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Mt. McKinley glacier

Last June, Peter  and I made our first trip to Alaska in celebration of our 35th anniversary. My stepdaughter, Alex, joined us for the second week of cruising down the Inside Passage and provided invaluable research to guide us. For those of you who have not yet been and want to go, this post is for you. (For those of you who have already been to Alaska, please comment and share your own recommendations!)
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The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (photo by Ansel Adams)

Last week’s bankruptcy filing by Kodak reminds me of the Italian cruise ship captain who ordered dinner after his ship hit the fatal rock. In Kodak’s case, the rock was the rise of digital photography.

My generation grew up with Kodak, and made it one of the world’s most well known brands. We took our first photos in the 50s with our Brownie cameras, which came back printed on square glossy black and white paper with scalloped edges. (more…)

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Margaret and Denis Thatcher (photo credit: Martin Cleaver/AP)

There is a scene in the new movie “Iron Lady” which made me cry. When Sir Denis Thatcher asks Margaret Roberts, the daughter of a grocer to marry him, she tells him that she cannot be a typical wife who stays home washing tea cups. His immediate response was that her passion for a political life is exactly why he wanted to marry her. This unusual proposal took place in 1950 Britain, when few women were working, let alone in Parliament.

This historic partnership, which began when Margaret and Denis married in 1951, enabled Margaret to become a barrister and Britain’s first female Prime Minister. Throughout her political career, Denis remained fully supportive as both Lady Margaret’s husband and full-time father to their twins. The movie portrays Denis as a man well before his times, one who was comfortable being married to a strong, successful woman.
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Rick Santorum and his family (credit: Santorum for President website)

The new year certainly kicked off with a bang as Rick Santorum surged in the Republican primaries. His “faith, family and freedom” (in that order) platform translates into his party’s retro view that America can avoid decline only by returning to the days when religion (think Christian prayers in school) was central, families (think Mom home with many kids) were the cornerstone of society, and freedom (think heterosexual GI Joe) kept America “strong.”

What Santorum and his followers fail to grasp is that change is inevitable and happening, here and around the world. The rise of the Millenials, those 50 million American twenty-somethings born after 1980, is profoundly changing our global society, and there is no going back.
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