3:17 p.m. I call one of my most senior Farmgirl managers and do a two-hour download on the past week. This is the first major holiday I’ve ever been away on the busiest day of production, and I’m anxious to hear a full rundown of what went well and what didn’t. I’m definitely my own worst critic, but there were some bumps this holiday that I didn’t anticipate, so I take the phone call to heart. We always joke [at Farmgirl] that one day, we will be able to say we had a perfect holiday. We’re not there yet. This one went really well every day except one. … [Read more...] about Farmgirl Flowers CEO Christina Stembel normally sleeps just 4 hours per night
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The health industry’s problem with Medicare for All When it comes to Medicare for All—Bernie Sanders’s policy to turn the government into America’s one and only healthcare payer and save us from a profit-driven healthcare system—the people pocketing the $3.6 trillion Americans spend on healthcare every year foresee some problems with it. Here is the logic as told to me: Let’s say Medicare for All gets passed. The new rule would simplify billing and reduce costs immediately. There would also be an opportunity to shift to a more value-based, preventative healthcare model. However, it would kill off a significant number of jobs. The health insurance industry employs roughly 500,000 people, per the New York Times, which says nothing of the large numbers of administrative people hired in doctors’ offices and hospitals. Economist Robert Pollin estimates the job losses from such a shift would be 2 million. Critics of this argument say that perhaps it … [Read more...] about Can high-tech capitalism fix the healthcare industry?
One of the more prominent vacancies was an abandoned 19th-century stone building, its roof excised by decay over the years, consumed by vines and graffiti. Originally the home of the park superintendent for nearby Druid Hill, one of the largest urban parks in the country, the abandoned structure sat empty for decades on a triangular, nine-acre section of land. It resembled a haunted house perched on the hill, a too-real apparition of a time long gone, when parks and recreation centers for city residents had been funded through a then-innovative tax on the public trolley system. What had been a well-used public space devolved into another dead zone after it was amputated from the neighborhood and bounded by busy roads. How do you find investment for a place like this? … [Read more...] about Designing Buildings Open To—Not Hiding From—Baltimore’s Streets
The lore goes something like this. Josko Gravner, a third-generation winemaker, left his family’s grove in Northern Italy, close to the Slovenian border, to visit the vineyards of California. It was 1987 and Gravner, like the rest of the world, had embraced modern winemaking techniques. He had stainless steel vats for fermenting wine. He had fresh oak barrels. In California, he went on a whirlwind tour and what he tasted turned his palate. Chemical manipulation, he realized, was destroying wine. Over the years, additives had been incorporated to take the risk and the time out of winemaking. From stabilizers and sulfur dioxide to help with preservation, to a sickly concentrate of color called Mega Purple to correct the hue of reds, Gravner saw the art of winemaking devolving into a business no longer invested in what the French call terroir. And it wasn’t just America. The trend was spreading across Europe, too. … [Read more...] about The Rise Of Orange Wine