Thanksgiving and Hanukkah: Giving Thanks For The Fire That Burns In All of Us

I am certainly not even close to catching up to the thousands of bloggers who are talking about this year's first merging of two iconic American Holiday traditions since the late 1800's - Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, also coined Thanksgivukkah, among other cutesy holiday sniglets.Being both American and Jewish (at least by birth on both counts) … Continue reading Thanksgiving and Hanukkah: Giving Thanks For The Fire That Burns In All of Us

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Thoughts from this side of parenthood #HMD

A Millennial perspective on parenting and a great post Mother’s Day reflection…

So-Called Millennial

Happy Mother’s Day #HMD. Here are some thoughts on parenthood, and managing my little crazy man.

1. You get smarter. Sure, college broadened my interests in various subjects, and helped me to grow in my chosen field of study. Being married has taught me how to live in-tune with another complex human being. But being a mom has helped me organize, and problem-solve faster than I could before. When you have a little ball of chaos constantly threatening order you learn to identify the key factors, take variables into account, and execute more quickly. It’s like I can divide how many hours of running errands  by how many stops, and arrive to a perfect number of diapers, crackers, and fruit snacks to put in my purse.

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We forgot his coat on our drive back from visiting family at Christmas. It was freezing in the morning,but luckily we had a spare…

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Creepy Consumer Culture Rituals: Pictures With Santa and The Easter Bunny

I don't know If I share this opinion with most Anthropologists or not, but I know I share It with many of my other fellow humans. And that is, Americans do some weird sh*t for our holiday traditions - mostly because of how fervently we have integrated our religous holidays into consumer culture and vice … Continue reading Creepy Consumer Culture Rituals: Pictures With Santa and The Easter Bunny

A Little Bit of Color from Sociology of Style: Where Holidays Get Their Hues…

Another great cultural context blog from Sociology of style:  this time it's a semiotics commentary on why certain colors are associated with certain Holidays   Sociology of Style: Ask Anna "Why are specific colors associated with certain holidays?" Ask Anna: Why are specific colors associated with certain holidays? It happens every season: stores and public … Continue reading A Little Bit of Color from Sociology of Style: Where Holidays Get Their Hues…

For Christmas I Want A Fat Dude Sliding Down My Chimney To Bring Me Stuff

I remember when I was little and (despite the fact that both my parents are Jewish) I would spend the weeks up until Christmas anticipating Christmas morning, when Santa would have brought me and my brothers a living-room full of presents.  I took the responsibility of making sure Santa had cookies and milk (as well … Continue reading For Christmas I Want A Fat Dude Sliding Down My Chimney To Bring Me Stuff

Honoring A Global Tradition Of Thanksgiving

You may think that American's are the only one's who have a holiday set aside for giving thanks.  Perhaps it would surprise you to know that setting aside a day / rituals for giving thanks is a global tradition that spans many cultures and has been around for a long, long time. On howstuffworks.com  this … Continue reading Honoring A Global Tradition Of Thanksgiving

Tips From The Sociology Of Style War Room: Preparing To Survive Thanksgiving

This holiday season, I am thankful that it's easy to find inspiration for a blog every day - especially with a little help from my friends and kindred souls. Today Is day three of my annual thanksgiving break and I am about to get on a fishing boat to catch today's dinner.  There is something … Continue reading Tips From The Sociology Of Style War Room: Preparing To Survive Thanksgiving

The Human Ritual Of Celebration By Way Of Self Destruction

Reflecting on the 4th of July (as I am still recovering several days later) it occurred to me that Americans are interesting specimens when it comes the way we celebrate milestones. Case in point: 4th of July is a holiday where we take the day off of work to drink too much, eat copious amounts … Continue reading The Human Ritual Of Celebration By Way Of Self Destruction