Are Millennials Doomed to Pop Pills Their Entire Lives?

Another unique Millennial characteristic: the overwhelming need (nature or nurture?) to be medicated....

Internetiquiette 101: Social Media Boundaries

I have to admit that being an active social media participant-observer is exhausting albeit gratifying work.  Being a good anthropologist and narcissist, I find myself frequently assessing my reactions others'  social media behavior as influenced by the collective of digital compatriots whom I also have occasion to see in real life from time to time. … Continue reading Internetiquiette 101: Social Media Boundaries

From Natural Resource Commodity to Criminality: The Canadian Maple Syrup Saga Continues

About a year ago I got an email from a coworker in our Toronto office about a maple syrup heist that became global news - and shortly thereafter was the inspiration for my first Freshly Pressed blog about what makes criminal behavior something laughable rather than something tragic. About 8 months later, last night, said … Continue reading From Natural Resource Commodity to Criminality: The Canadian Maple Syrup Saga Continues

Brands Taking Responsibilty For Inspiring Social Change: Dove’s “Real Beauty” Sketches as a Dialogue-Starter

In today's consumer culture driven world - especially here in the United States, brands are starting to become a required participant, if not leader, of conversations about social change. It' s part of a macro trend related to empowered consumerism and the shifting balance of power between civil society, government and corporations. Specifically, government is … Continue reading Brands Taking Responsibilty For Inspiring Social Change: Dove’s “Real Beauty” Sketches as a Dialogue-Starter

Some Inspiration For The Street Art Fans

On day two of my current project, I continue to get bombarded by the context that shapes the lives of Cultural Creatives. Today, I found the link to hookedblog It's a UK based street art blog. This was submitted by a grad student from Colombia studying in the UK, who follows DJs and street artists.  … Continue reading Some Inspiration For The Street Art Fans

Some Inspiration to Create The Future

This is creative inspiration week for the Narcissistic Anthropologist.  I am involved in a project where I am seeking vision from others and thought I would share one nugget that made me smile today. For all of us with grand designs to change the world - or at least make a sizable dent in it, … Continue reading Some Inspiration to Create The Future

Composer Or Ethnomusicologist? Maria Schneider: An Example of the Human Experience Captured Through Music

As I sat at the kitchen table reading the article below aloud to my wife, over last night's leftover guava pastries and a couple of  home-made cafe con leches, it struck me that I wasn't just reading an article about music.  The way the story takes us through prominent contemporary Jazz composer Maria Schneider's trip … Continue reading Composer Or Ethnomusicologist? Maria Schneider: An Example of the Human Experience Captured Through Music

Thai Curry Paste Episode II: Authentic Green Curry Paste (Kaeng Khiao Wan)

One of the best ways to get to know a culture is through it’s food. Culture, bey definition, is created by our collectiive reaction to our environments and other macroforces. Our environment also dictates our subsistence. From an anthropological perspective, I see the culinary tradition as one way we pay homage to the natural environment that provides us our food – by honoring it with craft and sharing the appreciation of that craft with others. We elevate food from subsistence to celebration when we create things that delight our senses in addition to filling our bellies.
For example, today we are having my wife’s family over for dinner and decided to go with a Cuban theme (for no reason, save that we wanted an excuse to make Mojitos). So, the first thing I did was find the perfect Sofrito recipe.
I just started following the blog that follows: The High Heel Gourmet. I thought my “food-thropologist” readers and freinds would appreciate some really deep instruction on the perfect Thai staple: a green curry paste.

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I think green curry is the best-known curry in Thai cuisine, although I personally think Massaman and Panang are quite famous on their own, to the point where I don’t even know which one is the close second. But rest assured,  if you haven’t reached the point where you’re ready to barf curry before the year end (because I will be giving you recipe after recipe of curries through out the year,) I will give you a medal, accept your “Thai-ness” and appoint you an official “adopted Thai peep.” How is that?

This is the second curry that I learned to make while I was growing up.  We made it ourselves because it contains fresh chilies and it doesn’t taste anywhere near as fresh if you buy the pre-made curry paste. My grandmother and my aunt always said I could buy some pre-made curry pastes if I wanted to, but…

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From Convict To Entrepreneur: Defying Labels By Empowering Change

During my graduate studies in applied sociology, my concentration was on deviant behavior.  I spent a good amount of time examining the role of deviance in society and how it contributes to the workings of a functioning social system.   Everything from soda fountains, Jazz music and "reefer madness" to juvenile delinquency and criminal behavior. One … Continue reading From Convict To Entrepreneur: Defying Labels By Empowering Change

Millennial Soap Box: Global Poverty

it all starts with the desire to do something. Millennials have that despite feeling overwhelmed by the world’s problems. Here is one example.

So-Called Millennial

No one really likes a soap box, unless they’re the one standing on it. So I ask the reader to join me on the soap box, because there’s enough room for all of us.

In my last post, I talked about the pressure on millennials to find ever-elusive fulfillment. I have to say though, I’m actually very content and fulfilled with my life. But since I was a kid I’ve struggled horribly with boredom. Now, with a toddler, graphic design work, this blog, and friends nearby ready for park play dates at any moment, I’ve been able to keep this propensity toward restlessness in check quite nicely.

But, this morning as my son was eating breakfast, I felt an urge to sap some of my boredom so I grabbed my Kindle Fire and looked up Pinterest to see what was new as I finished up my coffee. Expecting to…

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