Joy And Mike’s Place: An Ethnographic Southern Comfort Snapshot

Yesterday I spent an afternoon with Joy and Mike and their daughter (my wife) and son and his wife. We were having a get-together to share some Korean delicacies sent as a gift from the Son's in-laws and to celebrate the Birthday of Joy's mother who passed a few years ago. My wife often fondly … Continue reading Joy And Mike’s Place: An Ethnographic Southern Comfort Snapshot

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IKEA Monkey Madness

Last night I was on my way to meet a friend after a long day at "the Toronto office", which I have a chance to visit every now and again.  He told me where to meet him and said "I'll bring the IKEA Monkey.  Wearing our jackets".  Since I had been living in a work-enduced … Continue reading IKEA Monkey Madness

A Few Notches Below Brunch: Sunday At The Waffle House

Today is my last day home alone with the dog and I decided that not only was i not in the mood to make breakfast, but I was also not in the mood to "fuss" about taking a long drive to get "the perfect bagel" - as was my previous aspiration until i woke up … Continue reading A Few Notches Below Brunch: Sunday At The Waffle House

Repurposing The Scarecrow: Art Reminiscing About Subsistence Past

This weekend the dog and I are on our own. So, rather than staying home and playing it safe in our own backyard I thought a trip to the local "square" was in order for a little adventure. It was fall arts and farmers market day with lots of interesting crafts (the dog got a … Continue reading Repurposing The Scarecrow: Art Reminiscing About Subsistence Past

Fried Chicken, Gentility, Sweet Tea and Bibles: How Do You Define Southern Culture?

Being a Yankee transplant to the south from several years ago, I have been enjoying the extended ethnographic experience I have had as a participant observer of Southern culture. Although I live in a fairly "big city" metro area, the southern charm doesn't get lost in the urban settings. At least the denizens of this … Continue reading Fried Chicken, Gentility, Sweet Tea and Bibles: How Do You Define Southern Culture?