Articles Posted in Thought Starter

Americans Open Their Wallets as Schools Open Their Doors

My Auntie Lena was a strange bird.  She never missed a holiday sale the day after a holiday.  “Mom, where’s Auntie Lena today?  Well it’s December 26th.  She’s probably at Walmart or Yankee Candle stocking up on 40% marked down … Read More…

Americans’ Appetite for Diets and Healthy Living

It’s impossible to fight it, so why worry about it? Summer diets simply don’t exist, so you need to get ahead of it in March-April-May. What? Diet and get in shape for only three months to look good? Don’t let … Read More…

To Vacation or Not to Vacation this Summer?

What is summer, and what does it mean to me? Swinging from a tire into the river, jumping from a low bridge into the channel, playing whiffle ball until everyone in the neighborhood is ready to start a fight over … Read More…

It’s ‘Tool Time’ in America

In the infamous words of Tim The Tool Man Taylor, “Let’s see what happens when we plug this sucker in.” Americans everywhere are amping up and ramping for the summer season for home improvements now that old man winter has … Read More…

A Silver Lining to the Polar Vortex

On April 30th, Press Secretary Jay Carney reported the US economy grew 0.1% in the first quarter of 2014. Why only 0.1%? Well, it was negatively affected by 1.0%–1.5% by the drastic winter experienced across America. Sounds like the oldest … Read More…

Hispanic Youth…Living the Dream?

Imagine a world with no parents. A world where the phrase “in loco parentis” doesn’t exist. A world where Millennials rise on their own, and take control of the world! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the post post-teen, early twenty years. A time of … Read More…

Everything in Moderation…Including Diet and Exercise?

Ah, the first couple months of the new year – a time to regret every poor eating decision we’ve made for the last three months.  Of course, every day is a good day to start healthy eating and exercise in … Read More…

Bah Humbug and Back to the Man Cave?

It’s remarkable to see how much has changed since man first walked this planet. If there were such a thing as holidays back in caveman days, you can bet your “boo-pee” Captain Cave Man couldn’t wait to put the stress … Read More…

To Wii or Not to Wii, That is the Question, this Holiday Season!

Hamlet’s love for Ophelia is unquestioned, just as Americans love for electronics is equally unquestioned. In this month’s edition of Ipsos’ November Thought Starter, “America Goes Shopping in an Electronics Wonderland”, holiday purchases seem to include a hefty-haul of electronic … Read More…

From Russia with Mixed Feelings?

Who’s ready for the next round of Olympic madness? I can’t wait to dive, oooppss, I mean half-pipe, into the wide world of sleep deprivation for two solid weeks. I dream of being an Olympian every day, and seek to … Read More…

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