Monthly Archives: October 2011


Sorry Family and Friends, but we just couldn’t not do this. You probably already guessed what. You know this obsession we have with sustainable living and the application of solar technology to everyday life? That’s right, we just had to carve a solar jack-o-lantern this year. We call this year’s pumpkin “Two Solar Spooks.” It […]

The Amazing “Hoodoos” of the Southwest…

This weekend we visited Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah – an amazing display of Mother Earth normally not visible to us. Because of the unique erosion of this portion of the great Colorado Plateau, the underlying strata called the Pink Cliffs and Grey Cliffs are exposed for all to see. In this region, […]

Off the Couch

It was a magical moment, one in which something shifted. It came as I was guarding the Occupy Las Vegas supplies of ice, water, signs, and flyers, while a handful of others (including my partner) marched in front of the World Market Center, scene of the Project New West. Four sets of Metro Police stood […]

Occupy [fill in the blank]….

Here is how yesterday could have gone…..   Reporter:   Why are you here today standing on this corner with several dozen other Occupy demonstrators? MAH:  I’m not really sure.  Demonstrating is not my thing. A peace activist once asked Mother Teresa “Why don’t you show up at our anti-war demonstrations?” Mother Teresa replied, “When you hold […]

Social Security (Part II) – What is the ROI?

But there is more to the Social Security story than that expressed in Part I.   Of course as a former Republican, I would expect to have received some “return” on my investment (ROI)  in this “entitlement” program that I was forced to enroll in. So let’s do some more math. Let’s look at a reasonable case […]

Social Security (Part I) – an Entitlement?

Entitlements – a pejorative term used frequently by Republicans and Tea Partiers When I was around 40 and looking ahead to retirement planning, I recall talking with my Dad about the then evident Social Security woes.    I remember telling him that I expected Social Security to be bankrupt by the time I retired and was not planning […]

Was that my alarm going off?

Since 1987……   That was the date on the Wells Fargo debit card I just shredded. Yes, I just closed the account and moved the money from this financial giant occupying Wall Street to a local credit union back home. Thanks to the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protest, over a year of studying everything I could find […]

Occupy Las Vegas (part two)

My most pertinent personal experience with corporate greed and arrogance came to pass compliments of Wells Fargo. Mind you, I never even negotiated my 30 year fixed rate mortgage with Wells Fargo in the first place. Rather, it was sold to them without my knowledge, or consent. When I lost my professional income within the […]

Occupy Las Vegas (part one)

Milt and I made a commitment: we’d brave the crowds at First Friday, Las Vegas (around 10,000 people expected) to support the fundraising effort of Occupy Las Vegas, rather than participate in their march on the Strip. Serious introverts, we much prefer to stay at home, quietly watching the news of it on T.V. In […]