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The 7 Irrational Behaviors of Black Friday

Every day of the year, American shoppers act irrationally. On Black Friday, however, shoppers’ irrationality and wildness climb to dangerously high levels. Why does Black Friday lead shoppers to grab and fight, especially when the stakes are often as low as fifty percent off toasters? 929 more words


The Strange Duality of Being a Pregnant Professor

Alternatively: The spirit is willing, but the body is busy making other plans

This semester, I’ve prepped a new class, advised students, written papers and proposals, attended two international conferences, and served on committees. 1,500 more words

Work Life Balance

Showing Up

Go son, go down to the water / And see the women weeping there
Then go up into the mountains / The men, they are weeping too…

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Riots and Reason

I truly believe that to be a good teacher, a decent writer or a perfunctory scholar one has to concede the limits of evidence, reason, and rationality. 715 more words

Michael Brown

The Inequality in the Skies

I’m on a plane right now, flying from Sacramento back to Albany. And sitting here I’m reminded of how air travel itself reflects the growing inequality of society in a trivial, but suggestive, way. 536 more words

Air Travel

The Aftermath: Six Years Later

6 years ago.
26 November 2008, Mumbai.
8:20 pm.

“Yes, we boarded the train– from CST, yes– no, it’ll leave in another twenty minutes. But you know how these trains are, it’ll probably be ten or fifteen minutes late. 720 more words

Mumbai Massacre

Molly Crabapple: How Ferguson Showed Us the Truth About Police

On August 9th, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot a black teenager named Mike Brown. Since then, the city has been protesting. The police did not react well. 26 more words


Authentic Book Discussions? Not in My Classroom.

Every so often, I am struck by the fact that I have been making a huge mistake as a teacher and I suddenly wish that I could run around and gather up all my former students to apologize. 1,447 more words



If you ogle food photos on the regular like everyone ever, you’ve probably come across Shakshuka. After initial thoughts of “HEY WHAT A FUN WORD” subside, you have a choice: Make the Shakshuka that basically just undressed you with its eyes, or button up and move along to more food porn. 629 more words


Guilt, Privilege, and Questions I Was Afraid to Ask

Last night fire swept through the streets

Climbed the walls,

The rugs racism has been swept under,

Heavy.  Burning.

I am white,

And I am guilty. 151 more words


On Ferguson: The System Isn’t Broken, It Was Built This Way

I have an uncle who was a cop.

His kids, my cousins, were around my age and when we visited our family in Québec every summer I practically lived at their house. 1,263 more words


Setting the Narrative Free

In my younger years, I was always the one down for a protest. I remember causing an uproar in my high school African American History class because I told my teacher I didn’t think she could teach me anything about the subject because she was white. 1,163 more words

Bill Cosby

Being Time in Kenya: A Photo Essay

The concept of time is fascinating. From physics to philosophy, the notion of time is difficult to define.

From our normal existence in the world, we often define time as ‘fleeting’ in the sense there is never enough. 1,054 more words


Plagiarism Needs a Better Definition

There’s this parable that economists always tell.

Your car breaks down and you take it to the mechanic. He opens the hood and looks at your engine for a few seconds. 1,157 more words

Ethics In Journalism

A Delicious Gift: Stew For Two

Recently, I’ve been thinking about living a simpler life. The idea started when I visited Mickey Trescott’s new home in the Willamette Valley over the summer, but it really solidified when we moved all of our things from Maryland to Florida last month – over 14,000 lbs worth of belongings. 1,186 more words


Dishonor Code: Rape, Reputation, and Repercussion at UVA

This is a guest post by Willa Hammitt Brown, a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia, where she is finishing her dissertation, “Gentlemen of the Woods: Manhood, Myth and the American Lumberjack, 1860-1920″. 1,797 more words

Higher Education

Where I Find My Poetry

At band rehearsal this week (I play in a covers band for weddings and corporate functions) I scribbled this onto a scrap of paper between songs as the band rehearsed with a drummer who is filling in for me for an upcoming gig. 410 more words



by Merrill Sunderland


Few people are ever willing to barter with the boy: to trade a back rub for a neck rub, for instance, or a foot massage for a scalp massage. 1,385 more words


Native, First Generation

We always had to talk in hushed whispers. Occasionally my grandmother would forget, her voice raising, her r’s rolling. We were strange, we were strangers. 297 more words


New Mexico: Revisiting the Land of Enchantment

I’m far from the first person to wax lyrical about New Mexico, and, so long as the chiles ripen and the highways go on endlessly, I’m sure I won’t be the last. 2,243 more words

Photo Essay

To All My Facebook Friends: A Poem

We could unplug ourselves
Off Facebook
And start writing
In journals.
We could write
Each other letters
And make frequent trips
To the post office. 312 more words


Illustrated Maps of Antwerp

This is it! I want to become a cartographer. I SO enjoyed the assignment of this week in my MATS-e-course. I’ve been drawing for many hours on this one.   135 more words


To The PTA Moms at My Son’s School

Last week I published a blog post about things said during a PTA meeting I attended at my youngest son’s school. I wanted to shine a light on the homophobic, transphobic, insensitive, hateful and hurtful things that some moms said during the meeting and show that as far as we have come in LGBTQ acceptance and equality, there is still much work to be done. 1,602 more words


Barbie, Remixed: I (Really!) Can Be a Computer Engineer

I am a PhD student in a computing department, so I guess it’s not surprising that my social media feeds have been full of outrage over Barbie’s “computer engineering” skills. 529 more words


The Canadian Rockies

In the aftermath of a disappointing day at Lake O’Hara, I had hopes for better luck on Day 3.  My plan was to shoot sunrise at Moraine Lake, about a 20-25 minute drive from where I was staying at Lake Louise Village.  1,526 more words

Landscape Photography

What Happens When You Go Viral: On Wanting to Give Up

I recently found out that the hit count on my Relevant article back in June was over 1.6 million. The editor told me it was the second-biggest traffic day in the history of their website. 1,328 more words