Republicans who want their party (or at least the foundational ideas of American conservatism) to survive the current crisis should do as disillusioned Whigs did in 1854.

Republicans understandably enjoy claiming Abraham Lincoln as one of their own. After all, he is arguably the greatest American President (Trump’s interesting claims of that distinction aside). But few Americans know that Lincoln had only been a Republican for seven years when he assumed the Presidency in 1861. Before that, he was a Whig.

Don’t remember the Whigs from high school history class? If so, it’s unsurprising. They went the way of American…

When was the last time you drove a Jeep 30 miles down a dirt road to find a spectacular hiking trail to a spectacular view only a handful of intrepid travelers ever see? And when was the last time you visited a remote country where you didn’t speak the language and no one spoke yours?

Don’t think you’re brave enough? Here are 10 reasons you should be…and what you need to do to get out there:

  1. Theth, Albania
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View of the Albanian Alps in Theth

Getting there: Fly into Tirana, Albanai, hire or rent a car to Shkoder, and then take a rocking 4WD road to Theth…

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My first time on the tractor with Dad

Everyone remembers learning how to drive — it’s one of those milestones of growing up. I remember it vividly, even though I was only about seven years old at the time. But I wasn’t learning to drive a car — no, it was a 1950s Allis Chalmers tractor, my Dad’s beloved and rusted antique. Since I was a toddler, I’d ridden that tractor with Dad, as he carefully plowed the red clay dirt in our two-acre garden along Blue Run.

Then one day, I was sitting in the smooth, worn metal seat; Dad was standing behind me as I steered…

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Photo by Alejandro Escamilla on Unsplash

Having worked for many years as a public relations consultant myself (until the 11 p.m. calls from newspaper reporters and consistently overdue payments of too many clients eventually inspired me to give up the ghost), I’m all too well aware of the hazards of the business, how the slightest misstep can blacklist you and your client…for life. And having worked both sides of this media table, I find myself not infrequently amazed at the number of untrained people out there calling themselves “publicists.” …

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Naeroyfjord

It was my then husband who nudged me out of bed at 4:30 a.m. on a chill June morning, the sun already shedding a gray light over the tops of the fjord walls, striking the waters of the Naeroy Fjord a deep metallic blue, the goats (or sheep as our host called them) neighing already, the low tinkle of their tin bells rousing ravens from rest, who came, as they had each morning of our stay here south of the famous Sogne Og Fjordane, to beat their wings against the glass of the kitchen door. They ensured, along with the…

People will treat you the way you let them treat you.

I’ve been in business for myself for two decades, part of that time as an independent contractor with a research assistant and more recently as a small business owner with partners and employees. To say I’ve learned a lot the hard way is an understatement. But after 20 years, I can say there are definitely some keys to success and sanity that every small business owner and independent contractor should know.

The bottom line is exactly what your mother told you — people will treat you the way you…

“If you’re really a mean person, you’re going to come back as a fly and eat poop.” –Kurt Cobain

You don’t have to be a Buddhist to respect and appreciate the law of karma. It’s kind of like confronting an armed man in a dark alley and saying, “No, I’m not going to give you my wallet in exchange for my life.” Reasonable people just don’t mess with that shit.

Unfortunately, it appears there are more than a few less than reasonable sorts out there who are willing to sacrifice their lives (or at least the quality of their lives) for the sake of hanging onto that wallet.

History and popular culture are filled with folks who didn’t believe…

From the archives of “I Only Love You Because I Have To”; originally published July 24, 2012.

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I may have never done the responsible thing and remodeled my basement, but I did hike to the base of the Grand Canyon….

I know a lot about guilt, at least when you consider I’m not Catholic. In fact, I was raised Lutheran, and the great thing about being Lutheran, idealistically speaking anyway, is that not only do you not need intercessory prayer to wipe away your sins, your sins aren’t really anybody’s business anyway. At least that’s what Martin Luther said. All that muck is just between you and God.

Or between you and your mother.

If the Judeo-Christian Diaspora had need for a patron…

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Drinking wine in Venice on Thanksgiving

Okay, so I guess I don’t really hate Norman Rockwell. I mean I really like his beautiful studio location in the Berkshires of Massachusetts…. But Norman Rockwell hasn’t done any favors for the non-traditional American household (not to mention the just plain dysfunctional one), that’s for sure, particularly when it comes to winter holiday celebrations.

I don’t even have to tell you what I’m talking about here — you know the painting — “Freedom From Want” — where Grandma and Grandpa, all the aunts, uncles, children, cousins, you name it are gathered ‘round the table for a traditional Thanksgiving feast.

Originally published February 19, 2012.

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When in Rome, do as the Romans do: Eat pizza…and walk everywhere.

Thanks to all the hoopla surrounding the rising rate of obesity in America and former First Lady Michelle Obama’s promise to make us all a little more fit, the media has, of late, been placing a good deal more emphasis on the concept of “emotional eating.” It’s part of our cultural jargon now. Though, truth be told, it’s always been part of my jargon and the jargon of a lot of people I know, women, in particular.

When we’re feeling emotionally cruddy, we have a tendency to do one of two things: eat or buy…

Deborah Huso

Deborah Huso is an award-winning, internationally published journalist, book author, and founding partner of niche communications firm WWM.

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