Gold standard

So, so happy for all involved in the film Slumdog Millionaire. I can’t recall when I’ve been so transfixed in a theater, so taken for an intense ride. What a collaboration of minds and gifts. In almost any other year, I would have been convinced The Reader...

Economics 101

An empty storefront — my former nail salon — prompted today’s Game Plan column called Personal Lessons in Economics. In it, I share thoughts on being a more mindful consumer. We’re also venturing into new territory with this column, as...

Creative process

I’m going to save myself the trouble of trying to paste a video in here when my dear friend Erin Weed has already posted this on her Web site. Check out this inspiring talk about the creative process by Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert. This soothed my...

Break time

Back in 1996-97, I enjoyed a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan. It was essentially two semesters to expand myself with the help of the vast resources in Ann Arbor. That’s when I first became an expert in the importance of...

DVF

On to my next book. I think I’m officially back in reading mode. Yay. It’s been a while. After careful consideration of the offerings on my shelves, I have chosen Diane, A Signature Life. It is the autobiography of legendary fashion designer Diane von...