Author Archives: Liza Blue

Lists: Reasonably Flat Surfaces That Could Be Used for Forced Idleness Advertising

The airport experience is nothing but sequential moments of forced idleness.  As we stand numbly in security lines or fidget at the gate, our weary eyes dart around looking for stimulation.  Marketers have obliged.  Every available surface is slathered with … Continue reading

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Lists: Reasonably Flat Surfaces That Could Be Used For Forced Idleness Ads

http://www.fanagrams.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Flat-Surfaces-for-Ads.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSMarketers view forced idleness, such as standing in  lines, as an opportunity for advertising.  The airport experience, where ads are slathered onto every flat surface, is the epitome of … Continue reading

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Only to Find Gideon’s Bible

My family rarely stayed in hotel rooms when we were kids, so when I first saw a Gideon Bible I thought that it had been left by a previous occupant named Gideon.  I thought nothing more of it until 1968 … Continue reading

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Podcast: Only to Find Gideon’s Bible

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Podcast: Mind Trip

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Mind Trip

Driving makes me drowsy, so I am anxious as I contemplate my solo drive from my writer’s retreat in Montpelier, Vermont to my home north of Chicago.  On most long drives, I wisely stop for refreshing naps.  Once a wavering … Continue reading

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In the System

  I sat in the windowless bowels of O’Hare Airport waiting for my face-to-face Global Entry interview.  Nick had urged me to sign up not because I deserved recognition as a trusted traveler, but solely to bypass TSA and immigration … Continue reading

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Podcast: In the System

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People Sitting in Front of Me: The Man with the Sun-Damaged Skin

The train trip across the Southern Alps of New Zealand was billed as five solid hours of verdant alpine meadows dotted with high country sheep interspersed with braided rivers descending from glaciers.  Yes, I did get occasional glimpses, but I … Continue reading

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Podcast: The Man with the Sun-Damaged Skin

http://www.fanagrams.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/The-Man-with-the-Sun-Damaged-Skin.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSAs I looked at the man in front of me, I tried to think like Darwin.  What is the evoluationary advantage of our sun-sensitive skin? Share: Follow Liza Blue … Continue reading

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