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Mar 16

March 16, 2014

Mom Gazes at Arizona Sunset, Jessie Huffaker, 2014

Reality is the Story We Tell Ourselves

Humankind has always created stories that seek to explain the meaning of existence and our species place within the community of life. Just peek into the world of mythology to witness the sheer variety of narratives cultures have created to make sense of life. Stories that explain what the world is, and how and why it came to be, create the very lens through which a person perceives the world, and it ultimately constructs their reality.

Posted in Sociology

Mar 12

March 12, 2014

Narcissus pseudonarcissus and Narcissus poeticus, Hans-Simon Holtzbecker, 1659.

Flowers for Thought: Narcissus and Evolution

Today the daffodils have unfurled: bright yellow petals proclaiming winter’s dominance at last has ended. These trumpet-bearers of spring were my favorite flower as a child, and I would sneak through parks like some small-time criminal to break a few stems and whisk home with the evidence. Years later when I became an avid reader of Greek mythology, I was surprised to learn that these sweet flowers were also known by the name Narcissus and were associated with a very strange tale of tragic self-adoration.

Posted in Myths & Folktales, Sociology

Feb 27

February 27, 2014

Abandoned Building in Asheville, NC, Jessie Huffaker, 2014

Barefoot Economics for the Modern American

Wide-scale poverty in this country isn’t an isolated problem that just suddenly appeared one day when the economy “crashed.” It’s directly related to the more holistic issue of prodigious wealth inequality in our country. But here’s the spark of glimmering goodness that I see in this stark reality: every crisis is also an opportunity.

Posted in Sociology