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Winter is the Time to Make Things Happen

A stock boy’s salary would not allow me to fix the heater in my beat-up 1986 Pontiac Grand-Am during one dreary Detroit winter of my sophomore year in high school. Each morning I picked up two friends who would prepare for the bone-chilling commute by slapping on extra layers of clothing and wrapping scarves around […]

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Can Coffee Boost Creativity?

SATAN’s DRINK—what some Europeans called coffee when the exotic drink first made its way from Arabia to Europe in the seventeenth century. Such an honorable label would have been more fitting tied to tequila but nevertheless, the Christian Europeans shunned the arrival of coffee to their native land. The resistance didn’t last too long however […]

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Does Creativity Die Once We Reach Our 30s?

I’m friends with a disgruntled bartender in his late thirties who has a clever idea to build a software program that would allow every bar in the world to better manage their craft beer inventory. For ten minutes, there is an incandescent glow that radiates from his animated body while he pitches his idea to […]

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