Chic-Fil-A Doesn’t Want Gays To Get Married: But Can I Stil Eat Thier Sammiches?

What an interesting dilemma the folks at Chick-Fil-A have put consumers in.  They have publicly expressed a very polarizing point of view on social hot-topic:  Gay Marriage. In case you haven't heard: they are not in the equal rights camp. Rather, the CEO of the company has come out publicly on several occasions letting America … Continue reading Chic-Fil-A Doesn’t Want Gays To Get Married: But Can I Stil Eat Thier Sammiches?

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How Do You Know When You Have Become An Adult?

I do a lot of work / pay a lot of attention to youth culture and the sociocultural realities of young adults on a global as well as "local" US) level.  I have observed / written / advised clients on the life-stages of Gen Y young adults (there are 3 in the U.S., BTW) as … Continue reading How Do You Know When You Have Become An Adult?

How To Spend A Weekend With Your Mom

I don't know why it is, but I know it "is"...and not just for me but as an experience had by a lot of Gen X-ish women who have grown up to become independent professionals and moved away from their families in search of their own way in the world. We love our parents  because … Continue reading How To Spend A Weekend With Your Mom

The Ritualization of PMS Protocol

I would like to thank the contributors to menstruation.com for the following anthropological context surrounding menstruation, leading up to my observation of/analysis of / example protocol for PMS ritual behavior (as I sit with my heating pad in my lap, waiting for the Pamprin to kick in and contemplating surgical removal of my ovaries): So … Continue reading The Ritualization of PMS Protocol

My Grass is Greener Than Your Grass

I was awakened this morning by my furiously barking dog a little earlier than I had planned. I ran to the window to see what all the fuss was about...not a garbage truck or a pack of wild dogs roaming the neighborhood, but the TruGreen guy, adding chemicals to my front lawn. Let me first … Continue reading My Grass is Greener Than Your Grass

Capitalism 2.0

I recently read a book that put forward a perspective on restructuring capitalist ideals for modern life. It suggests and illustrates philosophies and practices that both adapt to and anticipate the needs and consequences of a modern globalized economy and consumer culture. In The New Capitalist Manifesto (http://www.betterworldbooks.com/9781422158586-id-9781422158586.aspx), Umair Haque talks about Constructive Capitalism; a … Continue reading Capitalism 2.0

Office Acculturation 104: Diagnosing Your Manager’s Dysfunction

To revisit an earlier series on office acculturation I thought I would share some thoughts on how to manage your managers.  Chances are you will have at least one if not more bosses and you should really know what you are dealing with. I have read up on management styles from many different sources.  My … Continue reading Office Acculturation 104: Diagnosing Your Manager’s Dysfunction

Warning signs that you may have too much time / money on your hands

It's true that we live in a modern world where if you are smart and ambitious you can find your way to prosperity.  And this is not just true in America, but in many nations around the world, in particular the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, etc.) where the middle class has been steadily … Continue reading Warning signs that you may have too much time / money on your hands

How old do you have to be to be rehabilitated?

An article in today's NY Times magazine tells the tale of a now 33 year old man who was tried an sentenced as an adult and sent to serve about 30 years in prison.   http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/22/magazine/greg-ousley-is-sorry-for-killing-his-parents-is-that-enough.html?pagewanted=all He is now 33 and vying for early release after spending years trying to grow and develop himself more … Continue reading How old do you have to be to be rehabilitated?