12: Your lack of faith is disturbing

My #artist friends meet my questions about selling their art via #cafes, #bars and public spaces such as #libraries or hospitals with condescending eye rolling. Their verbal responses run from disinterest to mock indignation to huffs of righteous contempt to the suggestion. Some of it, in my opinion, is simply unspoken anxiety about asking. Others […]

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11: I’m no Cullen Bohannon, but…

I’m building a railroad No seriously. Well, I guess technically I’m building opportunity for a railroad. As such, I was pleased to be able to secure a $633,711 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation towards a $1.5 million rail rehabilitation and construction project. I not only wrote the grant and presented it to PennDOT’s Rail Freight Committee […]

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10: A Piece of the Main

As many of you know I am working on an industrial project on a brownfield outside of Pittsburgh. The goal is over the next three years to take an underutilized 260K square foot steel mill building with six gantry cranes and build a world class regional rail terminal in Aliquippa. That is the goal. The […]

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08: The Return of Real Labor. Maybe.

America is also becoming a lower-cost manufacturing destination when companies consider the “total cost of ownership,” or TCO: the cost of quality, delivery, transportation, energy consumption, labor monitoring, carrying stock, freight, packaging, and all other aspects of production, as well as labor costs. Energy costs are particularly important, and thanks to shale gas, energy in […]

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06: School House Rocks

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. – B F Skinner I found this old broken country school house as I drove across Ohio from one shuttered smokestack to another.   Not sure if It is lost or if I was.

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05: No Man is an Island

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. – John Dunne, Meditation XVII Factories and their smokestacks didn’t pop into existence in a mythological big bang of prosperity.  Instead, prosperity is built over time by educated scientists, engineers, apprentices and entrepreneurs relying on previous experiences and advancements […]

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04: Steel and Lace

I like The Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace. ― Natalie Lloyd   Only the French would use steel to build something so beautifully unique, delicately intricate and sexually suggestive. Ironically, it was intended as a “temporary” display for the 1889 World’s Fair to be dismantled in 1909 when ownership of the park reverted back to the City of Paris. […]

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