Posts by Lori Weigel
The Politics of Pumpkin

Just when you thought political polarization could not get worse, even autumnal flavors and scents have a partisan divide. Pumpkin spice emerged as a flavor and scent phenomenon at Starbucks in 2003, and has since become a consumer juggernaut appearing in everything from cookies to condoms. But recently its proliferation has been stalled by a […]

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Survey of Military Spouses Identifies Need for Employment Opportunities

On behalf of Hiring our Heroes, an initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Public Opinion Strategies conducted a survey of 1,273 spouses of active duty military service members and recent veterans.  Data from the project was released at the Military Spouse Employment Summit and a white paper summarizing the results can be found […]

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Home Alone

The perennially aired holiday film, Home Alone, features an eight year old whose parents accidentally leave him home from a family Christmas vacation.  The boy manages to go shopping, do laundry and thwart would-be robbers all by himself, with slapstick tricks that delighted my own eight-year old son.   That level of independence is clearly Hollywood […]

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The Politics of Pumpkin

Autumn is my favorite season.  Crisp, sunny afternoons spent hiking through golden aspen in my home state of Colorado; the collective watching of college football or baseball playoffs; and breaking out those comfy sweaters for the first time in months.  What’s not to love about a glorious season of color, before snow and darkness invade? […]

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Fare Thee Well

“So the kids, they dance, they shake their bones, And the politicians throwing stones…” Throwing Stones, Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” tour ends a 50 year run for the band with three final shows this weekend at Chicago’s Soldier Field.  And oh what a long, strange trip it has been. Our recent […]

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