I Can’t Find My Weather!

It is Sunday morning, February 18th, and I pick up my Sunday edition of the New York Times from the driveway. I really enjoy reading this newspaper. Travel, Arts & Leisure and the Sunday Review are the first sections I tackle. Then move on to the magazines, Sports, and of course, the Weather Report. It takes me three or four days to survey and complete those sections/articles that most interest me.

I like to check out the weather in some of my favorite places around the world. On February 17th, Paris, France had a high of 42 and a low of 25 with no precipitation. The 18th, 32/18 and no precipitation and the forecast for the 19th was 32/21 and partly cloudy. Hong Kong, China for the 18th was 72/60 and cloudy.  U.S. newspapers usually just list the temperatures in Fahrenheit.

I live on a small island off the coast of Georgia. The weather for Jacksonville, Florida or Savannah, Georgia will give me a good idea of tomorrow’s forecast. Had to look anyway…could not find the three-day forecast for St. Simons Island…my home for the last 20 years.

So Who Else Might Be Disappointed When They Can’t Find Their Weather?

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“Go Urban, Young Woman, Go Urban”

In the 19th century, “manifest destiny” was a widely held belief in the United States. American settlers were encouraged to expand west across North America. “Go West, Young Man, Go West” is a phase often credited to American author, Horace Greely. In an 1865 editorial for the New York Tribune, he wrote favorably about westward expansion.

Fast forward 151 years… and the times have changed. Americans are not leaving the cities but moving to urban communities. More than half the world’s population currently live in or near cities and this trend will continue. One way UNICEF defines urban is “where a significant majority of the population is not primarily engaged in agriculture or where there is surplus employment”. So people are heading to the cities to start a new life, pursue a career, and/or start a new business as a young entrepreneur.

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American Universities – It’s All About Our Commitment!

In the last blog,” Asian Students Flock to American Universities” begs the question, Why?

The key to academic research success at American Universities is the economic commitment made, by the United States, to provide the “best”. The cost of doing research is very high and you need financial resources in order for the university faculty and staff to deliver significant amounts of cutting-edge research. These universities are receiving a minimum of $40 million in federal research expenditures. According to the Center for Measuring University Performance there are 165 institutions that meet the criteria. (117 public and 48 private universities)

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Educate Your Grandkids – 21st Century Challenge

Made in America ! Doesn’t mean as much to the world today as it did thirty or forty years ago. During that time, I had the opportunity to visit more than 25 countries and saw how American “know how” was borrowed by other nations. We were the model of innovation and believe it or not, today, we still are.

The United States of America is 325 million strong. No other country is able to impact the world in so many different areas from business and technology to medicine or education. Sixteen American universities are in the top 20 in the world. We have the most international companies on the list of the Global Fortune 500. The world still looks our way for “vision” as we enter the 21st Century. Your grandkids should be proud to be Americans!

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