Rethinking the “Creative Class”

By Sheldon Greaves Years ago I came across an article that touted the civic planning theories of Richard Florida, who was making waves with the fascinating claim that the real money-making parts of America were those that emphasized “creative” work; … Continue reading

Trumpism and Why America Needs a Marshall Plan

By Sheldon Greaves When the forces of Germany surrendered to the Allies in May of 1945, the fighting stopped but the war, technically, did not end right away. There were additional edicts and order, the Potsdam Agreement the following August … Continue reading

Experiencing the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

By Sheldon Greaves I’ve always wanted to witness a real, live total solar eclipse, but never had the opportunity until one came waltzing through our back yard. In short, it was totally as cool as the hype suggested, perhaps moreso. … Continue reading

National Security and the North Korean Crisis

  Several friends and associates have contacted me in recent days, asking about the emerging crisis with North Korea, and the implications for national security. I thought I’d pass along some of the things that I’ve told them, plus a … Continue reading

The Backyard Vegetable Garden, So Far

By Sheldon When circumstances permit, we like to garden and grow our own vegetables. This has not often been possible, but when it is, we try to give it our best shot. Actually, my spouse Denise is the gardening genius. … Continue reading

The Long-Term Costs of Poverty and Unemployment

By Sheldon Readers (both of you) will have noticed that I’ve been stuck on a particular theme lately, which is the problem of long-term unemployment and the larger problem of poverty, which touches many–far too many–people who have jobs. A … Continue reading

The New Economy: Unemployment and the Return of the American Hobo

By Sheldon Greaves A few years ago I read somewhere about a trend in the “gig economy” in which people who had been reduced to living in their cars or RVs roamed the country by the thousands; homeless, nomadic workers … Continue reading

The Brutal, Debilitating Costs of Long-Term Unemployment

By Sheldon Greaves This post previously appeared in Unexpected Leisure, 13 February 2011. I’m reposting it here as a preface to some additional material I want to post on this and related subjects, especially in light of the moral obscenity … Continue reading

Books Received: Lay Intellectuals in the Carolingian World

By Sheldon Over the last few years I have been involved in a long-term experiment that concerns the role to be played by lay scholars in a local church community. This began back in 2009 when we were living in … Continue reading