Unconventional Thinking

June, 2012

The Day America Died

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 by Mark Stevens

This July 4th, I will lower my flag to half staff. And it will break my heart.
For today, a major part–the heart and soul–of America died. No matter how it is spun or parsed, the liberties we have enjoyed as citizens of the world’s oldest enduring republic, were seized by an emperor, a dictator, bent [...]

When She Was Young

Monday, June 18th, 2012 by Mark Stevens

It was days after FDR declared the U.S. would do the inevitable and enter The Great War. My mother’s older brother rushed to the Air Force recruitment office, signed up for officer training and shipped out to fight the emperor’s forces in the Pacific.  For five years he would be in the clouds, face in [...]

Summer Is A 747

Monday, June 11th, 2012 by Mark Stevens

It comes into view around the first warm days of April: huge, gleaming, full of promise. It is summer, revealing its promise from the flightpath 40,000 miles above. We know that touchdown is way off into the months ahead, but the site of that gleaming bird on its initial approach is enough to shake off [...]

Returning To The Paris I Never Left

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 by Mark Stevens

I am in Paris, attending The French Open, drinking champagne, strolling St. Germaine, watching the drop dead women go by, recalling my fractured knowledge of the language, reveling in my instinct for the romantic way of life. The joi de vive.
I first came to live here, all alone, at age 19, with $312 and a [...]

The Strange Story Of “Faceless Book”

Friday, June 1st, 2012 by Mark Stevens

So this Harvard coding geek agrees to program an idea for an electronic yearbook\gossip board, the thing strikes a chord, Hollywood brings it to mythical status, Wall Street rings the bell and the media swoons because the billionaire founder claims to hate money. (The so-called ”press” adores capitalists who profess to be disgusted by Adam [...]

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