Why are we so terrified of feeling empty that we overstuff and overfill ourselves until that feeling becomes normalized. This feeling of discontentment, of not having enough… a feeling of tightness of chest and difficulty in breathing because your stomach is so expanded. So, in order to avoid the feeling of emptiness that continues to … Continue reading Desperate to Fill the Emptiness
Living the Li[f]e It’s frightening how alone she feels while in the midst of so many people she knows and cares for. It seems as this is a recurring sentiment among people. How is it that we can feel alone while surrounded by people we know and people we care for – not only … Continue reading Questioning Surrender and Surrendering Questions
Craving to be seen, Make eye contact please Craving to be heard Though interrupted once more from the distractions galore Texts to check, Emails to send Have we lost the real meaning of “Friend”? Electronic self-images Dash our own We can’t even go rest Without our phone Static connections are travesties! Yet what about the … Continue reading Craving to be seen.
Dad awoke to the sound of rustling as if fallen leaves were being trampled, as if a plastic bag of food was being picked at. Our invisible little friend was out for a midnight snack and got caught in the act The blaring alarm blasts Unnerving, shocked me to alert Unalarmed and now slightly … Continue reading Lake Powell
Procrastination Pro - crastination Pro - crass - tination Procras - ti - nation Procrasti - nay - tion Procrastination. Hmm.. What was I supposed to be doing again?
Second Response to Silke Roth's "The Paradoxes of Aid Work: Passionate Professionals" Liminality. Silke Roth does a superb job of presenting the realities of aid-workers and pre-aid-workers (those deciding whether or not to enter into Aidland) in her book, "The Paradoxes of Aid Work: Passionate Professionals." He describes the typical aid-worker as a liminal … Continue reading Liminality
Intersections of Gender and Aid Work As a twenty-one year old female who will be graduating in the Spring, Silke Roth’s chapter titled, Doing gender in Aidland, in her book, "The Paradox of Aid Work: Passionate Professionals," strongly resonated with me. Roth structures the book into seven chapters, assessing various components and characteristics of “Aidland,” … Continue reading Intersections of Gender and Aid Work
In my Native Cultures of Latin America anthropology class this semester, we read an article in The Economist titled, “Of Cars & Carts” on the development of Mexico. Within the article, The Economist graphically describes and defines certain parts of Mexico as “shabby” and a “long way from wealth and modernity” (The Economist 2015:1). … Continue reading “Modernization & Development”
Critique of Timothy Schwartz's "Travesty in Haiti" As students of anthropology, we are taught to “objectively” observe, interpret, and report on things we experience - be it large, systemic patterns operating in the world or micro-level interactions with individuals within a community. I use quotation marks around the word objectively because it is a … Continue reading Critique of Timothy T. Schwartz, Ph.D. and his book, “Travesty in Haiti”
Response to Dambisa Moyo's "Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working And How There Is a Better Way for Africa" Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa is uniquely poignant and henceforth, cogent, in that Dambisa Moyo, author of this work, is a female born and educated … Continue reading Response to Dambisa Moyo’s “Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working And How There Is a Better Way for Africa”