Taking Breaks, Moving on … and Books!!!

I love social media and blogging for a lot of reasons. I love that it helps people connect, and that it’s a way to share about places, things and ideas that I think deserve more attention. I love that, through my blog, I get to publish my own work and […]

Have a Happy Christmas and Feel Good about It, Too: Shop Locally for Christmas!

Lots of people have a lot of problems with Christmas. They don’t like to take the Christ out of Christmas. They don’t like commercialism at Christmas. They don’t like that trees go up before Halloween and that Best Buy commercials tell our nieces to expect iPads in their stockings and […]

Nostalgia, Baseball and National Novel Writing Month

I’ve been feeling really nostalgic lately. Part of it’s the weather, of course: the leaves are falling, and we’re moving into the holidays. It’s more than just that, though. As I write this, I’m watching the Kansas City Royals, my hometown baseball team, play a World Series game, and I’m […]

Trader Joe’s in Birmingham: Angel of Cookie Butter or Corporate Devil?

Trader Joe’s opens in Birmingham today at the Summit, and judging from my Facebook feed, we could not be more excited. We’re pumped about Trader Joe’s good food (many of their products are all-natural, some are organic and pretty much all of them are fun) and about their low prices. […]

Whole Foods Cuts Hundreds of Jobs, Blames Us

Whole Foods announced yesterday that they’re cutting 1,500 jobs — a little over one in every hundred people who work for them. The reason they’re giving is two-fold: One reason is “technology upgrades” (whatever that means; I assume it means back-of-house labor is being automated so fewer people get stockroom […]

Social Media Best Practices: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I don’t always have time to do what’s “best” for my social media and my blog. Sometimes, I don’t post because I’m busy doing other stuff. Sometimes my morning goes badly and the words don’t come like I wish they would, or the photo light is bad (the photo I […]

Pop-up Shops, Microloans, Feasts and Forests

The business of opening a business looks different than it used to. You don’t just have the option of opening a storefront anymore — you can do a pop-up shop, a farmers market, an event space. You can get your business off the ground with microloans and support it through […]

The Instagram Guide to Downtown Huntsville (on a Sunday)

Crowdsourcing can be a beautiful thing. This weekend, I tagged along with my friend Kelly for a work trip to Decatur. We ended up spending the night in Huntsville, and as two localists with a few hours to kill, we decided to try to spend those hours hunting down brunch […]

Is the Wicked Witch of the West Coast after the Rest of Us?

Sunday, the New York Times ran a front-page story about how Amazon treats its white collar workers, and reading it made me half horrified and half jealous. This is a company that punishes employees for having cancer or becoming parents. It’s a company that unapologetically tells their people to work […]

On Fear and Kickstarter

There are a lot of good things to say about Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites. It’s probably pretty obvious that I’m a fan, since I funded The Localist book through Kickstarter. My Kickstarter didn’t pay for everything, but it did let me pay the people who helped me put the […]

Stuck in the Rain, No Coffee: Life Unfiltered at New England Mobile Book Fair

In an attempt to soothe my conscience about only putting the best part of life on Instagram, and to give everyone who supported The Localist book and tour a little more insight into the adventures you guys faithfully funded and followed me through, I’m sharing a few behind-the-scenes stories about […]