Idiom: Family

Family man. Runs in the family. In the family way. Family tree. Family matters. Americana is all about family. We’ve even stretched it to include our “work family” and our “school family” or our “church family.” Despite efforts to redefine it, we all have our own...

Idiom: Recycle

Toilet paper made from yesterday’s news. Computers made from clunkers. New tin cans made from old tin cans. Recycling is a good thing, most of the time. Furniture recycling, however, is not a good thing for you. We’re not talking about making microfibers from plastic...

Idiom: Order

People shouting, arms waving, voices rising. Bang! Bang! The judge pounds his gavel and shouts, “Order in the court! Order in the court!” The slamming gavel continues until the courtroom goes silent. Ever notice that you don’t reach into your $10...

Idiom: Tranquility

Smell the suntan lotion… taste the piña colada… run your fingers through the warm sand… listen to the seagulls… gaze into the clear blue water… Where is your perfect picture of tranquility? Maybe it’s not a beach. Maybe it’s a ski slope or a deer blind. We...

Idiom: Apology

If you think you deserve one, you know exactly how an apology should be delivered. Eye to eye so you can see their pain. Face to face so you can sense their sincerity. And yesterday wouldn’t have been too soon. Have you ever received a false apology that...