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Jun 19

June 19, 2017

Iron and Steel--Pittsburgh, Joseph Pennell, published in the International Studio, 1897.

Control Freaks: Humanity’s Bad Habit

I’ve been ruminating on control: rolling the word around my mouth, giving it a good chew, seeing what spills out. It feels like a master word for our species, one that explains so much of our destructive habits, our worst impulses.

Posted in Sociology

Mar 22

March 22, 2017

Cover of Nuevo Mundo, vintage magazine published in Madrid, 1920.

The Meaning Makers

Whether we’re aware of it or not, with each passing moment of experience we’re interpreting it into story: the story of who we are and how things are.

Posted in Myths & Folktales, Psychology

Mar 11

March 11, 2017

McConnel's whiskey ad

What Whiskey, Angels, and Ecology Share

In the world of whiskey distilling, after adolescent whiskey has been sealed in its oak cask to mature about 2% of the whiskey has vanished by the time it’s reopened. The truth that every whiskey maker knows is this: you must accept the loss of some quantity in order to gain in quality.

Posted in Sociology

Mar 28

March 28, 2014

"Surviving without a cell phone" google search results detail

Surviving Without a Cell Phone: Why Yes!

When I first tell people that I don’t have a phone they respond initially with a blank stare, followed by a series of quick questions, as if my lack of phone results from some possible mental defect or extremist ideology.

Posted in Psychology

Mar 18

March 18, 2014

Gazing at Goat, Jessie Huffaker, 2013

Phenomenology: A New Way of Relating

Phenomenology provides a valuable foundation for those of us longing to reconnect with the more-than-human world by asking us to set aside our predetermined notions of what is, and what is possible, in order to encounter the more primal world that exists beneath human society and the ideologies inherent to it. Our sensory experience unfurls before us an ecological world filled with awareness, creativity, and wonder; a world that is constantly new every moment.

Posted in Psychology

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