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Friday the 13th has always been a good day for me. I remember, as a child, wondering why people were so afraid of it, especially since Friday the 13th was the day when my sister and I received our first horse. We named him Friday's Luck, or Lucky for short. He was an obstinate little […]

Woohooo! It's up! It's accessible! It's here! My dissertation, as finally published by ProQuest! "Everyone Gets Lifted Up": How Matrifocal Families Can Enhance People's Lives and Reduce Systemic Patriarchal Oppressions

In specific, let's talk about student loans — especially since I'm graduating, so the start of my repayment is coming up soon, woot! So, I've had people ask me how I can, in good conscience, support any sort of student loan forgiveness — when my doing so is clearly really just self-aggrandizement on my part. […]

OMG, peeps! I just received the feedback from my third committee member – 3 days early! When I read her report I was so thrilled I was almost hyperventilating! Her first sentence was:

WOOHOOOOO! Dissertation is COMPLETELY written, yeah! :-D I'm going to take a couple of days to just relax, run around like a mad thing, play with Goldie, and do the laundry… and then I'll settle down and start working on the NEXT batch of things which need doing! Stuff like, ohhh…

A very wonderful Valentine's Day to you all! I am celebrating… handing in a chapter!

Writing up interviews is not easy! From an anthropological perspective, there's always the worry that I'm committing the ethical crime of appropriating someone else's subaltern culture. Racially I'm white, and I don't want to even accidentally appear to act like I'm either stealing the words of, or attempting to speak for, any of the minority […]

As the holiday season approaches, I've been asked by several folks what I want for Christmas. There are the easy answers, which I suspect I will not receive despite all my dreaming: a white Christmas, rational national leadership, world peace, and all my student loans magically wiped away. :-D

Happy Friendsgiving!

In: Anthropology, Family, House stuff, Random

I love the idea of a day for giving gratitude for friends and family, for one's warm/fed/dry/whatever circumstances, or even simply because feeling grateful helps one to appreciate life more. Just for fun I cooked for a few years… and then I'd had enough of that! We started celebrating at nice restaurants instead. Good food […]

Author: Maya Angelou Review first posted April 2004 It took a while to decide to review this book. There is an unfortunately strong current societal meme which says if you are: (less victimized, &/or more financially secure, male, white, privileged, whatever) then you don't get to comment. I understand it's a natural reaction to the […]

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