One of my most memorable Christmas gifts was an apple, an orange, and a crisp two-dollar bill. I’m not sure why, but when my great-grandpa handed us fruit, I carried it to the car, tucked my cold feet on the
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.