I came across a gorgeous locally owned shop that sold handmade items from local artists/crafters. I am sad to say that the other sign I didn't take a picture of was "store closing." Many of the items were reasonably priced and unique. What does this say about our mass produced one size fits all mentality? Our schools teach to standards of learning leaving teachers very little time to weave in creativity & as parents we contine to rush through our worlds lured by McD's and one stop shopping. I am guilty too...this is more a criticism of society than individuals. But then again, it's the indivduals that make up society. It is easier and cheaper for us to fund an economy that no longer makes sense & I believe we are paying the cost in small business, right brain thinking and even our emotional & physical health. Many of us do not live with intention. What ways are you contributing to an entity's wealth, What ways are you encouraging local growth, youth growth and/or your own?