While I’m not a certified analyst, I’ve studied a lot about the personality test called the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI). This personality system is supposed to be based on the psychology theories of Carl Jung, who was a great inspiration for mythologist Joseph Campbell, who is a great influence in my work. It produces a … More Oh My Goodness! I’m an ENFP Cliche!
NOTE: Today’s blog post comes courtesy of the UNC-Duke Area Studies Centers, which sponsored a series of WONDERFUL live webinars showcasing recipes and food traditions from other countries in a Cultural Kitchen Series. More on that later. First, I apologize for the break in posts. I was taking advantage of summer opportunities and the relatively … More Meatless Monday: Pupusas (with a Side of Social Justice)
Yesterday morning, I got an email that really sparked my imagination from my favorite spice vendor––Bill, the founder and CEO of Penzeys Spices (a wonderful spice company that also vehemently and publicly advocates for progressive politics). He was urging people to watch the television show Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston, who, as I mentioned yesterday, is … More My Special Loki Meal
As I’ve said multiple times on this blog, I love to celebrate every occasion. On this blog, that usually is manifested through a special meal I make for that day. But in my actual life, I always strive for our celebrations to also have something to do with the meaning of the holiday. This year, … More A 2021 Fourth of July Reflection: Watch This Video
Last week I wrote about our return to listening to the live, in-person, outdoors NC Symphony concerts known as Summerfest, which is perhaps my favorite summer tradition. Yesterday I wrote about my return to movie theaters in order to see In the Heights (which I haven’t done yet, but I’ve got specific plans to do … More This Video Celebrating a Return to a Pre-Pandemic Activity Brought Tears to My Eyes
I have been totally spoiled this week! I mentioned earlier that I had a hairline fracture in my foot and was supposed to stay off my feet. I’ve been doing that as much as I can, but just taking care of daily needs ends up taking a lot of steps. But this week, several of … More Celebrations, Community, and Sababa
This morning in North Carolina, it is cool, dark, and rainy. Still, I know that Spring is here. This month I have been studying Persian mythology with the students of my literature classes. In the Persian, now Iranian, culture, the New Year, called Nowruz, occurs on March 21. The picture above displays a typical Nowruz … More Did You Hear that Winter’s Over?
Well, it’s been another one of those weeks, hasn’t it? I’m sure we could all use something to brighten up our weekend. Don’t you think an hour and a half of Latinx Broadway performances would do the trick? A free show on YouTube called Viva Broadway: Hear Our Voices pays tribute to the vibrant contribution … More Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with Free Broadway Performances
Today I’m mourning the loss of a giant in jurisprudence and an indomitable spirit after the death of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If there are others who are also looking to lift their spirits, I recommend the video below. The video poses the question: Who is smarter, a former NASA engineer or a squirrel? … More Need a laugh? Check out this video of NASA vs. Squirrels
Today, July 24, is National Tequila Day! What a great reason for celebrating what, at least in North Carolina, has been a really hot, humid, stormy week. While Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has run out of free videos to show for your weekend’s entertainment, Sir Elton John is stepping up to fill the void! Sir … More Songs, Sips, Sups, Science, and Social Action for National Tequila Day