Freedom of Speech 2.0 #freeandopen

Google calls Internet users to Take Action “it is ours and it is free a free and open world depends on a free and open web and a free and open web depends on me” (Google’s Internet Poem) A free and open internet is essential to democracy in the 21st century just as freedom of…

Politics and Wikipedia

Wikipedia is currently in fundraiser mode.  It reminds of the PBS phone-a-thons of my childhood.  But it also reminds me of an interesting component people frequently neglect when discussing social programs and taxes in relation to institutions seen as a “public good.”  In the debate over who does a better job of address the needs…

Happy Thanksgiving Part 1

I have so much to be thankful for a sweet and loving family, my fiance and future in-laws included, and dear friends. I am thankful I’m in a great graduate program and almost done with coursework, at least from the perspective of Arkansas and Texas it looks like the economy is mostly recovering just in…

Nationalism, Communitas, and Spiderman…

Considering I was in Ireland for the 4th of July, I decided to get a little imaginative in the way I celebrated America’s Independence Day.  Greg and I went out to eat, I got a milk shake and we watched the late showing of the new Spiderman movie in 3D.  (The 3D is totally worth it on…

Insights from UCD

(I am still a bit behind on posting updates–this is from June 12-14) Insights from University College Dublin We took a bus to UCD and made a friend of a Canadian en route to the Folklore Library as the three of us wondered the campus lost. Meeting with Dr. Moore Even though he had a…

Ireland Week 1

Week 1 Ireland – Dublin Highlights from my first week in Ireland. First, I think I left out one tiny detail in explaining my plans for Ireland.  I guess I should mention that assisting me in doing all that stuff I mentioned in previous posts, is my travel companion Greg Wright: part-time research assistant, part-time body guard (my mom…

Ireland 2012

Preliminary Fieldwork/Pilot Study in Western Ireland  As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, this summer I am going to be in Ireland conducting an 8 week preliminary investigation of Irish Folk Medicine (a subject which is far more complex than that description might led you to think).  Irish folk healing insects my two academic areas of…

Before I Go….

Things to Consider Before I Go… As I finish packing, send last minute emails and meetings with professors, and antagonize over the finer details of the unplannable aspects of my two month long visit to Ireland, I am simultaneously faced with all the complications of anthropological fieldwork and international travel. Even if I’ve managed to…

UpDate on Graduate School Progess

I just completed my 2nd year of graduate school.  I passed my comprehensive masters exam and graduated with my Masters of Arts in Cultural Anthropology.  This fall I am continuing in the Southern Methodist University’s PhD program for Cultural Anthropology. (I am at the point where I am still having to remind myself I actually have my…

Home is Where the Heart is…

Listening to “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros I was inspired to make the following realization: The culturally prevalent concept “Home is Where the Heart is” which is found throughout American music and literature actually makes neolocality possible.  By valuing the notion that our sense of home is tied to those we love rather than a sense…