Each of the children brought me their Christmas wish-lists. The lists varied only slightly; Lego’s, video games, music CDs, candy, and other typical gift requests. Except for one. The first item on this list, in large capital letters, stood out: VACUUM CLEANER. So, we got our five-year-old son a toy vacuum cleaner, which sat unused until we gave it to the Good Will. When his birthday came around he asked for a real vacuum cleaner. Every year his request wasRead More →

If you shop at Costco, Sam’s Club, or Whole Foods Market you’ve seen the road shows. A microphoned voice floats through the store with the whirring of a motor serenading it in the background. You see a small crowd gathered around a booth and shoppers walking away with smiles on their faces and berry-colored moustaches above their lips. Curious, you peek over the shoulders of stragglers asking questions and see a variety of fruits, vegetables, seasonings, and recipe books onRead More →