Lanna Thai Diner - Woburn

From the outside, the silver metal cylinder looks like a classic diner.  Opening the door, though, the fresh aromatic curry smell quickly tells me this is not my father's diner.

You and We Are Marvels

"It constantly amazes me that men and women wander the earth marveling at the highest mountains, the deepest oceans, the whitest sands, the most exotic islands, the most intriguing birds of the air and fish of the sea -- and all the time never stop to marvel at themselves and realize their infinite potential as human beings." - Matthew Kelly

Niches, Not Riches

If you've read older posts, you may recall that I've established for our purposes a distinction between wealth and riches.  The distinction was inspired by Confucius and Buckminster Fuller, in particular.  If you've read my posts and pages of this site, you know wishes to help people find their niches in our local economy.

We Have Strength, Must Unleash Creativity

"How far can we go with the belief that our differences are our greatest strength and using them creatively is our greatest challenge? --Tom Atlee
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Invest Your "Voice" and Choose Productive Actions

 "The most important expression of excellence is excellence in choosing the actions in which to excel."  -- Alvin & Heidi Toffler

Not the Dream of Dr. King

I'm in Washington, DC, based in a hotel and reading news in USA Today.  Today's Snapshot lists the top four ideas of the American Dream, according to adults surveyed by Pew Charitable Trusts between 1/27 and 2/8 of this year:

What Do We Absolutely Need? [fifth in a series]

This series is to stimulate visions of new niches in the local economy. It's addressed to people with businesses and to enterprising people not yet in business.

For Your Eyes Only?

I wrote the following this morning after reading Stephen R. Covey's latest blog. As of this writing, Dr. Covey's staff has not approved it for display. This may be an exclusive for Woburnite. I recommend reading the blog, not only my response.

Required: Vision, Not a Map

Again I'm moved to write in response to a Boston Globe article that begins on the front page (3/18/09) and is not news.  The title of this one is En route to greener life? You'll need a map.

Meeting Uncertainty With Greater Strength

"Men and women confronting change are never fully prepared for the demands of the moment, but they are strengthened to meet uncertainty if they can claim a history of improvisation and a habit of reflection." -- Mary Catherine Bateson, Peripheral Visions

Why Should We Not Make the News?

One of my pet peeves is mere speculation reported as news. Reading the front page of a newspaper, I want to find information concerning what has happened, not the thinking of one or some about what might happen someday. Am I to regard a reporter's collection and arrangement of opinions an event resembling an arrival, a premiere or a breakthrough? It seems so.

Redirection and Restoration Trump Recovery

The vice president of the US Chamber of Commerce recently told the Wall Street Journal that federal regulation of carbon dioxide "would completely shut the country down." Does he agree with John Edwards that there are two Americas? Was he speaking of the one he's single-minded about? Does he want to scare people into clinging to failed arrangements? I think so. Despite their record, the elites who drove us into this multifaceted crisis clearly intend to stay on top during anything resembling a recovery.

Heart-ready Projects Here, There and Everywhere

Oprah Winfrey also suggested "Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher." I think Oprah was talking about a best-possible strategy for the dog-eat-dog world of mobility, competition and anonymity.

Help Achieve the Welfare of the World

"Let us do our duty in our shop or our kitchen, in the market, the street, the office, the school, the home, just as faithfully as if we stood in the front rank of some great battle, and knew that victory for mankind depended on our bravery, strength and skill. When we do that, the humblest of us will be serving in that great army which achieves the welfare of the world." -- Theodore Parker

Resources and Inspiration for Business Builders

The Kaufman Foundation supports entrepreneurship in many ways. Here's a link to a timely article (Entrepreneurs: Engines for Job Creation and Innovation) that landed in my inbox today:

What Do We Absolutely Need? (fourth in a series)

This series is to stimulate visions of new niches in the local economy. It's addressed to people with businesses and to enterprising people not yet in business.

The Best Way to Success is Your Own Way

"I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint -- and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service." -- Oprah Winfrey

Here's Hoping

Living as we do in a densely populated area, we're necessarily and heavily involved in the enormous, haphazard structure I designate as THE ECONOMY. Having come as far as we have with that ailing system, it's logical for us to hope that the combination of the unprecedented adjustments made in the final months of the Bush era and those rolling out in the Obama era will succeed.

Masa Southwest Bar and Grill Review - Woburn

Earlier this winter we visited and enjoyed the new Masa Southwest Bar and Grill in Woburn.  Somehow this review was the victim of a very busy stretch at work and remained stuck in draft format.  But I was back for lunch yesterday and that reminded me to post this!  It's a nice spot for lunch as well as dinner, in fact.  For about $7, I had a bowl of Southwest Onion Soup and a sampling of 5 tapas, a good way to get a variety of tastes.

Creating Our Own Safety Net

Safety net brings to mind what circuses do -- or don't -- suspend beneath highly skilled performers we must look upwards to watch. If any fail to get a grip or fail to return to balance at a moment of necessity, the net is there to prevent injurious impacts at the floor.

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