Articles Posted in Thought Starter


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 rules that don’t exist, caddying at the golf club, and working a low impact waiter/waitress/busboy…

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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 decided to finally take repose across this great land. In Ipsos Public Affairs’ recent survey,…

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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 “sales-tall-tale” ever told… “Hey Boss, I didn’t hit my quota, because the bad weather kept…

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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 excitement, adventure, broadening one’s horizons, and experiencing the world through the eyes of the great…

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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 my opinion, but if you struggle to stay committed to either of these routines, let…

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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 of holidays behind him, and go out to rock his first water buffalo into oblivion…

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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 devices. An astounding 64% of Americans plan to allocate a portion of their holiday spend…

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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 better understand the subtle intricacy of a gold medal curling broom sweep, or the proper…

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Who doesn’t want to eat healthy and live a long and prosperous life?

This isn’t only something First Officer Spock is on a mission for; it’s something all Americans think about every time they step into a grocery store, food mart, warehouse club, or on the run convenience store. In a recent study conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs,  “Checking in with Americans at the Grocery Aisle”, 81% of…

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I’m a Boomer, you’re a Boomer wouldn’t you like to be a Boomer too?

To be accurate, and not embellish my life expectancy, I am a “Gen-Xer” by two years, and don’t carry the sassy tag “Baby Boomer”. Once American soldiers started to return home from World War II, the United States experienced an “explosion” of births never seen before. To be exact, from 1946 to 1964, births were…

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