Steve Lovelace

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The Railroad Crossing From Hell

For a while my family lived in a small town named East Carondelet, Illinois. We lived in a little farmhouse several miles out of town, and we had to drive on a scary levee road...

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Drinking Coffee as a Kid

I invented Starbucks as a kid. Okay, not really, but I wonder if I could’ve. Back in the 1980s, before gourmet cafes became all the rage, I liked to mix up elaborate coffee drinks....

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Disney Princesses in a Democratic Republic

The Walt Disney Company has built a entertainment dynasty around princesses. Over the years they have come out with a whole line of fairy tale heroines. These Disney princesses — Ariel, Belle, Snow White,...

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Dallas: An Improbable City

Dallas is an improbable city. In many ways it seems to have sprung up by accident. Unlike most major cities, Dallas does not have a navigable river. The Trinity River is a mess. Most...

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Religion and Morality

The Dalai Lama recently said that religion isn’t enough. He says we need something else to boost moral and ethical thinking in the world. I agree with this statement. While we have traditionally connected...

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The iPhone and the Tricorder

When Apple debuted the latest iPhone a couple of weeks ago, many tech pundits were disappointed that it was an evolution rather than a revolution. Realistically we know that not every product can be...

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Redesign 101: The Flag of Minnesota

Like Michigan and Vermont, Minnesota is yet another state with a blue flag and a coat of arms. The flag of Minnesota is not just boring, however. It is garish, gaudy and borderline offensive....

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Universal Health Care and Job Creators

In recent years, conservative politicians have talked about creating more jobs to boost the economy. They talk about lowering taxes on wealthy “job creators”. However, I think that the best way to stimulate business...

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A Rainy Day in the Bishop Arts District

The Bishop Arts District is a small shopping and dining district down in the southeast part of Dallas. It makes up just a couple of blocks of the Oak Cliff neighborhood, but there’ a...