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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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

The Talking Walls of Wynwood: The New Face of Creative Miami

Imagine South Florida, in all it's hot, sticky, sunshine-laden sunburned glory - filled with pastel colored houses and apartments to repel the UV rays, cruise ships, retirees, the oceanfront and an ever-growing melange of cultural communities.  The Latin influence is strong there - in a way that gives the city a truly ethnic vibe that … Continue reading The Talking Walls of Wynwood: The New Face of Creative Miami

More! A Nostalgic Snapshot of 80’s Consumer Culture

As I was sifting through the magazine rack at my local thrift store - searching for "stimulus" for an innovation ideation (say THAT ten times fast) session - I came across the type of rare gem that made my narcissistic anthropologist day. It was this issue of Soap Opera Digest from July of 1984. I … Continue reading More! A Nostalgic Snapshot of 80’s Consumer Culture

Love: There’s an App for That #millennials

Some more perspective in Millennials and love from So-Called Millennial. I particularly appreciate the analysis on love and “risk”…

So-Called Millennial

Happy Valentines Day Art Print Image courtesy of Allison Johnson Creative

I thought the title of this post was rather clever, but upon googling it I found that The Bold Italic has already used it, so I thought I’d at least give them a shout-out. The tech panel event they hosted called “Love? There’s an App for That” has already passed, but if you’re located in the SF Bay Area check the other upcoming eventsThe Bold Italic will be hosting.

Alright let’s get down to business! I’ve been studying the many facets in which millennials demonstrate pragmatism and practicality, and I thought it would be interesting to examine how this trait influences their ideas of relationships. I know– love and practicality? They don’t seem to go together. And if you read on, that may be something millennials need to do some soul-searching about.

This week Time Magazine released an article called Millennials in Love:…

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