The Concept of Other Part Three

As I discussed earlier in this series, the first people we recognize as part of “us” are our parents and siblings. That group will expand in a short time to include everyone in our “extended” family. So how do we define who is a member of our family? According to American anthropologist David M. Schneider,... Continue Reading →

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The Concept of Other Part Two

Yes, I know I said I would discuss the metaphysics behind the concept of other in the previous installment. However, after weeks of thinking about this concept, I realized I needed to discuss the sociological/anthropological aspects of other much more than I originally planned. Part two is the continuation of that discussion. Part three will... Continue Reading →

The Concept of Other

Today the article was inspired by a discussion I had on Facebook with some of my friends about the whole issue of of immigration. I am a first-generation immigrant and very proud of that. I came to this country in 1952 when I was almost 4 years old. That means I have lived in United... Continue Reading →

The Culture of Violence Part Four

Writing this final installment on my cultural violence series has been very difficult. I know what I want to say in a rather amorphous way, but finding the words to explain my point of this whole series has been much like a difficult birth. When my wife Elizabeth was pregnant with our daughter, and she... Continue Reading →

The Culture of Violence Part Two

I am sure some of you who read the first installment think I rambled a bit. Maybe a dead. Chalk it up to writer’s prerogative, if you wish. Hopefully, by the time I get done with this particular topic, the ramblings may make more sense and seem more appropriate. Anyway, let’s get to the point.... Continue Reading →

The Culture Of Violence Part One

My post today centers specifically on American culture and, of course, American society. I am going to talk about the place of violence in American culture and how that is reflected in American society. If you are not living under a rock in this country, I am sure you are aware of all the school... Continue Reading →

Piano Man

I love all genres of music, but my favorite is rock ‘n roll. I think I was either in sixth grade or seventh grade when I first started listening to rock ‘n roll. That was around 1960, so I’ve been a rock ‘n roll fan for almost 60 years. In those 60 years rock ‘n... Continue Reading →

Exile On Main Street

I graduated high school in 1966, almost 52 years ago. After graduation, I went off to college in Pittsburgh, PA. I was the only one from my graduating class to go to that school. I did not come home for the Christmas holidays. Rather, I spent Christmas break at the home of the friend from... Continue Reading →

Happy Easter

Tomorrow is April 1. That means it is April Fool’s Day. Mike, this year it is also Easter Sunday. I don’t consider April Fools Day really were celebrating. Easter, on the other hand, is were celebrating, whether you celebrated as a religious holiday or a secular one. In American culture, most celebrations are important. I... Continue Reading →

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