Steve Lovelace

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A Train Ride to Springfield, Illinois

When I was eleven years old, we lived on a farm in rural Illinois. My dad worked for a law firm in Missouri, and one day he had to drive up to Springfield, Illinois...

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The Supermarket Casino

Walking into a supermarket nowadays is like walking into a Las Vegas casino. In both cases, the environment is designed to overwhelm your senses and distract you from how much money you’re spending. And...

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The Signs and Murals of Deep Ellum

One day in late spring, just before the weather got hot here in Dallas, I took my camera down to Deep Ellum. This is a hippie/artsy neighborhood just east of downtown. It’s seen the...

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My Favorite Birthdays

Today I turn 20, at least in hexadecimal numbers. And to celebrate 20h birthday, I’d like to take a look back. Like Christmas, birthdays provide a landmark in the memories of life. I couldn’t...

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Marketing Gimmicks That Need to End

Having worked in marketing for a number of years, I keep seeing the same mistakes made over and over. When it comes to gimmicks, some approaches have stood the test of time, like the...

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Texas: A Whole Nother Country

I’ve been living in Texas for over five years now, and it’s an interesting place to live. I never planned on living here this long, but at less for the foreseeable future, I don’t...

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Gifted and Talented

Back in grade school, I got admitted to the “gifted and talented” class. Once a week, I went off to the school library for an enrichment session. It was supposed to give us a...

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Penmanship and the Palmer Method

The Palmer Method still strikes fear in my heart. No other curriculum ever did so much to stifle my interest in a topic I found fascinating. I sprint a good chunk of the third...

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4 Reasons You’re Losing Twitter Followers

One thing that’s nice about Twitter is that the connections are not as solid as Facebook. On Twitter you have followers, not friends. That means its not a big insult to unfollow someone. But...

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Playground Nazis

In the fifth and sixth grade, I went to school in East Carondelet, Illinois, a little town sandwiched between the Mississippi Levee and the MoPac Railroad. I loved my teachers and friends there, but...