America Needs Some Perspective

I used to think that Americans like me who had a strong point of view on topics related to positive social change all had some sort of elevated perspective that precluded them from falling victim to ignorance - like the racists, misogynists, classists, elitists and other "ists" they fight so hard against with their good … Continue reading America Needs Some Perspective

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Life Lessons From Prince: Part 2

I found myself asking this morning why I chose to break this blog up into 4 pieces instead of just pulling it all together in one sitting and throwing it out there. I told myself it was for reasons related to practicality like the fact that people don't like to read long blogs and that … Continue reading Life Lessons From Prince: Part 2

We’re Not Mourning The 80’s. We’re Returning To Them.

I know what everyone has been thinking as we look gleefully forward to the end of 2016, with a desire to put the social and political turmoil behind us as well as say "good riddance" to the year that took several beloved artists from us. We are thinking, "How did we lose so many of our treasured … Continue reading We’re Not Mourning The 80’s. We’re Returning To Them.

Adulting: Because Being a Grownup Should Only Be a Temporary Affliction

I remember being a kid trying to figure out what set adults apart from the rest of the masses of "watery moles" (Thanks, Florence King,  for that reference I will be using often).  In my best estimation, they were bigger than kids, had breath that smelled like coffee, cigarettes, alcohol or artificial mint, drove unu … Continue reading Adulting: Because Being a Grownup Should Only Be a Temporary Affliction

Hold the Soda: The Case for Ordering a Beer During the Work Week Lunch

Many thanks to the team at Letsgraba.beer for their continued support of the Narcissistic Anthropologist and allowing me to contribute to their tumblr page from a "beer behaviorist" perspective.  The blog below was originally posted on their tumblr page, right here “I’ll take a lager.” A simple sentence that wouldn’t normally elicit any reaction during happy hour … Continue reading Hold the Soda: The Case for Ordering a Beer During the Work Week Lunch

Humans of The Willamette Valley: A Celebration of Life

Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit Portland, Oregon for the very first time and take an unexpected "side trip" about 90 minutes north to a town called Jefferson - which is located in the Willamette Valley.  To the hipster-come-borgeois bohemian "metro area" dwellers (not unlike myself), the Willamette Valley is the place where … Continue reading Humans of The Willamette Valley: A Celebration of Life

It’s A Revolution! The Resurgence of Vinyl and Being Present

I was raised on great music. Music we listened to in our "den" - usually on vinyl or cassette (once my older brother became a teenager and got a "Boom Box") but still mostly on Vinyl.  My parent's collection of Jazz and 70's rock and Folk was a university course in music appreciation. I was … Continue reading It’s A Revolution! The Resurgence of Vinyl and Being Present

Honoring America’s Love of Beer

As with most things in a narcissistic anthropologists life, our emerging passions become contextual obsessions of sorts. We believe that if we have an affinity for something, then there must be a rich cultural significance around it – and we will stop at nothing to find and share that anthropological enthusiasm with our fellow humans. … Continue reading Honoring America’s Love of Beer

Kindness As Cultural Currency

The other day I was having a chat with a few “fellow travelers” - one of whom is a C suite executive for a pretty big global company. He had been dealing with a lot of management stress and in-fighting amongst his leadership team and was talking about a call they had over the holiday … Continue reading Kindness As Cultural Currency

Love, Haters and Hipsters: The Irony of Being A Millennial

I have officially decided that I've  spent too much time commenting on a recent Facebook thread started in the last day  by fellow bloggers Eve Kerrigan, Rachel Gall and Anna Akbari, about a recent article on Millennials called  "Generation Wuss" by Vanity Fair's Bret Easton Ellis. I am, however, compelled to share and express my very "special" point … Continue reading Love, Haters and Hipsters: The Irony of Being A Millennial