listen and save lives

Today, World AIDS Day, marks the long awaited launch of (RED) WIRE, a new online digital music magazine designed to eliminate Aids in Africa.

(RED) WIRE promises to bring us exclusive music from major artists, featured artist showcases and the added impact of your music interest making a difference .. saving lives in Africa.

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funky treasure

Chicago is home to many cultural treasures, large and small. From towering architectural masterpieces to neighborhood blues bars.

Chief among them in my mind is the Old Town School of Folk Music. Now, over 50 years old, it offers classes in everything from guitar, banjo, cello, oud, to songwriting and dance. Instructing close to . . . → Read More: funky treasure



An old friend called today wanting some advice about preferred dishes for the looming Thanksgiving meal .. a treat in preparation for some and a daunting task for others.

While I like turkey and all of the classic sides, it’s an annual feast that can be bland and repetitive in texture and taste. The traditional . . . → Read More: crunch



Design Within Reach, the catalogue and showroom retailer of classic designer furniture has put together a collection of smaller accessory items just in time for more frugal holiday pocketbooks. Design appreciators can pass along gifts of toys, kitchen items and table top items all selcted with the same attention to detail and quality that makes . . . → Read More: tops


missed beat

Sadly, Mitch Mitchell left us this week. He passed away on Wednesday at the age of 61, of natural causes after completing the first US leg of the Experience Hendrix tour.

He was an amazing drummer who managed to hold down the beat in the Jimi Hendrix Experience by fusing R&B backbeats with Elvin . . . → Read More: missed beat


the sound of abbey road

Despite the gusts of cold economic wind blowing around us, music lovers are still seeking out new tunes and fresh, economical ways to listen to them.

Bowers & Wilkins has been making studio quality speakers in England since the 60’s and while their suburb bigger models are costly, these LM1 series speakers at about . . . → Read More: the sound of abbey road


new bright day

In working with clients to get at the underpinnings, dna, stuff that defines them I search for their authentic values, deeply held beliefs, emotions, behaviors. Eventually these become the foundation of their brand experience.

On this bright new day In America it struck me that like great brands, Barack Obama’s appeal is rooted . . . → Read More: new bright day


a familiar voice returns

I was amazed, some weeks ago to see the name JD Souther listed for an upcoming gig at a local bar here in Chicago. So amazed that I had to check out that it was real. After a bit of searching around the internet things came into focus.

John David Souther wrote . . . → Read More: a familiar voice returns


small indulgence

There’s something about small bowls and dishes that’s fascinating to me. Maybe it’s because of their potential to hold pungent dipping sauces, honey, red pepper flakes, salt, spicy mustard, hot sauce or ketchup .. my mother would be happy that I’m still not putting the bottle on the table. . . . → Read More: small indulgence


what we know

About a year and half ago we had the good fortune to join members of our family on a journey to Myanmar. We were there to learn, travel, experience and ultimately visit the remote village of Yim Bya where The Shanta Foundation funded the building of a school for . . . → Read More: what we know