Zulfiya the Journalist

One of our local communications gals, Zulfiya, drops by my desk at work frequently, usually with some member of the press in tow that wants to see our library. Late this evening, she walked into the library with about ten guys from Russia, documentarians who set up giant cranes…

Are You Waiting to Date?

One of my close Texas friends just sent me this article in World Magazine, and I think it’s spot-on about the dating culture among young Christian college students and professionals. Along with asides on the shift from marriage-for-family to marriage-for-fulfillment among Americans in general [cf Jenell Williams Paris], the…

Redheads = Pigs, Trolls, and Apes?

Researcher and Assistant I first watched the film The Tale of Despereaux while en route to fieldwork as an assistant to a beautiful blond woman whose nickname means “princess” in the local language. Incidentally, my local nicknames were something along the lines of “carrot-top” and “submissive-daughter-in-law-who-serves-everyone-around-her.” I did not…