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2009 LETTERS

Global Province Letter: The Loving Eye: Seeing Things Passionately (December 9, 2009)

"Blodgett, as importantly, exemplifies what we are all about on the Global Province. We’re simply after quality in all its permutations." To read more, click here.

Women of Strong Will Uprooting Their Masters (November 25, 2009)

"Plenty of women, quite often out of power, are the real article whose force of character changes the societies where they live." To read more, click here.

Wistfulness: Johnny Mercer and the Pride of the Yankees (November 11, 2009)

"We are desperately in need of some classy behavior—all around—to get us through the troubled decade that lies in store for our economy.  Classiness combines verve and pride." To read more, click here.

Fruitful Conversations: Less of Me, More of Us (October 28, 2009)

"On the Global Province, we have claimed that the predominant catalyst for organizations that would seek to be global is not mergers and acquisitions, but alliances where companies, governments, and others cooperate freely even though they have no fiscal or legal bonds, but instead move in concert because they have the will to work together." To read more, click here.

Nattering Nabobs and Happy Hustlers (October 14, 2009)

"There’s something called level headedness, balance, commonsense, fair-mindedness that can keep us out of the loony bin. Reasonableness does not make good theater, but it is the climate in which accomplishment flourishes, since its purveyors tend to have a grip on reality. It is a rare commodity in a society where the mind is captured by faction, or greed, or psychosis." To read more, click here.

Maine Retreat: Looking Backward from 2009 (September 30, 2009)

"Maine’s a place where thoughtful men and artists retreat, finding comfort in its embrace." To read more, click here.

Ancien Regime: That’s How The Cookie Crumbles(September 9, 2009)

 Short circuits are popping up everywhere, and the ancien regime is slowly dissolving even as our leaders try to bolster it.  The question is whether we can get on to something new, when, all about us, most are trying to reclaim yesterday. To read more, click here.

Celebrations: Exaltation of Larks, Kindle of Cats, A Convocation of Eagles, Tower of Giraffes, A Rhumba of Rattlesnakes, and other Great Gatherings (August 26, 2009)

We summon up all this nostalgia for summers past, because the nation is in such a funk, such that we need to inject the citizenry with merriment.  To read more, click here.

Far From The Madding Crowd Where Silence Shouts (August 12, 2009)

Life reveals its full complexity and sundry hues if one gets off the beaten path and sorts through the multi-colored lives of gnarled people who can stand their ground and comfortably inhabit America the Spacious, rather than America the urbane Sardine Factory. To read more, click here.

Taking 30 Pounds Off America (June 24, 2009)
To some it has become very clear that our life is threaded with addictions, and that we are all hooked on more ‘drugs’ that we care to admit.  Food and alcohol, and drugs (legal and illegal), and cell phones, and TV, and Email, and gosh knows what else permeate our lives.  Unless we can get out of this jungle of addictions, it’s hard to get thin, or sober, or calm.  To read more, click here.

Puttin’ on the Ritz: Robbing Peter to Pay Paul (June 3, 2009)
We are so profligate in America that we have an acute need to look abroad to see how to do things frugally in health care, in business, in government, in defense.  To read more, click here.

Creative Co-Existence: With a Little Help from My Friends (May 20, 2009)
Successful partnerships, friendships, and love matches not only permit contrasting styles, beliefs, and emotions to cohabit under the same roof, but kindle each of the participants, each of whom is stunted in some way and needs to grow.  To read more, click here.

Spain 2009: Tilting at Windmills (May 6, 2009)
There’s a lot of Europe that’s dying, but it is the prism of culture that is putting fire back in some of the ashes. We discover that in Spain.  To read more, click here.

Pro Musica Mundo; Inefficient Markets (April 15, 2009)
Our brains are so full of digital trivia, stuffed with stuff, that it is hard to be receptive to something new.Inevitably we usually label the new as old hat, afraid to confront something fearsome and unknowable, eager to pretend the mysteries of the Orient are somehow akin to our small patch of earth.  It’s a chore to be a world-class thinker.  To read more, click here.

One Tree at a Time: Green Thinking (April 1, 2009)
“It is truly green thinking that we need now, whether we are planting trees or recreating our financial institutions. That’s why we need thousands of attempts not controlled by a central authority to create quality trees or a financial system of many small, scattered institutions that is not self serving and that is not mucked up by the very people who created the mess in the first place. ”  To read more, click here.

Slumdog Millionaires: India’s Miracle (March 18, 2009)
“It will be the contention of this letter that we Americans have and are building deep links to India, that the symbiotic relationship is important to both of us, and that we must work to make our ties very much more intimate.”  To read more, click here.

Investment Outlook 2009: The Second Great Depression (March 4, 2009)
“The way one invests has been turned upside down... The single, over-riding consideration investment-wise is to buy honesty, because it’s a rare commodity, and its value will hold up.”  To read more, click here.

Movin’ Up in the World (February 18, 2009)
“As one ascends in Western socially mobile societies and climbs the greasy pole, there’s always some question as to whether one is really going up, or secretly plummeting.”  To read more, click here.

Yes We Can—Yes We Can (February 4, 2009)
“It is music, when well wrought, that is antidote to the verbal and visual pollution that is every bit as universal as the smog that has touched every hamlet on earth.”  To read more, click here.

US Air 1549: Looking for a Soft Landing on the Hudson (January 21, 2009)
“We have to find ways of managing risk, steering around obvious rocks in the sea.”  To read more, click here.

Red Swans in the Sunset
(January 6, 2009)
“A host of people are just trying to get by, not because they are out of money, but because they are out of good ideas.”  To read more, click here.