Standing Tall

Against a Coming Storm On January 27, 2020 at 10:46 am, I rested my camera on some stone marker, framed the top of the old building in the lens, zoomed in through the bare trees as if peeking through something. It was a cold, overcast day in late January. The weather was not able to […]

Business Screenplays

John Fraim   For the past few months, I’ve been creating a business plan for our start-up by working with the advice of the leading book on writing business plans. (See sections of the business plan listed in the book below) It is a large, oversize book that is praised by top VCs of Silicon […]

Take it to the House Kid

John Fraim TV has a bad habit of elevating a lot of false heroes in children’s eyes. These heroes come from all sections of popular culture, whether music or film or TV stars or social media players or CEOs of tech companies. The list goes on. Certainly, sports are guilty of creating some false heroes […]

A New Perspective on War

April 6, 1917 John Fraim   On April 6, 1917, the United States formally declared war against Germany and entered World War One and the conflict in Europe. Fighting since the summer of 1914, Britain, France, and Russia welcomed news that American troops and supplies would be directed toward the Allied war effort. Under the […]

The Promise of America’s Bittersweet Crop

Alaska Gold Rush (1897) Above Skagway, Alaska John Fraim Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. It is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fabric 10,000 years […]

Half the Perfect World

Anjani Plays “Half the Perfect World” On September 27, 1960, six days after his twenty-sixth birthday, Leonard Cohen bought a house on the Greek island of Hydra located in the Aegean Sea. He paid $1,500 for the house, using a bequest from his recently deceased grandmother. This was a “big deal” in the words of […]

A Hero

  Robert Epstein Testifying in a Congressional Hearing   Robert Epstein a behavioral scientist involved in one of the most important scientific projects today: behavioral research on the Internet and particularly how Google is manipulating the thinking of 2 1/2 billion people around the worlde by deciding what information it wants us to see, not […]