Feature art by Christopher Gulick http://christophergulick.com/ I’ve been researching the business of art and the art of business. In the process, I came across a Wichitalks two minute video of artist Christopher Gulick. Although impossible in a two minute video to know someone, I greatly appreciate the enthusiasm for his life. It’s a refreshingly upbeat […]Read more "Be Compelled"
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 […]Read more "Your lack of faith is disturbing"
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 […]Read more "I’m no Cullen Bohannon, but…"
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 […]Read more "The Return of Real Labor. Maybe."
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (PPG)Mount Vernon, OH Opened 1907 – Shuttered 1976 Slated for demolition summer 2013 The former Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company’s Mount Vernon plant sits on seventy acres and opened in 1907 and was operated by PPG, or through one of its divisions, until 1976. You would never know driving by this site, or […]Read more "Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (Mount Vernon, OH)"
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.Read more "School House Rocks"
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 […]Read more "No Man is an Island"