Since its invention in the 19th century, the footwear has been about much more than athletics—conveying ideas about national identity, class, race, and other forms of social meaning.

Source: The Long Political History of Sneaker Culture – The Atlantic

Politics aside, I just came across this article coincidentally after watching the movie “Just for Kicks” today.  For the sneaker-heads out there, you might this article and the movie quite interesting.


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Are you ready (and able) to give up your car?

Why own a car when you can use Uber or Lyft?

Source: No-car households are becoming more common in the US, after decades of decline — Quartz

Stop aiming for radical personal change, and start developing a process to improve a little bit each day, instead.

Wu Wei – have not seen this term in quite some time.  Brings back some fabulous memories.

Source: The Chinese principle ‘wu wei’ eliminates the need for lifehacks — Quartz

Stop aiming for radical personal change, and start developing a process to improve a little bit each day, instead.

Source: The Japanese philosophy of Kaizen offers an effective, manageable way to achieve long-term goals — Quartz

A brief reminder that employee recognition is quite important.  Something most of us know, but I suspect don’t always follow.

These companies are finding success by rewriting the rules of business. None of them is perfect on its own, but together they show what the corporate ideal could look like.

Source: Yum Brands former CEO David Novak on the one thing that makes companies successful — Quartz


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Keeping in the spirit of my last post (unusual libraries), I am sharing this article.  The headline of the article is unfortunately misleading or at best just focusing on the negative.  As you read the article, it summarizes that on average Americans read about 12 books annually, which is a much more positive aspect (and interesting from my perspective) than the headline about 25% of Americans not picking up a book.

Source: Pew books poll: One in four Americans didn’t pick up a book last year — Quartz

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Unusual is an understatement with some of the libraries in this article. Enjoy.

Source: Eight of the world’s most unusual libraries — Quartz


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Great story about a person following their passion and finding success.

Source: Graffiti Artist JonOne: From Harlem To The Bourbon Palace | Revolution


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Always nice to see positive news about people improving their lives.

California is home to a growing program that helps transition people from prison to campus—and other states are looking to follow suit.

Source: SF State and Other California Universities Are Offering Degrees to Former Convicts – The Atlantic


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While, I have no background in the convenience store industry, I found this article to be compelling.  The owner’s focus on innovation and customer focus is his key to staying ahead of the competition. Enjoy

In his 19 years of owning a gas station, Kent Couch has rolled out a beer cave, kombucha on tap, and uniformed attendants who greet customers by name.

Source: The Convenience-Store Innovator of Bend, Oregon – The Atlantic

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