy their targets, preferring […]

It is always rewarding to travel – especially because you never know what lessons will be learned and what will serve as a teacher. I recently traveled to Washington, D.C.. Actually, I got no closer than suburban Maryland. It was a quick overnight visit and I wanted to stay somewhere convenient to my event. Turned […]

….We can look elsewhere than the personalities of American Presidential candidates. For example, (with thanks to Juile Reynolds who shares “America in the 1950’s” on Facebook), here is something different. Most can whistle or at least hum the Andy Griffith Show theme song. But how many folks know the words ? Here is your chance […]

It was more than 25 years ago I had occasion to have my path cross with Arnold Greenberg, who died at 83 on January 22. I was trying to promote a book, and Mr. Greenberg’s store seemed a logical place. He was, with his wife, founder and co-owner of the Complete Traveller, a travel bookstore […]

APR’s Marketplace has been running a series “Tools of the Profession” which speaks with individuals about… the tools of their professions. David Brancaccio, host of American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report, spoke with Lucas Argrew, cobbler at Beyond Shoe Repair in Auburn, ME. Mr. Argrew initially studied chemistry and painitng in order to puruse a […]

What an ending. Yes, it’s only a meaningless All-Star Game. But it, in fact, was far more. An episode with lots of meaning for those who look closely enough. On this Monday morning, we smile inside and out as we see the image of John Scott, M.V.P. of the All-Star Game. For background. This article […]

One of our favorite quotes is from the old Molson beer bottle “An honest brew makes it’s own friends”. Molson has lasted a long time from those words (Though it is now part of Coors). But in the world of marketing and politics, it is clear that friends must be made through affirmative actions – […]