The burgeoning underground economy

by Patrice Lewis -- Recently in England, there was an uproar among customers of the HSBC bank when it "imposed a restriction blocking customers from withdrawing large amounts of money from their more…

How we're hurting our daughters

by Patrice Lewis -- This week I came across an article entitled "Seven Ways You're Hurting Your Daughter's Future." As the mother of two teenage daughters (and no sons), I immediately clicked more…

USA: Land of bread and circuses

by Patrice Lewis -- I recently saw a 10-minute video filmed in 1958 on the building of the Mackinac Bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac between Lakes Michigan and Huron. The narrator more…

The greatest conceit of mankind

by Patrice Lewis -- Welcome to the New Year. The usual platitudes for early January include wishes for greater success, greater health and all-around greater prospects. But we all know our nation more…

Have a greedy new year

by Patrice Lewis -- As we enter into a new year, I would like to discuss greed and why it's (mostly) a good thing. Greed gets a bad rap. The dictionary defines more…

We've chosen the wrong king

by Patrice Lewis -- This past week we were talking with our teenage daughters about where this country is heading. "What I don't understand," said our 15-year-old, "is why people can't see more…

The last literate generation?

by Patrice Lewis -- Some time around 1908, the president of Harvard University, Charles Eliot, accepted a unique challenge. "Eliot had stated in speeches that the elements of a liberal education could more…

Help! My 15-year-old daughter is having sex!

by Patrice Lewis -- Recently, I came across an advice column on Slate.com in which a heartbroken mother learned her 15-year-old daughter was having sex with her boyfriend. "I spent many years more…

Incivility at Trader Joe's

by Patrice Lewis -- A couple of years ago, I bookmarked an article called "We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other" by Sherry Turkle. The writer tells how she more…