Tag: progress

How Seventy Years of Progress Came to an End

Commentary The new inflation numbers are out. It’s 8 percent on consumer prices, or so they say. Not even that is believable. More likely, it’s already double digit. The U.S. president blames Russia, clearly hoping the Americans are too dull to understand timelines or economics. Let’s look at the bigger picture. The United States has…


Takeda Eyes Vaccine Business Growth as Dengue, COVID-19 Shots Progress: CEO

TOKYO—Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., which distributes Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 shots in Japan, expects vaccines to become a bigger part of its portfolio as shots for dengue fever and COVID-19 near regulatory approval, its chief executive said. Takeda, Japan’s biggest drugmaker and among the top 10 globally after its 2019 takeover of Shire Plc, has traditionally been…


The Power of Progress

We recently snuck away for a long weekend to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP), which is one of our favorite spots to unwind and reset. It’s one of those places where you can set an “I will have limited access to email” out-of-office reply message and mean it. When we go to the UP, we like…


The Incredible Potential of Daily Practice

I’ve been repeatedly reminded of the power of practicing something regularly. Daily is best, I’ve learned, but several times a week works well, too. You’d be surprised how much progress you can make with even a small amount of practice, applied regularly. Here are some examples from my life. A daily 10-minute yoga practice. I’m very inflexible, and…


Ancient and Lonely Urban Monuments Evoke Today’s Political Division

Commentary PITTSBURGH—The 2.8-mile-long East Street Valley neighborhood, which once flourished here, sure died hard. Drive, walk, or cycle past the remnants of it today, and traces of what used to be are everywhere along the hollow of the rolling Allegheny Mountain neighborhoods that lead out of the city proper from the banks of the Allegheny…


The Long, Slow Path to Progress

I stopped writing for nearly two years. I had intended to return to my Life and Whim blog long ago, but various circumstances too mundane and uninteresting to recount got in the way. At least that’s how I rationalize things in my mind. Certainly, the COVID-19 crisis didn’t help, but my departure long predates the…