After another person used guns to murder American children, we’re back to outrage and defense, a swirl of adrenaline-raising memes and heartfelt posts. But if you’re like me, you don’t believe our leaders will act, if acting means limiting access
As a wee little one, I drank in folktales in all colors, reading the olive book of fairy tales, the crimson book, the lilac book. And based on these insights, I tried rustling through the coats in our large wooden
I love David Sherlock’s post on the blog posts he didn’t write in 2017. It lets him set aside some rather unwieldy beasts, yet share what he’s been wrestling with. His never-posts range from education to gendered toys to ‘everything
I’ve previously shared what I know of modern Kazakh names, as have other authors. But what about ancestral names? My motivation here is a growing connection to the SCA, a group fond of historical fencing, archery, brewing, and crafts. These
You’ve probably heard of “culture shock,” the initial wallop when everything’s different. “I have bathed and washed my hair in a bucket, slept in a treehouse, eaten with monkeys, been roommates with scorpions… and eaten foods I can’t pronounce.”
For research purposes, I recently turned into a guy on Facebook. Yet I still get a female-dominant perspective. Not that my lady friends try to be dominant; in fact, many are quite self-effacing. But with 400+ lady friends, the posts-photos-ads-articles all reinforce each other:
Recently, I got fed up with being a lady on Facebook. There they were: advertisements for empowered baby clothes (“she’s a rocket scientist!”) and faintly healthy food (“try three papaya-sweet corn bars for only $12.99!”). I was tired of the
After far too many pages of verb tenses, K and I left our study abroad classroom for a late-afternoon lunch in southern Kazakhstan. She was surprised at the sheer size of the margarita, and I was delighted with her expression.
“Do you need this?” I ask, holding up the ballerina music box. “…And this?” I hold up a handful of seashells and a crushed sand dollar in a plastic baggie. Julie shakes her head. I quickly sort things into piles,
Well, now you can… sort of. As you know, this blog is named for tasty, tastydumplings. And just to make sure we're not falsely advertising, I'll post some barbecue-glazed dumplings I recently made with friends. (Caveat: it's more about the
Last fall, I co-led a biweekly reading group on race and procedural justice for my local community. Our participants included a pastor, scientist, software engineer, writer, librarian, mathematician, and startup employee—a range of Asian and Anglo middle class folks
Are you thinking about applying to library school? Wondering how to get into the field? I’m summarizing some of the advice I’ve passed along to mentees and prospective students here, with tips on places to look for more on libraryland.
My grandfather Bob Fischer passed away today, just shy of his 81st birthday. A few years ago, I asked him to tell me about his childhood, his working life, and his family life. Our conversation is long, but I’d love to
I’m loving the conversation about #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear. It’s hard to hear the stories–and frustrating when people protest that “not all Christians…” or “but what about X religion?” without pausing to listen. And yet… it’s helpful to hear women express the frustration
So last month, we got married! By which I mean, we eloped two days after we got engaged. For all those with questions, here are some reflections: 1. The engagement I am very utilitarian, so I tried to propose to the