Slippers and the Era of Trump

The other day I went to the store. For the last week or so I had been dreaming of buying myself some nice, warm, fluffy slippers now that autumn has come around in full force. A Latina-looking woman was ahead of me in the check-out line. As she got to the front, the clerk startedContinue reading “Slippers and the Era of Trump”

Shortest Book Review: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, African-American writer and activist, passed away a little over two years ago. As they were commemorating her passing on the news, I wondered to myself why I had never read one of her books. After all, reading a Maya Angelou book has always been on my to-do list! So, I found I KnowContinue reading “Shortest Book Review: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou”

A summary of my research

Here is a synthesis of my research at The Ecology Institute in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, under the guidance of Dr. Sergio Guevara Sada. ————– A Landscape Focus for Urban Environmental History:  Synthesizing Landscape Perceptions, Histories, and Ecological Conceptions of the Landscape INTRODUCTION The landscape is a scenario well-suited to studies of environmental history.  Contemporary environmentalContinue reading “A summary of my research”

A list of my favorite journals/publications/websites

I regularly read the following journals/publications/websites: Nature (academic) Science (academic) Popular Science Smithsonian Orion Scientific American I also enjoy the Best American Science & Nature Writing anthology. A new volume comes out yearly and with a different editor (and hence different opinion and selection criteria), and I always enjoy reading the article compilations onContinue reading “A list of my favorite journals/publications/websites”

Shortest Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Occasionally, I read a book or see a movie that blows me out of the water. I especially enjoy this sensation when I was expecting to mildly enjoy the book or film, yet it far exceeded my expectations. I had this exact feeling while reading this book. Taking place during World War II, the storyContinue reading “Shortest Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr”

Will a robot take your job?

Will a robot take your job? The BBC has developed a tool to figure this out, based on data supplied by Michael Osborne and Carl Frey from Oxford University’s Martin School. Check out the web page, here. When I first saw this article I was immediately worried. Automatic translations and translation tools abound, and IContinue reading “Will a robot take your job?”

What am I doing in Hackberry, Arizona?

Several people have asked me what I am doing in Hackberry, Arizona. I ask myself the same question every single day, mind you! It is an area that you could consider the middle of nowhere, backwoods, boondocks, back country, hinterlands of Arizona, the lion’s den, the place of no forgiveness and no return. It isContinue reading “What am I doing in Hackberry, Arizona?”

The Shortest Book Review: El Amante Japonés (The Japanese Lover) by Isabel Allende

  I very much enjoyed this book, it mildly but consistently kept my attention from start to finish. I have a slight obsession with Isabel Allende, and it is much in the same way that I admire Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert. A large part of my love for their work is due toContinue reading “The Shortest Book Review: El Amante Japonés (The Japanese Lover) by Isabel Allende”

Environmental reasons for not having children

The other day I was listening to a podcast of a woman that was speaking on a certain topic but then went off on a tangent about all the environmental reasons not to have children. The decision on whether or not to have a child is a very personal choice and certainly validated by aContinue reading “Environmental reasons for not having children”