When many people think about “shapers” of a community, they may think first of people with power, who make decisions like where roads will go, where to put new housing developments, or how to build and run companies that thrive. My first thought about community “shapers” zeroed in on “invisible” changes that have and will… Read more Will Idaho’s growing old-age population shape Boise in a different way?
My husband and I just returned from a few days in Phoenix, reconfirming the joys of Boise. But more than that, I learned that Idahoans have a reputation. Renting a car in Phoenix reminds me how much I like “easy” rather than complicated. First, you take a 20-minute bus trip from the airport to… Read more We Idahoans are easy to deal with. Deal with it, competitors.
We are a community with a short attention span. When the snow started in late December, we marveled, we played, we took photos to show our East Coast friends. After a week, with more snow than we’d had since the early 1980s, some of us lost the joyfulness and began to get testy. We shoveled… Read more Had it with the Valley’s bad weather? Consider the silence of snow
When I moved to Boise from Seattle some 30 years ago, another professor told me that I’d love it in the spring time because the hills “burst into green, like the hills of Ireland.” In June of my first year, I asked her when the hills would burst into green. “Oh. You missed it.” This… Read more When I get grumpy about Downtown Boise, I simply recall Seattle
Idaho City Schools’ head maintenance guru Jim Anderson has a Santa Claus look to him: fresh face and white beard, happy eyes and a calm spirit. I’ve been looking at what makes organizations work well, and especially at what goes on behind the scenes — work by people we don’t normally think of as critical… Read more Learn to be efficient: Check out Idaho City’s schools
You think you know how to multitask? Try driving a school bus in rural Boise County. Dowain Geesey is transportation supervisor and one of five drivers for the Idaho City school system. He starts his day at 5.30 a.m. with a 15-minute visual check of the bus, drives 66 miles and finishes about 8 a.m.… Read more Bus driver helps rural Idaho City district meet student needs
Lemurs? Madagascar? Do you know much about either one? Neither do it but maybe I should. A recent article in “Current Biology,” (2014: volume 24, page 2733) raises a question about the hazards of isolation. The island of Madagascar is home to some lemurs found nowhere else and being on an island, they can’t leave.… Read more Do we really want splendid isolation?
I work in Boise State University’s Micron College of Business and Economics building. It’s already 2 years old, but I still love showing people around it. I love learning new facts about the building. And I simply love spending time in it. But I keep wondering what could make life there even better. If you’re… Read more What I want from architects and builders in my work spaces
Sometimes you have “Aha!” moments, and sometimes you have reverse-aha moments. I find when I’m in new situations or places, I sometimes have startling revelations — at least startling for me, because I’m seeing something new, meeting different people, or doing something I don’t normally do. But this past weekend, I realized that I can… Read more Reverse ‘Aha!’ moments
How would you go about building a new industry in Boise? The quick answer is: We don’t really know. But a new attempt is going on, and we’re trying to document how it will come about, or how it won’t. Here’s the back story. A local firm’s technology expert brought an idea to one of… Read more To build an industry, start with breakfast